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Greater awareness of genetic trait can curtail athletic deaths, report finds

The growing number of exercise-induced deaths among athletes with sickle cell trait can be curtailed with proper treatment and greater awareness among team doctors and athletic trainers, a national medical group said in a report released Wednesday.

Next stop: San Francisco

Kelly Murray sat in the right field bleachers watching her 11-year-old son, Mason, pitch at Busch Stadium.

The next thing she knew, he was holding his trophy on the stadium JumboTron and beaming. Moments later, as she walked on to the concession stand, the moment simply became too much for her.

Ryan’s rope wins it

NEW YORK — Brendan Ryan hit his first career home run in the 11th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped the New York Mets’ four-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.

St. Louis AD opts for Maryland job

ST. LOUIS ­— Saint Louis University athletic director Cheryl Levick, who was stripped of two key decisions in its basketball program, has accepted the No. 2 post at the University of Maryland.

Green’s blast sinks Cards; Maroth’s gem wasted

NEW YORK — Shawn Green and the New York Mets were more than glad to see the end of Mike Maroth.

Bamboozled by Maroth’s slow stuff, Green hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning against Russ Springer to beat St. Louis 2-1 Monday night.

Cards look to Spiezio for spark

ST. LOUIS — Scott Spiezio stopped dyeing his wispy chin beard St. Louis Cardinal red a few weeks ago, satisfying the demands of superstitious teammates thinking a fashion makeover might help halt one of the team’s many slumps.

Cards wait a little longer to lose

Shane Victorino typically spends off days relaxing in the dugout. He changed his routine Sunday and the move worked. Victorino had a pinch-hit, three-run double to break a tie with two outs in the eighth inning Sunday and lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Royals win 11-inning walkover

Joey Gathright’s bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning off Chris Spurling lifted the Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Brewers. It was the third walk of the inning for Kansas City, and sixth in the final five innings.

Mudballers not just messing around

Mudball ’07 was held Saturday to raise awareness for the organization. The mud volleyball tournament featured seven co-ed teams of at least six players ages 18-and-older.

Swimming a fun challenge

While Micah Wright would finish the last few weeks of his kindergarten year in a cast, something else was on his mind. He had a full summer of swimming ahead of him.

Johnson, Chiefs far apart on contract

Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson says he’s ready to sit out the Chiefs’ training camp to resolve his request for a new contract, The Kansas City Star reported Thursday.

I-70 series comes to close in longest game of season

Ryan Ludwick bears some responsibility for the longest game of the season in the major leagues, striking out as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning.

Adcock finishes first in decathlon

MU freshman Nick Adcock raced into first place in the Junior USATF Championships men’s decathlon Thursday night. As he crossed the finish line of the 1,500 meters with the clock at 4 minutes, 49.77 seconds, Adcock gained 620 points.

Acrobatic athletes

Anybody who says that acrobatic gymnastics is not a sport has never seen the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team practice in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Ludwick homer in 14th inning gives Cardinals the win

Ryan Ludwick homered off Jorge de la Rosa leading off the 14th inning for the Cardinals, who took two of three from their cross-state rivals. The Cardinals used eight pitchers and left-hander Tyler Johnson was the only reliever not used because of a slightly injured right knee.

Tow truck driver threatens suit in Hancock death

A lawyer representing the tow truck driver involved in the fatal crash of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock is giving Hancock's family 21 days to drop its wrongful death lawsuit.

Freshmen shine on first day of meet

Two MU freshmen set new personal bests in the first day of the USA Track and Field Junior Championships on Wednesday.

Wrestling ‘Tiger style’

Wrestlers James Williamson, from UMKC, and John Andrew, from MU, practice between instructional sessions at one of the “Tiger Style” wrestling camps in the Daniel Devine Pavilion on Tuesday. MU wrestling coach Brian Smith runs a variety of wrestling camps, which will continue on campus through June 1. Wrestlers from 30 teams across the country are at MU.

Errors mar I-70 Series

The Royals and Cardinals were tied 6-6 after 13 innings at press time.The Royals and Cardinals were tied 6-6 after 13 innings at press time. The Royals jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning, and led 6-4 in the sixth. The Cardinals scratched out a run in the seventh, and scored one more in the ninth when slugger Albert Pujols doubled to deep right. He appeared to pause, thinking the ball was a homer, before heading to first, and missed a chance at a triple.

Thompson steps in for victory

ST. LOUIS — Short notice brought out Brad Thompson’s best. The first-year starter worked seven strong innings a day ahead of schedule and two days after a two-inning relief stint, leading the pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

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