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.

No surprises for team at finish line

After long hours of work, planning, grueling qualifying inspections, uncontrollable weather conditions and small mechanical issues, the race is over for the University of Missouri’s solar team.

Crossing the finish line in eighth place, SunTiger VI zoomed in just 43 minutes after seventh-place winner, Principia College.

Rising up

Like Neo of “The Matrix” trilogy, Natalie Stepney is The One.

Or at least it’s a helpful metaphor for Stepney’s mother, Carol Stepney, when trying to calm her daughter’s nerves before this weekend’s AAU Junior Olympic Weightlifting competition where Natalie will be competing in the 14-16-year-old class.

Padres edge Cardinals with walk-off single

SAN DIEGO — Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman combined on a three-hitter and Robert Fick singled in the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the San Diego Padres snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Ryan Klesko started the winning rally with a one-out double to left-center off Jason Marquis (9-8) and was replaced by pinch-runner Damian Jackson. Joe Randa was intentionally walked to bring up Fick, who drove a 2-1 pitch to right-center to score Jackson.

Daniel Boone Stars round bases

Ryan Phillips and Brendan James were on second and third base when Conner Darrough singled in the fourth inning. Three forest green shirts in a sea of orange.

The ninth and 10th runs came home and the Daniel Boone All-Star’s mercy-ruled the La Co Mo All-Star’s, 10-0, in the Missouri State Little League Championship Wednesday evening.

Royals tough out win

KANSAS CITY — On pace for their third 100-loss season in four years, the Kansas City Royals keep playing well against tough opponents.

Mike Sweeney hit two home runs and drove in five runs, and Emil Brown hit a run-scoring single in the 13th inning as the Royals overcame a five-run deficit and beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Wednesday.

KU fan rejects guilty plea

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A former University of Kansas student arrested during an altercation with the MU police chief during a basketball game between the two rival schools plans to contest the trespassing charge next week.

Andrew Wymore, who says he doesn’t want to accept a plea bargain offered to him, is scheduled Aug. 3 for trial in municipal court in Columbia.

Local Little Leaguers win State

The Daniel Boone National Division 13-14 year-old all-star baseball team won the Little League Junior Division state championship Monday in Higginsville.

Daniel Boone National won with a 4-3 victory against McDonald County. Garrison McLagen ended the game by stealing home with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Quite a week for J-Rod

ST. LOUIS — Even factoring in the nuisance created by a pesky nail on the dugout steps, it has been a fantastic first week in the major leagues for John Rodriguez.

Not long ago, he was a face in the minor league crowd, and at 27 an aging one at that. Now, he’s a daily, productive fixture in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup, to the extent that manager Tony La Russa held off completing his lineup card on Sunday until Rodriguez, who missed his first start because of a sprained ankle caused when his cleats got snagged by the nail, could test the injury.

Former MU star Crudup awarded damages

KANSAS CITY — Jurors couldn’t reach a verdict Monday on whether the Raytown School District discriminated against former Missouri basketball star Jevon Crudup when firing him from a coaching job.

But they did decide that the parents of a former player contributed to Crudup’s firing as sophomore basketball coach at Raytown South High School, awarding actual damages of $3,249.80, plus another $25,000 in punitive damages.

Diving Club makes splash at nationals

The Mizzou Diving Club performed well on the first day of competition at the 2005 Amateur Athletic Union Diving National Championships in Largo, Florida on Tuesday.

David Bonuchi, 13, finished fourth on the 3-meter springboard in the 13-and-under age group. His teammate Dylan Parham, 12, finished ninth.

Rain stops Mavs

Rain postponed Tuesday’s series finale between the Mid-Missouri Mavericks and the Rockford RiverHawks.

The game is rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on August 28 in Columbia.

Columbian athletes qualify for Special Olympics

Several Columbia Special Olympics participants qualified for the first national games held in the United States, scheduled for July 2-7, 2006 in Ames, Iowa.

Columbia athletes who made the national games qualified in aquatics, track and field, basketball, bocce, golf, or tennis. These athletes are: Matt Hood, Matt Montgomery, Dena Muskopf, Brianna Perry, Beth Brokamp, Sarah Byland, Steven Harris, Cory Johnson, Kevin Kempker, Derrick Sandbothe, Rodney Stokes, Jeff Johnson, Mike Pitts, Micah Brimer, Diane Brimer, Seth Brimer, Ryan Brimer, Grace Wheeler, Jim LaRue, Scott LaRue, Duke Simmons, Shirlene Treadwell, Robert Eichelberger, Kerry Pilz and Tina Jones. Harry Beslame, Marshall Harding, Ricky Rost, Chris Mounts, Jim Morris, James Kindred and Amanda Bjorklund have qualified as alternates.

Show-Me State scorcher

Organizers for the Show-Me State Games were prepared.

According to Ken Ash, executive director of the games, changes were made to several outdoor competitions in response to the weekend’s extreme weather, which saw temperature soar to 105 degrees on Sunday.

MU team endures difficult day racing

The loss of a wheel, cloudy skies, a damaged rotor and a close call with two dogs all made Day 9 difficult for the SunTiger VI, the MU solar car competing in the 20-car North American Solar Challenge.

“There were just a whole bunch of little things that went wrong,” team member Kenneth Keane said. “It was a pretty aggravating day.”

Cards’ scoreboard on auction block

ST. LOUIS — Having trouble keeping track of the score for your backyard Whiffle ball games? Maybe the scoreboard from Busch Stadium is what you need.

The scoreboard, the video board, the tarp, even hot dog stands and kitchen utensils from the old ballpark will be auctioned off next month. The St. Louis County auction firm Schneider Industries will accept sealed bids and host a walkthrough for potential buyers Aug. 9-10, by appointment only.

Hansen beats biggest rival

MONTREAL — Brendan Hansen pounded the water with a defiant swing of his right arm, then paddled slowly toward the lane rope, exchanging a handshake and hug with the man he had just beaten.

After their brief embrace, Hansen swam off in one direction, Kosuke Kitajima the other.

Chance to swim eases home woes

MONTREAL — The Sri Lankans are hardly medal contenders at the World Swimming Championships. That’s OK. They have more important things to worry about than putting up fast times in the pool.

Prabha Dharmadasa, Mayumi Raheem and Milinda Wickramasinghe, who are competing this week in Montreal, lost their homes in the December tsunami that killed more than 30,000 in Sri Lanka alone. They are still living in temporary shelters.

Triathlon team helps bridge generation gap

Steve Weddle was starting to get a little worried. He and teammate Andrew Schutte were waiting for the third member of their triathlon team, Jordan Alexander, to arrive. Weddle was trying to reach Alexander on his cell phone, but hadn’t gotten through.

So even though Alexander showed up with time to spare, Weddle wasn’t going to let his friend off the hook.

Family’s attention aimed at archery

A stout little boy in a bright green shirt trudged out of the woods accompanied by his older sister whose light brown hair was pulled back into a ponytail. Both were smiling, relieved that the morning was over and lunch was on the way.

Jacob, 9, and Amanda Knerr, 11, woke up at 4:30 a.m. Sunday to make the trip from Columbia to Moberly with one goal in mind: beating their older brothers in the Show-Me State Games 3-D Archery competition.