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Cardinals can’t contain Nationals

Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs, and Joel Hanrahan added a two-run double in his first major league win as Washington pounded the St. Louis Cardinals 12-1 Saturday night, extending the Nationals’ winning streak to a season-best five games.

Line to succeed Bell has formed

After Buddy Bell steps down at the end of the season, who will get the next shot at trying to manage the Kansas City Royals back to respectability?

A 2004 foot injury has hampered the veteran cornerback

It was only a routine interception during 11-on-11 drills, nothing that won’t be repeated a hundred times in training camps all over the country. But it gave Ty Law, who has been struggling for three years to regain the form that made him a five-time Pro Bowler, more satisfaction than the pick he returned 47 yards for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Rams welcome new punter

The St. Louis Rams needed some stability at the punter position, and Donnie Jones needed a fresh start. Jones signed a five-year free-agent contract with St. Louis in April. He is expected to be the long-term answer to what has been a problem spot for the Rams.

Ejection leaves Cards in bind

Adam Kennedy had played in 1,103 major league games heading into Thursday. He had never played in the outfield, though.

Sprint Center still searching for pro team to lure to K.C.

Kansas City, Terry Nichols says, is ready once again for big-time hockey. As the general manager of a suburban ice-sport and fitness center that draws an estimated 300,000 people annually, many of them hockey players from around the world, Nichols feels uniquely qualified to cast this cowtown and its gleaming new downtown arena as a place where the National Hockey League can thrive.

Gordon boosts Kansas City in hard-to-play game

Ron Gardenhire drives over that bridge to work every day. “Obviously, a baseball game is kind of secondary around here,” said the Twins’ manager, who was on the Interstate 35W bridge near the Metrodome hours before the bridge collapsed Wednesday.

Rout ends Cards’ streak

Ronny Paulino quieted some loud booing with a grand slam during a five-run Pittsburgh first inning, and Tony Armas won as a starter for the first time in more than 10 months to carry the Pirates past St. Louis 15-1 Wednesday night.

Edwards gets everyone’s attention

A fan who yelled encouragement at a player for fighting got an earful from Kansas City coach Herm Edwards.

Rams’ draft pick off to strong start

If St. Louis rookie running back Brian Leonard ever needs a favor, he knows where to turn. While finishing a stellar college career at Rutgers University, Leonard became acquainted with actor James Gandolfini, a Rutgers graduate who attends three or four games a year.

Backing Away

Buddy Bell chose family over baseball on Wednesday, resigning as manager of the last-place Kansas City Royals effective at the end of the season.

Few blockbusters, but plenty of movement at trading deadline

Royals unload Dotel, Cards acquire Piniero in baseball moves. Rangers trade away first baseman Teixeira, closer Gagne in separate deals.

Feast and famine, but Royals lose

Carlos Silva usually sleeps until 1 p.m. when he’s pitching later that night, but trade-deadline anxiety had him up four hours earlier to turn on the television for updates.

Veteran receiver, 34, looks after his body

Wide receiver Isaac Bruce, a second-round pick in 1994 before the team’s final season on the West Coast, heads into his 14th season coming off a very productive year.

Chiefs to pick QB: Croyle or Huard?

When it comes to developing front-line starting quarterbacks, the Kansas City Chiefs are 0-forever.

Cardinals slide past Pirates after Paulino drops two balls

The St. Louis Cardinals climbed back into the NL Central race by twice rallying from big deficits against Milwaukee last weekend. The Pittsburgh Pirates should have known better than to give them a second chance.

Bocce brotherhood

Bob Stephens, 65, and Harry Besleme, 30, both of Columbia, are playing bocce, an ancient game made popular in Italy. They meet twice a week to prepare for the Special Olympics World Games in China this fall.

Bullpen keeping Cards in race

ST. LOUIS — Players whose names don’t exactly roll off the tongue are largely responsible for the St. Louis Cardinals’ somewhat improbable presence in the NL Central picture.

Cards add to Brewers’ slide

The Milwaukee Brewers’ NL Central lead is nearly gone after another terrible week on the road.

Cardinals double up Milwaukee

Anthony Reyes ended a 12-game regular-season losing streak that began last September, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Saturday night to sweep a day-night doubleheader.

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