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First flips at finals

After nearly a year of practice and preparation, the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team is competing this week in the Acrobatic Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships in Palm Springs, Calif.

St. Louis Browns' Rollie Stiles, oldest ex-major leaguer, dies at 100

Rollie Stiles, a former St. Louis Brown who at 100 was believed to be the oldest former major leaguer, has died.

Royals trip contenders on winning road swing

Bannister allowed four hits in seven innings and Esteban German homered for the Kansas City Royals in 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Cardinals connect in 10th

Skip Schumaker hit a two-run home run and Scott Rolen added a three-run home run in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.

Boone County Fair chooses champions in the saddle

The Boone County Fair’s 4-H/FFA horse show brought color to the arena as boys and girls in bright outfits competed on horseback. Christi Miller, 37, a member of the committee responsible for organizing the show and hiring the judges and the workers, said that this show was not only about horses but also about commitment and dedication.

Aiming for low-key competition

Most participants look at games as opportunity to enjoy favorite activity.

Bows and arrows

In 3-D archery, shooters must guess the yardage between their shooting post and the targets. They are trying to hit a foot-and-a-half wide kill zone painted on the animals.

Friendly game

“It’s supposed to be an in-control sport,” said Jerry Brasye of St. Louis, who has been playing Ultimate for 25 years. He said the people who play and the camaraderie are reasons why he is loyal to the sport.

Harris’ six hits, six RBIs crush Cardinals

Willie Harris became the second player in Atlanta history with six hits in a game, going 6-for-6 with two triples and six RBIs to help the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 14-6 on Saturday night.

Coming on strong

Missouri strongman Steve Schmidt, 52, had a room full of broad-shouldered powerlifters stunned as he ripped a license plate in two.

The biggest bench of the day

The biggest bench of the day belonged to Ovalta Bell of Louisiana, Mo. Bell put up 510 pounds.

Long day of volleyball

The team is comprised of women hailing from Fort Leonard Wood, whose fathers or husbands are in the military.

Kicking around names

Their uniforms bring stares and questions. But they don’t mind. With team names such as The Village Idiots, Chuck Norris’ Left Foot, and V-Necks, this weekend’s Show-Me State Games Adult Kickball competition seemed more like a competition to win the title of the most creative team name.

Slow shot

Twenty minutes sounds like a lifetime to get off five shots in a target-shooting competition, but when you have to load and fire an old-fashioned gun, that 20 minutes goes by in an instant.

Soccer fan

The U16 Waynesville Hurricanes start strong against the Dixon Bulldogs. Brad Hicks stands watching on the sidelines Saturday morning at Cosmopolitan Park, taking the chance to observe a hometown team.

Rookie roller

The clash of bowling pins could be heard from the parking lot, but the smell of fried food and lane wax, key in the identification of a bowling alley, wasn’t obvious until you enter the doors of AMF Town and Country Lanes. The building was also alive with the cheering of grandparent or parent/child teams.

Plenty of good cheer

The short pause in the cheer for Kaitlin was not because of a lack of spirit or because someone forgot the words.

Lazy days

Wrestling class receives high ranking

The Tigers’ recruiting class was ranked second in the nation by InterMat.com on Wednesday. Ohio State placed first. Hickman’s K.C. Pescaglia leads a group of four in-state athletes including Dom Bradley (Blue Springs), Trever Collins (Nixa) and Brandon Wiest (O’Fallon).

Tigers picked to take North

The Missouri football team has been picked to win the Big 12 Conference North Division in a preseason media poll conducted by the Big 12 office. It is the first time the Tigers have been picked to win the North. Before this year’s poll, the highest that the Tigers have been picked to finish was second, in 2004.

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