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Back, back, back. . . gone!

DETROIT — Bobby Abreu won the Home Run Derby with a record-setting performance Monday night, hitting an astounding 24 home runs in his first turn at bat before outslugging hometown favorite Ivan Rodriguez in the finals.

Abreu also smashed the mark for total home runs with 41, besting Miguel Tejada’s 2004 total of 27 by the second round. He hit 11 in the finals, another derby record, to Rodriguez’s five in an event that lasted 3 hours, 3 minutes.

Rough-and-tumble

Adam and Aaron Gulley of Jonesburg got their start in motocross early.

“We would take them to the motorcycle dealership and lay the bike on its side,” said their mother, Terri Gulley. “And when they could pick it up on their own they could take it home.”

Pitcher shoulders challenge

Jordan Payne shielded her eyes from the sun and looked out toward the empty softball diamond. Just minutes ago, she was on the field with her team, the Extreme Heat, from Concordia. They lost 4-2 and were eliminated, but Payne was glad it was over. By Sunday, she had pitched nearly six complete games, and she was tired.

“I had fun,” Payne said. “But all I want to do right now is go home.”

Volunteers big part of USEF event

Horses surrounded Bridget Hussey for the better part of the weekend. A participant in the Missouri Dressage Classic, she did more than ride.

Hussey was one of more than 50 volunteers that helped the Midway Expo Center event run smoothly.

Hennessey blanks Cardinals

SAN FRANCISCO — Brad Hennessey no longer worries which pitch will be the one that sends him back to the minors.

That mind-set, along with some minor tweaks to his delivery, is making quite a difference. It’s also all but earned him a longer stay in San Francisco.

Sweeney, 6th put K.C. on top

KANSAS CITY — Mike Sweeney tied a Royals record in a game that featured a manager and a relief pitcher ejected as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-8 on Saturday.

Sweeney had five hits, tying a club record of eight straight hits and three RBIs before grounding out in the eighth. He had hits in his last three at-bats Friday. During the run, Sweeney had three doubles and five singles during the streak.

Without a Splash

Dylan Parham stepped toward the end of the light green diving board.

He went into his hurdle, jumped to the end of the board, and then rode the bounce into the air.

Not just horsing around

Cheryl Holekamp sits up straight. Her horse, Hafflicht, walks across the arena before turning right tightly and walking back across the arena.

Hafflicht then turns again, walking parallel with the fence before accelerating smoothly across the floor.

Nothing to sing about

“He started baseball’s famous streak/ That’s got us all aglow/ He’s just a man and not a freak...”

Boppin’ Brent Metheny-O?

It might have been too much for Mavericks’ fans to ask for a home-spun parody of “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio,” the radio hit written in the midst of the New York Yankee outfielder’s major-league record 56-game hit streak in 1941.

Dressage event starts state games

More than 40 riders from across the state will compete in the Show-Me-State Games Dressage competition this weekend at the Midway Expo Center. Competition begins at 7 a.m. today and continues through Saturday. It is the first event of this year’s games.

Dressage is an Olympic equestrian sport where a rider displays control over a horse through subtle body signals while maintaining balance, grace and poise.

This time, Cardinals lose pitching duel

PHOENIX — Luis Gonzalez led off the ninth inning with a home run to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 2-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, salvaging the finale of a four-game series.

The Diamondbacks snapped a six-game home losing streak after St. Louis manager Tony La Russa’s ninth-inning gamble failed.

Kickball contests support campers

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Columbia’s first kickball tournament raised $1,500 to send two children to summer camp and pay for doctor visits for children across mid-Missouri to get help treating the neuromuscular disease.

Jennifer Gotham, coordinator for the Columbia branch of MDA, said they chose kickball because it’s fun and isn’t too competitive.

Pals playing paths intertwined

Mighty Mouse. That’s what Evansville Otters’ designated hitter Jud Kindle calls Josh Wettlaufer, his former teammate twice removed.

“He swings the bat well for a guy his size and I’ve never seen him not hustling,” Kindle said of Wettlaufer, the Mavericks’ 5-foot-8, 165-pound center fielder.

Getting on track

Priscilla Daniels adjusted her ponytail and peered through her glasses at her competitors as she stepped to the starting line on the Hickman High School track.

When the whistle blew, she ran with long strides and a look of determination on her face. Two laps later, she crossed the finish line about 20-feet ahead of the second-place runner and received her first-place ribbon for Wednesday night’s 10-year-old girls’ 800-meter race at the Columbia Track Club Youth Program.

Cardinals squeeze by Arizona

PHOENIX — David Eckstein’s suicide squeeze scored pinch-runner So Taguchi in the ninth inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory Wednesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks and earn Chris Carpenter his 13th victory, tied for most in the majors.

Javier Vazquez (7-8) held the powerhouse St. Louis lineup to a season-low three hits in a complete-game loss.

MU baseball players named to regional team

The Tigers’ Max Scherzer, James Boone and Hunter Mense were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team.

Scherzer and Boone were selected to the first team and Mense was a second team selection.

A little night music

Twenty-four-year-old Chris Hatfield of Columbia is an electrician by day but moonlights as a singer with a style all his own.

The winner of KOQL/106.1 FM and KQFX/Fox 38’s “Mid-Missouri Idol,” an open-audition contest held at Twilight Festivals throughout June, Hatfield sang the national anthem before the Mavericks’ game Tuesday night.

Rally keeps Mavericks out of cellar

For six-and-a-half innings Tuesday night, the rubber game of “The Battle for the Basement” looked like a meeting of division leaders.

Both the Mavericks and Windy City ThunderBolts put on a display of sterling pitching and stout defense before a Taylor Stadium crowd of 660.

Crowd in central London cheers city's 2012 Olympic win

LONDON — Crowds in London cheered and waved flags as they heard Wednesday that their city had upset Paris to win the 2012 Olympics.

Prince William, who is in New Zealand, joined the celebration.

Royals end scoreless drought

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals used their best at-bat in about six weeks to break out of their offensive funk.

After fouling off several pitches, David DeJesus grounded a 3-2 pitch up the middle for a two-run single in the second inning for a four-run lead Tuesday night, an offensive bonanza for a team that had scored in only one of its previous 38 innings.

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