Red Sox wary of relaxing

ST. LOUIS — Curt Schilling and the pitchers are clicking. Little Mark Bellhorn and the hitters are delivering. Manager Terry Francona is making all the right moves.

Despite a defense that can’t quite seem to catch the ball, the Boston Red Sox are halfway to capturing something that has slipped out of reach since 1918: the World Series trophy.

Sesay, Rucker silent in second

A successful first half receiving for the tight ends that included a Rucker touchdown catch did not continue when the teams returned from the locker room. Missouri (4-3, 2-2) fizzled in the 20-17 loss to No. 20 Oklahoma State and compiled just 87 yards of offense in the second half, including 31 passing yards.

The silent 10-yard struggle

FULTON — On both sidelines of the football field, the coaches waved and signed furiously to their players. They hoped to catch someone’s attention before the center gave the signal for the play to start.

“It is hard to get their attention,” said Michael Eldred, offensive coach at Missouri School for the Deaf. “You have to wave your arms to get eye contact.”

An ankle and a prayer

The bloody sock is now the symbol of these Red Sox, a rallying cry in the shape of a stitched-up right ankle.

Pitching again through so much pain it put his start in doubt, Curt Schilling helped Boston move halfway to snaring its most elusive prize: a first World Series championship since 1918.

Notebook: Cards hitters humbled in Boston

BOSTON — The National League’s best offense is off to a feeble start in the World Series, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ chances are going along with it.

A lineup that featured three MVP candidates in Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds was hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position Sunday night, failing to capitalize on the second straight four-error game by the Boston Red Sox defense.

Extra Points: Peabody’s late goal powers MU

The Missouri soccer team defeated Baylor 3-2 in Waco, Texas on Sunday. The Tigers improved to 8-9-1 (5-5 in the Big 12 Conference) with the win.

The Tigers were down 2-1 with only 20 minutes left when senior Shea Swoboda recovered a Kristen Heil header off the Baylor goalpost and tapped the ball in to tie. Senior Melissa Peabody’s goal off a corner kick in the 80th minute put the Tigers up for good.

Tigers shut out in second half

After dominating most of the first half on Saturday, Missouri allowed a late score, and Oklahoma State used the change in momentum to dominate the second half at Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys scored in the final minute to defeat Missouri 20-17.

Trailing 17-0 with 0:54 left in the first half and having gained only 32 yards, No. 22 Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1) marched 80 yards in 50 seconds to close within 17-7.

OSU’s rushing wears down MU

The lapse in Oklahoma State’s ability to run the ball lasted for only the first 29 minutes of Saturday’s game.

The Cowboys entered Saturday‘s game against Missouri with the nation’s fourth-best rushing attack, averaging 268 yards per game. They also had the nation’s second-leading rusher, tailback Vernand Morency, who gained 163.3 yards per game before Saturday.

Woods sparks Cowboys

Oklahoma State doesn’t require too much of quarterback Donovan Woods.

Keeping mistakes to a minimum, getting the plays off in time and handing it to running back Vernand Morency typically comprise his duties.

Comeback twins

When twin sisters Aileen and Brianne Gallagher are healthy, they are among the best all-time cross country runners at Hickman High School.

But the most difficult obstacle for them has been injuries that have tested how dedicated they are to running.

The man behind the camera

In the corner of Quintin Norris’ bedroom sits a desk with drawers, shelves and pigeonholes that hold anything anyone might want to know about Columbia College’s sports teams.

Norris, 29, can find every schedule, pamphlet, stat sheet, team picture and roster in a matter of seconds. Most of those statistics are as handy in his memory as they are on his desk.

Tigers show preseason glitches

It was hard for Quin Snyder to find anything to get excited about as he watched his team scrimmage.

Snyder, the Missouri men’s basketball coach, played the role of spectator while assistant coaches Melvin Watkins and Jeff Meyer did the coaching during the Black and Gold game at Paige Sports Arena on Saturday.

Five Bruins advance to tennis semifinals

SPRINGFIELD-- A day after a disappointing third-place finish in the team competition, several Rock Bridge tennis players had little problem advancing through the first day of the individual tournament.

Soccer: MU 4, Texas Tech 1

The MU women's soccer team was missing their lead scorer on Friday night, but the rest of the Tiger offense more than made up for her absence, defeating Texas Tech 4-1 at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex to bring MU's record to 7-9-1, 4-5 in the Big 12. Texas Tech is now 3-14-0 and 0-9 in the Big 12.

Upset eludes Bruins

For the Rock Bridge Bruins, it was hard enough walking into Adkins Stadium and seeing the list of state titles won by the Jefferson City Jays. Trying to beat them was even harder.

The Bruins fell just one touchdown short of upsetting one of the area’s perennial powerhouses, losing 14-7 on Friday.

Kewpies dominate Ft. Zumwalt West

It didn’t take long for Hickman to make a statement in district play.

In fact, it only took 14 seconds for the Kewpies to put their first points on the board.

Cedric Alvis received Fort Zumwalt West’s opening kickoff at the seven-yard line, hit a seem created by a handful of blockers in front of him and then made a cut to the left sideline at midfield where he took it into the end zone untouched.

Rolen into Boston

ST. LOUIS — The best team in baseball now gets a chance to prove it in the World Series.

MVP Albert Pujols hit a tying double, Scott Rolen followed with a home run and the St. Louis Cardinals suddenly erupted against Roger Clemens, startling the Houston Astros 5-2 Thursday night to take Game 7 of the NL championship series.

Trench battle key for Tigers

Football games are won in the trenches.

Defensive linemen can disrupt offensive schemes by plowing into the backfield, and offensive linemen are the front line marching the football downfield.

Bruins miss chance for state three-peat

SPRINGFIELD — A lone racket lay on lower court 3 at Cooper Tennis Complex after Thursday’s state tennis Class 2 semi-final between Rock Bridge and St. Joseph’s.

Left with it were the Bruins’ state championship hopes.

Tigers focus on Homecoming foe

A sellout crowd of alumni, students and fans will fill Memorial Stadium on Saturday for Missouri’s 93rd Homecoming game, a tradition that is one of the oldest in the country.

Although the game is the focal point of homecoming weekend, the Missouri football players have other things on their mind, such as beating the No. 22 football team in the country.