Bonding by bowling

Each time he bowled a strike, Steven Little of Ava, a small town in southwest Missouri, threw his arms in the air and celebrated with an arm-jerking, arm-flailing dance while his daughter Megan, 15, watched and groaned.

“Dad!” she moaned.

A weighty effort gives Tyre the edge

Katie Tyre can throw some weight around. And it didn’t take her long to learn to do it either.

While most of us would think long and hard about dead lifting 300 pounds, Tyre, 17, of Slater, made it look easy, winning both the bench press and overall powerlifting gold medals in the women’s 17-19, 198-pound weight class Saturday. She bench pressed 100 pounds.

Mavs lose fourth straight

Two four-run innings helped the Kalamazoo Kings to an 8-4 victory over the Mavericks Friday night at Taylor Stadium.

Mid-Missouri fell to 17-35. Kalamazoo improved to 31-21.

Mavericks' third baseman Brent Metheny was 4-5 with two doubles and two RBI. His efforts weren't enough as the team stranded 13 runners.

Mid-Missouri's fourth consecutive loss wasn't the only thing to damper the spirits of the crowd of 996.

Kings' third baseman Justin McClain's failure to strike out didn't appease fans on Bud Beer Batter night. As per an in-game promotion, fans would have been able to buy a 12-ounce Budweiser beer for $1 in the 10 minutes following any McClain strikeout. It never happened.

McClain's two-run home run with one out in the fourth inning opened the scoring for Kalamazoo. He smacked the first pitch over the William Woods University sign next to the Mavericks' bullpen in left field.

Mid-Missouri concludes a six-game homestand Saturday, hosting the Kings at 7:05.

Tackling chances as they come

Mike Jones is all about taking advantage of opportunities.

Just look at his career in the NFL. Jones played 12 years in the league as a linebacker for the Los Angeles (and later Oakland) Raiders, the St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Family aiming for Games of America

When Columbia’s David Gladura competes in the shot put and discus at the Show-Me State Games this weekend, he will have a bigger competition in mind: the 2007 State Games of America.

His goal is not just for himself. His sons Philip, 5, and Christian, 11, will also be competing in track and field.

Skyriders get the jump on opening

Ken Kovach holds the Guinness World Record for the most revolutions of a hula hoop on a trampoline in one minute. He broke his original record by eight revolutions when he did 129 live on the Regis and Kelly morning show.

Hula hoop tricks are only a part of the show the Skyriders, an acrobatic entertainment group based in New York, has planned for the opening ceremonies of the Show-Me State Games at 7 p.m. at Hearnes Center. Kovach said the Skyriders will perform an impressive selection of routines.

MU pays tribute to O’Neal with service

Outside Mizzou Arena on Thursday, a university flag flapped gently at half-staff.

It served as a solemn reminder that only a little more than a week ago, Aaron O’Neal, 19, died after a voluntary practice.

Pickups with pick-up

Gathered around the starting point shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, competitors in the side-by-side mud races at the Boone County Fair had an air of seriousness about them.

The drivers, all outfitted in tattered jeans, T-shirts and ball caps to keep the sun off their faces on the hot and sticky evening, were all there to have fun. It was clear, though, that the racers were focused on winning.

Emergency start sours abruptly for Mavs’ closer

The Mavericks had endured numerous lopsided defeats this season before Thursday night’s 19-7 drubbing at the hands of the Kalamazoo Kings.

Last weekend at Gateway, Mid-Missouri allowed a nine-run inning in consecutive games.

Brewers warm up against hot Cards

ST. LOUIS — The Milwaukee Brewers are looking like a team on the upswing.

Their four-game split with the St. Louis Cardinals was their third straight solid showing against a contender, after taking three of four from Washington and two of three at Atlanta.

Peralta pushes Indians by K.C.

CLEVELAND— Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run home run to lead Jake Westbrook and the fading Cleveland Indians to a 10-1 victory Thursday against the Kansas City Royals.

Westbrook (7-12) didn’t allow an earned run, scattered nine hits and worked out of several jams, only once retiring the Royals in order. He walked none and struck out five in seven innings.

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.