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Weary athletes finish competition

Our Group, a 50-and-older men’s basketball team, has won nine gold medals at the Show-Me State games, and Sunday they came within a win of winning their 10th.

Tigers are riding high expectations

The MU football team’s official Fan Day is this afternoon, but that didn’t stop one fan from making his appreciation heard during the team’s first practice Saturday afternoon.

Missouri’s Wehrli inducted into pro Hall

Roger Wehrli praised the timing of his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at induction ceremonies Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. He said it allowed his grandchildren to share something special with him.

Rodriguez celebrates 500th

Alex Rodriguez leaned to his right and watched the ball as it sailed toward the foul pole in left. When it stayed true, he threw up his hands _ the long wait for No. 500 was finally over.

Cardinals can’t contain Nationals

Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs, and Joel Hanrahan added a two-run double in his first major league win as Washington pounded the St. Louis Cardinals 12-1 Saturday night, extending the Nationals’ winning streak to a season-best five games.

Line to succeed Bell has formed

After Buddy Bell steps down at the end of the season, who will get the next shot at trying to manage the Kansas City Royals back to respectability?

A 2004 foot injury has hampered the veteran cornerback

It was only a routine interception during 11-on-11 drills, nothing that won’t be repeated a hundred times in training camps all over the country. But it gave Ty Law, who has been struggling for three years to regain the form that made him a five-time Pro Bowler, more satisfaction than the pick he returned 47 yards for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Rams welcome new punter

The St. Louis Rams needed some stability at the punter position, and Donnie Jones needed a fresh start. Jones signed a five-year free-agent contract with St. Louis in April. He is expected to be the long-term answer to what has been a problem spot for the Rams.

Ejection leaves Cards in bind

Adam Kennedy had played in 1,103 major league games heading into Thursday. He had never played in the outfield, though.

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.

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