Barrel racing on their minds

If you ride horses you probably know the Schneider family.

Jeff, Nanette, Katie and Jacob Schneider have been riding horses for most of their lives. Not only do they win state awards for barrel racing, but they train and sell horses as well.

Former champions lead pack in Hagan

There were 110 golfers who took part in the qualifying round for the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship on Saturday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. David McDonald, Dee Sanders and Scott Sasek led the field with low rounds of even par 71.

The qualifying round cut the field down to 64 for the start of match play competition today. Two rounds are scheduled to narrow the field to 32 with the final rounds set for next weekend.

New season, new uniforms

When the Missouri football players take on Arkansas State in this season’s opener, they will sport a new style that has been in the works for over a year.

“A little over a year ago, we decided it was time for a new look,” said Director of Equipment Operations Don Barnes.

Players test table tennis talent

Will Todd has known table tennis his entire life.

His father taught him the sport when he was 2 by attaching a net to a coffee table. When he was 6, the Columbia native was the No. 1 player in the nation for his age group, and he has since lost count the number of times he won the under-17 state tournament.

Royals waste shot at rare road sweep

SAN FRANCISCO — Felipe Alou frequently speaks of “stopping the bleeding.” Perhaps the San Francisco Giants have bandaged their troubles for a day.

Edgardo Alfonzo hit a go-ahead single in the sixth inning and pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz added a key two-run double, helping San Francisco snap a six-game home losing streak with a 9-7 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

Cards challenge slipping Yankees

ST. LOUIS — After taking two of three from the team that swept them in the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals move on to an even higher-profile series.

Next up, the slumping New York Yankees for a three-game weekend series in their first-ever regular-season visit to town.

Rain not obstacle to fan’s loyalty

Just two days after a trip to the emergency room, Jack Frier drove from his home in St. Louis to Memorial Stadium on Wednesday to participate in the filming of a commercial for the Missouri football team, only to find out that it was cancelled due to thunderstorms. The shoot has been tentatively rescheduled for next week.

Frier said he cut his hand on the chicken wire around his birdfeeder on Monday. He had to be rushed to the hospital to get stitches to stop the bleeding.

Royals deal Marrero to Orioles for prospect

PITTSBURGH — The Baltimore Orioles, thin on the bench because of injuries, acquired outfielder-first baseman Eli Marrero from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for minor league infielder Pete Maestrales.

Marrero, who had 10 home runs and 40 RBIs last season as a part-time player with the Braves, will undergo a physical Thursday. If he passes, he will join the Orioles in Cincinnati on Friday, when a roster move will be made to accommodate him.

Pirates select Boone

James Boone proved he was a solid baseball player when he hit a home run in his first game as a Tiger. He proved it once again Tuesday when the Pittsburgh Pirates picked him in third round of the Major League First-Years Player Draft.

“This is everybody’s dream, and definitely my dream. It’s something you never thought would happen to you,” Boone said. “You would look at other people and think, ‘Wow, I wish I were there.”

Mavs’ rookie tries for niche on team

Wanda Bergstrom knew it was a coincidence when her son signed with the Mavericks last Dec. 8. That didn’t keep her from pretending it was planned, though.

“She likes to tell everybody that I signed my first pro contract on her birthday,” Mid-Missouri outfielder Bub Bergstrom said.

Arizona chooses Upton as No. 1 pick

NEW YORK — Justin Upton was simply too good for the Arizona Diamondbacks to pass up.

Despite having a few talented shortstops already in their minor league system, the Diamondbacks added another when they made the Virginia high school star the top pick in the baseball draft Tuesday.

Web site simplifies recruiting

Scouts and general managers in all levels of baseball are constantly mulling over tough questions. Some of them lack concrete answers.

That’s why predicting baseball talent can be as difficult as hitting a 95-mph fastball.

Cardinals defeat champs again

ST. LOUIS — Jim Edmonds and Reggie Sanders hit home runs off previously unbeaten Matt Clement, and Jeff Suppan worked six solid innings in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 9-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals have won the first two games of the three-game interleague series by a combined score of 16-3, four more runs than they mustered last fall in a World Series they never led.

Cards choose Rasmus first

ST. LOUIS — After drafting college players almost exclusively last year, the Cardinals took six high school players among their top 10 picks on Tuesday and eight overall out of 22 first-day selections.

Colby Rasmus, 18, a center fielder at Russell County High School in Phenix City, Ala., was the 28th overall pick. Right-handed pitcher Tyler Herron, 18, from Wellington Community High School in Florida, was the 46th overall pick and the team’s fourth selection.

Center makes splash

Early in the afternoon Monday, Tiger Grotto was empty. Four lifeguards sat around its perimeter on opening day for the Mizzou Aquatics Center, watching water as it crashed from the waterfall, flowed through the lazy river, and swirled in the massive vortex.

The pool didn’t stay empty for long.

Mavs cheer first win

The Mavericks defeated the Gateway Grizzlies 12-7 on Monday night.

The victory absolved Mid-Missouri of the dubious honor it carried into the game: the Frontier League’s lone winless team.

Fishing clinic reels in children

Betty Cook Rottmann has a collection of bass and crappie mounted in a display case on the wall above her desk. In the corner of the case, there is a snapshot of her late husband Leroy Rottmann proudly holding a prize catch.

“All his life, fishing was his hobby,” Cook Rottmann said. “He especially loved teaching children to fish. It’s just part of our family history.”

This time, Morris beats Red Sox

ST. LOUIS — Matt Morris gets excited for every start, it’s just his nature. Facing the Boston Red Sox got him really pumped up, even if it wasn’t the World Series.

Morris improved to 7-0 with his first complete game of the season and contributed a squeeze bunt to help St. Louis beat Boston 7-1 on Monday night in the teams’ first meeting since last fall, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals for their first World Series championship since 1918.

Top draw for Cougars benefit

Parents often make sacrifices for their children. Once in a while, they get the chance to play golf for them.

Gary Mills said that he participated in the Cougar Club and Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament to support his son, Tanner, a Rock Bridge graduate who will play soccer for Columbia College next fall.

Chance for rejuvenation

KANSAS CITY — For one day at least, the budget-conscious Kansas City Royals are ready to open their checkbook and spend money with the big boys.

Having the No. 2 overall pick in today’s baseball draft provides a rare opportunity to invigorate the team’s youth-based rebuilding program with a player with extraordinary ability. Unlike some years, the Royals insist that talent, and not the ability to sign the player, will be their guide.