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On the Big Muddy

Brett Dufur helps the other two river guides, Paul Lowry and Sev Behrer, unload red and green canoes into Moniteau Creek, a small stream off the Missouri River, in Rocheport. A full-time book publisher and part-time river guide, Dufur is about to take 26 high school students from the St. Louis area on a canoe trip.

Different goal

Beau Claridge competed in 13 Show-Me State Games track and field events Saturday and Sunday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium on the MU campus.

Games a chance to shine

Brian Thompson, 23, of Trenton, won the 2005 national collegiate championship for MU. On Saturday, he hit enough clays to win gold in the Show-Me State Games’ trap and modern Skeet shoots.

Comeback complete

Saturday was the first time Megan Nordhues competed in the Show-Me State Games. It was the first time she had competed in the same arena as the MU gymnastics team. It was also her first meet since a potentially career-ending injury.

Cardinals double up Milwaukee

Anthony Reyes ended a 12-game regular-season losing streak that began last September, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Saturday night to sweep a day-night doubleheader.

The joy of competition

Nine-year-old Kaitlyn Evans of Sturgeon loves to play all kinds of sports. Her father says she’s a natural athlete. But at this year’s Show-Me State Games, she got to play her favorite sport, disc golf. She has her father to thank for that.

Reaching goals

As a child, he was glued to the television screen, captivated by his martial arts idols — Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and David Carradine. These stars inspired 39-year old James Goodwin of Mexico to start tae kwon do.

Staying on target

Fifty-seven faces, sweaty in the swamp-like summer humidity, turned to the bull’s-eyes across a field from them Saturday morning in Stephens Lake Park.

Getting faster

Canote, 14, has been running for just three years, but participated for the first time in the games this weekend.

“I thought I’d try something harder,” Canote said. “The competition is tougher than most of the other meets I go to.”

Back for more

After a three-year absence, Jim LaRue returned to the Show-Me State Games tennis competition this summer.

A question of acceptance

Kyle Hawkins had just spent another 20 minutes or so being interviewed on his cell phone, talking once more about the issues that have made him an unintentional trailblazer.

Rare 53-pound albino catfish dies

Just four days after it was caught, John Young’s famed albino catfish died before it could be transferred to a tank at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Cards rout rival Cubs

ST. LOUIS — Chris Duncan found a pitch he liked and the result, a grand slam, helped the St. Louis Cardinals avoid a sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs.

Long days challenge tired racers

Digital camera out and walkie talkie in hand, Janet Anderson radioed to her two sons from a group of picnic tables overlooking the Missouri River.

Priest Holmes will return to Chiefs’ camp

KANSAS CITY — Three-time Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes will report to the Kansas City Chiefs’ camp Saturday in a surprise development that comes 21 months after he was knocked out of football by a devastating hit.

Cubs’ Ted Lilly shuts down rival Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Ted Lilly won his seventh straight decision, and Cliff Floyd and Mike Fontenot both drove in two runs in the Chicago Cubs’ 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

A-Rod one shy of 500th home run

KANSAS CITY — Alex Rodriguez moved within one of the 500-home run club, helping the New York Yankees get as close to the Boston Red Sox as they’ve been in 2½ months.

Respite from the river

A black SUV rolls down a Missouri road. It’s a small reminder to the driver and co-pilot of this ground support crew for the Missouri River 340 Race that somewhere out on the muddy water are two men from the Twin Cities trying to make good time in their tandem canoe.

‘Potential’ is Pinkel’s mantra at media day

SAN ANTONIO — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel used the word “potential” six times in his opening statement about his team at Tuesday’s Big 12 Conference media day.

Unlucky Wells suffers his 13th defeat

ST. LOUIS — Carlos Zambrano won his NL-leading 13th game and Aramis Ramirez’s third single of the game snapped a seventh-inning tie in the Chicago Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

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