A thorn in MU’s side

Sure, it was a little chilly outside.

Yeah, the Southwest Missouri State Bears haven’t had a great season.

Cardinals continue to baffle the Reds

CINCINNATI — Jason Marquis made sure the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn’t need another historic comeback.

The right-hander gave up three hits and took a shutout into the ninth inning Tuesday, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ depleted bullpen held on for a 4-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds.

Thriving under pressure

Rock Bridge coach Terry Whitney was standing in his team’s bullpen watching his freshman-and-sophomore team play Hickman on Tuesday when Scott Reller’s name was brought up.

“What a jerk,” Whitney said, laughing. “No, he’s a very, very, very hard worker. I said that three times, didn’t I? That’s how hard of a worker he is.”

Roening’s big week gets national honor

On Tuesday, junior outfielder Janessa Roening became the first Missouri softball player to be named the USA Softball National Player of the Week. She was also named Big 12 Player of the Week.

Roening was 7-for-13 with four runs scored, seven RBI and two home runs in three games – a win against North Dakota State and two victories against No. 4 Texas A&M. She was 4-for-6 on Saturday against Texas A&M, including the winning single. On Sunday, Roening hit a two-run home run in the fifth and tied the game with her two-out single in the seventh.

Kewpies win district golf tournament

Chris Johnson said Monday’s round felt different. He felt more comfortable than earlier this year.

Johnson, a Hickman sophomore, decided to change his approach entering the Class 4 District 5 boys’ golf tournament at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield.

Comeback Cards

CINCINNATI — Jim Edmonds considered bunting, then changed his mind and hit a three-run home run. John Mabry just tried to put the ball in play, but put it over the center-field wall for the go-ahead runs.

The greatest ninth-inning comeback in St. Louis Cardinals history was made of odd moments.

Ex-Tiger charged with felony

For former Missouri basketball player Jeffrey Ferguson, the prospects of continuing a basketball career received a blow early Saturday morning.

Ferguson was arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, and three misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault.

Kansas City takes pass on White

Oklahoma quarterback passed over in the NFL draft, won’t be invited back to the Kansas City Chiefs’ mini-camp.

White, who won the Heisman Trophy as a junior in 2003, got the news Sunday from coach Dick Vermeil at the end of a three-day tryout for rookies. He had been competing with seventh-round draft choice James Kilian of Tulsa for a possible spot with the Chiefs, who already have three veteran quarterbacks on the roster.

Club team wants to stick

As the ball moves down the field toward the opponent’s goal, the crowd begins to cheer. One section in particular is the loudest.

“Go Columbia” the group yells out.

Atlanta scrapes by Cardinals

ATLANTA — John Smoltz wasn’t going to give in to the St. Louis Cardinals. If he had to keep pitching his way out of trouble, so be it.

Smoltz scattered nine hits and four walks, both season highs, for his second straight win, outdueling Jeff Suppan to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Cardinals 2-1 on Sunday.

At long last, Royals own win streak

CLEVELAND — Jose Lima didn’t get his no-hitter, but Mike Sweeney continued his success at Jacobs Field.

Lima took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before Cleveland rallied, and Sweeney hit his second home run of the game to break a tie in the eighth, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-5 win against the Indians on Sunday.

Unlikely Slugger Keys Big Sweep

Sarah Stringer shifted into trot mode as she rounded second base.

Missouri’s sophomore second baseman had just hit the ball over the left center-field fence for what should have been her first collegiate home run.

‘A win to build on’

Janessa Roening didn’t see the winning play in Missouri’s 6-5 win against No. 5 Texas A&M on Saturday at University Field.

Missouri’s right fielder had her back to home plate as she sprinted to first base. She was hoping her single through the right side with one out in the bottom of the seventh would score teammate Sarah Stringer and win the game.

Long day worth every minute for Kewps

The weather was so nice in Columbia on Saturday, the Hickman baseball team decided to play three.

After conditions at Hickman Field were too wet to play Friday night, the Kewpies began the Sells Development/Red Weir Classic 12 hours before they finished it as champions.

Extra points

The Missouri baseball team upset Texas 7-2 on Saturday to even the weekend series in Austin, Texas, at a game apiece.

No. 14 Missouri (31-12) scored three runs in the second and eighth innings to beat the No. 1 Longhorns after losing 4-1 on Friday night. The Tigers hadn’t won in Austin since 2001.

Playing with Tradition

Wednesday night at Douglass Park.

The concrete is a murky green, with chipped white lines marking the edges of the basketball court. New nets were put up recently, though the nets are really no more than metal wire covered in plastic and looped through the bottom of the rim.

Simpson brings vocal leadership

Free safeties are known for playing deep downfield as a last line of defense against the long pass. So it is uncommon that a free safety would lead a football team in tackles for a loss.

Jason Simpson is no common player.

Alumni return for final lap

John Putnam and Paulus Lawson were there when the MU Natatorium opened in 1964. On Saturday, they were there at its last event.

Putnam and Lawson were part of the first Missouri team to swim in the pool in 1964. So they swam the last race on Saturday as the Missouri swimming and diving program said goodbye to the place it has called home for the past 40 years.

Taming tumultuous Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Martin Truex proved he is just as good at restrictor-plate racing as his boss is, winning his second consecutive Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.

Truex, who drives a car co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., battled back after an early accident damaged his Chevrolet. Then he avoided several other crashes, a flurry of late cautions and an intense overtime finish to win the Aaron’s 312.

After close loss, Rock Bridge focuses on making contact

Hitting hasn’t been Rock Bridge’s strength this season.

In the Bruins most recent outing, a 3-1 loss Wednesday to Jefferson City, they collected eight hits but couldn’t capitalize late in the game.