Starting fuels Fernandes

After mostly coming off the bench in the beginning of the season, Marcos Fernandes is back in the starting rotation and showing that he wants to stay there.

Tough test for Ohio

The Missouri football team ranks No. 2 in total defense and sacks in the nation, and defensive end Brian Smith leads the nation with six sacks.

Elbow injury doesn’t stop Tinoisamoa

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams’ linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa sounded a lot more confident than his coach about his chances of playing with a dislocated elbow.

Home run sinks Cards

MILWAUKEE — Geoff Jenkins saw the sign begging the Brewers to keep him, then stated his case.

Chided replay official takes leave for year

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — The instant replay official whose failure to overturn a bad call helped Oregon beat Oklahoma has been granted a leave of absence for the rest of the football season by the Pac-10.

Rose apologizes on signed balls

CINCINNATI — For the right price, Pete Rose is willing to write on a baseball that he’s sorry.

Bell to take leave from Royals

KANSAS CITY — Kelvim Escobar combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and Orlando Cabrera drove in three runs Wednesday night in the Los Angeles Angels’ 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals, who learned manager Buddy Bell will be taking a leave of absence for medical tests.

Warner savors past with Rams

ST. LOUIS — Kurt Warner remembers a time when points were easy to come by for the St. Louis Rams. But these days, with his former team scrambling for points, the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback says he has an even greater appreciation of the franchise’s glory days.

Cornerback exudes confidence

If nothing else, Domonique Johnson certainly has swagger.

Dynamic dueling

Inside the Rock Quarry House, a cottage in the center of Rock Quarry Park on the outskirts of Columbia, Katie Horzmann takes a sword and jabs an eleven-year-old boy in the chest.

Chill not a factor in Bruin win

The common cold had a career night Tuesday in Bethel Park.

Proving his ability a priority

In his final year on the Rock Bridge cross country team, Phillip King wanted the Bruins to show the team had what it took to run with the best teams in the state.

Parents aid on the field

When your son is writhing in pain on a soccer field, most parents would be concerned.

Three’s a charm for Rock Bridge

When asked about his three freshman starting pitchers, Rock Bridge softball coach Joe Henderson can’t help but smile.

Cougars’ go global for 2006 season

When Maria Omondi first came to Columbia College and the United States, she disliked the food so much that she did not even want to eat.

Golden fan

For Columbia’s Tom Highland the anticipation was almost overwhelming. Kickoff was minutes away, and he was about to make his debut for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Senior’s life a balancing act

It is rare that Elsa Kracke goes a day at Rock Bridge volleyball practice without a teammate asking her to bend over backwards.

Cardinals’ Rolen puts day off to good use

ST. LOUIS — Just in time for the postseason, Scott Rolen rediscovered his long-lost stroke.

Cardinals fall to Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Tony Graffanino just wouldn’t quit.

Chiefs find good in loss

KANSAS CITY — If there’s such a thing as a good loss, the Kansas City Chiefs might have just had one.