Hendrickson has Royals’ number

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mark Hendrickson took a new mental approach into his latest start, and wound up keeping his spot in Tampa Bay’s rotation.

Hendrickson took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and Travis Lee hit a home run as the Devil Rays completed a four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 6-2 victory Sunday.

Playing for her mother

Vanessa Van Bleisem held the ball tightly as her eyes rapidly searched for an open purple jersey. The coach and crowd yelled for someone to get open.

But one voice was missing from the crowd.

A volley of fun

The players on Team Key Sport don’t hesitate to make fun of each other.

“My last name is Pickup,” said Robin Pickup, organizer of Team Key Sport. “You know, like the truck.”

Striding to another medal

David Couts takes the “race” part of racewalking seriously.

As a gunshot signaled the beginning of the Show-Me State Games racewalk at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Couts was off with a look of concentration on his face.

O’Neal timeline connects reports

The MU Athletic Department released a timeline Friday morning detailing the events leading up to the death of MU football player Aaron O’Neal after a voluntary practice on July 12.

The release confirms some earlier reports and helps fill in the 25-minute gap that existed between the time O’Neal was taken to a locker room at Faurot Field and when the MU athletic training staff called paramedics at University Hospital after O’Neal arrived at the Tom Taylor Athletic Facility.

Wild Things push Mavericks into last place

Nick Renault had been in the company of his Mid-Missouri teammates for about two minutes Saturday when he realized he’d forgotten something.

The recently well-used right-hander, about to pitch for the third time in six days, sprung up from his seat in the dugout and retreated back to the clubhouse.

Basketball brings family together on, off court

Stephen Cook paced up and down the sideline, dry-erase board in hand and shouting advice to his players.

“Get up and guard him!” he yelled as his team dropped back on defense. “ ‘D’ up!”

Table tennis serves dedicated following

Jie Jie Liu, 13, bit her fingernails nervously as she stood at the edge of one of the eight table tennis courts set up in the Armory Sports Center.

“I’m nervous,” she said. “I think he’s going to beat me!”

Gateway Archery

Two whistles pierce the silence of Saturday morning at Stephen’s Park. Grant Bradshaw, wearing a white bucket hat, steps up to the a white spray-painted line, loads his arrow, draws his bow and lets go.

“It’s not like a gun, there’s no bang, bang,” he said, drawing an imaginary gun and pretending to shoot. “It’s quiet.”

Throwing for another gold

Randy Slaughter smiled as he made his prediction about the final round of the Show-Me State Games disc golf tournament.

“I’m gonna tear this round up,” Slaughter said. “I got to see my son during lunch. He definitely pumped me up today.”

St. Charles girls are Force to be reckoned

"Volleyball is the funnest sport,” Jessica Wilmes said.

“It’s MOST FUN, stupid. You’re going to make us look dumb!” her teammate Allison Pieper corrected.

Together, brothers ace all comers

The Latifi brothers are getting more than wins from playing doubles tennis together.

Inside Green Tennis Center on the MU campus, Omeed and Eemaun Latifi combined their individual skills to work together as a team at the Show-Me State games.

Melton breaks 5 blocks to earn gold

Chad Melton saw the seemingly daunting task in front of him.

He took a deep breath and focused intently on his target.

Big inning defeats Mavericks

The Mavericks' recurring nightmare of 2005 haunted them once more Friday night.

Mid-Missouri lost 13-7 to the Richmond Roosters at Taylor Stadium, again falling victim to a big inning by the visitors.

Richmond scored 10 runs on eight hits in the sixth, turning a one-run deficit into a nine-run cushion. The Roosters held on as the Mavericks fell to 21-37.

Mid-Missouri right-hander Damien Dantibo struck out six, walked three, and hit a batter in five innings. Though the 19-year-old allowed seven hits and three runs in that span, he was in line for the win when he left the game.

That's when the bullpen imploded.

The sixth included the Mid-Missouri debut of reliever Adam Clay, who entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs. He surrendered a grand slam to Richmond first baseman Rich Daly after three pitches.

Brent Metheny went 4-5 with two RBI to lead Mid-Missouri.

The Mavericks host the Washington Wild Things tonight at 7:05 in the first of a three-game series.

BEER HERE: Dantibo struck out Roosters' designated hitter Tony Sanguinetti in the first and fifth innings Friday. The significance? It allowed those of age in the crowd of 1264 to take advantage of an in-game drink promotion.

As per Bud Beer Batter night, fans could buy a 12-ounce Budweiser for $1 in the 10 minutes after any Sanguinetti strikeout. He had been selected at random before the game.

Disc golf hitting its mark in Columbia

Bob Heyn took his throwing stance on the 16th hole at Albert-Oakland Park.

Heyn, 29, threw his disc and watched as it sailed across the water hazard, directly for the basket.

Mavs send Roosters to rolling stop in 10th

The taxing part of Bud Ward’s job begins most afternoons around 4 o’clock.

It happens after he’s driven a bus full of Richmond Roosters coaches and players across the Midwest. And after he’s navigated through a new city to get the team from its hotel to the ballpark.

Walk, don’t run, to unique event

If you don’t know what racewalking is, you’re not alone.

Even Karen Kraus, who will be competing in the Show-Me State Games racewalk on Sunday, had never heard of the event until about three weeks ago.

Royals waste early lead

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Scott Kazmir took another step forward in his promising career.

Kazmir struggled early, but rebounded for his third consecutive win as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals 10-5 Thursday night.

West coasting

SAN DIEGO — The three runs Chris Carpenter gave up in the second inning were just a hiccup.

Otherwise, the right-hander had no trouble becoming the NL’s first 15-game winner, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the staggering San Diego Padres 11-3 on Thursday.

Earning golden marks

Thomari Story-Harden has committed nine errors at first base for the Mavericks this season. Still his manager mentions him in the same breath with one of baseball’s greatest defensive players.

Jim Gentile is firm when he says Story-Harden is on par with Brooks Robinson.