Kansas City looks to NASCAR’s future

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Other cities might have more stock car racing history, bigger international profiles, brighter star power.

But backers of a bid to win the NASCAR Hall of Fame for Kansas City, Kan., where the relatively new Kansas Speedway is entering its fifth season of operation, said Wednesday they represent the sport’s future and NASCAR’s best chance to reach beyond its traditional fan base in the southeastern United States.

Extra Points: Six Tigers named to All Big 12 team

Six Missouri softball players were named to the All-Big 12 Conference Team and four earned Academic All-Big 12 honors.

Senior shortstop Heather Kunkel and junior outfielder Janessa Roening were first-team selections. Sophomore outfielder Leanne Bowers, sophomore catcher Kathy Masterson, redshirt freshman outfielder Micaela Minner and freshman first baseman Amanda Renth made the second team. Bowers, Kunkel and Masterson first team Academic All-Big 12 and sophomore pitcher Erica Peterson was on the second team.

Once a Kewpie, always a Bruin

Rock Bridge baseball coach Terry Whitney said one of his favorite high school baseball memories actually came against Hickman, a team he used to coach.

“It’s kind of ironic, but my last game senior year, I led off against Hickman with a home run,” Whitney said, who was an outfielder for the Bruins. “I only hit one in my high school career, and it was against Hickman.”

Royals continue slide

TORONTO — Roy Halladay made quick work of the worst team in baseball.

Halladay pitched his AL-leading third complete game of the season, and Toronto beat the struggling Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Tuesday night in game that took 1 hour, 44 minutes — the Blue Jays’ shortest of the season.

Dodgers reverse hex in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Hee-Seop Choi hit a go-ahead, three-run home run after he withstood a collision that forced Scott Rolen to leave the game with a sprained left shoulder in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 9-8 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Jeff Kent also hit a home run, and Cesar Izturis had two hits and two RBIs, helping the Dodgers end a six-game losing streak at Busch Stadium, counting the first round of the postseason last year.

No. 1 Kewpies get huge road victory

One day after a loss to Smith-Cotton — a team hovering around the .500 mark — the top-ranked Hickman baseball team bounced back in a big way Tuesday.

The Kewpies beat Wentzville Holt 7-3 at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon in a battle of the top two Class 4 teams in Missouri.

Cougars lose control of destiny

The Columbia College softball team was eliminated from the NAIA Region V Tournament Tuesday in Springfield when the Cougars fell 2-1 to Evangel University.

The Cougars (47-17) aren’t necessarily finished for the season. Coach Wendy Spratt said she thinks the team has about an 85 percent chance of earning an at-large bid to the NAIA National Tournament. She said the team will have a clearer picture of its chances at a bid when updated national rankings are released today.

Extra Points: Hickman doubles shine

The Hickman boys’ tennis team made a successful trip to Hannibal on Tuesday, handing the Pirates a 6-3 loss in a tightly contested dual.

Five of the nine matches went to tiebreakers, with Hannibal winning all three singles tiebreakers. Hickman (4-10) won the two doubles tiebreakers to clinch the victory.

Cougars alive in regional

The Columbia College softball team lost its first game of the NAIA Region V Tournament on Monday, but won its next two to stay alive in the chase for a title and a berth in the national tournament.

The Cougars managed two hits in a 3-0 loss to McKendree in the opener. Monica Mueller suffered the loss allowing seven hits.

Toronto Towers over K.C.

TORONTO — Josh Towers won his third straight start by pitching eight strong innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory against the struggling Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Russ Adams hit a two-run triple for the Blue Jays, swept in three of their previous four home series.

Clear shot

The Hickman girls’ soccer team is on a streak it hopes to ride all the way to the district finals.

After beating Rock Bridge and Jefferson City in the past two games, the Kewpies extended their winning streak to three, routing Smith-Cotton 9-0 on Monday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Kewps caught looking ahead

All the elements of a road upset were in play Monday at Hickman Field, where the No. 1 team in the state hosted an eager district foe.

Although a lackluster Hickman team had trailed all game entering the final inning, no one short of the visitors and their fans believed the Kewpies would lose. But when Smith-Cotton right fielder Andre Smith hauled in a fly ball off the bat of Chris Barrett for the final out, the Tigers had a 6-5 win against Hickman.

MU men’s golf gets NCAA regional invitation

As Mike Hermann, athletic director of Niagara University, read the schools selected for the NCAA Central Regional golf tournament Monday evening, a hushed silence came over the Clinton Club in Mizzou Arena.

Members and friends of the Missouri men’s golf team waited eagerly to hear its name read among the 26 schools selected to compete in the tournament.

Mulder aces another test, Pujols helps

ST. LOUIS — Odalis Perez has to be Albert Pujols’ favorite pitcher. Any team Mark Mulder faces these days is his favorite opponent.

Pujols drove in four runs with two home runs off Perez, giving him four long balls against the left-handed Perez in 12 at-bats, and Mulder tied his career best with 12 strikeouts in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

Huskers stymie MU rally

LINCOLN, Neb. – The wind, the pitcher and his career statistics were against him, but Jesse Boyer still managed to win Sunday’s Missouri-Nebraska game with a home run.

Boyer hit the first home run by either team in the three-game series and the first of his career to deny No. 17 Missouri’s comeback and lift No. 7 Nebraska to a 6-5 victory in 11 innings at Hawks Field.

Cougars roar into regionals

The Columbia College softball team is used to postseason competition.

The Cougars have qualified for the NAIA Region V Tournament every year since the tournament began in 2001, and have moved on to the national tournament the past three years.

A blast for Bowers

Leanne Bowers was in unfamiliar territory during her first two at-bats Sunday.

Missouri coach Ty Singleton had flipped Bowers and usual No. 2 hitter Janessa Roening in the lineup in the Tigers’ 1-0 win against Nebraska at University Field, their last game of the regular season.

Cards’ early outburst foils Padres’ sweep bid

ST. LOUIS — After losing three straight for the first time all season, the St. Louis Cardinals left nothing to chance.

Scott Rolen had four RBIs, and David Eckstein had two hits and an RBI in an 11-run first inning as the Cardinals avoided a four-game sweep by beating the San Diego Padres 15-5 on Sunday.

Royals get some help

BALTIMORE-Not much has gone right for the Kansas City Royals this season, and after they blew a seven-run lead against the Baltimore Orioles it appeared as if this game would be no different.

Then, for a welcome change, the Royals benefited from a disputed call.

MU shooters take aim at developing talent

The Missouri shotgun shooting club team was on the mark at the Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships on April 20-24 in San Antonio, Texas.

Missouri finished third out of 30 schools, and had four individual champions.