Game part of Chung’s college goals

Whether it’s on the golf course or in life, D.J. Chung never seems to hit a bad shot.

Chung will continue his pursuit of the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship on Saturday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. Chung is one of 16 remaining golfers to survive the field of 64.

Another sweep for Kansas City

KANSAS CITY — First they sweep the New York Yankees. Now they’ve swept the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What gives with these supposedly lowly Kansas City Royals? Three weeks ago, they were on track to lose more than 110 games. But since Buddy Bell became their manager they have won 11 of 15, including a 9-6 defeat of Los Angeles on Thursday night that gave them a three-game sweep of the Dodgers.

Pistons pull even in finals

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tayshaun Prince looked down upon Manu Ginobili, faked him out with a quick move and darted to the basket for a resounding dunk.

It was easy, really. Almost too easy.

Roping team new to finals

Everyone stood as Sara Cunnings rode faster and faster. The 2004 rodeo queen made her way around the arena carrying the American flag while “God Bless America” was sung in the background. Announcer Travis Birdsong started the rodeo by blessing the riders and their families, “as they enjoy the sport we love.”

The arena at the Boone County Fairgrounds erupted in applause as the 2005 Dodge City Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals began at 7 p.m. Thursday. As anticipation grew, Brady Wilson, relieved to be competing in front of his home crowd, stayed relaxed.

All levels welcome to join at Skate Jam

There is a unique approach to skateboarding. For skating enthusiasts, it is more about having fun and hanging out with friends than seriously competing and trying to be the best.

So when there is an event dedicated to skating, it shouldn’t be surprising it follows that approach.

Lilly keeps Cardinals’ hitters struggling

TORONTO — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has practically made it his mantra: Ted Lilly has to have a good season if Toronto is going to contend in the AL East.

Lilly finally lived up to the expectations Wednesday night, pitching seven scoreless innings in a 5-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.

State rodeo finals in town

Goat tying, pole bending and steer wrestling are some of the events at this year’s Missouri high school rodeo finals.

The 2005 Dodge City Missouri Finals, held today through Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds, includes 10 contestants from Boone County.

Royals pitch solidly to win

KANSAS CITY — Jose Lima pitched eight solid innings for his first victory in 14 starts and Emil Brown drove in two runs Thursday night in Kansas City’s 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Announcer returns to Taylor Stadium

To hear Florence manager Jamie Keefe tell it, Jeff Johnson, the team’s radio voice, is Superman.

“He’s outstanding,” Keefe said. “First of all, he’s, in my eyes, probably the best broadcaster in the league. But, more importantly, he throws good BP. And he’s a good sales guy.”

Loyal fans star in Tigers’ commercial

Jack Frier’s persistence finally paid off. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, he was one of about 50 Missouri football fans who showed their enthusiasm for the Tigers in a commercial to promote the upcoming season. It was the second attempt to shoot the commercial after bad weather foiled the first try last week.

After driving from St. Louis to Columbia last week for the first attempt, Frier was disappointed when it was postponed. However, he wasn’t going to let anything stop him from participating, not even his doctor’s orders.

Mavericks’ bats overpower Freedom

His cameo appearance was brief, but Donnie Poles’ ears were only ringing for so long.

The Mavericks’ right fielder heard praise as he filled his cup from the Powerade jug in the corner of the dugout before Mid-Missouri’s 12-3 win over Florence Tuesday night.

Rookies help Royals pull away from Dodgers

KANSAS CITY — Rookie Shane Costa’s first major league home run snapped a fifth-inning tie and led the Royals past Los Angeles 3-2 Tuesday night in the first game the Dodgers ever played in Kansas City.

David DeJesus hit a two-run homer in the first for the Royals, who improved to 9-4 under new manager Buddy Bell. They were 8-25 when Tony Pena resigned on May 10.

Firing on all Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The defending champion Detroit Pistons got a burst of life, and so did the NBA Finals.

Playing with a furious energy that was nowhere to be found in the first two games, Ben Wallace and Richard Hamilton led the way as the Pistons won 96-79, thoroughly outplaying the San Antonio Spurs in the second half of Game 3 Tuesday night.

Blue Jays edge Cards

TORONTO — Roy Halladay says he feels he is pitching as well as he did in 2003, when he won the American League Cy Young Award. The statistics show he is better.

Halladay pitched a five-hitter for his major league-leading fifth complete game, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Monday night.

U.S. Open Test Approaches

PINEHURST, N.C. — Four days ago, Conrad Ray was getting ready for the summer golf camp at Stanford University, where he just finished his first year as the golf coach.

Monday morning, he was on the first tee with Tiger Woods, getting ready for the U.S. Open.

Giddens’ future at KU uncertain

OLATHE, Kan. — Kansas fans who are finally getting over that embarrassing loss to little Bucknell have something new to grate on their nerves.

It’s not clear whether J.R. Giddens, the Jayhawks leading returning scorer who is recovering from a knife wound he suffered in a fight outside a Lawrence bar, will be allowed to rejoin the team. And it’s not clear he should.

Edwards flips again

Carl Edwards turned his first laps at Pocono Raceway playing a video game.

He paid attention, and when it came time for the real thing, nobody was better.

Spurs bolt by Pistons

Two steps quicker, two games ahead.

The San Antonio Spurs were at their best Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, speeding out to a big early lead and frustrating the Detroit Pistons the rest of the way in a 97-76 victory for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship round.

Good Clean Fun

The drivers’ fresh sunburns clashed with their bright orange shirts. Tearing down one of Columbia’s main thoroughfares in their colorful six-foot-long cars livened up the downtown considerably Sunday.

“Get off the track!” yelled several in the crowd at the 2005 Mid-Missouri All-American Soap Box Derby as an unsuspecting cyclist wandered onto the course on Broadway between Seventh Street and Providence Road.

Chung shines at Hagan

D.J. Chung made it look easy.

Chung, the 2003 champion and No. 6 seed, needed only 28 holes to beat his two opponents Sunday at the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship, including vanquishing the defending champion.