Wizards fire longtime coach

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Wizards fired Bob Gansler, the longest-tenured coach in Major League Soccer history, and chose assistant coach Brian Bliss as interim coach on Wednesday.

Consecutive one-run wins rare for Fenway

BOSTON — Not since Babe Ruth was pitching for Boston had the Red Sox won a pair of games like this.

Buck takes record walk

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil never got a free pass in life.

Georgia on his mind

He trimmed his final list from four to one. Rock Bridge High School’s two-year starting quarterback Logan Gray has announced his decision to attend the University of Georgia Fall of 2007.

Back on the field

A year ago after competing in the soccer tournament in the Show-Me State Games, Kirk Steinmetz started feeling sick.

Braves score 10 or more for fifth time

ST. LOUIS — Andruw Jones was 5-for-5 with two homers and matched his career high with six RBIs, helping the Atlanta Braves become the first team since the 1930 New York Yankees to score 10 or more runs in five straight games with a 14-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Royals go down with just one hit

BOSTON — Jon Lester gave Boston’s battered rotation another boost.

Streak snapped

ST. LOUIS — The only thing missing on another huge night for the Atlanta Braves’ offense was an extra-base hit from Chipper Jones.

Royals blow four-run lead, shutout in loss

BOSTON — A comeback win kept the Boston Red Sox in first place. Staying there could be tougher if Tim Wakefield is sidelined.

Stewart in danger of missing NASCAR’s Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart once said he should be fired if he failed to make NASCAR’s Chase for the championship.

Ready, Set, Moto

For many dirtbike racers, motocross is a way of life.

Health spurs diabetic swimmer to excel

Stretching his arms up toward the ceiling, Michael Laupp, 17, takes one more deep breath and with one last touch to his goggles, steps up on the block. Laupp dives into the Hickman pool, beginning his second and favorite event of the day, the 100-yard breaststroke. Swimmers of all ages cheer him on as he takes a clear lead and touches the wall with a personal best time.

Extra Points

It could have been a scene from the PGA’s U.S. Open. Close to 70 people, standing in silence during each shot and offering polite applause, followed the four lowest scoring competitors, as they played out a thrilling nine-hole championship round. The difference, besides the absence of Phil Mickelson, was that this was a disc golf championship that took place at Columbia’ Albert-Oakland Park, not Winged Foot.

Show-Me Games get many hands

With between 26- and 28-thousand athletes competing in just three weekends, the Show-Me State Games’ staff couldn’t operate without about 650 volunteers. People like Bill Clark offer their time, and sometimes expertise, to make the games the best in the U.S.

Event attracts veteran player

The idea of hitting a tiny white ball with a long, thin club appeals to many athletes across the world. For Travis Flett, golf’s slow pace wasn’t engaging enough to keep him hooked. Luckily for Flett, he found disc golf.

Seniors tournament comes down to playoff

Putting played a big role in Dee Sanders’ victory Saturday at the 13th Annual Columbia Invitational Seniors Championship Golf Tournament. Sanders won in a playoff with Tim Rooney at A.L. Gustin golf course.

Playing with fire

The handles feel like the end of a dog leash, cut and connected to fit around two fingers. The ball of Teflon stinks of lamp oil as it hangs an arm’s length away from your finger tips.

Edwards holds off last-lap challenge

LOUDON, N.H. — Columbia native Carl Edwards easily held off a late challenge from Kevin Harvick on Saturday to win the NASCAR Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Diving back into the Games

The little ones cleared out at noon, and with them, the decibels. Splashes of heat entered Hickman High School natatorium. The small waves of water from the start of the races could now be heard. Red Speedo, goggles, a smile and a handshake, Bill Cannon, 75, turned back to the pool and took his mark.

Mid-America tournament lures female disc golfers

In 1975, Ed Headrick, the inventor of the Frisbee, took his flying disc to a new level with the creation of disc golf.