Findling finding happiness with her new team

Jessica “The Bomber” Findling steps into the box at Cosmopolitan Park. Her leg is coated with the dirt mixed with sweat. She’s frustrated with how she’s been playing. A championship last weekend and a solid first game at this weekend’s USSSA Girls Fast Pitch Mid-State Championship wasn’t enough.

Skaters working for sponsorships

All eyes and cameras are on Ryan Sublette. He rolls into a 5-foot ramp for speed and launches up onto the trick platform. Nobody breathes for a good 5 seconds as he balances on the front of his skateboard, grinding on the edge of the platform, a difficult feat. His arms are frozen in a crane-like posture, shifting slightly for balance. Fifteen feet later, he pops up off the box and lands. He rolls away to applause and the familiar skateboard vocalization of approval, “YEAH!”

Missouri cheerleaders could be sidelined

The Hallsville High School cheerleaders have won third place at the state competition for three years in a row, but the squad is facing new challenges on its path to a state championship.


A purple mat on a shiny hardwood floor. A soft green covers the four walls of the large room. Windows look out over downtown Jefferson City. You’re in the “sunrise room” of the Show Me Yoga Center.

Columbia triathletes finish Ironman

Kimberly Mouser says she’s “taking a break” from the intense swimming, biking and running she’s been doing for months.

Rockers ready for Mid-State Championship

The Rockers-Cowan 16-and-under fast pitch girls’ softball team quickly put last week’s USSSA tournament win at Central Missouri State University behind them as they gear up for the USSSA Mid-State Championship this weekend at the Rainbow and Antimi Complexes in Cosmopolitan Park. The Rockers swept last week’s tournament winning seven straight games.

High flying

Kellin Hentoff is an accomplished juggler. His routine, which was one of three winners at the Annual Groundhog Day Juggling Festival in Atlanta earlier this year, is both impressive and whimsical. Hentoff plays the role of a “Kooky Cook” while juggling an array of kitchen items, including at one point, a potato, a ladel and a fork. Hentoff ends the routine juggling three large knives.

Tax break for K.C. stadiums approved

JEFFERSON CITY — A state board signed off on a plan Thursday to provide $50 million in tax breaks for renovations to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals stadiums.

Acrobats ready to perform

The St. Louis Arches, a group of acrobats between ages 6 and 16, will perform in Columbia tonight at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Flat Branch Park as part of the Twlight Festival. The troupe, which has existed for 17 years, is affiliated with the Circus Day Foundation, an organization that uses the circus to promote diversity. Jessica Hentoff, artistic and executive director of the organization, described it as, “a social circus organization that teaches the art of life through circus education.”

Home run count goes against K.C.

CINCINNATI — All of those home runs flying out of the ballpark put Aaron Harang’s performance in perspective.

Eckstein’s grounder enough to end slide

ST. LOUIS — Any win is exciting for the St. Louis Cardinals right now, no matter how it falls into their lap.

Chasing her dreams

Sometimes pursuing one dream means putting another one on hold. That’s the story of MU track and field hepathlete Fiona Asigbee.


BOSTON — ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons was stricken with a brain aneurysm Tuesday morning and underwent surgery.

Cards lose eighth in a row

ST. LOUIS — Unlike his last start, there was no quit in C.C. Sabathia.

Cardinals streak stretches to seven

ST. LOUIS — The Cleveland Indians’ hottest pitcher helped them finally get off on the right foot.

World Cup refs playing highly visible, regrettable role

BERLIN — Their ranks include a tax inspector, a tire salesman, even an airline pilot. Then they step on the soccer field and become referees.


Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. will continue as the exclusive alcohol sponsor for the Super Bowl through 2012, and the world’s largest brewer is adding other sports to its long list of sponsorships.

Games keep senior afloat

Gripping the edge of the pool with one hand, 89-year-old Glenda Crites tucks her short curly hair under her swim cap in preparation for her final race in the Missouri State Senior Games.

Cards can’t derail Detroit

DETROIT — This weekend, the Detroit Tigers drew more fans to Comerica Park for three consecutive games than they ever have in its seven-season history.

Gordon happy to return to winner’s circle

SONOMA, Calif. — Even for a guy who has won as many races as Jeff Gordon, Sunday’s victory at Infineon Raceway was like a life preserver to a drowning man.