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Kicking cares away

As Larry Gamache walks toward home plate, his once placid dress shoes are covered with a thin veil of dust, and a white Carfax T-shirt with the No. 5 on the back is tucked into a pair of unwrinkled khakis.

He is smiling, but inside the pressure is building. He hasn’t done this is almost 28 years, and his colleagues are watching.

K.C. owner not ready to change leadership

By KANSAS CITY — The owner of the American League’s worst team remains fully confident in his manager and general manager.

That’s certain to put David Glass at odds with a growing contingent of Kansas City fans watching the Royals’ once-promising season fall apart.

Armstrong fit for beginning of Tour

LIEGE, Belgium — Lance Armstrong knows what stands between him and a record sixth Tour de France title: three weeks of pain and pitfalls.

Two days before beginning his quest, Armstrong said he was feeling stronger than he did last year when he won his fifth straight Tour.

Royals shut down

KANSAS CITY — Rafael Palmeiro hit a home run, and David Newhan drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Rodrigo Lopez (6-4) survived a rough two-run first inning and retired the last 15 batters he faced to lead Baltimore to its third win in four games against Kansas City. It is the Orioles’ first series win since late May.

MU officials respond to NCAA allegations

University officials responded today to NCAA allegations of infractions committed by MU's men's basketball program, saying the violations are "isolated or inadvertent" and "do not result in more than a limited competitive or recruiting advantage."

Late-night links

Darkness is no longer a deterrent that can keep mid-Missouri golfers from squeezing in nine holes.

Although waning daylight can frustrate golfers who are trying to make the most of twilight specials at area courses, 8:30 p.m. tee times are common at Turkey Creek Golf Center in Jefferson City, where night golf thrives.

NCAA’s power has increased

Because of its role in college sports, schools want to know what the NCAA has to say.

“When the NCAA speaks, people listen,” Rex Campbell, an MU Faculty Council member, said one afternoon in his office.

Danton’s change of venue request denied

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A federal judge has denied a request by St. Louis Blues center Mike Danton to move his murder conspiracy trial away from the St. Louis area.

U.S. District Judge William D. Stiehl ruled Tuesday that extensive media coverage of the case has not been harmful enough to merit a change of venue.

North set for trials

Competing against top national athletes is a big chance for Missouri swimmer Matthew North to have another breakthrough.

North, who will be a senior, will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 10 in Long Beach, Calif.

Cards stalled again

PITTSBURGH — St. Louis scout Jim Leyland kept repeating his message to manager Tony La Russa before the Cardinals faced Pittsburgh rookie Sean Burnett: Don’t be deceived by the fact he has yet to win in the majors.

Burnett, a left-hander, backed up the former Pirates manager’s scouting report by pitching six shutout innings for his first major league victory, and Tike Redman drove in two runs to lead Pittsburgh past the division-leading Cardinals 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Royals snap streak

KANSAS CITY — It was a night of firsts for the Kansas City Royals.

Mike Wood got his first victory as a starter and as a Royal. John Buck got his first major league hit. Shawn Camp earned his first save in the big leagues.

Ballwin guard commits to MU

The recruits keep coming for the Missouri men’s basketball program.

Even though the program might receive penalties for NCAA violations, Matt Lawrence, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound shooting guard from Ballwin, orally committed to play for Missouri beginning in 2005.

Pirates steal victory

PITTSBURGH — Jack Wilson turned an apparent double in the bottom of the ninth into the winning run and the Pittsburgh Pirates, held hitless into the seventh by Jeff Suppan, rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Monday night.

Wilson hit a drive down the left-field line for his NL-leading 104th hit with one out in the ninth against reliever Julian Tavarez (2-1) and, after realizing no one was covering second, kept running on the play.

Royal blues continue

KANSAS CITY — David Newhan had three hits, including a two-run home run, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a seven-game road losing streak Monday night with an 10-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals.

Rookie left-hander Erik Bedard (3-2) allowed only one run on six hits in eight innings for the Orioles, who won for just the second time in 11 road games. Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez each drove in two runs.

Publicity concerns attorney

ST. LOUIS — An attorney for St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton argued for a change of venue in his client’s murder-for-hire case Monday, saying it “has been subject to an extraordinary amount of pretrial publicity.”

Attorney Robert Haar said it’s unusual for such requests to be granted in federal trials such as this one, which was scheduled Monday for September.

Rascals defeat Mavs

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks lost 11-6 against the River City Rascals on Monday night in O’Fallon.

Keith Cremeans (0-2) pitched five innings and suffered the loss, allowing seven hits and six runs. He struck out nine and walked one. Nick Saunders and Nick Laskowski each went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.

Two tough rackets

St. Louis’ Dick Witte and Wesley Finke play badminton with fierce determination. They are one of the best doubles teams in the nation, and last year they won the Senior Olympics in Baton Rouge, La.

Witte and Finke played in the Senior State Games on Sunday at the MU Rec Center.

Ahead of the pack

It was a two-man sprint to the finish in the final race of the Columbia Cup.

Brad Huff won the men’s category 1/2/3 pro race Sunday on the course running through downtown Columbia and part of the MU campus. Stephen Rouff, from Team X Cycling in Kansas City, had the lead with a few laps left but finished just off Huff’s tail.

Mavs fall in extra innings

It was another heartbreaking loss for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Sunday, but they showed some fight in front of Bill Lee, the Frontier League Commissioner.

The Mavericks lost to the Rockford RiverHawks 5-4 in 11 innings at Taylor Stadium after tying the game twice. The RiverHawks swept the three-game series and improved to 23-13. The Mavericks dropped to 5-31.

Good sports, good times

Jaime Vergas, 50, of Columbia, showed an iron man effort at the Green Tennis Center.

Vergas took second place in the men’s singles 50-54 division Saturday at the Missouri State Senior Games. The final match against Stephen Robertson, 51, of Kirkwood, lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

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