ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols hit a home run leading off the ninth inning, and John Mabry was 4-for-4 with four RBIs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals against the Montreal Expos 5-4 on Wednesday night.
Pujols hit his 31st home run of the season, a drive off Chad Cordero (3-2), that capped the Cardinals’ comeback from a 3-0 deficit.
MACOMB, Ill. — Defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy would have rather learned on the job his rookie season with the St. Louis Rams, the way he did throughout his college career.
Last year’s No. 1 pick played so little last season, he felt like he was barely on the team.
RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Priest Holmes sat out Tuesday’s practice with a hip problem. Those two words, “hip problem,” would have spread panic through the Kansas City Chiefs camp a year ago.
This year, though, nobody is sweating. Holmes, a three-time All-Pro running back, is more than a year removed from the surgery on his right hip that many feared could end his career.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jose Contreras won his debut for the Chicago White Sox, and Paul Konerko hit a grand slam to tie for the AL home run lead in an 12-4 rout of Kansas City on Tuesday night.
Contreras (9-5), obtained from the New York Yankees on Saturday for slumping All-Star Esteban Loaiza, was given a 7-0 lead by the fifth inning and left after the sixth, when Chicago extended its lead to 10-4 on Aaron Rowand’s three-run home run. Contreras gave up four runs, two earned, and five hits in six innings, striking out three and walking one.
KANSAS CITY — The playoff aspirations are gone. The pitching rotation is still a mess. A triple-digit loss column is not out of the question.
The Kansas City Royals, though, can still play some decent baseball — every once in a while. By doing that, or at least trying to, they could manage to salvage a little self-respect from a promising year gone wrong.
Kansas City voters on Tuesday supported fee increases to fund an arena that city leaders say will help spark revitalization of the city’s downtown.
With 74 percent of the precincts reporting, 58 percent of the voters approved a proposal to increase hotel fees by up to $1.50 a day and car rental fees by up to $4 a day. Those fees would allow the city to issue $170 million in bonds to pay for the $225 million to $250 million arena.
Laughter replaced silence on the Country Club of Missouri greens on Monday at the 14th annual Stan Utley-Rainbow House Golf Classic.
“Feel it in your feet, feel it in your feet,” Kelley Gibson said. “That’s what my pro always told me, and that’s why I’ve never been in the top 100 of putting.”
The Columbia All-Stars lost their first game in Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional Tournament on Monday in Indianapolis.
Columbia, the Missouri state champions, fell to South Dakota 9-0.
Raj Lal and Arjun Khurana are so mild-mannered, it is hard to tell whether the doubles team is winning or losing.
Lal and Khurana earned a bronze medal in the Under-14 division of the Show-Me State Games’ tennis tournament Sunday at Green Tennis Center.
CREVE COEUR – At the end of the longest day in Champions Tour history and on the longest course in U.S. Senior Open history, the man with a recently repaired left hip was at the top of the leaderboard.
Three months removed from the operating table, Peter Jacobsen outlasted everyone in the field Sunday at Bellerive Country Club, posting a 69 and a 68 during the grueling 36-hole final round to win the tournament at 12-under, one stroke ahead of Hale Irwin.
There was no doubt about the Columbia team’s desire in its opening game of Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional on Sunday.
Columbia’s National League All-Stars beat the Kansas champions 15-4 in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. Each of the 10 Columbia players scored at least one run.
CREVE COEUR – When Hale Irwin rolled in a birdie putt at the par-5 17th hole Sunday he found himself in a familiar position: on the verge of capturing a U.S. Senior Open.
Irwin, who had a steady week with four rounds at even par or better, hung around the top of the leaderboard Sunday at Bellerive Country Club until disaster struck on the par-3 sixth hole.
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks beat the Springfield/Ozark Ducks 4-3 on Sunday at Price Cutter Park in Ozark.
The Mavs (18-48) scored three runs in the ninth inning, then held off the Ducks (36-31), who scored twice in the bottom of the inning.
The MU athletic department is investigating claims made in a national magazine by a former football recruiting volunteer who said coaches at MU ignored her complaints of sexual harassment by recruits. The September issue of Seventeen magazine, a national magazine directed toward teenage readers, includes an interview with an anonymous former member of Tiger Hostesses, a university-run campus group that welcomes football recruits. The woman, whose name is disguised as “Emily,” said in the article that, as a Tiger Hostess, she was sexually harassed by MU football recruits and that coaches ignored her complaints.
On Saturday, Chad Moller, director of media relations for the MU athletic department, said the department is aware of the article and had sent a letter to Seventeen publishers on Thursday asking for the identity of the woman in the interview. Moller said the claims were serious, and the department would investigate.
KIRKSVILLE – Post 202 refuses to lose.
Columbia’s American Legion team defeated Kirksville BB 14-1 to become the Zone I Tournament Champions on Saturday at North Park Complex in a game that ended after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.
CREVE COEUR – The second round of the U.S. Senior Open on Saturday at Bellerive Country Club had the unmistakable feel of a final tuneup before an ultimate test of skill and desire.
Three inches of rain Friday postponed the second round, forcing the final three rounds to be squeezed into two days, and players positioned themselves on the leaderboard with hopes of outlasting the field during today’s 36-hole final round.
Brothers Dallas and Ron Brakeville live more than 700 miles away from each other, but they plan at least a couple of events each year to do together.
Archery at the Show-Me State Games, which took place at Lake Stephens Park on Saturday morning, is one way. Rattlesnake hunting is another.
Ten boys sit and listen to Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson.
“If you keep playing and practicing hard, you may have the opportunity to play at college and beyond,” Jamieson said.
CREVE COEUR – Golf fans heading to the final round of the U.S. Senior Open at Bellerive Country Club today certainly have nothing to complain about.
Not only will they be treated to two championship rounds of golf, but they will also see some of the biggest names on the Champions Tour take part in a showdown for the most coveted title on the senior circuit.
CREVE COEUR- There were no birdies at the U.S. Senior Open at Bellerive Country Club on Friday.
For that matter, there were no pars and bogeys either.
The second round of the tournament was canceled after three inches of rain in the morning left several holes under water and the golf course virtually unplayable, according to championship director Sean Sovacool.