Renault rebounds despite Mavs’ loss

Until Mid-Missouri right-hander Nick Renault took the mound for the Mavericks’ 3-1 loss to Windy City Tuesday night, nagging thoughts of his most recent start lingered in his mind.

Seven hits, seven runs and three home runs in 1 2/3 innings Saturday at Gateway’s GMC Stadium.

Greinke blanks Cleveland

CLEVELAND — For three days during the All-Star break, Zack Greinke hardly moved a muscle. He wasn’t tired, just tired of losing.

Refreshed from some time off, Greinke pitched seven shutout innings for his second win since the break and Emil Brown hit a home run off unlucky Cleveland starter Kevin Millwood, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 4-0 victory against the Indians on Tuesday night.

MU volleyball opens Sept. 2

The Missouri volleyball team released its 2005 competition schedule on Tuesday. Last season the team tied for third place in the Big 12 with a 14-6 record. The Tigers will return six starters, including All-American setter Lindsay Hunter. Six of the opponents they will face this season are ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

Missouri finished 24th in the poll after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The first game is the annual Tiger Invitational on Sept. 2 at Hearnes Center.

Rolen returns to Cards’ lineup

ST. LOUIS — Scott Rolen was back in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup Tuesday, a day after undergoing strength tests that showed no significant problems in his surgically repaired left shoulder.

Armed with a relatively clean medical report, manager Tony La Russa said he’d use Rolen as often as the All-Star third baseman’s health would allow. Rolen has not gotten full range of motion back, especially at the plate, but La Russa said he’s seen positive signs since Rolen skipped the All-Star Game to take a four-day break.

MU solar car makes gains despite winds

The third day of the North American Solar Challenge got off to a rainy start for MU’s SunTiger VI. The team traveled at an average speed of 33 miles per hour while traveling approximately 330 miles from Broken Arrow, Okla. to Auburn, Neb.

“We steered clear of the rain today. A bit of it was luck and bit was strategy,” team member Kenneth Keane said.

Rams tickets go on sale July 23

A limited number of St. Louis Rams single-game seats will go on sale July 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets have sold out for 85 games. Tickets are $44 to $85 each plus a convenience fee, and may be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Diamond Wildcats will hold tryouts

The Diamond Wildcats girls fast-pitch softball team is holding tryouts for the 2006 season on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southern Boone County High School in Ashland. The team is based out of central Missouri and plays tournaments throughout the state. Players born after December 31, 1986 are eligible to tryout.

O‘Neal lauded at funeral service

ST. LOUIS — Family and friends of Missouri football player Aaron O’Neal gathered Monday at West Side Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate his life and mourn his death.

O’Neal, a 19-year-old Missouri linebacker, died Tuesday shortly after a voluntary workout with teammates. The cause of death has not been determined, though a medical examiner has ruled out infection, trauma and foul play.

MU team overcomes obstacles

Two years of hard work is over, but the race has just begun. MU’s custom-made SunTiger VI is on the road as the team races 2,500 miles from Austin, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, in Canada. They have battled rainstorms and clouds, not to mention a highway patrolman in Oklahoma, who pulled over SunTiger and its escort vans not for speeding, but for fear the solar car was not legal to drive on the streets.

“The funny thing was that Stanford University’s car went by right before us,” said team member Kenneth Keane. “He didn’t even see them. But because he pulled us over, Stanford reached the checkpoint before we could.”

Cardinals’ hitters rescue Morris

ST. LOUIS — Matt Morris won his 11th game without his best stuff. The St. Louis Cardinals’ offense pulled him through.

Albert Pujols hit a home run, singled, doubled and scored four times, pacing a 14-hit attack in an 11-4 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Mavs’ recruits play role in win

Little has changed in Columbia since Alex Derhak last visited in mid-June as a member of the Florence Freedom, save the makeup of the local nine.

“The (Regency) hotel was right in the middle of downtown, right in the middle of all the action,” said Derhak, the new Mavericks’ catcher. “I didn’t play when we came here, so I don’t know much about the field. I remember the wind was blowing dead out to right like it is today.”

Knight’s record ski jump lands him national berth

A slight breeze blows over Lake Paragon, but the water around the five-foot tall aluminum ramp is still. About 50 yards away, Tony Knight steers his skis back and forth over the wake. A moment later, he is speeding toward the ramp, his knees bent and his left arm straight. He veers left, away from the boat, and hits the ramp at the perfect angle.

His jump seems to take him as high as the trees lining the far side of the lake and he lands well past the second buoy. On shore, a walkie-talkie can be heard through the applause. Scorer Cindy Daughtery announces a 151-foot jump.

Cohesion ultimate challenge for large Columbia program

Dan Stout is an exception.

Stout, 44, of St. Louis, grew up in Columbia and started playing ultimate with high school friends when he was 20. He still makes the drive out from St. Louis every week to play the sport in which teams try to score points by passing a flying disc in a fast-paced game similar to football.

Duel goes Cards’ way

ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter started ahead of Roger Clemens in the All-Star game, then topped him again a few days later.

The St. Louis right-hander outpitched Clemens to become the NL’s first 14-game winner. He tossed a three-hitter and inadvertently played a major role in his team’s big inning, leading the Cardinals to a 3-0 victory Sunday that completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros.

A Royal battle

DETROIT — Runelvys Hernandez said he was not trying to hit anybody. The Detroit Tigers did not believe him.

Hernandez allowed two hits through five innings before he was ejected after triggering a bench-clearing brawl in the sixth, and the Kansas City Royals beat Detroit 5-0 Sunday.

Years have been kind to Show-Me Games

In American culture, 21 is a golden age. After meager beginnings and being labeled the “no-show” games, the Show-Me State Games is entering adulthood this year by celebrating its 21st birthday.

“We are just coming out of being an adolescent,” Ken Ash, executive director of the Show-Me State Games, said. “We have a lot of years left. We have managed to stay ahead of the curve nationally and that is important.”

Cardinals batter Astros

ST. LOUIS — Not even Roy Oswalt could put an end to the St. Louis Cardinals’ dominance of the Houston Astros.

Oswalt entered Saturday’s game in St. Louis having won his past six starts, allowing only five runs. But he gave up a three-run home run to Larry Walker and four runs overall in a 4-2 loss to Jason Marquis and the Cardinals.

Edwards can’t catch Truex

LOUDON, N.H. — Points leader Martin Truex Jr. held off Carl Edwards on the final lap for his fifth victory of the season in a caution-filled NASCAR Busch Series race Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Truex, who started seventh, led only the last 13 laps in the New England 200. The victory extended the reigning series champion’s points lead to 142 over 16th-place finisher Clint Bowyer.

Armstrong fends off challengers

AX-3 DOMAINES, France — As the Pyrenean peak loomed, the assault Lance Armstrong was bracing for finally came. Here, the six-time champion knew, was a Tour de France moment of truth.

“It’s scary,” he admitted later.

Friendly competition

On one of his frequent drives from Jefferson City to Mark Twain Lake nine years ago, Joe Mertzlufft saw a sign about lake property for sale. After visiting Lake Paragon, south of Columbia, he, his wife Kathy and son Alex built a house there and moved in.

“I used to ski with my uncles as a youngster in Kentucky and loved it,” Joe Mertzlufft, 42, said. “Now it provides an escape from work. When you’re out there you cannot concentrate on anything else and ski well.”