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A different big-league dream

Justin Phillips announces strikes with a low, guttural rumble that can be heard from the outfield.

To add a bit of showmanship to his performance, Phillips turns his body to the right, pauses, and then throws up a firm fist to prove his groan indicated, “Strike one.”

Cards’ bats come alive; late tie becomes laugher

ST. LOUIS — As the All-Star break approaches, the St. Louis Cardinals’ offense showed some signs of life.

Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning and Scott Rolen had four RBIs in an 11-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Reaching new heights

What appears to be a menacing medieval structure near Epple Field on the southwest edge of the MU campus is really a tool for personal growth and team building.

Family gives youth triathlon high marks

Standing atop the 10-foot water slide at Wilson’s Beach Club, 13-year-old Mariah Lucero had butterflies in her stomach — not because she’s afraid of heights or because she had never gone down the slippery track to the pool below.

Young athletes test skills

Young athletes gathered Saturday at Hickman High School in hopes of qualifying for a trip to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in August.

Woman inspires golf tournament participants

The comments were overheard constantly.

Everyone involved with the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Golf Tournament brunch Saturday at the Old Hawthorne Golf Course had good things to say about Diana Ash, 41, of Columbia.

A girl among boys

At first, wrestling was strange for 17-year-old Erica Poe. But after four years, it's a major part of her life.

Restaurant that served Hancock faces no state penalties

The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will take no action against a restaurant that served St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock before the drunken-driving accident that led to his death.

Youth set to try luck at triathlon

Around 120-150 athletes ages 5 through 14 will test their endurance Saturday in the Youth Lions Triathlon at Wilson’s Beach Club in Columbia.

Rainout least of Cardinals’ troubles

The rainout of Thursday night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets pushed St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright back a day.

No break for this dance

Nick Rodriguez finds inspiration in different places. “I’ll find ideas from people walking, music, actors, the ballet. Anything that can relate to dance, really,” he said.

Askren counting on ESPY votes

Wrestler Ben Askren has made a lasting impression at Missouri as a world-class athlete. He has just been nominated by ESPN for 2007's Best Male College Athlete.

Kansas City sweeps Angels

Kansas City manager Buddy Bell and his Los Angeles counterpart Mike Scioscia were both eager to turn the page after the Royals swept the Angels in three games.

Greater awareness of genetic trait can curtail athletic deaths, report finds

The growing number of exercise-induced deaths among athletes with sickle cell trait can be curtailed with proper treatment and greater awareness among team doctors and athletic trainers, a national medical group said in a report released Wednesday.

Next stop: San Francisco

Kelly Murray sat in the right field bleachers watching her 11-year-old son, Mason, pitch at Busch Stadium.

The next thing she knew, he was holding his trophy on the stadium JumboTron and beaming. Moments later, as she walked on to the concession stand, the moment simply became too much for her.

St. Louis AD opts for Maryland job

ST. LOUIS ­— Saint Louis University athletic director Cheryl Levick, who was stripped of two key decisions in its basketball program, has accepted the No. 2 post at the University of Maryland.

Ryan’s rope wins it

NEW YORK — Brendan Ryan hit his first career home run in the 11th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped the New York Mets’ four-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.

Green’s blast sinks Cards; Maroth’s gem wasted

NEW YORK — Shawn Green and the New York Mets were more than glad to see the end of Mike Maroth.

Bamboozled by Maroth’s slow stuff, Green hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning against Russ Springer to beat St. Louis 2-1 Monday night.

Cards look to Spiezio for spark

ST. LOUIS — Scott Spiezio stopped dyeing his wispy chin beard St. Louis Cardinal red a few weeks ago, satisfying the demands of superstitious teammates thinking a fashion makeover might help halt one of the team’s many slumps.

Cards wait a little longer to lose

Shane Victorino typically spends off days relaxing in the dugout. He changed his routine Sunday and the move worked. Victorino had a pinch-hit, three-run double to break a tie with two outs in the eighth inning Sunday and lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

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