AL continues All-Star dominance

DETROIT — Miguel Tejada, Mark Teixeira and their American League teammates gave a new-look All-Star game the same old result.

Tejada hit a home run off John Smoltz to start the scoring, Teixeira added a two-run drive off Dontrelle Willis and the AL overcame Kenny Rogers’ bumpy inning to beat the NL 7-5 Tuesday night for its eighth straight win.

Groundskeepers flock to field day

If a groundskeeper is in the spotlight, it usually means something is wrong.

On Tuesday, groundskeepers from across Missouri got to leave the background. Around 200 groundskeepers attended the MU Turfgrass Field Day at the MU South Farms.

Cahill adapts to life at Rock Bridge

Jason Cahill is not used to wearing slacks and dress shoes all day at this time of year.

He’s used to being out on the football field.

Mavs enjoying improved play

It was a start all too familiar to the Mid-Missouri Mavericks.

Following a nightmarish 2004 season in which they finished 28-66, the Mavericks lost their first 10 games of 2005.

MU improves Director’s Cup status

The University of Missouri finished the 2004-2005 athletic season ranked 41st in the nation in the United States Sports Academy Director’s Cup standings. Missouri improved on last year’s 46th-place finish and marks the second-highest finish by Missouri.

Points are award based on finishes in up to 20 sports – 10 women’s and 10 men’s – and any team that wins the national championship is awarded 100 points.

Bruins’ Martin dodges hurricane

Although Hurricane Dennis caused some of their games to be rained out, Rock Bridge pitcher Ben Martin and his teammates on the 16-year-old Mac-N-Seitz traveling baseball team had a rewarding trip to Puerto Rico last week.

The team, which played in several Puerto Rican cities and had its last game set for Friday, won its first three games but the remaining three were cancelled. However, coach Mike Lusardi said the team was never in danger.

Into the Alps

GRENOBLE, France — For Lance Armstrong and his Tour de France challengers, the true test begins now, in the thin air of the Alps, on snaking climbs lined by screaming fans.

“The mountains put everyone back in their place,” Armstrong’s team manager, Johan Bruyneel, said Monday as the 175 riders left after week one of the three-week race enjoyed their first rest day.

La Russa draws a Card to fill pitching spot

DEARBORN, Mich. — Tony La Russa found his All-Star starter on his own pitching staff.

Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals will get the ball for the National League tonight at Detroit’s Comerica Park, capping a successful comeback from right shoulder surgery. His AL opponent on the mound will be Chicago White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle.

Back, back, back. . . gone!

DETROIT — Bobby Abreu won the Home Run Derby with a record-setting performance Monday night, hitting an astounding 24 home runs in his first turn at bat before outslugging hometown favorite Ivan Rodriguez in the finals.

Abreu also smashed the mark for total home runs with 41, besting Miguel Tejada’s 2004 total of 27 by the second round. He hit 11 in the finals, another derby record, to Rodriguez’s five in an event that lasted 3 hours, 3 minutes.


Adam and Aaron Gulley of Jonesburg got their start in motocross early.

“We would take them to the motorcycle dealership and lay the bike on its side,” said their mother, Terri Gulley. “And when they could pick it up on their own they could take it home.”

Pitcher shoulders challenge

Jordan Payne shielded her eyes from the sun and looked out toward the empty softball diamond. Just minutes ago, she was on the field with her team, the Extreme Heat, from Concordia. They lost 4-2 and were eliminated, but Payne was glad it was over. By Sunday, she had pitched nearly six complete games, and she was tired.

“I had fun,” Payne said. “But all I want to do right now is go home.”

Volunteers big part of USEF event

Horses surrounded Bridget Hussey for the better part of the weekend. A participant in the Missouri Dressage Classic, she did more than ride.

Hussey was one of more than 50 volunteers that helped the Midway Expo Center event run smoothly.

Hennessey blanks Cardinals

SAN FRANCISCO — Brad Hennessey no longer worries which pitch will be the one that sends him back to the minors.

That mind-set, along with some minor tweaks to his delivery, is making quite a difference. It’s also all but earned him a longer stay in San Francisco.

Sweeney, 6th put K.C. on top

KANSAS CITY — Mike Sweeney tied a Royals record in a game that featured a manager and a relief pitcher ejected as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-8 on Saturday.

Sweeney had five hits, tying a club record of eight straight hits and three RBIs before grounding out in the eighth. He had hits in his last three at-bats Friday. During the run, Sweeney had three doubles and five singles during the streak.

Without a Splash

Dylan Parham stepped toward the end of the light green diving board.

He went into his hurdle, jumped to the end of the board, and then rode the bounce into the air.

Not just horsing around

Cheryl Holekamp sits up straight. Her horse, Hafflicht, walks across the arena before turning right tightly and walking back across the arena.

Hafflicht then turns again, walking parallel with the fence before accelerating smoothly across the floor.

Nothing to sing about

“He started baseball’s famous streak/ That’s got us all aglow/ He’s just a man and not a freak...”

Boppin’ Brent Metheny-O?

It might have been too much for Mavericks’ fans to ask for a home-spun parody of “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio,” the radio hit written in the midst of the New York Yankee outfielder’s major-league record 56-game hit streak in 1941.

Dressage event starts state games

More than 40 riders from across the state will compete in the Show-Me-State Games Dressage competition this weekend at the Midway Expo Center. Competition begins at 7 a.m. today and continues through Saturday. It is the first event of this year’s games.

Dressage is an Olympic equestrian sport where a rider displays control over a horse through subtle body signals while maintaining balance, grace and poise.

This time, Cardinals lose pitching duel

PHOENIX — Luis Gonzalez led off the ninth inning with a home run to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 2-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, salvaging the finale of a four-game series.

The Diamondbacks snapped a six-game home losing streak after St. Louis manager Tony La Russa’s ninth-inning gamble failed.

Kickball contests support campers

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Columbia’s first kickball tournament raised $1,500 to send two children to summer camp and pay for doctor visits for children across mid-Missouri to get help treating the neuromuscular disease.

Jennifer Gotham, coordinator for the Columbia branch of MDA, said they chose kickball because it’s fun and isn’t too competitive.