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Swimming a fun challenge

While Micah Wright would finish the last few weeks of his kindergarten year in a cast, something else was on his mind. He had a full summer of swimming ahead of him.

Mudballers not just messing around

Mudball ’07 was held Saturday to raise awareness for the organization. The mud volleyball tournament featured seven co-ed teams of at least six players ages 18-and-older.

Johnson, Chiefs far apart on contract

Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson says he’s ready to sit out the Chiefs’ training camp to resolve his request for a new contract, The Kansas City Star reported Thursday.

I-70 series comes to close in longest game of season

Ryan Ludwick bears some responsibility for the longest game of the season in the major leagues, striking out as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning.

Adcock finishes first in decathlon

MU freshman Nick Adcock raced into first place in the Junior USATF Championships men’s decathlon Thursday night. As he crossed the finish line of the 1,500 meters with the clock at 4 minutes, 49.77 seconds, Adcock gained 620 points.

Acrobatic athletes

Anybody who says that acrobatic gymnastics is not a sport has never seen the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team practice in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Ludwick homer in 14th inning gives Cardinals the win

Ryan Ludwick homered off Jorge de la Rosa leading off the 14th inning for the Cardinals, who took two of three from their cross-state rivals. The Cardinals used eight pitchers and left-hander Tyler Johnson was the only reliever not used because of a slightly injured right knee.

Tow truck driver threatens suit in Hancock death

A lawyer representing the tow truck driver involved in the fatal crash of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock is giving Hancock's family 21 days to drop its wrongful death lawsuit.

Freshmen shine on first day of meet

Two MU freshmen set new personal bests in the first day of the USA Track and Field Junior Championships on Wednesday.

Wrestling ‘Tiger style’

Wrestlers James Williamson, from UMKC, and John Andrew, from MU, practice between instructional sessions at one of the “Tiger Style” wrestling camps in the Daniel Devine Pavilion on Tuesday. MU wrestling coach Brian Smith runs a variety of wrestling camps, which will continue on campus through June 1. Wrestlers from 30 teams across the country are at MU.

Errors mar I-70 Series

The Royals and Cardinals were tied 6-6 after 13 innings at press time.The Royals and Cardinals were tied 6-6 after 13 innings at press time. The Royals jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning, and led 6-4 in the sixth. The Cardinals scratched out a run in the seventh, and scored one more in the ninth when slugger Albert Pujols doubled to deep right. He appeared to pause, thinking the ball was a homer, before heading to first, and missed a chance at a triple.

Former MU star balances track with fatherhood

As a former Olympian, Derrick Peterson is used to hearing the roar of the crowd as he sprints around the track, but on this day he has only one spectator — and she has better things to be doing.

Magazine ranks MU football 18th

The buzz has already begun about the MU football team’s 2007 season. Never mind that there are still 73 more days until the Tigers officially kick off the season on Sept. 1 in St. Louis.

Thompson steps in for victory

ST. LOUIS — Short notice brought out Brad Thompson’s best. The first-year starter worked seven strong innings a day ahead of schedule and two days after a two-inning relief stint, leading the pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Scherzer goes to Double-A

It took former Missouri pitching standout Max Scherzer almost 12 months to finally sign his first professional contract. It took him only three minor-league starts to earn his first promotion.

Perez ends his struggles, Royals beat Cards in opener

ST. LOUIS — Pitching around Albert Pujols was crucial to Odalis Perez ending his struggles.

Perez won for only the second time in 10 starts and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of mistakes by Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in a 5-3 victory over St. Louis on Monday night.

Louisville, Rice win big at CWS

Chris Dominguez hit two of his team’s four home runs and the Cardinals scored in double digits for the third consecutive game, eliminating Mississippi State 12-4 on Sunday.

Ludwick produces for Cards

OAKLAND, Calif. — A night earlier, Ryan Ludwick was one of only two St. Louis starters without a hit. His timing couldn’t have been better Sunday — against his former organization no less.

At last, Edwards finishes first

Carl Edwards won four races in his first full season, finishing an impressive third in the Nextel Cup standings.

Late comeback means little in K.C. home loss

Miguel Olivo went 5-for-5, and cost himself a day off. Rick Vanden Hurk struck out a career-best seven batters, got the win and is headed for the minors.

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