Video game plan

In the old days, video games were never really been a hobby, for the most part, of the physically fit. Mention video games, and the image of a pasty nerd decked out in glasses usually came to mind.

Hit or quit

If toward the end of the week of practice, Missouri coaches were emphasizing intensity, the practice Saturday at Kadlec Athletic Fields was focused on physicality.

Chiefs can’t slow Texans

HOUSTON — Mario Williams’ NFL career got off to a quiet start.

Rams rookie showing room for improvement

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams first-year coach Scott Linehan said he is pleased so far with top draft pick Tye Hill, though he said Hill is making normal rookie mistakes.

Tigers pick up intensity

Thursday in camp, the second day of practice with pads, Missouri football players and coaches seemed more intense and focused.

Rams run by Colts in exhibition

ST. LOUIS — Indianapolis opened its preseason Thursday with a successful onside kick by Adam Vinatieri, and Peyton Manning quickly made the most of his brief appearance by throwing a touchdown pass in the Colts’ 19-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Cards use longball to earn split

CINCINNATI — Bronson Arroyo got braids in his hair, hoping to end a long slump and a big series in style.

Kansas City shells Schilling

KANSAS CITY — Curt Schilling gave up nine doubles and a home run, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night for a surprising three-game sweep.

New coach starts new year

Papers and boxes fill the Hickman High School commons, the aftermath of seniors filling the area early in the day to receive this year’s class schedules. Despite the mess, the air conditioning there is an respite for football coach Jason Wright on Tuesday during the second sweltering day of two-a day practices.

Jackson hopes to keep Rams in running

ST. LOUIS — Marshall Faulk is gone, at least for the season if not forever, for the St. Louis Rams. Edgerrin James left the Indianapolis Colts for a free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Ninth-inning home run stings Cardinals

CINCINNATI — David Ross hit the pitch so squarely that he didn’t even feel it leave the bat.

Royals’ late rally clinches series win

KANSAS CITY — Mike Sweeney hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, capping a two-run rally against rookie closer Jonathan Papelbon that carried the Kansas City Royals to a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.

KU freshman QB sweating heat, but not games

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas starting quarterback Kerry Meier, a redshirt freshman, was dripping with sweat Tuesday at the Jayhawks’ preseason football media day.

Evridge third Kansas State quarterback to transfer out of program

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Less than a week into fall practice under new Kansas State head coach Ron Prince, former starting quarterback Allan Evridge has decided to transfer.

Injuries have left Chiefs short on signal callers

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Jonathan Quinn might start demanding the Kansas City Chiefs bring him in for all of training camp.

Show-Me shutdown begins

The thousands of athletes who invaded Columbia for the Show-Me State Games have gone home for another year.

Reds inch closer with romp over Cards

CINCINNATI — Outfielder Ryan Freel had three hits and made a down-and-dirty catch on the warning track that inspired a capacity crowd and helped the Cincinnati Reds roll to a 10-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Luke Hudson wins fifth straight

KANSAS CITY — Luke Hudson won his fifth straight decision and Emil Brown had three RBIs as the Kansas City Royals overcame David Ortiz’s major league-leading 41st homer to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 Tuesday night.

Trying to fill in at linebacker

ST. LOUIS — Will Witherspoon is the latest to go into the Bermuda Triangle that is the middle linebacker position for the St. Louis Rams.

Off-and-on relationship

ST. LOUIS — From one start to the next, Jason Marquis keeps the St. Louis Cardinals guessing.