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Back to school for former players

When Kansas State linebacker Terry Pierce announced in 2003 he was skipping his senior year to enter the NFL draft, he was only 13 credits short of graduating.

Long, strange trip

Dim moonlight lit the banks of the Missouri River as Jeff Barrow left Glasgow, paddling his way through the evening in his long, pointy canoe. The light fog hovering over the water’s surface made steering especially difficult, even for the intermediate canoer.

Sprint Center still searching for pro team to lure to K.C.

Kansas City, Terry Nichols says, is ready once again for big-time hockey. As the general manager of a suburban ice-sport and fitness center that draws an estimated 300,000 people annually, many of them hockey players from around the world, Nichols feels uniquely qualified to cast this cowtown and its gleaming new downtown arena as a place where the National Hockey League can thrive.

Gordon boosts Kansas City in hard-to-play game

Ron Gardenhire drives over that bridge to work every day. “Obviously, a baseball game is kind of secondary around here,” said the Twins’ manager, who was on the Interstate 35W bridge near the Metrodome hours before the bridge collapsed Wednesday.

Rout ends Cards’ streak

Ronny Paulino quieted some loud booing with a grand slam during a five-run Pittsburgh first inning, and Tony Armas won as a starter for the first time in more than 10 months to carry the Pirates past St. Louis 15-1 Wednesday night.

Edwards gets everyone’s attention

A fan who yelled encouragement at a player for fighting got an earful from Kansas City coach Herm Edwards.

Rams’ draft pick off to strong start

If St. Louis rookie running back Brian Leonard ever needs a favor, he knows where to turn. While finishing a stellar college career at Rutgers University, Leonard became acquainted with actor James Gandolfini, a Rutgers graduate who attends three or four games a year.

Routes set for state cycling tour

One hundred twenty professional cyclists will come to the state in six weeks, and routes for the Tour of Missouri are now set.

Backing Away

Buddy Bell chose family over baseball on Wednesday, resigning as manager of the last-place Kansas City Royals effective at the end of the season.

Few blockbusters, but plenty of movement at trading deadline

Royals unload Dotel, Cards acquire Piniero in baseball moves. Rangers trade away first baseman Teixeira, closer Gagne in separate deals.

Feast and famine, but Royals lose

Carlos Silva usually sleeps until 1 p.m. when he’s pitching later that night, but trade-deadline anxiety had him up four hours earlier to turn on the television for updates.

Veteran receiver, 34, looks after his body

Wide receiver Isaac Bruce, a second-round pick in 1994 before the team’s final season on the West Coast, heads into his 14th season coming off a very productive year.

Chiefs to pick QB: Croyle or Huard?

When it comes to developing front-line starting quarterbacks, the Kansas City Chiefs are 0-forever.

Cardinals slide past Pirates after Paulino drops two balls

The St. Louis Cardinals climbed back into the NL Central race by twice rallying from big deficits against Milwaukee last weekend. The Pittsburgh Pirates should have known better than to give them a second chance.

Bocce brotherhood

Bob Stephens, 65, and Harry Besleme, 30, both of Columbia, are playing bocce, an ancient game made popular in Italy. They meet twice a week to prepare for the Special Olympics World Games in China this fall.

Columbia little league wins another state crown

COLUMBIA - Laura Knoesel couldn’t hold back tears of joy as her son slid into home. Jack Knoesel, who just turned 11 this week and was starting for the first time in state tournament play, hit an inside-the-park home run, giving his team a 4-0 lead in the state championship game.

Bullpen keeping Cards in race

ST. LOUIS — Players whose names don’t exactly roll off the tongue are largely responsible for the St. Louis Cardinals’ somewhat improbable presence in the NL Central picture.

River rules to be weighed for preserving catfish

Mid-Missouri catfishermen may be finding their sport in the midst of change — but not without their input first.

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.

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