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Pelfrey's pitching shocks Tigers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – When Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson came to substitute pitcher Mike Pelfrey with two outs in the ninth inning against Missouri, the sophomore shrugged and trotted off the field. This wasn’t a pitching change of desperation.

Pelfrey had thrown 8 2/3 innings of shutout, dominating baseball.

Ozark, MICDS advance in Class 3 semifinals

Ozark pitcher Lucas Harrell picked the perfect time to get a strikeout.

Harrell struck out Sikeston's Cullen Dehart with the bases loaded to end the game and give the Tigers a 2-1 victory in a Class 3 semifinal game Friday morning at Taylor Stadium.

Ursuline Academy overpowers Hickman defense

Fenton, Mo---Ursuline Academy's Julia Bradenberg overpowered Hickman's defense Friday.

Hickman girls' soccer team lost to Ursuline Academy 2-1 in the semifinals of the Class 2 state Championships at Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton.

One run wins it for Griffins

Vianney got one run, and that was all it needed.

The Golden Griffins used two sacrifice flies to score in beating Helias 1-0 at Taylor Stadium on Friday in a Class 4 baseball semifinal.

Tigers poised for regional

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –- Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said his team can contend in this weekend’s postseason baseball regional for several reasons.

First, the Tigers were in the postseason last season, meaning they won’t be thrilled just to be here.

Indians triumph

Hallsville might have been the visiting team on paper, but if felt right at home in Taylor Stadium on Thursday night in the Class 2 state championship.

The Indians won 11-4 against the Springfield Catholic Fightin’ Irish after scoring five runs in the seventh inning.

Teamwork crucial for Kewpies

Great unity enabled Hickman to get this far.

The Hickman girls’ soccer team plays Ursuline Academy today at 6 p.m. in the semifinals of the Class 2 state championships at Anheuser-Busch Sports Center in Fenton. It is the first time the Kewpies (20-3-1) have played in the semifinals since 1994.

MU part of Stephenson’s bio

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – Many coaches with long-term success often speak in clichés about building a program from scratch.

Wichita State baseball coach Gene Stephenson has done it.

Hallsville takes advantage

Plattsburg’s struggling defense made it easy for Hallsville to advance Wednesday in the Class 2 state semifinals.

The Indians beat the Tigers 7-1 at Taylor Stadium and will play Springfield in the championship at 8 p.m. today.

Cardinals win 3rd straight

PITTSBURGH — Albert Pujols hit his major league-leading 17th home run, Tony Womack had four hits and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Pujols’ two-run shot in the first inning gave him a home run in four of his past five games and helped the Cardinals win for the sixth time in seven games, including three straight.

Pujols’ bat leads way as Cards rip Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Albert Pujols has compiled impressive statistics in almost every place he has played. They’re just a little better in Pittsburgh.

Pujols went 5-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Cardinals to an 8-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

St. Louis releases Warner

ST. LOUIS — Kurt Warner’s storybook stay with the St. Louis Rams ended Tuesday, but he’s unlikely to be out of work for long.

The release of Warner, a two-time NFL MVP who led the Rams to two Super Bowls, leaves Marc Bulger as the team’s No. 1 quarterback. Bulger took over as the starter for good after Warner fumbled six times in last year’s season opener.

Missouri garners at-large berth

Missouri got another chance Monday.

The Tigers baseball team received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The Tigers (37-21-1) earned a No. 3 regional seed and will play No. 2 seed Wichita State (47-14) at 2 p.m. Friday in Fayetteville, Ark.

World of sports grows

Blake Starkey, the Missouri women’s tennis coach, has made multiple trips to the Czech Republic and Moscow in search of talent.

James Wadley, Oklahoma State’s men’s tennis coach, has gone farther, making trips to Australia. Nebraska track coach Gary Pepin believes so strongly in the value of recruiting foreign athletes he sends assistants on more than five trips a year outside the United States.

Athletes go after dreams

Elin Ohlsson came to the University of Missouri from Sweden in the fall of 1999 having never seen the campus. She had never seen Columbia.

Ohlsson knew she wanted to play golf for the Tigers while majoring in industrial engineering. Other than a few phone calls from Missouri coaches, e-mails and checks of Web sites, Ohlsson didn’t know much about the university.

Unexpected talent

ST. LOUIS — Instead of going for Greg Maddux or Andy Pettitte, the St. Louis Cardinals settled for low-budget free agent Jeff Suppan in the offseason.

So far, they’re happy with their two-year, $6 million investment.

Tigers slugger mangles Royals

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers expected their offense to pick up once Dmitri Young returned to the lineup. They just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.

In Young’s first game back from a broken leg, the Tigers had their first five-home run day Monday at Comerica Park, beating the Kansas City Royals 8-4 to stop a three-game losing streak.

Title slips away

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oklahoma State coach Frank Anderson might not have agreed with the explanation for some of the weird things that happened, but there was no arguing his description of the game.

“What a game! It was a good game for a lot of reasons,” Anderson said. “It was a strange game.”

Mavericks fall to River City

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks couldn’t prevent the sweep.

The Mavericks couldn’t hold off the River City Rascals on Sunday at Taylor Stadium, losing 11-9.

Pitching problems cost Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Corey Koskie drove in three runs and Alex Prieto hit his first major league home run for the Minnesota Twins in a 8-3 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

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