MU solar car still 8th

Cloudy skies meant a break from the heat and a break in the speed for MU’s SunTiger VI during the fifth day of the North American Solar Challenge.

“We had zero problems today, but we just didn’t have the sun we needed,” project manager Dave Barber said. “So we just traveled a little less than the speed limit.”

Missouri team stays on course

The fourth day of the North American Solar Challenge turned out to be another successful day for the Missouri team, which traveled an average speed of 31 mph from Auburn, Neb. to Pipestone, Minn.

The team had some slight problems finding its way on the 312-mile journey Wednesday, and there were only minor mechanical problems.

Bowers gets big league admiration

His major-league career isn’t one to brag about. It lasted all of 21 games and 39 at-bats with the Baltimore Orioles in 1996.

But the length of Windy City manager Brent Bowers’ stint in the big leagues doesn’t concern his players.

Games scoring dollars for city

Kurt Mirtsching is excited about the Show-Me State Games, but not because he is an athlete. He is one of the owners of Shakespeare’s Pizza.

“We get a nice bump in business when the Show-Me State Games come to town,” Mirtsching said. “It’s definitely noticeable.”

Moving forward

In Houston for the Big 12 Conference’s media day Wednesday, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said that only time will help ease the Tigers’ grief.

Their friend and teammate Aaron O’Neal is gone. His tragic death on July 12 casts a shadow over the start of a new season.

Another Pujols home run sparks Cardinals win

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols is such a consistent producer for the St. Louis Cardinals that his manager says people expect too much.

Pujols hit a home run for the third straight game and the fourth in six since the All-Star break, backing Mark Mulder in a 4-2 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

Kansas beats Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Jose Lima stopped his winless streak on the road at 14 starts, sending Cleveland to its 11th loss in 13 games.

Donnie Murphy and Angel Berroa hit solo home runs for Kansas City off C.C. Sabathia (6-7), who lost his third straight start overall. Sabathia is 1-5 with a 5.97 ERA at home this year, including 0-5 in eight starts in Cleveland since beating the Royals 6-0 on April 29.

Winning ways end

ST. LOUIS — Bill Hall’s two-run double in the eighth inning gave the Milwaukee Brewers, once down by four runs, a 5-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Lyle Overbay hit a home run and Brady Clark had three hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who beat the Cardinals for the second time in eight meetings and ended St. Louis’ five-game winning streak. The Cardinals led 4-0 entering the fifth.

Poll puts MU fourth in North

Media members covering Big 12 football predicted that Missouri will finish fourth in the North Division this season. Colorado and Texas, meanwhile, were picked as the division champions.

Tigers decide to resume practices

A week after Aaron O’Neal’s death following a voluntary practice, the MU football team resumed workouts Tuesday morning.

The voluntary practice began around 7 a.m., and the team will continue its previously set schedule of morning and afternoon practices, said Director of Media Relations Chad Moller.

Renault rebounds despite Mavs’ loss

Until Mid-Missouri right-hander Nick Renault took the mound for the Mavericks’ 3-1 loss to Windy City Tuesday night, nagging thoughts of his most recent start lingered in his mind.

Seven hits, seven runs and three home runs in 1 2/3 innings Saturday at Gateway’s GMC Stadium.

Greinke blanks Cleveland

CLEVELAND — For three days during the All-Star break, Zack Greinke hardly moved a muscle. He wasn’t tired, just tired of losing.

Refreshed from some time off, Greinke pitched seven shutout innings for his second win since the break and Emil Brown hit a home run off unlucky Cleveland starter Kevin Millwood, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 4-0 victory against the Indians on Tuesday night.

MU volleyball opens Sept. 2

The Missouri volleyball team released its 2005 competition schedule on Tuesday. Last season the team tied for third place in the Big 12 with a 14-6 record. The Tigers will return six starters, including All-American setter Lindsay Hunter. Six of the opponents they will face this season are ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

Missouri finished 24th in the poll after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The first game is the annual Tiger Invitational on Sept. 2 at Hearnes Center.

Rolen returns to Cards’ lineup

ST. LOUIS — Scott Rolen was back in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup Tuesday, a day after undergoing strength tests that showed no significant problems in his surgically repaired left shoulder.

Armed with a relatively clean medical report, manager Tony La Russa said he’d use Rolen as often as the All-Star third baseman’s health would allow. Rolen has not gotten full range of motion back, especially at the plate, but La Russa said he’s seen positive signs since Rolen skipped the All-Star Game to take a four-day break.

MU solar car makes gains despite winds

The third day of the North American Solar Challenge got off to a rainy start for MU’s SunTiger VI. The team traveled at an average speed of 33 miles per hour while traveling approximately 330 miles from Broken Arrow, Okla. to Auburn, Neb.

“We steered clear of the rain today. A bit of it was luck and bit was strategy,” team member Kenneth Keane said.

Rams tickets go on sale July 23

A limited number of St. Louis Rams single-game seats will go on sale July 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets have sold out for 85 games. Tickets are $44 to $85 each plus a convenience fee, and may be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Diamond Wildcats will hold tryouts

The Diamond Wildcats girls fast-pitch softball team is holding tryouts for the 2006 season on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southern Boone County High School in Ashland. The team is based out of central Missouri and plays tournaments throughout the state. Players born after December 31, 1986 are eligible to tryout.

O‘Neal lauded at funeral service

ST. LOUIS — Family and friends of Missouri football player Aaron O’Neal gathered Monday at West Side Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate his life and mourn his death.

O’Neal, a 19-year-old Missouri linebacker, died Tuesday shortly after a voluntary workout with teammates. The cause of death has not been determined, though a medical examiner has ruled out infection, trauma and foul play.

MU team overcomes obstacles

Two years of hard work is over, but the race has just begun. MU’s custom-made SunTiger VI is on the road as the team races 2,500 miles from Austin, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, in Canada. They have battled rainstorms and clouds, not to mention a highway patrolman in Oklahoma, who pulled over SunTiger and its escort vans not for speeding, but for fear the solar car was not legal to drive on the streets.

“The funny thing was that Stanford University’s car went by right before us,” said team member Kenneth Keane. “He didn’t even see them. But because he pulled us over, Stanford reached the checkpoint before we could.”

Cardinals’ hitters rescue Morris

ST. LOUIS — Matt Morris won his 11th game without his best stuff. The St. Louis Cardinals’ offense pulled him through.

Albert Pujols hit a home run, singled, doubled and scored four times, pacing a 14-hit attack in an 11-4 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.