Rolen’s bat keeps Cardinals winning

ST. LOUIS — Scott Rolen is swinging the bat so well right now that all he needs is one mistake to put the St. Louis Cardinals in front.

Living a rodeo life

She has a sandy indoor arena ready for rodeo practice at her house. To some it’s a hobby, but for this Hallsville High School graduate, it’s a way of life.

Final four set to go

Kyle Kovar is tied with his former Hickman teammate, Josh Brady, coming into the 18th hole of the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship quarterfinals. After two shots, his ball is 15 feet from the hole at Lake of the Woods golf course.

Cantwell can’t wait for next meet

He’s not worried about the $100,000 cash prize. He’s not worried about driving alone to Indianapolis. He’s not even worried about facing the fastest man on earth. Columbia’s Christian Cantwell’s only concern is performing in the shot put as well as he can.


Houston’s Brad Lincoln, one of the top two-way college baseball players in the country, was named the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy on Friday.

Boulder undertaking

Steve-O momentarily clings halfway up a 12-foot bouldering wall.

Life after Foxy

Her name was Foxy.

Skate or fly

They roared in on Harley Davidson motorcycles and left hundreds of dollars in merchandise behind. In between, legendary skateboarders from the Emerica Skateboard Shoe Company team invaded skate parks in Marshall, Columbia and St. Louis on Thursday in their second annual ‘Wild Ride’ tour.

Father-son match on horizon

The Francis Hagan Match Play Championship continues this weekend and might pit father against son before the tournament concludes on Father’s Day.


Terry Whitney, head coach of the Rock Bridge baseball team, has resigned. Whitney coached the Bruins for the past nine seasons and has been coaching at public high schools in Columbia for 25 years.

Rodeo finals shed light on sport

Sitting on top of a bucking horse, James Earl Carter has only a suitcase-type handle called a bareback riggin to hang on to. His other hand can’t touch the horse, or he will be disqualified and his efforts are wasted. He squeezes the horse’s neck with the heels of his boots, hoping to keep on top for just 8 seconds.

AAU Dream Team goes back to work

Tracy Edwards talks on his cell phone in his white Suburban at Douglass Park after Monday night’s practice. He is calling hotels in Louisville, Ky., trying to find rooms for 10, 15- and 16-year-old, basketball players and four coaches. His team just finished scrimmaging neighborhood talent on the cracked courts before sunset.

Oilers refuse to fold with overtime victory

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Edmonton Oilers beat three higher-seeded teams to reach the Stanley Cup finals. They weren’t going out that easy.

Tekotte heads to Series

This 19-year-old used to watch the College World Series in Omaha, but he never imagined he’d be playing there one day.

Teaching kids to ride

Makayla Rippey walks into the stables, wearing her riding helmet, a pair of boots and a purple t-shirt. She’s surrounded by 1,000- or more-pound animals with names like Copper, Harry, Frenchie and Wolf Pac.

Extra Points

Tony Temple was arrested on Sunday in Columbia for third-degree assault. Temple, a junior running back for the Mizzou football team, is free on $500 bond. Temple is automatically suspended from all team activities until the matter is resolved, according to the athletic department. The team had no further comment.

Tigers keep focus on caution for workouts

The symbolism was almost too obvious Monday as the Missouri football team kicked off its voluntary summer workouts just after dawn. The sun was rising. A new season was beginning. The players were buzzing with excitement.

Extra Points

Embattled pitcher Jason Grimsley was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Monday, less than a week after federal agents raided his home during an investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.

U.S. Czech-mated

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany — The United States looked like a bewildered World Cup newcomer again.


With the rain came anxiety, then relief.