Royals waste hot start

KANSAS CITY — Rafael Palmeiro had four hits, including his 555th home run, and drove in five runs, helping the Baltimore Orioles rally from a six-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals 12-8 on Tuesday night.

Brian Roberts added his 11th home run and Sal Fasano had a pinch-hit shot for the Orioles (25-13), who moved 12 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1997 season.

Hickman finishes third at state golf

The Hickman boys’ golf team slipped a bit on the second day of the Class 5 championships, finishing third behind Rockhurst and Poplar Bluff.

The Kewpies, who led after a first-day score of 300, shot 319 Tuesday at Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar, but that didn’t diminish coach Clark Swisher’s enthusiasm.

Kewpies cruise in opener

The Hickman baseball team took control of its Class 4 District 10 opener early and rolled past Rock Bridge 11-2 in Sedalia on Tuesday.

Justin Jackson’s first-inning double gave the No. 1 seed Kewpies a two-run lead, and Ryan Nesbitt’s two-out single in the third capped a four-run inning that put Hickman ahead 6-0.

Archuleta ahead of rehab schedule

ST. LOUIS — The best barometer that something was wrong with Adam Archuleta’s back last season came behind closed doors when somebody else had to tie his shoelaces.

“It was pretty much a nightmare,” the St. Louis Rams safety said Tuesday. “I really probably had no business being out there.

Meeting expectations

Those affiliated with the Hickman baseball team will say their goal is a district championship, but when you’re ranked No. 1 in Missouri, the probability of a state championship run looms.

So, can Hickman (22-2) win it all? The Kewpies chances involve many elements.

Royals’ situation hard to manage

ST. LOUIS — Hands down, Hal McRae would rather be the batting coach on a exceptional team, the St. Louis Cardinals, than the manager of a downtrodden team like their cross-state rivals.

McRae has had his shot at running the Kansas City Royals, a team where he starred as the game’s first successful designated hitter, and doesn’t want another. He would be shocked if they called about their opening in the wake of Tony Pena’s resignation last week, but not shocked enough that he wouldn’t know how to respond with a polite, no thank you.

Extra Points

The Hickman boy’s golf team is in first place at the MSHSAA state tournament after the first round of play Monday at Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar.

The Kewpies shot a 300 to lead the nine-team field. Popular Bluff had 303, Rockhurst 309 and Franklin 311. Defending champion Chaminade shot a 320.

Turn around

Defense got Missouri into a mess, so it was fitting that defense got them out of it.

The No. 20 Tigers turned four double plays, made two spectacular diving catches in the ninth inning, and got just enough offense in a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory against Kansas on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

Hitting strategy produces runs

With a chance to take a lead, Missouri coach Tim Jamieson wasn’t taking any chances.

Sunday’s game between No. 20 Missouri and Kansas was tied at 3 in the eighth inning when Jayhawks reliever Don Czyz faced Tigers second baseman Trevor Helms with the bases loaded and two outs.

Missouri will host NCAA softball regional

MU was selected Sunday to be one of 16 host schools for the 2005 NCAA Softball Regional Tournament.

The No. 18 Tigers (42-13), who placed second in the Big 12 Tournament on Saturday, will face sixth-seed Stanford (40-14), Southern Illinois (46-12) and Robert Morris (29-20-1) in the regional Friday and Saturday at University Field.

Second Busch title for Edwards

RICHMOND, Va. — Carl Edwards passed Elliott Sadler with one lap to go after a green-white-checker restart in overtime, depriving the Virginia native of his first victory in his home state.

Sadler, who grabbed the lead from Johnny Sauter with seven laps to go in the Funai 250, appeared to have a left front tire that was losing air as he circled the track during the 13th and final caution, producing the extra laps.

Kansas tags Tigers after MU misses tag

For Missouri coach Tim Jamieson, a simple tag could have drastically changed Saturday’s Missouri-Kansas game.

In the top of the sixth inning of a 2-2 game, Kansas first baseman Jared Schweitzer hit a hard ground ball to John McKee at third base. McKee kneeled to make a tough stop, got up and prepared to throw to first for the inning’s final out.

Uldal breaks school decathalon record

Missouri junior Hans Uldal broke his own school record and won the decathlon on the second day of the Big 12 Championships in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday.

Uldal finished with 7,740 points after starting the day in third place. He took over the lead by thowing the discus 152 feet, 5 inches and the javelin 203-8.

Bruins finish strong at district meet

The Rock Bridge girls’ track team finished a pleasantly surprising second out of 10 teams in the Class 4 District 5 track championships Saturday, and its freshman had a lot to do with it.

Jefferson City took the girls’ title, scoring 188 points in 18 events. Rock Bridge was second with 89. Hickman finished third with 84.5.

Rock Bridge glides to District 5 crown

JEFFERSON CITY – Coach Ben Loeb said it was one of the best days in the history of Rock Bridge boys’ tennis.

That’s because things couldn’t have gone much better.

Roping a college education

Adrienne Vought and her horse Bob are a formidable goat-gathering team. In a typical goat-tying competition, Vought, atop Bob, dashes toward a goat tied to a stake in the middle a dirt filled arena. In what seems like an instant, she has dismounted and has three legs of the goat tied together. Total time: about eight seconds.

Vought, a senior at Rock Bridge, is headed to the University of Tennessee-Martin next fall on an $11,405 per year rodeo scholarship. She signed a letter of intent on April 23 to take her goat-tying and breakaway roping skills to the collegiate level.

Mueller saves self from collapse in 7th

Andrew Mueller took the scenic route to a save Thursday in Hickman’s 4-3 victory against Rock Bridge.

The lanky right-hander walked Steven Farrow on four pitches to start the seventh inning with the top-ranked Kewpies ahead by two runs. With one out, Mueller hit back-to-back Bruins on curveballs that didn’t have quite enough to break back over the plate.

Tigers aim high at Big 12 meet

When Tipper O’Brien crossed the finish line he knew he had run a fast 1,500 meters.

What O’Brien did not know was his time of 3 minutes, 44.14 seconds at the Billy Hayes Classic in Indiana was the fastest any Missouri athlete had run in the 1,500 since 1973.

MU softball stays alive

Amanda Renth hit her second grand slam of the season to help the Missouri softball team beat Oklahoma State 5-1 in the Tigers’ second game of the Big 12 Conference Tournament on Thursday in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Baylor (47-10) beat Missouri 7-3 earlier in the day before MU eliminated the Cowgirls (33-22). Erin Kalka (8-5) allowed three hits and one run in seven innings for the Tigers (39-12) against Oklahoma State.

Kewpies set for districts

Hickman’s tennis team had a new look this week.

In preparation for Saturday’s Class 2 District 5 Tournament, Hickman coach Jeff Moore sat out his top two players this week against Hannibal and Smith-Cotton. Moore said he made the move to see how his bottom four starters would respond to sharper competition.