Atlanta scrapes by Cardinals

ATLANTA — John Smoltz wasn’t going to give in to the St. Louis Cardinals. If he had to keep pitching his way out of trouble, so be it.

Smoltz scattered nine hits and four walks, both season highs, for his second straight win, outdueling Jeff Suppan to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Cardinals 2-1 on Sunday.

At long last, Royals own win streak

CLEVELAND — Jose Lima didn’t get his no-hitter, but Mike Sweeney continued his success at Jacobs Field.

Lima took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before Cleveland rallied, and Sweeney hit his second home run of the game to break a tie in the eighth, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-5 win against the Indians on Sunday.

Unlikely Slugger Keys Big Sweep

Sarah Stringer shifted into trot mode as she rounded second base.

Missouri’s sophomore second baseman had just hit the ball over the left center-field fence for what should have been her first collegiate home run.

‘A win to build on’

Janessa Roening didn’t see the winning play in Missouri’s 6-5 win against No. 5 Texas A&M on Saturday at University Field.

Missouri’s right fielder had her back to home plate as she sprinted to first base. She was hoping her single through the right side with one out in the bottom of the seventh would score teammate Sarah Stringer and win the game.

Long day worth every minute for Kewps

The weather was so nice in Columbia on Saturday, the Hickman baseball team decided to play three.

After conditions at Hickman Field were too wet to play Friday night, the Kewpies began the Sells Development/Red Weir Classic 12 hours before they finished it as champions.

Extra points

The Missouri baseball team upset Texas 7-2 on Saturday to even the weekend series in Austin, Texas, at a game apiece.

No. 14 Missouri (31-12) scored three runs in the second and eighth innings to beat the No. 1 Longhorns after losing 4-1 on Friday night. The Tigers hadn’t won in Austin since 2001.

Playing with Tradition

Wednesday night at Douglass Park.

The concrete is a murky green, with chipped white lines marking the edges of the basketball court. New nets were put up recently, though the nets are really no more than metal wire covered in plastic and looped through the bottom of the rim.

Simpson brings vocal leadership

Free safeties are known for playing deep downfield as a last line of defense against the long pass. So it is uncommon that a free safety would lead a football team in tackles for a loss.

Jason Simpson is no common player.

Alumni return for final lap

John Putnam and Paulus Lawson were there when the MU Natatorium opened in 1964. On Saturday, they were there at its last event.

Putnam and Lawson were part of the first Missouri team to swim in the pool in 1964. So they swam the last race on Saturday as the Missouri swimming and diving program said goodbye to the place it has called home for the past 40 years.

Taming tumultuous Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Martin Truex proved he is just as good at restrictor-plate racing as his boss is, winning his second consecutive Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.

Truex, who drives a car co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., battled back after an early accident damaged his Chevrolet. Then he avoided several other crashes, a flurry of late cautions and an intense overtime finish to win the Aaron’s 312.

After close loss, Rock Bridge focuses on making contact

Hitting hasn’t been Rock Bridge’s strength this season.

In the Bruins most recent outing, a 3-1 loss Wednesday to Jefferson City, they collected eight hits but couldn’t capitalize late in the game.

Tigers staying ahead with hard-hitting bats

A foul ball off the bat of Tiger shortstop Heather Kunkel had just whizzed by Missouri coach Ty Singleton’s head during Wednesday’s doubleheader.

The close call had left Singleton, who coaches third base when the team is at bat, grinning like he had gotten away with something.

Missouri hopes recent success will lead to title

One year ago, Mark Leroux was disappointed.

His Austin Peay State University’s golf team had just finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference championship. Austin Peay had won three consecutive titles in the conference, and the third-place showing was unexpected.

Extra points

A former Barton County Community College assistant men’s basketball coach pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he falsified academic credentials and work-study time sheets for athletes, including former Missouri player Randy Pulley.

Mark Skillman, 30, of Russellville, Ark., entered his plea at an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kan.

Tigers’ hitters put it outside the park

Cups and soda cans mingle with the twigs and leaves in the grassy section beyond the left field fence at University Field.

A few paces from the litter is an old John Deere tractor, the paint of its yellow lettering slowly chipping from the Kelly green-painted body.

Sole Senior

Marc VanDover, the Rock Bridge girls’ soccer coach, knew he was going to have a young team this season.

But he had no idea he would have only one senior.

MU pitcher charged in stabbing

Missouri pitcher Michael Anthony Cole, 20, was dismissed from the baseball team on Wednesday after he was arrested on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the stabbing of a 21-year-old man after a party early Sunday.

According to a release from Columbia Police Sgt. Stephen Monticelli witnesses said the stabbing occurred at about 5:30 a.m. after Cole went uninvited to a party on Tessa Way in south Columbia.

Bruins lose late lead against Jefferson City

Bob Coons, the Jefferson City baseball coach, said John Wilson, his sophomore shortstop, always does the little things needed to win.

But against Rock Bridge on Wednesday, Wilson came through with several big plays.

Extra Points

Cornell cruises past competition

It was the third leg of the boy’s 4x800-meter relay, and Hickman senior Tim Cornell could feel the excitement — or was it butterflies? — in his stomach. Cornell, a distance star for the past three years at Hickman, has been hampered this season by injuries.

Tuesday’s 800-meter run was his first of the season. It looked to be a tough race, too.