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Cards reverse luck vs. Expos

MONTREAL — Tony La Russa chose the right guys to keep in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup while giving some of his regulars a day off.

Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds hit home runs, and Chris Carpenter pitched eight impressive innings in the Cardinals’ 5-2 victory against the Montreal Expos on Sunday.

Royals escape close call

BOSTON — Bill Mueller put Jaime Cerda’s first pitch over the Green Monster, foul, missing a game-tying grand slam by a few feet.

Mueller then fouled off eight more pitches in a 13-pitch at-bat, including another shot that would have needed some Carlton Fisk-style body English to stay fair.

Longball carries inspired Kewpies

Hickman had a little more reason to play hard Saturday.

After outfielder Tyler Jones’ father, Gary Jones, died Thursday, the Kewpies pulled together to win 5-3 against St. Charles and 11-0 against Vianney at Hickman Field.

Mirts meets marathon challenge

Tonya Mirts hobbled through the halls of Hickman High on Monday.

Mirts, the Kewpies’ girls’ basketball coach, didn’t elicit sympathy from her players, though.

Montreal shuts out St. Louis

MONTREAL — Tomo Ohka finally got a little offensive support, and he made sure it was enough to win.

Ohka and Rocky Biddle combined for a three-hitter, and Jose Vidro hit a home run and drove in two runs to lead the Montreal Expos past the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Saturday night for their season-high third straight win.

Reese, Red Sox race past Royals

BOSTON — Pokey Reese hit an inside-the-park home run and added a conventional one, the first two-home run game of his career, and Curt Schilling pitched his first AL complete game Saturday as the Boston Red Sox continued their hot streak.

The 9-1 win against the Kansas City Royals was Boston’s fourth straight since losing five in a row.

Bruins put away Kewps

Hickman fought hard, but it could not win the close matches against Rock Bridge on Thursday.

The Bruins beat the Kewpies 8-1 at Hickman. Four matches went to tiebreakers and two more went 7-5 in the first set.

Diver springs into spotlight

Most of the divers in the 11-and-under category at the Junior Olympic Diving Championships had trained and dived competitively for two to four years.

David Bonuchi, 11, had trained for six months and was competing in his second meet.

Bullpen gives St. Louis relief

PHILADELPHIA — St. Louis manager Tony La Russa expected a high-scoring game where the bullpens would be stretched thin.

Instead, the Cardinals’ relievers kept it under control.

Danton agent blames drugs

ST. LOUIS — Mike Danton, a St. Louis Blues forward, was delusional and using painkillers and sleeping pills in the hours before the FBI says he tried to hire a hit man to kill an acquaintance, Danton’s agent said.

Several media reports, citing anonymous police sources, have identified agent David Frost as Danton’s intended target. Frost reiterated Thursday his belief that he was not the target.

Hickman’s midfielders dominate second half

After a shaky start, Hickman’s midfield clamped down in the second half.

The Kewpies held Rock Bridge without a shot in the second half and rarely allowed the Bruins past midfield to secure a 1-0 victory Wednesday at Audry J. Walton Stadium.

Late goal lifts Kewpies

Hickman’s Janelle Cordia and Ashley Turner have been working all season to get a goal and an assist together.

The pair accomplished that feat at the perfect time. Cordia turned a pass from Turner into a 1-0 Hickman victory against Rock Bridge on Wednesday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Gapka stymies Owls

After the American Midwest Conference Tournament championship game on Wednesday, coaches named Columbia College pitcher Kerri Gapka honorable mention All-Conference.

They might want to recast their votes after Gapka’s stellar pitching helped the Cougars beat William Woods 6-1 at Columbia College.

Mind games

For Missouri, golf is more than mental. It’s psychological.

The Tigers are working to earn an unprecedented berth in the NCAA National Championships. To do so, they will have to place among the top eight at the 21-team NCAA Central Regional. The three-day regional begins today in Normal, Ill.

One enough for Cougars

Columbia College’s dormant bats finally came out of hibernation.

The Cougars, scoreless for 21 innings, scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Missouri Baptist 1-0 in the first round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament on Tuesday at Columbia College.

Bruins’ balancing act

Marc VanDover hasn’t settled on a goalie, but for now, he has struck a compromise.

Since the start of last season, Emily Schuenemeyer and Emily Roark have competed to become Rock Bridge’s starting soccer goalkeeper.

Johnson leads Hickman to district championship

The Hickman boys’ golf team shot a 292 and had the top three finishers to win the Class 4, District 5 Tournament on Tuesday at Sedalia Country Club.

Chris Johnson won with a 71, Josh Brady was second with a 72 and D.J. Chung finished third at 73.

Mercy! Kewpies roll

Midfielder Molly O’Connell said Hickman’s game against Hannibal on Monday showed how much the Kewpies have to improve.

“We weren’t really playing up to our full potential,” O’Connell said.

Robyn leaves MU golf team

Tim Robyn has never seen his 8-year-old son Davis play baseball. He hasn’t watched his 11-year-old-daughter Kayla play soccer this year.

His desire to spend more time with his family prompted Robyn to resign as coach of the Missouri men’s golf team Monday. He coached the Tigers for seven seasons.

Error ends Bruins’ rally

Chase Patton provided the drama, but an extra-inning error left Rock Bridge with a broken heart.

Helias scored two runs in the 10th inning to beat the Bruins 11-9 on Monday at Rock Bridge Stadium in a game that lasted more than three hours.

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