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Eyes wide shut for Royals

DENVER — Reliever Joel Peralta couldn’t describe his first major league hit. His eyes were closed. Peralta, a converted shortstop, connected on a two-run double in a five-run 12th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 10-5 on Sunday.

Mud, Blood and Ponytails

“You get to hit people,” says Mel SanMiguel, a rugby veteran. “It’s definitely an aggression releaser.” A predecessor of football, rugby has struggled to gain prominence in the U.S. It’s a game relegated to college club level, that carries the tarnished reputation of heavy drinking and bad behavior.

Missouri baseball finishes second in Big 12

STILLWATER, Okla. — MU’s baseball team will finish in second place in the Big 12 Conference after taking an 8-5 over Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

Missouri softball reaches finals

CARBONDALE, ILL — The Missouri softball team reached the NCAA Regional Championship game with a 7-4 win over Southern Illinois University yesterday and will face No.-1 seed Depaul at noon today.

Preakness parlay

BALTIMORE — It wasn’t a dazzling 10-length runaway of the type that other recent Preakness winners have scored, but Curlin’s photo-finish victory Saturday was a stunning, brilliant performance.

When ‘why’ can’t be answered, there is no story

A story we didn’t publish has been the subject of conversations around the Columbia Missourian for the past week or so. Many people have thrown in their opinions on how to handle the firing of Missouri lacrosse club coach Kyle Hawkins.

Front runner

Lauren Borduin was out in front of the pack, several strides in front of the other runners in the last lap of the 1600-meter run. She was alone.

Having a ball

DECATUR, Ga. — Bill Hargrove took three small steps and dropped the ball at his feet with a loud clunk. While it rolled slowly down the lane, he held up his right arm in a camera-friendly pose.

MU wins with wood bats

SAUGET, ILL — No. 17 Missouri defeated Illinois, 12-5, Tuesday in a wood bat game. The Tigers hit three home runs in the game and picked up their 36th win of the season.

Trainer has two chances at Preakness win

BALTIMORE — It appears trainer Todd Pletcher will have two chances to win Saturday’s $1 million Preakness and end an 0-for-26 losing streak in Triple Crown races.

Mascot in the arena

WASHINGTON — When your team has one of the worst records in baseball, and attendance is down, and people are complaining that the hot dogs are half-cooked, it can seem as if the spirit of the old Senators is alive and thriving at RFK Stadium.

Finer form fuels Mickelson

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — They are the most famous family of golf instructors, and even better at giving each other the needle. So when Butch Harmon was voted the No. 1 golf coach, his younger brothers

Earnhardt speculation not likely to go away

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs some time to decompress. It’s been all Earnhardt all the time since he announced he was defecting from his late father’s company.

Big leap

Win has Royals thinking pink

CHICAGO — Pink bats were all the rage around the major leagues on Sunday. The Kansas City Royals might not want to put theirs away.

Women’s golfers end season

Missouri finished its season with a 17th place at the NCAA Central Regional at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Missouri baseball team wins home finale

Freshman Aaron Senne drove in a career-high six runs to lead Missouri to a 10-8 victory against Oklahoma on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

Softball team to make 11th appearance at regionals

Missouri was one of six Big 12 Conference programs named to the 64-team NCAA softball tournament on Monday.

Missouri awaits news about NCAA tournament

Extra Points

Oklahoma evened the series with Missouri by taking a 5-0 win on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. It was the second time this season that the Tigers have been shut out.

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