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Grand master

WIMBLEDON, England — Three championship matches, three victories: Roger Federer is a master of the Grand Slam final.

Federer, the top seed, overcame Andy Roddick’s power game Sunday to win his second straight Wimbledon title and cement his status as the game’s No. 1 player.

3 Cards are NL All-Stars

NEW YORK — Roger Clemens was picked for his first National League All-Star team Sunday, and Mike Piazza was elected by fans to start the July 13 game in Houston, putting the Rocket in line to throw the opening pitch to his nemesis.

Clemens, a nine-time All-Star in the American League, was among five starting pitchers voted to the National League team by major league players, managers and coaches. With a 10-2 record in his first season with his hometown Astros, Clemens is likely to start for the NL.

Cards hang on to sweep series

ST. LOUIS — Midway through the season, Jeff Suppan and the St. Louis Cardinals are peaking.

Suppan pitched four-hit ball into the eighth and Jim Edmonds threw out a runner at the plate in the fourth, helping the Cardinals beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Safe first stage for Armstrong

CHARLEROI, Belgium — Lance Armstrong played it safe in the first full stage of the Tour de France.

The five-time winner knows he has plenty of time.

Support remains after MU’s reply

The father of an incoming freshman said he still has confidence in the men’s basketball program at Missouri.

Although he said he hadn’t completely developed an opinion on the university’s 197-page response to the NCAA investigation, Daryl Horton said he doesn’t think his son is in a bad program. Horton’s son, Jason, will play point guard for the Tigers next season.

K.C. victory surprises Edwards

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Carl Edwards came back from a first-lap accident Saturday to win the Craftsman Truck Series Race at Kansas Speedway, his second victory of the season.

“I just can’t believe we won this race. It just doesn’t seem real,” Edwards said.

Mavericks split doubleheader

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks prevailed, 15-11, against the Windy City ThunderBolts in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Taylor Stadium for their sixth victory on the season.

The Mavericks lost the first game 15-14 in nine innings. Both games had been scheduled for seven innings.

Kicking cares away

As Larry Gamache walks toward home plate, his once placid dress shoes are covered with a thin veil of dust, and a white Carfax T-shirt with the No. 5 on the back is tucked into a pair of unwrinkled khakis.

He is smiling, but inside the pressure is building. He hasn’t done this is almost 28 years, and his colleagues are watching.

K.C. owner not ready to change leadership

By KANSAS CITY — The owner of the American League’s worst team remains fully confident in his manager and general manager.

That’s certain to put David Glass at odds with a growing contingent of Kansas City fans watching the Royals’ once-promising season fall apart.

Armstrong fit for beginning of Tour

LIEGE, Belgium — Lance Armstrong knows what stands between him and a record sixth Tour de France title: three weeks of pain and pitfalls.

Two days before beginning his quest, Armstrong said he was feeling stronger than he did last year when he won his fifth straight Tour.

Royals shut down

KANSAS CITY — Rafael Palmeiro hit a home run, and David Newhan drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Rodrigo Lopez (6-4) survived a rough two-run first inning and retired the last 15 batters he faced to lead Baltimore to its third win in four games against Kansas City. It is the Orioles’ first series win since late May.

MU officials respond to NCAA allegations

University officials responded today to NCAA allegations of infractions committed by MU's men's basketball program, saying the violations are "isolated or inadvertent" and "do not result in more than a limited competitive or recruiting advantage."

Late-night links

Darkness is no longer a deterrent that can keep mid-Missouri golfers from squeezing in nine holes.

Although waning daylight can frustrate golfers who are trying to make the most of twilight specials at area courses, 8:30 p.m. tee times are common at Turkey Creek Golf Center in Jefferson City, where night golf thrives.

NCAA’s power has increased

Because of its role in college sports, schools want to know what the NCAA has to say.

“When the NCAA speaks, people listen,” Rex Campbell, an MU Faculty Council member, said one afternoon in his office.

Danton’s change of venue request denied

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A federal judge has denied a request by St. Louis Blues center Mike Danton to move his murder conspiracy trial away from the St. Louis area.

U.S. District Judge William D. Stiehl ruled Tuesday that extensive media coverage of the case has not been harmful enough to merit a change of venue.

North set for trials

Competing against top national athletes is a big chance for Missouri swimmer Matthew North to have another breakthrough.

North, who will be a senior, will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 10 in Long Beach, Calif.

Cards stalled again

PITTSBURGH — St. Louis scout Jim Leyland kept repeating his message to manager Tony La Russa before the Cardinals faced Pittsburgh rookie Sean Burnett: Don’t be deceived by the fact he has yet to win in the majors.

Burnett, a left-hander, backed up the former Pirates manager’s scouting report by pitching six shutout innings for his first major league victory, and Tike Redman drove in two runs to lead Pittsburgh past the division-leading Cardinals 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Royals snap streak

KANSAS CITY — It was a night of firsts for the Kansas City Royals.

Mike Wood got his first victory as a starter and as a Royal. John Buck got his first major league hit. Shawn Camp earned his first save in the big leagues.

Ballwin guard commits to MU

The recruits keep coming for the Missouri men’s basketball program.

Even though the program might receive penalties for NCAA violations, Matt Lawrence, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound shooting guard from Ballwin, orally committed to play for Missouri beginning in 2005.

Pirates steal victory

PITTSBURGH — Jack Wilson turned an apparent double in the bottom of the ninth into the winning run and the Pittsburgh Pirates, held hitless into the seventh by Jeff Suppan, rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Monday night.

Wilson hit a drive down the left-field line for his NL-leading 104th hit with one out in the ninth against reliever Julian Tavarez (2-1) and, after realizing no one was covering second, kept running on the play.

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