Show-Me State Games begin

When Chelsea Whaley is preparing for a judo match, she’s only thinking, “Throw ‘em and kill ‘em.”

Extra points

Kevin Harvick held off Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer by .271 seconds Saturday to win the Goody’s 250 NASCAR Busch race at Martinsville Speedway in the first series race at the track since 1994.

Will to compete

AUXVASSE — In the last leg of the Show-Me State Games’ cycling race Saturday, two female racers, one wearing electric yellow and the other in black, rode side by side, approaching the finish line where volunteers armed with stop-watches and clipboards waited anxiously. Suddenly, 59-year-old Sandi Wulff pulled ahead with a burst of speed and sprinted toward a first-place finish. The crowd erupted in applause.

Different strokes

When Wyatt Hodges and younger brother Coleman Hodges stand next to one another, there are striking physical differences, like Wyatt’s completely shaved head, arms and legs and Coleman’s full head of brown, curly hair. But the two do share something: A love for swimming.

Landis makes astounding Tour de France comeback

MORZINE, France — Written off as hopeless just a day earlier, Floyd Landis needed a once-in-a-lifetime ride Thursday to revive his sagging chances of victory in the Tour de France.

Errors give Royals victory

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals took advantage of three errors by the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning to score the tie-breaking run and went on to a 9-4 victory Thursday night.

FIFA rules on Zidane

ZURICH, Switzerland — Zinedine Zidane will perform community service as penance for his infamous head butt on Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final.

Suppan focused on better finish

ST. LOUIS — The second half started out a lot better than the first half ended for Jeff Suppan.

Cardinals storm past Braves

ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter shut down a surging Atlanta Braves offense and Jim Edmonds hit a three-run home run, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-3 victory on a stormy Wednesday night.

Wizards fire longtime coach

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Wizards fired Bob Gansler, the longest-tenured coach in Major League Soccer history, and chose assistant coach Brian Bliss as interim coach on Wednesday.

Consecutive one-run wins rare for Fenway

BOSTON — Not since Babe Ruth was pitching for Boston had the Red Sox won a pair of games like this.

Buck takes record walk

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil never got a free pass in life.

Georgia on his mind

He trimmed his final list from four to one. Rock Bridge High School’s two-year starting quarterback Logan Gray has announced his decision to attend the University of Georgia Fall of 2007.

Back on the field

A year ago after competing in the soccer tournament in the Show-Me State Games, Kirk Steinmetz started feeling sick.

Braves score 10 or more for fifth time

ST. LOUIS — Andruw Jones was 5-for-5 with two homers and matched his career high with six RBIs, helping the Atlanta Braves become the first team since the 1930 New York Yankees to score 10 or more runs in five straight games with a 14-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Royals go down with just one hit

BOSTON — Jon Lester gave Boston’s battered rotation another boost.

Streak snapped

ST. LOUIS — The only thing missing on another huge night for the Atlanta Braves’ offense was an extra-base hit from Chipper Jones.

Royals blow four-run lead, shutout in loss

BOSTON — A comeback win kept the Boston Red Sox in first place. Staying there could be tougher if Tim Wakefield is sidelined.

Stewart in danger of missing NASCAR’s Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart once said he should be fired if he failed to make NASCAR’s Chase for the championship.

Ready, Set, Moto

For many dirtbike racers, motocross is a way of life.