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Columbia little league wins another state crown

COLUMBIA - Laura Knoesel couldn’t hold back tears of joy as her son slid into home. Jack Knoesel, who just turned 11 this week and was starting for the first time in state tournament play, hit an inside-the-park home run, giving his team a 4-0 lead in the state championship game.

Bullpen keeping Cards in race

ST. LOUIS — Players whose names don’t exactly roll off the tongue are largely responsible for the St. Louis Cardinals’ somewhat improbable presence in the NL Central picture.

Cards add to Brewers’ slide

The Milwaukee Brewers’ NL Central lead is nearly gone after another terrible week on the road.

River rules to be weighed for preserving catfish

Mid-Missouri catfishermen may be finding their sport in the midst of change — but not without their input first.

On the Big Muddy

Brett Dufur helps the other two river guides, Paul Lowry and Sev Behrer, unload red and green canoes into Moniteau Creek, a small stream off the Missouri River, in Rocheport. A full-time book publisher and part-time river guide, Dufur is about to take 26 high school students from the St. Louis area on a canoe trip.

Different goal

Beau Claridge competed in 13 Show-Me State Games track and field events Saturday and Sunday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium on the MU campus.

Games a chance to shine

Brian Thompson, 23, of Trenton, won the 2005 national collegiate championship for MU. On Saturday, he hit enough clays to win gold in the Show-Me State Games’ trap and modern Skeet shoots.

Comeback complete

Saturday was the first time Megan Nordhues competed in the Show-Me State Games. It was the first time she had competed in the same arena as the MU gymnastics team. It was also her first meet since a potentially career-ending injury.

Cardinals double up Milwaukee

Anthony Reyes ended a 12-game regular-season losing streak that began last September, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Saturday night to sweep a day-night doubleheader.

The joy of competition

Nine-year-old Kaitlyn Evans of Sturgeon loves to play all kinds of sports. Her father says she’s a natural athlete. But at this year’s Show-Me State Games, she got to play her favorite sport, disc golf. She has her father to thank for that.

Reaching goals

As a child, he was glued to the television screen, captivated by his martial arts idols — Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and David Carradine. These stars inspired 39-year old James Goodwin of Mexico to start tae kwon do.

Staying on target

Fifty-seven faces, sweaty in the swamp-like summer humidity, turned to the bull’s-eyes across a field from them Saturday morning in Stephens Lake Park.

Getting faster

Canote, 14, has been running for just three years, but participated for the first time in the games this weekend.

“I thought I’d try something harder,” Canote said. “The competition is tougher than most of the other meets I go to.”

Back for more

After a three-year absence, Jim LaRue returned to the Show-Me State Games tennis competition this summer.

A question of acceptance

Kyle Hawkins had just spent another 20 minutes or so being interviewed on his cell phone, talking once more about the issues that have made him an unintentional trailblazer.

Rare 53-pound albino catfish dies

Just four days after it was caught, John Young’s famed albino catfish died before it could be transferred to a tank at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Cards rout rival Cubs

ST. LOUIS — Chris Duncan found a pitch he liked and the result, a grand slam, helped the St. Louis Cardinals avoid a sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs.

Long days challenge tired racers

Digital camera out and walkie talkie in hand, Janet Anderson radioed to her two sons from a group of picnic tables overlooking the Missouri River.

Priest Holmes will return to Chiefs’ camp

KANSAS CITY — Three-time Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes will report to the Kansas City Chiefs’ camp Saturday in a surprise development that comes 21 months after he was knocked out of football by a devastating hit.

Cubs’ Ted Lilly shuts down rival Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Ted Lilly won his seventh straight decision, and Cliff Floyd and Mike Fontenot both drove in two runs in the Chicago Cubs’ 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

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