Cards get unexpected help

ST. LOUIS — The first seven hitters in the St. Louis Cardinals’ order were a quiet 3-for-27. It was the last two that the Chicago Cubs could not handle.

Young receivers vie for spot

Take a quick glance at the Missouri football team’s roster and the similarities between Danario Alexander and Jared Perry will jump right out.

Rivalry match doesn’t make players ignore court manners

When the girls’ tennis teams from Hickman and Rock Bridge meet, rivalry is one of “mutual respect,” coaches say.

Young Tigers not lacking good players

It has not taken long for freshman Kristin Andrighetto to make her mark on the Missouri soccer team. Her old nickname, “Weasel,” a testament to her sneaky approach to stealing the ball, has also followed her to Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

MU senior still alive in U.S. Amateur play

Missouri senior John Kelly played his steadiest round yet in defeating Eddie Olson, 4 and 3, at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Chaska, Minn., on Thursday afternoon.

Cougars can’t sleep through tough early schedule

While many teams prefer to ease into a season by playing against low-level competition, the Columbia College soccer team will be doing the opposite.

Missouri native returns to coach MU softball

Ehren Earleywine was named the new Missouri softball coach Friday morning, replacing former coach Ty Singleton, who left MU for New Mexico on Aug. 3. Earleywine is the program’s eighth coach.

Big welcome for Little League team

They have been on ESPN, but they don’t mind throwing candy from convertibles.

Lineup changes at DE spot

When the week began, the competition for the final starting spot at defensive end was turning into one of the Missouri football team’s most intriguing sidenotes.

Fishing fraternity

Stink bait, consisting mostly of rotten cheese and chicken blood, is not intended for human consumption. That is precisely why eating it becomes a great bet on a boring day at Tombstone Tackle. When the temperature gets extreme, the regulars at the bait and tackle shop on Business Loop 70 West retreat indoors. The shop becomes more of a frat house than a fishing store.

Bruins start promising new season

Though she refused to comment on her expectations for her team, Rock Bridge volleyball coach Beth Newton said that the squad will be worth watching.

Kelly advances in U.S. Amateur play

Missouri senior John Kelly completed a stirring comeback with a par on the 17th hole to close out Daryl Fathauer, 3 and 1, in his first match of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

Edwards says he’s learned from tough season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Carl Edwards has gone from one of NASCAR’s golden boys to one of the sport’s “bad boys,” struggling on the track and tangling with fellow drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. off it.

Mulder roughed up by Mets in return

NEW YORK — Steve Trachsel wasn’t happy. And he was the winning pitcher.

Royals blow nine-run lead in loss

KANSAS CITY — The Cleveland Indians allowed 10 runs in the first then rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 15-13 Wednesday night when Ryan Garko and Hector Luna hit run-scoring singles in the 10th inning.

Ekwerekwu finally back with team

It didn’t take long to notice Missouri wide reciever Brad Ekwerekwu among the Missouri players on the Kadlec Athletic Fields for Tuesday’s practice.

Second wind

A rundown in a baseball or softball game is a fairly common event. A runner gets greedy and decides to go for more bases and gets caught between two players trying to tag him out.

Kelly still swinging in Amateur

University of Missouri senior John Kelly was one of 64 golfers to qualify for the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club and the Chaska Town Course in Chaska, Minn.

New York outslugs Cardinals

NEW YORK — Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, putting a rousing ending to a night of grand-slam derby and rallying the New York Mets over the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Tuesday.

Teahen leads KC past Tribe

KANSAS CITY — Mark Teahen was 4-for-4 with a home run and two doubles, and scored the go-ahead run on Victor Martinez’s throwing error Tuesday night, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.