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Scherzer goes to Double-A

It took former Missouri pitching standout Max Scherzer almost 12 months to finally sign his first professional contract. It took him only three minor-league starts to earn his first promotion.

Perez ends his struggles, Royals beat Cards in opener

ST. LOUIS — Pitching around Albert Pujols was crucial to Odalis Perez ending his struggles.

Perez won for only the second time in 10 starts and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of mistakes by Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in a 5-3 victory over St. Louis on Monday night.

Louisville, Rice win big at CWS

Chris Dominguez hit two of his team’s four home runs and the Cardinals scored in double digits for the third consecutive game, eliminating Mississippi State 12-4 on Sunday.

Ludwick produces for Cards

OAKLAND, Calif. — A night earlier, Ryan Ludwick was one of only two St. Louis starters without a hit. His timing couldn’t have been better Sunday — against his former organization no less.

At last, Edwards finishes first

Carl Edwards won four races in his first full season, finishing an impressive third in the Nextel Cup standings.

Late comeback means little in K.C. home loss

Miguel Olivo went 5-for-5, and cost himself a day off. Rick Vanden Hurk struck out a career-best seven batters, got the win and is headed for the minors.

Pac-10 teams win at CWS

Scott Santschi hit his first homer of the season and had two RBIs, and defending champion Oregon State survived some nervous moments to defeat Cal State Fullerton 3-2 in the College World Series on Saturday night.

Visit to high school rodeo finals thrills children

School buses flanked the horse trailers Friday at Boone County Fairgrounds.

Roughly 500 children from area schools and day cares showed up for the free event which showcased the cowboys and girls of the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals. Featured events were calf and goat roping, pole bending, team roping and barrel racing.

Beginners goat tying

My first thought was, “No way. I’m a city girl. City girls don’t do that.”

Less than 24 hours later, I found myself in the middle of a rodeo arena, tying my first goat.

Baddeley good so far at Oakmont

Aaron Baddeley escaped with an amazing par from deep rough at the base of a bunker on the 17th hole, finished strong with a birdie for an even-par 70 and wound up with a two-shot lead over Woods after three rounds of the U.S. Open on Saturday.

Rodeo familiar event

At 18 months, Casey Chasteen was in the saddle. Around the time most children are becoming used to walking on their own two legs, this Columbia native, now 17 years old, was learning how to stay steady on not two, but four legs.

Special Olympic golfer Joe Garrard takes to the sport quickly.

Joe Garrard or Joey as he is better known, hit that tee shot a little more than 100 yards down the fairway, evidence of the practice he has put in to get his game ready. It has been just two years since he first picked up the game, but at about 5 p.m. every Monday night, he and his coach, Dave Houston, hit the course.

Ready to Rope

Cindy Wood didn’t walk across the stage during the 2007 Hickman High School graduation ceremony at Mizzou Arena. She was at a rodeo.

Royals earn rare series victory from Cardinals

KANSAS CITY ­— Mark Teahen had two triples and five RBIs and Tony Pena Jr. had four hits, leading Kansas City past St. Louis 17-8 Thursday night for the Royals’ first series win at home against the Cardinals in six years.

New spin for unique sport

Fire heats the street in front of the Living Canvas Tattoo, Piercing, and Art Gallery. Flames shoot high into the summer air. It’s the Sphyres of Prometheus performance June 7 at the District Twilight Festival.

Royals have no solution for Wainwright’s wizardry

Adam Wainwright allowed one hit in a career-high eight innings and Albert Pujols drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-3 victory Wednesday night over the Kansas City Royals.

Back in the saddle

By the start of kindergarten, Collin Bartels had already beaten cancer. In 2005, the cancer came back. Bartels, now cancer-free again, is competing in this weekend’s Missouri State High School Rodeo Championships at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Chasing Rodeo dreams

High schoolers across Missouri gave up their weekends to compete in rodeos throughout the school year.

The athletes travelled to 16 different locations across the state to compete in 32 rodeos throughout the Missouri High School Rodeo season in order to qualify for the state finals.

Rising Above

KANSAS CITY — Brian Bannister won his third consecutive start with seven scoreless innings and Esteban German had three hits and three RBIs, leading Kansas City past St. Louis 8-1 Tuesday night.

Kelly competes in U.S. Open

University of Missouri’s John Kelly, who competed in the Masters earlier this year, will be competing in the U.S. Open Thursday in Oakmont, PA. Kelly is one of eight collegians across the country who will be participating in the tournament.

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