Finally, some rest for weary Mavs

The Mavericks have gone 19 days without a day off, not counting that rainout in Rockford last week.

They wouldn’t have complained if it came even a day sooner.

Palmeiro violates steroid policy

NEW YORK — Rafael Palmeiro poked his finger in the air for emphasis and raised his voice with all the indignation of a man falsely accused.

“I have never used steroids. Period,” he told a congressional panel in March.

Harris boosts Florida

ST. LOUIS — Career pinch-hit leader Lenny Harris had a three-run go-ahead double in the sixth inning, helping the Florida Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Monday night.

Mike Lowell hit his second road home run of the season and had three RBIs for the Marlins, who have won five of six. Juan Encarnacion had three hits and scored twice.

St. Louis’ defensive line ready to shine

ST. LOUIS — In recent years the St. Louis Rams have placed an emphasis in the draft on building a strong interior defense, taking Damione Lewis and Ryan Pickett in 2001 and then choosing Jimmy Kennedy in 2003.

Now, the team hopes, it’s time for an overdue payoff.

Errors continue to hurt Mavs

Until the Washington Wild Things came to town, it hadn’t been customary for Mavericks’ right-hander Steve Soja to fraternize with the opposition.

He might want to reconsider his habits. Soja’s teammates haven’t been particularly supportive of his win-loss record this season.

Major splash for little swimmer

Three months ago, Meghana Bharadwaj of St. Louis didn’t know how to swim.

That, however, didn’t stop the 5-year-old from winning a medal in Sunday’s Show-Me State Games synchronized swimming competition.

Shooting for medals, good times

Joe Powell and Byron Ollendike walk the same narrow path every Thursday. After a good meal, with two different desserts, they join a small group of retirees and spend a couple hours skeet shooting.

But on Sunday, the two walked the same path for another reason.

Playing hardball

Jim Ducoulombier is going to remember his trip to Columbia for the Show-Me State Games.

The 16-year-old Park Hill native hit three home runs in five games, helping his team to an undefeated run in the 16-and-under baseball division.

Edmonds lifts Cardinals in 11th

LOS ANGELES — Jim Edmonds was supposed to get a day off. He knew better and kept himself prepared for anything.

Edmonds drove in three runs with a pinch RBI double in the seventh inning and a two-run home run in the 11th, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

The Big Green wins the big gold medal

Steven Campbell, 20, picked up the soccer ball as it rolled toward the goal.

With a quick glance down the field, he took three steps and booted the ball as his teammate, Steven Reineke, 20, sprinted past the defense, trailing in the shadow of the ball as it flew high overhead.

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.

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.