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Tour of Missouri gets high-profile names in Tour de France winner Contador and third-place finisher Leipheimer

Competing in the Discovery Channel team’s final U.S. race, Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer add international attention to the innaugural Tour of Missouri.

MU basketball team adds guard

Zaire Taylor is a transfer from the University of Delaware

Rick Ankiel’s arm, bat leads Cardinals past Cubs

Rick Ankiel’s first-inning outfield assist sparked the Cardinals’ early, and his seventh-inning home run held off the Cubs late.

Gathright lone bright spot for Royals in loss

Kansas City outscored Oakland 16-5 in the first two games and had a 22-7 scoring edge, including the team’s 6-2 win at Texas on Thursday, during a three-game winning streak. But the Royals didn’t get on the board Sunday until Emil Brown’s RBI single in the seventh scored Mark Grudzielanek, who doubled leading off the inning.

Rain washes away Cardinals' struggles with Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano wanted to show why the Cubs gave him a whopping five-year, $91.5 million dollar contract. For three innings Sunday night, he did. Then the game against the St. Louis Cardinals was rained out. After retiring all nine batters he faced, Zambrano looked sharp, relieved and relaxed after getting his contract situation resolved after a season of waiting. He was certainly on track to be better than he had in his previous three starts.

Brown brings size to right tackle competition

While Colin Brown hasn’t seen much playing time in his three years on the roster, he now finds himself vying with Dain Wise for the starting right tackle position. The right tackle position is the only position still in question, which is a testament to the skills of both Brown and Wise. Even though the starter hasn’t been named, the prospects of having a tandem of tackles over 6-feet-7 tall have left Chase Daniel excited about his protection in the pocket.

Tigers face questions

Missouri running back Derrick Washington took the handoff from reserve quarterback Dominic Grooms, and suddenly he was back in high school, leading the Raymore-Peculiar Panthers to the 2006 Class 5A State Championship.

Athletes tweak training to avoid heat

On Friday, MU cross country had its first official practice of the season – at 6:30 a.m. Most of the runners were used to waking up that early.

Earnhardt still confident

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is perplexed, frustrated and still feeling confident. NASCAR’s most popular driver knows his No. 8 Chevrolet team is good enough to compete for a Nextel Cup championship, so why is it 14th in the points and in danger of missing the Chase for the championship for the second time in three years?

Ward’s shot takes down Cards

Daryle Ward can stop worrying about hitting that first home run for the Chicago Cubs. Ward hit a grand slam in the third inning and Derrek Lee had three hits to help Chicago beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Saturday.

Linebacker becomes leader

Missouri linebacker Brock Christopher remembers when the Tigers coaching staff told him he would be switching from middle linebacker to strong side linebacker before the 2006 season.

Cards sweep Brewers 8-0

Yadier Molina hit two home runs and the Cardinals beat the Brewers 8-0 on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep and closing to within 2 1/2 games of the NL Central lead for the first time since April 20.

Missouri football depth chart

A look at the Tiger football team for the 2007 season.

Hoops by starlight

It’s Tuesday night at Moonlight Hoops, an annual basketball tournament held at Douglass Park. The heat is unrelenting, but still a crowd of about 100 ultimately gathers.

Hoping for the last laugh

Missouri football players haven’t had much to smile about lately. They’re in the midst of a long, grueling fall camp where practicing under scorching temperatures is the norm. Players become testy as they compete to earn playing time, and occasional scuffles break out between the offense and defense from battling each other every day.

Chiefs still looking for a leader

KANSAS CITY, — Will they cheer their team’s all-time top-rated passer? Or will they boo a guy who complained he wasn’t getting a fair chance to keep his job and then wrangled a drawn-out trade to Miami?

Cardinals close gap on leader

MILWAUKEE — Albert Pujols hit his 275th career home run and new St. Louis Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro kept Milwaukee’s bats quiet in an 8-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night.

McCollum hopes to come back as center

ST. LOUIS — Veteran center Andy McCollum returns for his 14th NFL season and he is looking to regain the form that allowed him to play all 1,025 offensive snaps in 2005.

Royals come up short in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Michael Young hit a two-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Wednesday night.

Holding a steady beat

Almost 300 MU students stood in a circle Tuesday morning warming up under the hot August sun for the first full day of Marching Mizzou’s band camp.

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