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A-Rod one shy of 500th home run

KANSAS CITY — Alex Rodriguez moved within one of the 500-home run club, helping the New York Yankees get as close to the Boston Red Sox as they’ve been in 2½ months.

Respite from the river

A black SUV rolls down a Missouri road. It’s a small reminder to the driver and co-pilot of this ground support crew for the Missouri River 340 Race that somewhere out on the muddy water are two men from the Twin Cities trying to make good time in their tandem canoe.

‘Potential’ is Pinkel’s mantra at media day

SAN ANTONIO — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel used the word “potential” six times in his opening statement about his team at Tuesday’s Big 12 Conference media day.

Unlucky Wells suffers his 13th defeat

ST. LOUIS — Carlos Zambrano won his NL-leading 13th game and Aramis Ramirez’s third single of the game snapped a seventh-inning tie in the Chicago Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Yankees pounce on K.C.

KANSAS CITY — The New York Yankees’ offense kept rolling through the bottom of the American League.

Derek Jeter had four hits, New York batted around in both the first and second innings and the Yankees extended their winning streak to five with a 9-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Ready, Set, Row…

Rocket restrains Royals

KANSAS CITY — Roger Clemens got his 351st career win and Alex Rodriguez became the first player to reach 100 RBIs this season, leading the New York Yankees to a 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night that extended their winning streak to four.

Edwards injured in dirt track race

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards was released early Monday from an Omaha, Neb., hospital after being injured Sunday night in a dirt track race in nearby Greenwood, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Head over heels

Jim Zepp and Heather Nowack are co-coaches for the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team, which is participating in this week’s national competition in Palm Springs, Calif.

First flips at finals

After nearly a year of practice and preparation, the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team is competing this week in the Acrobatic Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships in Palm Springs, Calif.

St. Louis Browns' Rollie Stiles, oldest ex-major leaguer, dies at 100

Rollie Stiles, a former St. Louis Brown who at 100 was believed to be the oldest former major leaguer, has died.

Royals trip contenders on winning road swing

Bannister allowed four hits in seven innings and Esteban German homered for the Kansas City Royals in 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Cardinals connect in 10th

Skip Schumaker hit a two-run home run and Scott Rolen added a three-run home run in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.

Boone County Fair chooses champions in the saddle

The Boone County Fair’s 4-H/FFA horse show brought color to the arena as boys and girls in bright outfits competed on horseback. Christi Miller, 37, a member of the committee responsible for organizing the show and hiring the judges and the workers, said that this show was not only about horses but also about commitment and dedication.

Aiming for low-key competition

Most participants look at games as opportunity to enjoy favorite activity.

Bows and arrows

In 3-D archery, shooters must guess the yardage between their shooting post and the targets. They are trying to hit a foot-and-a-half wide kill zone painted on the animals.

Friendly game

“It’s supposed to be an in-control sport,” said Jerry Brasye of St. Louis, who has been playing Ultimate for 25 years. He said the people who play and the camaraderie are reasons why he is loyal to the sport.

Harris’ six hits, six RBIs crush Cardinals

Willie Harris became the second player in Atlanta history with six hits in a game, going 6-for-6 with two triples and six RBIs to help the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 14-6 on Saturday night.

Coming on strong

Missouri strongman Steve Schmidt, 52, had a room full of broad-shouldered powerlifters stunned as he ripped a license plate in two.

The biggest bench of the day

The biggest bench of the day belonged to Ovalta Bell of Louisiana, Mo. Bell put up 510 pounds.

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