All-Stars’ run ends

The Columbia All-Stars were eliminated Friday in the semifinals of Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional, losing for the second time to Iowa 5-4.

Columbia manager Mark Pfeiffer said he was pleased with his team’s performance despite the loss.

Snyder receives reprimand

The University of Missouri issued a public letter of reprimand to men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder, addressed July 28.

The letter was one of the self-imposed penalties that came as a result of MU’s July 1 response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations.

Walker makes successful debut in Cards’ victory

ST. LOUIS — Larry Walker is 1-0 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and he played a supporting role in the victory with his new team.

Rookie Yadier Molina, batting with the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Walker, blooped a single to center with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday for a 2-1 victory against the New York Mets.

Early error costs Mavericks

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks paid for an early miscue Saturday night against the Gateway Grizzlies.

The Mavericks lost 2-1 at Taylor Stadium.

Mavericks boast Blase of power

Columbia native Blake Blase is the only player on the Mid-Missouri Mavericks from Missouri.

Blase could be another hometown boy playing for a local team, but his playing has made him stand out.

Post 202 uses hitting spree to come back

SEDALIA — Columbia Post 202’s offense was dominant Thursday.

Post 202 overpowered McDonald County Post 392 in its first game of the American Legion State Championships, earning a 13-6 victory at Liberty Park Stadium in Sedalia.

Columbia All-Stars move into semifinals

The Columbia All-Stars kept their dreams alive Thursday at Little League Baseball’s 11-and-12 year-old Midwest Regional in Indianapolis.

Columbia, the Missouri champions, defeated Minnesota 8-1. Minnesota was 3-0 in the tournament, but Columbia (2-2) needed the victory to advance into the semifinals after losing 8-3 to Iowa on Wednesday night.

Reactor Field will be used for parking

Driving on Providence south of Stadium it’s easy to see that Reactor Field is changing.

The open area between Taylor Stadium and the Green Tennis Center will no longer be available for football tailgating or recreational sports.

Win streak bolsters Post 202

Columbia Post 202 doesn’t want to overanalyze. That would take the fun out of its 10-game winning streak.

“It’s been a great wave so far,” coach Jim Dapkus said. “We just want to keep the wave going as far as we can and not try to figure out what’s happening.”

Pujols powers Cards

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols hit a home run leading off the ninth inning, and John Mabry was 4-for-4 with four RBIs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals against the Montreal Expos 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Pujols hit his 31st home run of the season, a drive off Chad Cordero (3-2), that capped the Cardinals’ comeback from a 3-0 deficit.

Kennedy up for increased playing time

MACOMB, Ill. — Defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy would have rather learned on the job his rookie season with the St. Louis Rams, the way he did throughout his college career.

Last year’s No. 1 pick played so little last season, he felt like he was barely on the team.

Holmes healthy, expects success

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Priest Holmes sat out Tuesday’s practice with a hip problem. Those two words, “hip problem,” would have spread panic through the Kansas City Chiefs camp a year ago.

This year, though, nobody is sweating. Holmes, a three-time All-Pro running back, is more than a year removed from the surgery on his right hip that many feared could end his career.

Contreras stops Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jose Contreras won his debut for the Chicago White Sox, and Paul Konerko hit a grand slam to tie for the AL home run lead in an 12-4 rout of Kansas City on Tuesday night.

Contreras (9-5), obtained from the New York Yankees on Saturday for slumping All-Star Esteban Loaiza, was given a 7-0 lead by the fifth inning and left after the sixth, when Chicago extended its lead to 10-4 on Aaron Rowand’s three-run home run. Contreras gave up four runs, two earned, and five hits in six innings, striking out three and walking one.

Royals seek to salvage bad season

KANSAS CITY — The playoff aspirations are gone. The pitching rotation is still a mess. A triple-digit loss column is not out of the question.

The Kansas City Royals, though, can still play some decent baseball — every once in a while. By doing that, or at least trying to, they could manage to salvage a little self-respect from a promising year gone wrong.

K.C. approves increased fees for new arena

Kansas City voters on Tuesday supported fee increases to fund an arena that city leaders say will help spark revitalization of the city’s downtown.

With 74 percent of the precincts reporting, 58 percent of the voters approved a proposal to increase hotel fees by up to $1.50 a day and car rental fees by up to $4 a day. Those fees would allow the city to issue $170 million in bonds to pay for the $225 million to $250 million arena.

Pros a hit at Utley Classic

Laughter replaced silence on the Country Club of Missouri greens on Monday at the 14th annual Stan Utley-Rainbow House Golf Classic.

“Feel it in your feet, feel it in your feet,” Kelley Gibson said. “That’s what my pro always told me, and that’s why I’ve never been in the top 100 of putting.”

All-Stars falter in regional action

The Columbia All-Stars lost their first game in Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional Tournament on Monday in Indianapolis.

Columbia, the Missouri state champions, fell to South Dakota 9-0.

Serving it up

Raj Lal and Arjun Khurana are so mild-mannered, it is hard to tell whether the doubles team is winning or losing.

Lal and Khurana earned a bronze medal in the Under-14 division of the Show-Me State Games’ tennis tournament Sunday at Green Tennis Center.

Jacobsen endures long day in victory

CREVE COEUR – At the end of the longest day in Champions Tour history and on the longest course in U.S. Senior Open history, the man with a recently repaired left hip was at the top of the leaderboard.

Three months removed from the operating table, Peter Jacobsen outlasted everyone in the field Sunday at Bellerive Country Club, posting a 69 and a 68 during the grueling 36-hole final round to win the tournament at 12-under, one stroke ahead of Hale Irwin.

All-Stars win in regional opener

There was no doubt about the Columbia team’s desire in its opening game of Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional on Sunday.

Columbia’s National League All-Stars beat the Kansas champions 15-4 in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. Each of the 10 Columbia players scored at least one run.