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Setterstrom to start in Rams opener at home

After not playing in the first nine games of his rookie year, Mark Setterstrom will start this season at left guard and play center when needed for St. Louis.

Journalism students to volunteer<br> at Beijing Olympics</br>

The Missouri School of Journalism will take steps today to formalize its agreement to send about 50 students to Beijing to work as interns/volunteers at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

Kurt Busch wins rare Tuesday NASCAR race

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kurt Busch won for the second time in three races, prevailing in a rare Tuesday NASCAR event after two days of rain postponements at Michigan International Speedway.

Chiefs' Larry Johnson in training camp

Kansas City running back Larry Johnson was in uniform today, taking passes from quarterback Brodie Croyle.

Tour of Missouri gets high-profile names in Tour de France winner Contador and third-place finisher Leipheimer

Competing in the Discovery Channel team’s final U.S. race, Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer add international attention to the innaugural Tour of Missouri.

Rick Ankiel’s arm, bat leads Cardinals past Cubs

Rick Ankiel’s first-inning outfield assist sparked the Cardinals’ early, and his seventh-inning home run held off the Cubs late.

Gathright lone bright spot for Royals in loss

Kansas City outscored Oakland 16-5 in the first two games and had a 22-7 scoring edge, including the team’s 6-2 win at Texas on Thursday, during a three-game winning streak. But the Royals didn’t get on the board Sunday until Emil Brown’s RBI single in the seventh scored Mark Grudzielanek, who doubled leading off the inning.

Rain washes away Cardinals' struggles with Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano wanted to show why the Cubs gave him a whopping five-year, $91.5 million dollar contract. For three innings Sunday night, he did. Then the game against the St. Louis Cardinals was rained out. After retiring all nine batters he faced, Zambrano looked sharp, relieved and relaxed after getting his contract situation resolved after a season of waiting. He was certainly on track to be better than he had in his previous three starts.

Earnhardt still confident

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is perplexed, frustrated and still feeling confident. NASCAR’s most popular driver knows his No. 8 Chevrolet team is good enough to compete for a Nextel Cup championship, so why is it 14th in the points and in danger of missing the Chase for the championship for the second time in three years?

Ward’s shot takes down Cards

Daryle Ward can stop worrying about hitting that first home run for the Chicago Cubs. Ward hit a grand slam in the third inning and Derrek Lee had three hits to help Chicago beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Saturday.

Cards sweep Brewers 8-0

Yadier Molina hit two home runs and the Cardinals beat the Brewers 8-0 on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep and closing to within 2 1/2 games of the NL Central lead for the first time since April 20.

Chiefs still looking for a leader

KANSAS CITY, — Will they cheer their team’s all-time top-rated passer? Or will they boo a guy who complained he wasn’t getting a fair chance to keep his job and then wrangled a drawn-out trade to Miami?

Cardinals close gap on leader

MILWAUKEE — Albert Pujols hit his 275th career home run and new St. Louis Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro kept Milwaukee’s bats quiet in an 8-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night.

McCollum hopes to come back as center

ST. LOUIS — Veteran center Andy McCollum returns for his 14th NFL season and he is looking to regain the form that allowed him to play all 1,025 offensive snaps in 2005.

Royals come up short in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Michael Young hit a two-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Wednesday night.

Cards pound Brewers

MILWAUKEE — The St. Louis Cardinals scored six runs in the fifth inning to rally for a 12-4 victory over Milwaukee, spoiling the Brewers’ 1982 World Series team reunion.

Laird leads Rangers’ comeback

ARLINGTON, Texas — Gerald Laird and Michael Young homered and Kevin Millwood struck out nine in seven innings to lead the Texas Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Teahen homers as Kansas City beats Blue Jays

KANSAS CITY — Mark Teahen homered for the first time in more than two months and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of three Toronto Blue Jays errors to win 6-2 on Monday night.

Resurgent Redbirds feeling confident

ST. LOUIS — Not long ago, the Cardinals seemed to be a team that had wandered way off course. Scott Spiezio sought treatment for possible substance abuse last week, the third in a series of incidents making front page news. Reliever Josh Hancock was driving drunk on the last day of April when he died in an accident. Manager Tony La Russa was arrested for drunk driving in spring training.

Burnett handles Royals’ hitters

Now that A.J. Burnett has rejoined a rotation that includes Roy Halladay, the Toronto Blue Jays believe they are poised for improvement, and they’re only 6 1/2 games out of the wild card.

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