CINCINNATI — Even after pitching another gem, Chris Carpenter was frustrated. The way he is throwing the ball, he figures he should be able to go all the way every time out.
Carpenter took a shutout into the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals got two-run home runs from Albert Pujols and Reggie Sanders in a 6-1 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
CHICAGO — Paul Konerko, Frank Thomas and Jermaine Dye each hit home runs, and A.J. Pierzynski had a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 11-8 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
The White Sox won their fifth straight despite blowing a 7-3 lead.
PINEHURST, N.C. — Tiger Woods looked like a beaten man as he stood behind the 18th green, gently rubbing his knuckles over his upper lip as he gazed back at the 16th and 17th holes, a 200-yard area of Pinehurst No. 2 that cost him a chance to win the U.S. Open.
Off to his right was the bronze statue of Payne Stewart, striking the winning pose from six years ago.
A small group of boys in red shirts and gray baseball pants toss a baseball around the outfield at the American Legion field, joking among themselves and stretching.
The only reason Nick Tietsort stands out is because he is wearing black shorts.
Adrienne Vought, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals for the fourthconsecutive year.
Vought, Brady Wilson, a junior at Rock Bridge, Cindy Wood, a sophomore at Hickman, and Casey Chasteen, a freshman from Jefferson Junior High competed in the state rodeo finals Thursday through Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Mavericks’ right-hander Steve Soja’s schedule Sunday evening called for him to sit in the dugout during the Mavericks’ 10-5 loss to the Chillicothe Paints.
Between innings he planned to counsel teammate Danny Shuck, who went the distance to win his most recent start Tuesday to open Mid-Missouri’s 2-4 homestand.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Big Shot Bob did it again.
Robert Horry, whose clutch postseason 3-pointers have defined his career, knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left in overtime Sunday night to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 victory against the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
David McDonald and Joe Bellmer are names engraved many times on the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship trophy.
They will show up there again after Sunday’s play.
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Greg Biffle never considered pitting during the last caution period Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
Instead, he stayed on track with slightly worn tires and turned that decision into his fifth Nextel Cup victory in 15 starts this season.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t impressed with their steadily growing lead in the NL Central.
The defending National League champions increased their cushion over second-place Chicago to a season-high 91/2 games with Sunday’s 8-5 victory against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but say it’s important to keep the club’s fastest start in more than 60 years in perspective.
KANSAS CITY — Runelvys Hernandez is recovering nicely from Tommy John surgery.
Hernandez pitched one-hit ball for seven innings and Emil Brown hit a three-run home run, leading the Kansas City Royals past the Houston Astros 7-1 on Sunday.
SPARTA, Ky. — Columbia native Carl Edwards raced to his third NASCAR Busch Series victory of the year Saturday night, passing Martin Truex Jr. with a little more than lap to go in the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Edwards, who won the Nextel Cup event last Sunday at Pocono after missing the rain-delayed Busch Series race in Tennessee, worked his way back to the front of the field after dropping to ninth following a four-tire pit stop with 31 laps left.
When Janae Strickland tried shot put for the first time during her senior year at Westfield High School in Houston, Texas, she had no idea that in a few years she would be turning the event into a career.
“The only reason that I threw was because I was the strongest girl on the team,” Strickland said. “It was just to get points for the team. I didn’t know what I was doing.”
At 46, Rowdy Gaines stood on the edge of the Oakland Family Aquatic Center pool with his goggles strapped on tight. The race was to be a 50-meter sprint. The pool water reflected to him the image of an aged three-time 1984 Los Angeles Olympic gold medalist.
Gaines had raced and beaten heats of world-class athletes in similar pools across the globe.
When skater Ryan Sublette arrived at Cosmo Park on Saturday, he was really just looking to hang out and skate.
He knew the 2005 Skate Jam was at the skate park, and he knew there was competition for best trick, but he wasn’t really thinking past having fun.
Last year at this time, Jim Parkinson played one of the worst rounds of his life and failed to qualify for the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship field of 64.
So he circled this year’s event on his calendar, and set out for vindication.
The fans aren’t averse to yelling at the players, but the tone is much different than at other kinds of ball parks.
Cheering is as prevalent as anywhere, but it flows steadily and the plays that garner appreciation are usually had to recall later. A force out at second base can put the entire park in an uproar.
Brett Winn would still be involved with baseball, even if the Mavericks hadn’t kept a promise.
He would merely be giving instructions instead of receiving them.
Rodeo is a unique sport. While we see bull riding on TV, there is more to rodeo than just that. It is a sport rich in tradition and Western culture. Here is a list of ten things that you probably do not know about rodeo.
1. The Missouri High School Rodeo Association receives no tax dollars to support the athletes.
As the Saturday morning slack competition ended, everyone in the stands shuffled out the door, the overhead lights started to shut off and Brady Wilson began a seven hour wait until the evening short-go performance and the completion of his first season calf roping in the Missouri High School Rodeo Association.
An hour later, Adrienne Vought, the student president of the MHSRA, began her own wait. She exited a side room after attending her last Board of Directors meeting and strode into the parking lot of the Boone County Fairgrounds. In six hours she would compete in her last high school rodeo, hoping to make it to nationals for the third- consecutive time.