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Uncrowded Cosmo offers fun 4th of July activities

A family of three runs around the open grass next to the soccer fields at Cosmo Park. Three-year-old Aaron Scofield is out on his first kite flying adventure, but there’s barely a breeze to lift the large serpent kite off the ground.

Pride wins fifth tourney

The Missouri Pride Fastpitch Softball team won the USSSA state tournament in Columbia on Sunday.

KC ends Twins win streak

KANSAS CITY — After missing more than a month with a hamstring injury, David DeJesus is making up for lost time.

Braves’ pitching trips up Cards

ATLANTA — With three scoreless innings, the Atlanta Braves’ beleaguered bullpen finally supported John Smoltz.

Eighth-inning mistakes cost Royals victory

KANSAS CITY — Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau hit home runs and the Minnesota Twins rallied for their 11th straight victory, 6-5 over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Sorenstam ends majors drought in impressive fashion

NEWPORT, R.I. — Annika Sorenstam kept trying to convince herself the U.S. Women’s Open was just another tournament, despite reminders at every turn how much it meant and how long it had been since she won.

All-Star Game rosters released

NEW YORK — The Chicago White Sox and New York Mets filled up the All-Star rosters, earning six selections each when the teams were announced Sunday.

Marquis ends slump with solid 7 innings

ST. LOUIS — Jason Marquis was ready to pitch as long as he needed to go to snap his personal two-game losing streak.

Marathon fourth round can’t determine winner

NEWPORT, R.I. — Annika Sorenstam had to wait 10 years to recapture the U.S. Women’s Open and thought it was in her hands Sunday when a 30-foot birdie putt broke gently toward the cup and started to dip into the hole.

Findling finding happiness with her new team

Jessica “The Bomber” Findling steps into the box at Cosmopolitan Park. Her leg is coated with the dirt mixed with sweat. She’s frustrated with how she’s been playing. A championship last weekend and a solid first game at this weekend’s USSSA Girls Fast Pitch Mid-State Championship wasn’t enough.

Skaters working for sponsorships

All eyes and cameras are on Ryan Sublette. He rolls into a 5-foot ramp for speed and launches up onto the trick platform. Nobody breathes for a good 5 seconds as he balances on the front of his skateboard, grinding on the edge of the platform, a difficult feat. His arms are frozen in a crane-like posture, shifting slightly for balance. Fifteen feet later, he pops up off the box and lands. He rolls away to applause and the familiar skateboard vocalization of approval, “YEAH!”

Missouri cheerleaders could be sidelined

The Hallsville High School cheerleaders have won third place at the state competition for three years in a row, but the squad is facing new challenges on its path to a state championship.

NEW YOGA

A purple mat on a shiny hardwood floor. A soft green covers the four walls of the large room. Windows look out over downtown Jefferson City. You’re in the “sunrise room” of the Show Me Yoga Center.

Columbia triathletes finish Ironman

Kimberly Mouser says she’s “taking a break” from the intense swimming, biking and running she’s been doing for months.

Rockers ready for Mid-State Championship

The Rockers-Cowan 16-and-under fast pitch girls’ softball team quickly put last week’s USSSA tournament win at Central Missouri State University behind them as they gear up for the USSSA Mid-State Championship this weekend at the Rainbow and Antimi Complexes in Cosmopolitan Park. The Rockers swept last week’s tournament winning seven straight games.

High flying

Kellin Hentoff is an accomplished juggler. His routine, which was one of three winners at the Annual Groundhog Day Juggling Festival in Atlanta earlier this year, is both impressive and whimsical. Hentoff plays the role of a “Kooky Cook” while juggling an array of kitchen items, including at one point, a potato, a ladel and a fork. Hentoff ends the routine juggling three large knives.

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.

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