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Roller rumble

Saturday was the first official bout of the Destruction Junction Derby Dames roller derby league. The Blarney Ban-Shees, donning green, orange and black skated against the Yo Ho Hos in blue and black.

Former MU track star, Olympian dies at 81

Dick Ault’s name is synonymous with success, and his accomplishments are well known. At Missouri, the track star won seven conference championships between 1946 and 1949. Ault earned a spot on the 1948 U.S. Olympic Team, and finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in London. He even held a world record, with a 52.2 second 440-meter hurdles in Oslo, Norway in 1952. He has been inducted into the Missouri Hall of Fame, the Westminster College Hall of Fame, and the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame.

Longball, rookie doom K.C.

BOSTON — Rookie Kason Gabbard pitched a three-hitter for Boston’s second shutout of the season as the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 with the help of three home runs Monday night.

Another lost series

Travis Hafner signed a long-term contract and rediscovered his home run swing, all in a few days.

Phillies numbered vs. Cards

Loss No. 10,000 came Sunday night when Albert Pujols hit two of the St. Louis Cardinals’ six homers in a 10-2 rout of Philadelphia.

Top-ranked boarder wins again on final run

When No. 2-ranked pro wakeboarder Rusty Malinoski did not attend this weekends’ Summerfest Four wakeboard tournament at Lake of the Ozarks, it gave No. 3 Chad Sharpe a better chance to win the competition.

No obstacles for winner

On a sun-splashed, warm afternoon, 52-year-old John Weston showcased his talent on Sunday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, winning the Columbia Seniors Golf Championship over close friend, 51-year-old Dee Sanders.

Preparation put partners in motion

It’s 6:20 a.m. Friday and she doesn’t seem ready to begin. However, Freude will be competing at 7:27 this morning, and she needs to practice with her partner if their dance is going to be perfect.

By any name, couples golf tournaments popular events

“Get a good picture of this birdie I’m about to make,” Zane Cobb said confidently from the green on the fifth hole of L.A. Nickell Golf Course on Friday.

Golfer long overdue for title

Golf is a tough sport. Sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way, no matter how hard you try, something Doug Solliday is all too familiar with.

Phillies batter Cardinals

Cole Hamels was admittedly rusty in his first start after the All-Star break. The lefty was clearly missing his best stuff, had the high pitch count without all the strikeouts that usually go along with it, and retired the side in order only once.

Derby Dames

The clunk of rubber wheels on the wooden floor and the smell of sweat. Hot red faces under shining, colorful helmets. These are a few of a roller girl’s favorite things.

Pujols dispels feud fury

Albert Pujols wants to make this absolutely clear: He is not feuding with Tony La Russa. Pujols was the only player from the defending World Series champion Cardinals to be picked for the All-Star game. He also was the only non-pitcher that La Russa, the NL manager, did not use in a 5-4 loss Tuesday night.

Midway hosting horse contest

This weekend at Midway Exposition Center, about 111 horses and riders from Missouri and various other states will compete in the 2007 Missouri Dressage Classic.

Event will have top wake pros

Wakeboarding enthusiasts will have a chance to see some of the best at the fourth annual Midwestcoast Summerfest wakeboard competition on Saturday and Sunday at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Grimes charged with assault

Missouri senior basketball player Kalen Grimes was charged with second-degree assault Wednesday morning in connection with an incident early Saturday morning in Florissant, said Don Schneider, assistant to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.

Tour of Missouri an idea officials couldn’t ignore

An avid cyclist, Summers had seen the Tour of California and the Tour de Georgia, the two most notable cycling events in North America. He mentioned the possibility of a race in Missouri to the governor.

No easy trips home for Rolen

Pujols hasn’t homered in 22 games, a career worst slump, but still has 16 for the season. For Rolen, Pujols’ St. Louis Cardinals teammate, this was supposed to be the season when everything returned to normal.

Young gymnast unwilling to let go of her aspirations

Brittany Haines, 18, was born without a thumb on her right hand. That didn’t stop her from stepping onto the mat when she was 2 years old and beginning her gymnastics career. As her daughter grew older, however, Vivien Haines was confronted with a surgery that would give her daughter more use of her right hand.

Sanders to defend Columbia Seniors crown

One week after failing to make the cut in the U.S. Senior Open, Dee Sanders is back on the golf course and facing a new group of competitors at this year’s Columbia Seniors Championship.

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