Chance for rejuvenation

KANSAS CITY — For one day at least, the budget-conscious Kansas City Royals are ready to open their checkbook and spend money with the big boys.

Having the No. 2 overall pick in today’s baseball draft provides a rare opportunity to invigorate the team’s youth-based rebuilding program with a player with extraordinary ability. Unlike some years, the Royals insist that talent, and not the ability to sign the player, will be their guide.

Mavericks bagged

Mavericks manager Jim Gentile had a pulse on the 922 fans who attended his team’s 7-3 loss to Gateway Sunday night.

“I think they’re coming just to see if we can win now,” he said.

Water’s fine for boarding showcase

When the sun is shining and the water is sparkling you can find wakeboarder Nick Franklin on the water.

Saturday and Sunday, Franklin was at Pa He Tsi State Park at Lake of the Ozarks for the Midwestcoast Summerfest II. About 2,500 attended with 36 wakeboarders taking part in the competition.

Houston wards off Cards

HOUSTON — Trailing 3-0 after the top half of the first inning, Roger Clemens sidled up to Astros manager Phil Garner in the dugout and warned him to get ready for a long afternoon.

Most days, that’s an insurmountable deficit for the worst offense in the majors. On Sunday, Houston erased it by the second inning and finally gave their ace some run support.

Frustrating loss ends Missouri’s season

Missouri’s baseball team was eliminated from NCAA regional play Sunday night in an 8-6 loss to host Cal State Fullerton.

The Tigers led 6-5 after six innings but gave up three runs in the top of the ninth. Fullerton’s Sergio Perdoza’s two-run home run caped the Titans rally and his diving catch with runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth ended the Tigers hopes.

Royals crowned

KANSAS CITY — Kenny Rogers won his career-best eighth consecutive start with seven sharp innings in the Texas Rangers’ 8-1 triumph against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Rogers gave up five hits and a run, lowering his American League-leading ERA to 1.62. The left-hander, last lost April 18 at Tampa Bay.. The 40-year-old Rogers who had a 31-inning scoreless streak from April 27-May 20, had his shutout spoiled with two outs in the seventh inning when Joe McEwing hit a run-scoring double.


The Hickman Kewpies came from behind to win their first baseball state title in 15 years on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

Hickman (28-2) defeated the DeSmet Spartans (19-9) Saturday at Taylor Stadium 17-7. The Kewpies tied a state record with 18 hits in the championship game.

Life aquatic comes to Mizzou

Starting 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Missouri students can enter a jungle, float around a lazy river, spin around in a massive vortex, and swim under a waterfall surrounded by palm-trees.

Mizzou students, faculty, and staff can relax in the Tiger Grotto, a palm-tree-lined leisure pool that features a 20-person hot tub, wet and dry saunas, a lazy river that wraps around a swirling vortex and runs by a waterfall, and a16-foot digital entertainment board capable of showing ZouTV, cable TV, and playing Xbox games.

Worth the effort

“The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile

and hopeless labor.”

Here's Mud in your eye

Impatiently sitting in folding chairs, the first round of children had their shoes duct taped to their feet. Teenage volunteers wanted to make sure that the wet mud that would soon cover the children didn’t get into their shoes.

Twin Lakes Recreational Area hosted the eighth annual Mudstock, a free, all ages, mud obstacle course Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The police department was on hand if anything happened and the water was provided by the Columbia Fire Department.

National Trails Day Run/Walk collects mix of people

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department held a 5k Run/Walk on Saturday at the Stadium Boulevard-entrance to the MKT Trail to commemorate National Trails Day.

“We noticed The American Hiking Society was recognizing National Trails Day and we thought this would be a great way to commemorate it,” said Tammy Miller, an information specialist for Columbia’s Parks and Recreation.

Tigers open NCAA play

Few things in baseball can intimidate hitters like a 98-mph fastball.

That is what Max Scherzer will bring to Missouri’s opening regional match against Arizona at 6 p.m. today in Fullerton, Calif.

Kewpies’ game in order

Dom-i-nate: vb, to exert supreme determining or guiding influence on another

No other word better describes the Hickman Kewpies’ past two games in the 2005 MSHSAA Class 4 Baseball Championships.

Frevert hero for Hallsville

Some things are just sweeter the second time around.

That is how the Hallsville baseball team felt Thursday. The Indians held on to win their second-straight MSHSAA Class 2 state championship in dramatic fashion, beating the Mansfield Lions 8-7 at Taylor Stadium.

Colorado walks by St. Louis

DENVER — It takes more than one big hit to break out of the kind of slump Todd Helton has been in lately. Still, this was a pretty big hit, and it came against a darn good pitcher.

Helton tied the game with a two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth, and Brad Hawpe followed with the winning walk Thursday to help the Colorado Rockies defeat St. Louis 8-7, handing Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen his first blown save of the season.

Royals beat Big Unit

KANSAS CITY — Joe Torre thinks the Yankees need some of the spirit Kansas City is playing with.

Energized by the arrival of a new manager, the resurgent Royals beat old nemesis Randy Johnson 3-1 on Wednesday night, handing the Yankees their fourth straight loss and prompting Torre to call an angry closed-door team meeting.

Cardinals outhit Rockies

DENVER — Mark Grudzie-lanek had four hits and two RBIs, and Matt Morris fought through six shaky innings to remain unbeaten in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 8-6 victory against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Some of the Mile High air had been taken out of Coors Field, with just 21 runs scored the previous four games at the hitter-friendly park.

Families on the run at annual 5K

Columbia’s Rod Stevens had just enough time after completing the 10th annual Boone Hospital Center WELLAWARE 5K Run/Walk Monday to catch his breath and get a drink of water before running in the Kids on Track race with his two children, ages 5 and 3.

Stevens’ 3-year-old son ran a quarter of the Kids on Track mile race before being placed on his dad’s shoulders to finish.

Healthy Tekotte key for Kewpies

Blake Tekotte had reason for high hopes entering his senior year.

As a junior quarterback, he set a school record for passing yards and led the Hickman Kewpies to a District 6 football title. In the spring he led the baseball team in batting average, home runs, RBIs and runs scored.

Columbia bike club rides easy

When Bob and Jane Smith moved from Omaha to Columbia four years ago, they brought their love for recreational bicycling with them.

The Smiths had been members of the Omaha Bicycling Club, but there was no group for recreational riders in the Columbia Bicycling Club, even though the club was divided into groups based on the style and speed of riding.