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Questions put aside at service

The St. Louis Cardinals were among an estimated 500 mourners Thursday at a public memorial service for pitcher Josh Hancock, who died in an automobile accident early Sunday. There was no sense of closure, however. Not yet.

Title within reach

The Missouri softball team has been so good that a sweep this weekend against Nebraska at University Field in its last two games of the regular season guarantees the Tigers at least a share of the Big 12 Conference title.

Missouri eager for series against Texas

With only nine games left in its Big 12 Conference schedule and 3 1/2 games separating it from first-place Texas, the Missouri baseball team has plenty of motivation entering its three-game series against the No. 5 Longhorns tonight in Austin.

Results due on private vs. public proposal

The trophy cases at Belle High School are crammed with reminders of past athletic glories. By any measure, the awards represent a sizable haul for a school with a shade more than 300 students.

Kewpies rule with LaRue

After two consecutive ties between the Rock Bridge and Hickman girls soccer teams, something had to give. That something was Kewpies freshman Katie LaRue, fresh from the junior varsity ranks.

Overcoming obstacles

It was the second longest throw of the day, an incredible showing in the strong winds gusting through the Missouri Relays.

Cardinals unravel late

MILWAUKEE — Ben Sheets allowed two runs in six innings, showing no ill-effects from a groin injury he suffered in his last start, and Tony Graffanino hit a three-run homer to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat slumping St. Louis 12-2 on Tuesday night.

Hancock involved in earlier wreck

SAUGET, Ill. — Three days before he was killed in a highway wreck, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was involved in a predawn accident that police treated routinely.

Cardinals struggle to deal with emotions

MILWAUKEE — After learning of Josh Hancock’s death, the emotions rushed back to Albert Pujols. The All-Star first baseman is still trying to come to grips with the latest tragedy in St. Louis.

EXTRA POINTS

Tails doesn’t fail Trecha at districts

John Trecha had to make an important decision in what could have been his last round of golf as a Rock Bridge Bruin. He needed to figure out which set of irons to use in the Class 4 District 5 tournament.

Kewpie utility player pitches in

Hickman junior James Hudelson is used to being moved around the infield.

He has been successful playing both first and third base this season even though he rarely stays in either position for more than a few games at a time.

Alert play seals extra-inning win for Rock Bridge

It’s a play that most likely wouldn’t make game highlights, but in Rock Bridge’s 4-3 extra-inning win Monday over Helias in Jefferson City, it proved to be all the difference.

Untimely miscues plague Kewpies

On Monday night, the Hickman girls soccer team dominated Borgia in almost every aspect of the game. The Kewpies attempted 10 corner kicks to Borgia’s one. For the majority of the game, the Kewpies pressed the ball into Borgia territory, while the Knights rarely crossed midfield. Hickman took close to 10 shots, while Borgia had less than five. However, Borgia still won 2-1.

Successes multiplying

Rock Bridge golf coach Doug Daniels often jokes about an e-mail he received from senior John Trecha last year.

Smith taken by Jaguars in 4th round of NFL draft

Even though a hip injury ended Missouri defensive end Brian Smith’s collegiate career on October 21, the former Tiger was still selected in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Confident MU rallies for win

Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson says one-run games mean a lot. If a team can win when games stay close, he says, then its players will build confidence that will bring more wins later.

Baylor ties MU for Big 12 lead

The Missouri softball team lost to Baylor 3-0 on Sunday, in Waco, Texas, leaving the teams tied for the lead in the Big 12 Conference at 12-3.

Hancock killed in weekend crash

Josh Hancock, a relief pitcher who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series last season, died early Sunday when his sport utility vehicle slammed into the back of a tow truck.

Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock killed in car crash

ST. LOUIS — Josh Hancock, a key member of the bullpen that helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series last season, was killed in a car crash early Sunday.

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