Edwards holds off last-lap challenge

LOUDON, N.H. — Columbia native Carl Edwards easily held off a late challenge from Kevin Harvick on Saturday to win the NASCAR Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Diving back into the Games

The little ones cleared out at noon, and with them, the decibels. Splashes of heat entered Hickman High School natatorium. The small waves of water from the start of the races could now be heard. Red Speedo, goggles, a smile and a handshake, Bill Cannon, 75, turned back to the pool and took his mark.

Mid-America tournament lures female disc golfers

In 1975, Ed Headrick, the inventor of the Frisbee, took his flying disc to a new level with the creation of disc golf.

Another winner for Pujols

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols hit his league-leading 30th home run in the 14th inning Thursday night to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, their third straight win in extra innings.

Yankees expected to sign ex-Cardinal pitcher

NEW YORK — Sidney Ponson is about to get another chance, this time with the New York Yankees.

Fundamental errors

DETROIT — Even without his best stuff, Jeremy Bonderman kept the Detroit Tigers in the game long enough for them to get another win.

LPGA hall honors longtime Stephens teacher

Ann Casey Johnstone’s career began when most women didn’t step foot on a golf course.

Extra Points

Former Missouri men’s basketball standout and NBA hopeful Thomas Gardner will learn if he has a future with the San Antonio Spurs today.

Few favor defensive driving

NASCAR has made significant safety strides since the death of Dale Earnhardt, and many drivers credit recent innovations for an improved safety record: no deaths and few serious injuries in NASCAR’s top three series in the past five years.

Teenage driver following Edwards’ footsteps

Canadian driver Peter Shepherd didn’t win Roush Racing’s made-for-TV Driver X competition last year, but he still came out of it a winner.

Memories of O’Neal linger still

At a time of day when many are still settling in for their first morning coffee, a cacophony of sound floods MU’s football training complex.

The National League is winless in the last decade.

PITTSBURGH — No matter who’s on the mound, the National League can’t find a way to close out an All-Star game.

Dragging into the future

For Antorie Williams, turning 16 was extra sweet. Finally, Williams could race his ‘66 Chevy Nova with nitrous oxide boosters, an eight-year project in the making.

Cyclists take a simple approach

Four riders. Four gears.


The blonde, middle-age woman straps on her chest pad, hand pads, feet pads and helmet. Sarah Friskey, 44, sets up to face off against a guy almost half her age and quite a bit bigger than she is. She reminds him that she is old enough to be his mother, but she is glad he doesn’t take it easy on her.

AL All-Star team proves dominant in past decade

PITTSBURGH — The numbers are so one-sided, it’s startling.

Howard debuts at All-Star Game with Derby victory

PITTSBURGH — The Philadelphia Phillies haven’t been big winners for a long time. Thanks to Ryan Howard and Bobby Abreu, they’re tough to beat in the Home Run Derby.


BERLIN — The beautiful game turned vicious, even venomous Sunday.

Federer secures all-important 4th Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England — When Roger Federer stepped onto Centre Court, dressed for success in his creamy white, custom-made blazer, one thought was prominent as he prepared to face Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final.

Extra innings works for Cardinals again against Houston

HOUSTON — Aaron Miles doubled in two runs in the 12th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday night.