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Johnson pining for preseason playing time

Indians edge Royals in extra innings

Cards’ Wainwright quiets Braves

Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright held the Braves to one run in seven innings, helping St. Louis close to within 2 1/2 games of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Carl Edwards cruises at Bristol

The Columbia native clinched a spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship at a special race track.

Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez lead Indians to win over Royals

After a five-run first inning, Sizemore and Martinez connected for home runs in the second to send the Indians past the Royals.

Cardinals beat Braves, end Tim Hudson's winning streak

The Cardinals sent 10 men to the plate in the fifth inning and scored five runs off the Braves’ Tim Hudson, ending his nine-game winning streak.

Damon Huard named Chiefs' starter at quarterback

Kansas City Chiefs’ coach Herm Edwards announced Saturday that long-time backup quarterback Damon Huard will be the opening day starter over Brodie Croyle.

Pujols sets record in Cardinals' victory over Marlins

The first baseman homered for a career-best fifth consecutive game and became the first player in major league hsitory to hit 30 or more home runs in each of his first seven seasons.

Royals hold on despite baffled bullpen

Kansas City nearly let a four-run, ninth-inning lead evaporate in the afternoon heat Wednesday, but closer Joakim Soria still managed to tally the save.

Johnson extends contract with Chiefs, becomes highest-paid player in team history

Running back Larry Johnson extended his contract with Kansas City for five years after 2007, but isn’t sure if he’ll be fully ready to play in the season opener at Houston.

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.

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