Chance to swim eases home woes

MONTREAL — The Sri Lankans are hardly medal contenders at the World Swimming Championships. That’s OK. They have more important things to worry about than putting up fast times in the pool.

Prabha Dharmadasa, Mayumi Raheem and Milinda Wickramasinghe, who are competing this week in Montreal, lost their homes in the December tsunami that killed more than 30,000 in Sri Lanka alone. They are still living in temporary shelters.

Triathlon team helps bridge generation gap

Steve Weddle was starting to get a little worried. He and teammate Andrew Schutte were waiting for the third member of their triathlon team, Jordan Alexander, to arrive. Weddle was trying to reach Alexander on his cell phone, but hadn’t gotten through.

So even though Alexander showed up with time to spare, Weddle wasn’t going to let his friend off the hook.

Family’s attention aimed at archery

A stout little boy in a bright green shirt trudged out of the woods accompanied by his older sister whose light brown hair was pulled back into a ponytail. Both were smiling, relieved that the morning was over and lunch was on the way.

Jacob, 9, and Amanda Knerr, 11, woke up at 4:30 a.m. Sunday to make the trip from Columbia to Moberly with one goal in mind: beating their older brothers in the Show-Me State Games 3-D Archery competition.

St. Louis relievers slammed

ST. LOUIS — Neifi Perez hit a grand slam in the 10th inning after Chicago blew a one-run lead with two outs in the ninth, and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 on Sunday night to take two of three from the NL Central leaders.

David Eckstein’s single off Ryan Dempster (3-3) in the ninth made it 4-4 when Hector Luna slid around a tag at the plate, touching it with his hand.

Bell gets bang out of demolition derby

For Joe Bell, 20, of Columbia, demolition derby racing is a family affair. His father Gary, all of his uncles and even his aunt have had their hand in demolition derbies, so Bell has been around derby cars since he was 6. He hasn’t always enjoyed it though.

“Oh I hated it at first,” Bell said. “My dad had to pull me out there. I thought, why do I want to get out in the heat, with a dirty car and get all beat up? Didn’t sound like fun to me.”

Royals seize chance

KANSAS CITY — Ted Lilly pitched through the pain in his shoulder to retire the first 11 Kansas City batters.

Then with two out in the fourth, Emil Brown doubled off the Toronto left-hander. By the time Lilly finally recorded the third out, four straight batters had combined to hit for the cycle and the game was tied at 4, getting the Royals on their way to a 6-5 victory Sunday against the Blue Jays in sweltering 96-degree heat.

MU solar car nears finish

After the SunTiger VI team got some much-needed rest Saturday, the MU crew and their solar car hit the road for the final stretch of the 2,500-mile North American Solar Challenge.

The team traveled approximately 355 miles Sunday from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Regina, Saskatchewan, maintaining its eighth-place ranking among the 20 cars left in the competition.

Edwards fourth at Pocono

Kurt Busch kept his poise with NASCAR’s two grizzled veterans pushing hard down the stretch.

Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin were both determined to leave Pocono for good as winners. Instead, Busch spoiled the going away party and kept moving toward another Nextel Cup title.

Knee injuries can’t keep Bain sidelined

Kylie Bain stood out on the dirt at shortstop at the Rainbow Softball Complex at Cosmo Park wearing the glove she once used as her motivation.

She was also wearing a knee brace but other than that, watching her play Saturday and Sunday in the Show-Me State Games, you would never know what she has been through the past four months.

Event bonds family

The Wildhaber family from Columbia has played miniature golf all over the country, from Atlantic Beach, N.C., to the Grand Canyon. Vickie Wildhaber said that they play every year when they go on vacation.

“The fun thing about mini golf is that each course is different,” Vickie Wildhaber said. “It doesn’t get boring.”

Youth baseball title nice bonus

Joe Freeman was pleased that his son Cody’s baseball team, the Lebanon Yellowjackets won the Show-Me State Games’ 16-team 9-and-under baseball championship Sunday at Antimi Fields in Cosmopolitan Park.

But he said he would have been pleased no matter what the outcome was.

Coach’s few words speak volumes

Sharen Speckhals doesn’t like to use a lot of words, in fact, the shorter the phrase the better. Neither her inflection nor her coaching advice really changes, and it is this way on and off the volleyball court.

This becomes apparent after spending time with her and the nine girls that make up the Hermann/New Haven, or HNH, club volleyball team that competed Sunday in the 16-and-under age division at the Show-Me State Games.

Keeping it all together

Wearing a striped black and white shirt and with her hair piled on top of her head, Barb Brummet laid down on a mat in the Hearnes Center gym, keeping her focus on her job: refereeing a boys 10-and-under wrestling match for the Show-Me State Games.

“I’m always looking for a match,” she said, pointing to the six mats covering the floor. “I want to make sure this sport is still here in 20 years for my grandchildren.”

Soccer squad waves goodbye to clean jerseys

Before the start of their match Saturday afternoon, coach Roger Hulett told his players to roll around in the dirt.

“We had just gotten new white jerseys,” said Hulett, who coaches The Wave, an under-10 soccer team from Lake of the Ozarks that participated in Show-Me State Games this weekend.

Hot Chicago bats scorch St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Derrek Lee matched his career best for home runs with 65 games to spare. Of more concern to him is whether the Chicago Cubs can use the rest of the season to make a playoff run.

“It feels good,” Lee said after hitting his major league-leading 32nd home run in a 6-5 victory Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. “But it was a huge game for us. We just have to find a way to put it together and keep it together.”

SunTiger rests on day off

After six days and more than 1,500 miles of racing, MU’s SunTiger VI is in eighth place out of 20 solar cars competing in the North American Solar Challenge.

On Friday SunTiger drove the 74 miles from Joliette, North Dakota to Winnipeg, Manitoba , completing the second leg of the competition.

Mavericks’ Dantibo dethrones Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Kings manager Fran Riordan speaks well of Taylor Stadium.

His team was 5-0 there this season before Saturday night, having outscored Mid-Missouri 65-20.

Blue Jays pounce on Royals in fifth

KANSAS CITY — Three hits produced a big inning for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Shea Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske each hit two-run doubles in a six-run fifth inning as the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 9-4 on Saturday night.

Games begin with flips, flare

Patches of light blue, red and orange dotted the crowd gathered in the top sections of Hearnes Center on Friday evening, awaiting the ceremonial lighting of the torch, officially beginning the 21st annual Show-Me State Games.

“Everybody just tells us we need to come,” said Julie Means, wearing her red Tigers’ Baseball shirt. Along with the team, she and other parents traveled more than 240 miles from Lamar and surrounding towns to attend the games.

Winder keeps judo in the family

Derric Winder crouched at the edge of a red, white and blue mat at and offered support to his son.

“Drake, wrap her leg up,” Winder yelled.