Houston Texans slip past Rams

ST. LOUIS — Mario Williams looked less like a mistake-prone rookie and more like the No. 1 pick of the draft in his second preseason game.

A dirty job

This is about two guys riding with dirty threads. About Austin “Tex” Hall and Adam Borts shoving quarters into tiny slots, so tight end Martin Rucker can run gassers in style.

Practice lets MU players show off

The Thursday morning practice at Faurot Field ended up being the day’s only practice on the last day of preseason two-a-day workouts for the Missouri football team. One player continued to take advantage of his time on the field.

Columbia team ready

They have watched the ones before them and memorized their names, and tonight they will introduce themselves to children all across the country.

N.Y. defense sends Chiefs to second loss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning and the New York Giants didn’t exactly lay out the welcome mat for Herm Edwards’ return to Giants Stadium.

Cards get dramatic win

ST. LOUIS — Scott Rolen enjoys pressure.

Double play shuts down ninth-inning Royals rally

CHICAGO — Ozzie Guillen had seen Mark Grudzielank beat his team enough this week.

Columbia rallies behind its Little Leaguers

For years Columbia has followed college football and basketball. This weekend, however, the city will be watching 11 boys play baseball at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Brother’s jail stint hurts MU’s Smith

COLUMBIA — Jamar Smith spent much of the spring and summer angry, often taking out that anger on his Missouri teammates. Now they know why.

Tigers back to serious business

The Missouri football team got back to more serious work Wednesday morning at Faurot Field after a fun “NFL practice” on Tuesday afternoon at Kadlec Athletic Field.

Settling in at the World Series

Everyone has arrived at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., and the games have started.

Daniel takes top QB spot

Sophomore Chase Daniel has officially emerged as Missouri’s probable starting quarterback and replacement for four-year starter Brad Smith.

Offensive line for Tigers looks for consistency

With four of five starters returning from last season, Missouri coaches believe the offensive line has the potential to be very good in 2006.

Cardinals shut out Cincinnatti

ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter pitched a four-hitter and Ronnie Belliard had three hits and two RBIs in his biggest game since joining the St. Louis Cardinals at the trade deadline, helping them stop a three-game skid with a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Royals homer past White Sox

CHICAGO — Mark Teahen and Emil Brown homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the White Sox 4-2 Tuesday night to stop Chicago’s five-game winning streak.

So far, so good

Professional coaches and players rarely spend time off the field together. In Little League, it’s a different matter.

Rams lineman injured in practice

ST. LOUIS — It’s a coach’s nightmare, watching your star offensive tackle leave the field on a cart. That Orlando Pace escaped with a sore leg reduced Monday’s mishap to just a scare for the St. Louis Rams.

Tigers get taste of game day

At first glance, the Missouri football team’s Monday morning practice at Faurot Field looked like any other they’ve had since practice started earlier this month.

Pirates sweep Cardinals

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates are convinced it was a preview of better things to come in what has been another terrible season. The St. Louis Cardinals prefer to believe it was a one-weekend anomaly that won’t soon be repeated.

Cleveland, Hafner batter Royals

CLEVELAND — As a youngster, Travis Hafner was a Don Mattingly fan. Now, he’s matched his grand slam record.