MU can’t get started

There haven’t been many occasions this season for the Missouri baseball team to lack confidence. With a 14-game winning streak, a winning record in Big 12 Conference play, and a perfect 6-0 record in three-game series, the Tigers have had plenty of reasons to feel good about themselves.

Bruck improving along with competition

After the 2006 season for the MU softball team, expectations were high for starting pitcher Jen Bruck. After all, she was the workhorse of the staff, pitching 260 innings and winning 24 games. She also carried the Tigers at the plate, leading the team in nine statistical categories. To top off her season, Bruck was named All-Big 12 Conference.

Cards slam Sheets

ST. LOUIS — Now that his April drought is over, Albert Pujols says he was never worried about the unsightly numbers next to his name.

Burton passes Kenseth for Texas repeat

FORT WORTH, Texas — When Jeff Burton won for the first time in the inaugural race in Texas, he was a young driver still trying to prove himself.

Astronaut to run marathon in space

All systems are go for astronaut marathoner Suni Williams. Williams, who qualified for the Boston Marathon before learning she would be at the International Space Station on race day, was cleared for a 26.2-mile simulated run at 9 a.m. CDT on Monday, just when the real event will be leaving Hopkinton down on Earth.

Rorvig holds on in heptathlon

Kaela Rorvig had just lost the lead in the women’s heptathlon after a mediocre throw in the javelin. She had to beat Nebraska’s Kim Shubert in the 800-meter run. Rorvig came in second, holding off Shubert for the last 100 meters.

Family fuel

The middle-distance tandem of Jimmie Jones and Marcus Mayes was near the end of a long, grueling set of 10 400-meter runs at the end of Missouri’s track practice.

Kenseth wins despite spin

Matt Kenseth made the save first, then he picked up the victory. That might sound a little backward for baseball fans, but it made perfect sense Saturday in the O’Reilly 300 Busch Series race.

Horseman holding clinic at Stephens

World-renowned horse trainer, instructor and judge Richard Shrake will put on a two-day western riding clinic for 24 Stephens College equestrian students and other local riders April 17 and 18.

A tale of two series

Carl Edwards has been waiting a long time to do another Sunday backflip. While Edwards is dominating the Busch Series this year, with a huge points lead and two straight victories, he hasn’t been able to do his trademark celebration after a Nextel Cup race since November 2005 in Texas.

MU earns split in doubleheader

The Missouri baseball team is scheduled to play nine three-game series against Big 12 conference opponents this season.

Patton still coping with backup role

The former Bruins star has yet to throw a pass for the Tigers.

Tiger gymnasts fall short at regional meet

For the third straight season the Missouri gymnastics team fell one place short of qualifying for the NCAA championships, finishing third Saturday night at the West Regional in Berkeley, Calif.

At Stephens College, an A+ matters more than a win

Maddie Marshall is so Hollywood. From the glittery wrap that keeps her dark brown hair in place to her academic major — film studies — she seems like the kind of woman who would be at home on the left coast.

Bruins’ Kohnle on roll after putt

Maybe the 14th hole was the turning point for Rock Bridge junior golfer Dan Kohnle.

Gymnasts rev up for regionals

Taped on the far wall of the gym, past the uneven bars caked with chalk, the piles of royal blue mats and the rows of sturdy balance beams, is a huge paper speedometer surrounded by speeding tickets.

Safford signs with Missouri

After playing the 2006-2007 season with six new players, the Missouri men’s basketball team will probably be adding only two newcomers next season. One of them, DeMarre Carroll, sat out last season after transferring from Vanderbilt last spring but practiced all season with the Tigers. The other was confirmed Thursday.

Temple leads tailbacks

After breaking out with a 194-yard, two-touchdown performance in last year’s Sun Bowl, and emerging from a crowded backfield as the clear starter going into the 2007 season, one might think Tony Temple can relax a little bit. But the senior tailback says he isn’t taking anything for granted.

Towe not satisified just yet

At the end of Tuesday’s practice, Rock Bridge coach Justin Towe was upset with the batting practice effort of his 5-0 Bruins. He admonished them for not taking quality swings in the batting cage as if they were struggling to score runs.

Tigers secondary shows depth

During scrimmage on Tuesday, quarterback Chase Daniel found receiver Will Franklin between the safety and the cornerback in the flat for a big completion.