Tax break for K.C. stadiums approved

JEFFERSON CITY — A state board signed off on a plan Thursday to provide $50 million in tax breaks for renovations to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals stadiums.

Acrobats ready to perform

The St. Louis Arches, a group of acrobats between ages 6 and 16, will perform in Columbia tonight at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Flat Branch Park as part of the Twlight Festival. The troupe, which has existed for 17 years, is affiliated with the Circus Day Foundation, an organization that uses the circus to promote diversity. Jessica Hentoff, artistic and executive director of the organization, described it as, “a social circus organization that teaches the art of life through circus education.”

Home run count goes against K.C.

CINCINNATI — All of those home runs flying out of the ballpark put Aaron Harang’s performance in perspective.

Eckstein’s grounder enough to end slide

ST. LOUIS — Any win is exciting for the St. Louis Cardinals right now, no matter how it falls into their lap.

Chasing her dreams

Sometimes pursuing one dream means putting another one on hold. That’s the story of MU track and field hepathlete Fiona Asigbee.


BOSTON — ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons was stricken with a brain aneurysm Tuesday morning and underwent surgery.

Cards lose eighth in a row

ST. LOUIS — Unlike his last start, there was no quit in C.C. Sabathia.

Cardinals streak stretches to seven

ST. LOUIS — The Cleveland Indians’ hottest pitcher helped them finally get off on the right foot.

World Cup refs playing highly visible, regrettable role

BERLIN — Their ranks include a tax inspector, a tire salesman, even an airline pilot. Then they step on the soccer field and become referees.


Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. will continue as the exclusive alcohol sponsor for the Super Bowl through 2012, and the world’s largest brewer is adding other sports to its long list of sponsorships.

Games keep senior afloat

Gripping the edge of the pool with one hand, 89-year-old Glenda Crites tucks her short curly hair under her swim cap in preparation for her final race in the Missouri State Senior Games.

Cards can’t derail Detroit

DETROIT — This weekend, the Detroit Tigers drew more fans to Comerica Park for three consecutive games than they ever have in its seven-season history.

Gordon happy to return to winner’s circle

SONOMA, Calif. — Even for a guy who has won as many races as Jeff Gordon, Sunday’s victory at Infineon Raceway was like a life preserver to a drowning man.


Missouri postcollegian Fiona Asigbee finished third in the the women’s heptathlon at the USA Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis for the second-consecutive year.

Senior athlete takes beating but beats odds

It was 1950-something. Truman was in office, and a young boy walks down the street in St. Louis. The sirens are blasting and families made for their basements and shelters. The boy knew it was just another McCarthy-era air raid drill. He had other things on his mind.

Not your usual triathlon

With the warm morning sun beating down on them, the young triathletes shuffled their bare feet and eagerly waited to take a wet ride down the starting place, a winding water slide that jetted them into the water and the first event in the triathlon.

Skateboarders enjoy their day

Skateboarding has an official holiday. In 2004, the International Association of Skateboard Companies set June 21 as a day for skateboarders to skip their obligations, go skateboarding and have fun. Mid-Missouri skateboard guru Shane Stander pushed the annual holiday to the weekend for Columbia this year.

Senior living

Jose Cesteros, 74, sits on the bench next to the pole vault pit, watching mostly younger athletes in front of him take their practice vaults. He doesn’t take a turn, choosing to save his energy for the turns that count.

Joining the family

ST. LOUIS – Mike Anderson walks inside the Edward Jones corporate office building surrounded by fanfare the way a man enters a reception hall after his wedding.

Columbia fans up for early game broadcast

Ripping off their shirts to reveal the letters USA colorfully painted on their chests, two MU students excitedly ran into TK Brothers Grill, keeping their eyes on the big screen TV as they quickly sat themselves at the nearest open table.