Ready, Set, Moto

For many dirtbike racers, motocross is a way of life.

Health spurs diabetic swimmer to excel

Stretching his arms up toward the ceiling, Michael Laupp, 17, takes one more deep breath and with one last touch to his goggles, steps up on the block. Laupp dives into the Hickman pool, beginning his second and favorite event of the day, the 100-yard breaststroke. Swimmers of all ages cheer him on as he takes a clear lead and touches the wall with a personal best time.

Extra Points

It could have been a scene from the PGA’s U.S. Open. Close to 70 people, standing in silence during each shot and offering polite applause, followed the four lowest scoring competitors, as they played out a thrilling nine-hole championship round. The difference, besides the absence of Phil Mickelson, was that this was a disc golf championship that took place at Columbia’ Albert-Oakland Park, not Winged Foot.

Show-Me Games get many hands

With between 26- and 28-thousand athletes competing in just three weekends, the Show-Me State Games’ staff couldn’t operate without about 650 volunteers. People like Bill Clark offer their time, and sometimes expertise, to make the games the best in the U.S.

Event attracts veteran player

The idea of hitting a tiny white ball with a long, thin club appeals to many athletes across the world. For Travis Flett, golf’s slow pace wasn’t engaging enough to keep him hooked. Luckily for Flett, he found disc golf.

Seniors tournament comes down to playoff

Putting played a big role in Dee Sanders’ victory Saturday at the 13th Annual Columbia Invitational Seniors Championship Golf Tournament. Sanders won in a playoff with Tim Rooney at A.L. Gustin golf course.

Playing with fire

The handles feel like the end of a dog leash, cut and connected to fit around two fingers. The ball of Teflon stinks of lamp oil as it hangs an arm’s length away from your finger tips.

Edwards holds off last-lap challenge

LOUDON, N.H. — Columbia native Carl Edwards easily held off a late challenge from Kevin Harvick on Saturday to win the NASCAR Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Diving back into the Games

The little ones cleared out at noon, and with them, the decibels. Splashes of heat entered Hickman High School natatorium. The small waves of water from the start of the races could now be heard. Red Speedo, goggles, a smile and a handshake, Bill Cannon, 75, turned back to the pool and took his mark.

Mid-America tournament lures female disc golfers

In 1975, Ed Headrick, the inventor of the Frisbee, took his flying disc to a new level with the creation of disc golf.

Another winner for Pujols

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols hit his league-leading 30th home run in the 14th inning Thursday night to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, their third straight win in extra innings.

Yankees expected to sign ex-Cardinal pitcher

NEW YORK — Sidney Ponson is about to get another chance, this time with the New York Yankees.

Fundamental errors

DETROIT — Even without his best stuff, Jeremy Bonderman kept the Detroit Tigers in the game long enough for them to get another win.

LPGA hall honors longtime Stephens teacher

Ann Casey Johnstone’s career began when most women didn’t step foot on a golf course.

Extra Points

Former Missouri men’s basketball standout and NBA hopeful Thomas Gardner will learn if he has a future with the San Antonio Spurs today.

Few favor defensive driving

NASCAR has made significant safety strides since the death of Dale Earnhardt, and many drivers credit recent innovations for an improved safety record: no deaths and few serious injuries in NASCAR’s top three series in the past five years.

Teenage driver following Edwards’ footsteps

Canadian driver Peter Shepherd didn’t win Roush Racing’s made-for-TV Driver X competition last year, but he still came out of it a winner.

Memories of O’Neal linger still

At a time of day when many are still settling in for their first morning coffee, a cacophony of sound floods MU’s football training complex.

The National League is winless in the last decade.

PITTSBURGH — No matter who’s on the mound, the National League can’t find a way to close out an All-Star game.

Dragging into the future

For Antorie Williams, turning 16 was extra sweet. Finally, Williams could race his ‘66 Chevy Nova with nitrous oxide boosters, an eight-year project in the making.