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 — As a youngster, Travis Hafner was a Don Mattingly fan. Now, he’s matched his grand slam record.
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.
PHILADELPHIA — Fresh off a nice win, the Cincinnati Reds were ready for a day off.
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 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.
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.
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.
HOUSTON — Mario Williams’ NFL career got off to a quiet start.
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.
Thursday in camp, the second day of practice with pads, Missouri football players and coaches seemed more intense and focused.
ST. LOUIS — Indianapolis opened its preseason Thursday with a successful onside kick by Adam Vinatieri, and Peyton Manning quickly made the most of his brief appearance by throwing a touchdown pass in the Colts’ 19-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
CINCINNATI — Bronson Arroyo got braids in his hair, hoping to end a long slump and a big series in style.
KANSAS CITY — Curt Schilling gave up nine doubles and a home run, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night for a surprising three-game sweep.
Papers and boxes fill the Hickman High School commons, the aftermath of seniors filling the area early in the day to receive this year’s class schedules. Despite the mess, the air conditioning there is an respite for football coach Jason Wright on Tuesday during the second sweltering day of two-a day practices.
ST. LOUIS — Marshall Faulk is gone, at least for the season if not forever, for the St. Louis Rams. Edgerrin James left the Indianapolis Colts for a free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
CINCINNATI — David Ross hit the pitch so squarely that he didn’t even feel it leave the bat.
KANSAS CITY — Mike Sweeney hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, capping a two-run rally against rookie closer Jonathan Papelbon that carried the Kansas City Royals to a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas starting quarterback Kerry Meier, a redshirt freshman, was dripping with sweat Tuesday at the Jayhawks’ preseason football media day.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Less than a week into fall practice under new Kansas State head coach Ron Prince, former starting quarterback Allan Evridge has decided to transfer.