Gordon happy to return to winner’s circle

SONOMA, Calif. — Even for a guy who has won as many races as Jeff Gordon, Sunday’s victory at Infineon Raceway was like a life preserver to a drowning man.

Joining the family

ST. LOUIS – Mike Anderson walks inside the Edward Jones corporate office building surrounded by fanfare the way a man enters a reception hall after his wedding.


Missouri postcollegian Fiona Asigbee finished third in the the women’s heptathlon at the USA Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis for the second-consecutive year.

Senior athlete takes beating but beats odds

It was 1950-something. Truman was in office, and a young boy walks down the street in St. Louis. The sirens are blasting and families made for their basements and shelters. The boy knew it was just another McCarthy-era air raid drill. He had other things on his mind.

Not your usual triathlon

With the warm morning sun beating down on them, the young triathletes shuffled their bare feet and eagerly waited to take a wet ride down the starting place, a winding water slide that jetted them into the water and the first event in the triathlon.

Skateboarders enjoy their day

Skateboarding has an official holiday. In 2004, the International Association of Skateboard Companies set June 21 as a day for skateboarders to skip their obligations, go skateboarding and have fun. Mid-Missouri skateboard guru Shane Stander pushed the annual holiday to the weekend for Columbia this year.

Senior living

Jose Cesteros, 74, sits on the bench next to the pole vault pit, watching mostly younger athletes in front of him take their practice vaults. He doesn’t take a turn, choosing to save his energy for the turns that count.

Columbia fans up for early game broadcast

Ripping off their shirts to reveal the letters USA colorfully painted on their chests, two MU students excitedly ran into TK Brothers Grill, keeping their eyes on the big screen TV as they quickly sat themselves at the nearest open table.

Senior golfers still focus on winning

Millie Barnes sits in the driver’s seat of her golf cart and carefully looks over her scorecard. It’s still early in the tournament, but that’s not keeping her from staying concerned about her stroke count.


Missouri senior Neville Miller and postcollegian Derrick Peterson qualified for the finals in the 800-meter run on Thursday at the USA Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis.

Senior State Games are set to begin today

The Missouri Senior State Games begin today with an 18-hole golf tournament, the first of 24 events to take place over the next four days. In its 12th year, the Senior Games will offer athletes a chance to compete in events such as bowling, swimming, basketball and horseshoes.


Two Missouri athletes placed in the first day of competition Wednesday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Junior Championships in Indianapolis. Freshman Garett Jefferies placed third in the finals of the 5000 meter run in 14 minutes, 51.14 seconds and redshirt Dan Hedgecock was fourth in the same race at 14:52.23. Jefferies, who was ninth at the Big 12 Conference meet in the 5000, has a personal best in the event of 14:23.95 from the Stanford Invite in March.

U.S. team needs more than victory

NUREMBERG, Germany — Win and hope.

Tigers’ track and field standouts back for more

While some people can’t wait to leave college, others end up sticking around.

Cardinals clobbered by 24-hit onslaught

CHICAGO — Joe Crede and A.J. Pierzynski hit home runs during an 11-run, 12-hit third inning Tuesday night and the Chicago White Sox used their biggest scoring output in a decade to rout the St. Louis Cardinals 20-6.

Kansas City comeback cancels early Pirates lead

KANSAS CITY — David DeJesus and John Buck drove in two runs apiece and Kansas City erased an early deficit to beat Pittsburgh 10-6 Tuesday night in an interleague clash between the two worst teams in the majors.

Mickelson’s U.S. Open miscue not the first

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson isn’t the only major champion to blow the U.S. Open. He can only hope he doesn’t end up like the others.

Cardinals’ offense keeps on Rolen

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols’ side injury could have been devastating for the St. Louis Cardinals. Instead, they have gotten just as much production from the third slot in the order without him.


Missouri pitchers Max Scherzer and Nathan Culp were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Midwest Region Team.

Repeat performance

After four days, seven rounds, and 126 holes of golf. David McDonald stood on the 16th green at Lake of the Woods Golf Course, trophy clinched in hand. He lifted the gold-colored prize to his lips and tasted the icy cold beer. It’s tradition that the winner of the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship have a drink out of the trophy before it’s swept away to be engraved with the champion’s name.