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Long shot likes chances

NEW YORK — It will be tough to tell who’s more comfortable at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, trainer Bill Kaplan or his horse, Imawildandcrazyguy. Kaplan will be surrounded by family and friends on his first trip home in years, while his gray gelding has given every indication he will enjoy running 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park.

Spurs have no trouble with Cavs

SAN ANTONIO — One of the most anticipated debuts in NBA finals history was way, way off the mark. A LeBrick, if you will. LeBron James couldn’t solve San Antonio’s stifling defense and the pick-and-rolling Spurs, as fundamental and selfless as ever, outclassed Cleveland in an 85-76 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night.

Bowling big part of couple’s life together

Most couples enjoy doing things together, but this husband and wife takes the concept to another level.

Greg and Jo Ann,56, Schlafer love to compete in bowling leagues together. The couple admits that their competitive natures have led to many arguments.

Special Olympics memorable for athletes, volunteers

The Special Olympics have been part of Shauna Balk’s life for as long as she can remember. Balk is the volunteer coordinator for the Special Olympics, but her involvement began long before she held this position. After being introduced to the games by her grandmother, who was a coach for the athletes, Balk also decided to volunteer, and the athletes kept her coming back.

Tigers seek future in pros

Although the season ended in disappointing fashion Monday for the Missouri baseball team, a few Tigers are still excited. Juniors Evan Frey, Brock Bond and Jacob Priday are expected to get drafted in today’s MLB draft. The first round is televised on ESPN2 beginning at 1 p.m. The draft will end on Friday.

Quin Snyder gets job as NBDL Toros’ head coach

Quin Snyder is a head coach again. Snyder, 40, will work for the Austin Toros, one of the 15 franchises in the NBA Developmental League. He replaces the late Dennis Johnson, a former NBA star who coached the Toros until he died from a heart attack on Feb. 22 after a team practice.

Spurs’ faithful always sport team colors

SAN ANTONIO — In their simple convent, where rows of chairs are arranged in front of a television and a crucifix, the 23 nuns of the Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province briefly put aside their pleas for the sick and the poor to pray for the San Antonio Spurs.

New addition Gathright key in Royals’ win

Newly promoted Joey Gathright gave Kansas City an immediate boost, helping Brian Bannister win his second straight start with the Royals’ 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

Pujols’ homer vanquishes Reds

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols’ two-run homer snapped a seventh-inning tie, helping the surging St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Daffy Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks aren’t called mighty anymore. Now they can simply answer to Stanley Cup champions. For the first time, the Stanley Cup resides in California and at the expense of Canada, which hasn’t boasted a winner since Montreal in 1993. Calgary, Edmonton and now Ottawa each had a chance the past three seasons only to be done in by a U.S. club from the sun belt.

Special Olympics to leave Columbia

For the last four years, the Special Olympics Missouri have been held in May, but last year, MU learned it would host the NCAA Mideast Track and Field Regional on the Audrey J. Walton Track-Soccer Stadium on May 25 and 26 earlier this year. In response, Special Olympics held its games in June this year, causing several hundred athletes to miss the games.

Blanche Deal, 91, can’t stop bowling

Blanche Deal, 91, a native of Marshall, began her bowling career at a six-lane makeshift bowling alley. She was 27 the first time she rolled the old ball at the pins at the far end of the lane. Bales of hay were placed at the end to stop both the pins and ball.

Snyder lands in Austin

Former Missouri men's basketball coach Quin Snyder was hired as head coach of the Austin Toros today, according to the team's Web site.

K.C. musters no offense in road setback

CLEVELAND ­— The only walking C.C. Sabathia did was to the dugout after each scoreless inning.

Cleveland’s ace left-hander pitched his fifth career shutout and the Indians kept rolling at home, defeating the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Tuesday night.

Taguchi singles in winning run

ST. LOUIS — Pinch hitter So Taguchi singled over a drawn-in outfield in the ninth inning for his second straight game-winning hit, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Chiefs QB Green will be traded to Miami

MIAMI — Trent Green could be on the field with the Dolphins by this weekend after Miami finally agreed to terms with Kansas City on a trade for the quarterback.

One win from a Ducks’ title

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Now that the Anaheim Ducks have that elusive road win, they are ready to do what they do best: close things out at home.

Gibson is Finals X-factor

CLEVELAND — When the older kids in his Houston neighborhood would pick on him or beat him up, little Daniel Gibson would run home crying to his mother. She gave him a nickname for not fighting back.

Physical chess

JEFFERSON CITY- Joe Galbraith, 11, has been a fencing student for seven months.

Across the strip from him is 19-year-old Nick Bateman, who has been fencing since he was Joe’s age, and easily clears six feet tall. Joe does not appear intimidated as he advances, His upper half still bounces a little too much, but right now he’s focusing on Bateman’s body, which he knows is very fast.

Still competing after all these (85) years

A basketball goal hangs outside the house. Inside there are weights, an exercise mat lies on the floor, and a display stand full of medals.

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