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.

NCAA reviews KU probe

KANSAS CITY — Kansas officials met with the NCAA for about seven hours Sunday in an effort to head off any harsher penalties than those the Jayhawks have already imposed on themselves.

Reds closing gap on Cardinals

PHILADELPHIA — Fresh off a nice win, the Cincinnati Reds were ready for a day off.

Lingering injuries hampering Rams offensive lineman

ST. LOUIS — Claude Terrell started 10 games at left guard for the St. Louis Rams in his rookie season. This summer, he has had nothing but struggles.

Columbia team reaches world series

Columbia pitcher Ryan Phillips was swarmed after striking out the final batter. His dominating performance had earned Columbia’s Daniel Boone National Little League team its first trip to the Little League World Series.

Video game plan

In the old days, video games were never really been a hobby, for the most part, of the physically fit. Mention video games, and the image of a pasty nerd decked out in glasses usually came to mind.

Hit or quit

If toward the end of the week of practice, Missouri coaches were emphasizing intensity, the practice Saturday at Kadlec Athletic Fields was focused on physicality.

Chiefs can’t slow Texans

HOUSTON — Mario Williams’ NFL career got off to a quiet start.

Rams rookie showing room for improvement

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams first-year coach Scott Linehan said he is pleased so far with top draft pick Tye Hill, though he said Hill is making normal rookie mistakes.

Tigers pick up intensity

Thursday in camp, the second day of practice with pads, Missouri football players and coaches seemed more intense and focused.