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Royals rebounding on road trip

All the Kansas City Royals needed to end a long losing skid was a road trip. It helps that it led off with Tampa Bay.

State investigation finds no wrongdoing at bar in Hancock accident

A state investigation found no evidence that workers at Mike Shannon's restaurant knew Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk as they served him alcohol in the hours prior to his fatal accident.

Need for volunteers continues

The need for volunteers at the Special Olympics Missouri 2007 State Summer Games has decreased by half since Friday.

Ballpark nip/tuck

Taylor Stadium and Simmons Field are undergoing subtle, yet necessary, changes in preparation for the weekend’s regional baseball tournament.

Baltimore rides slam to victory

KANSAS CITY — A little extra work between starts helped Steve Trachsel pitch an unusual complete game.

Late goal secures Ducks’ win

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Travis Moen helped shut down Ottawa’s big three, then scored a goal that trio would have been proud of.

Duncan, Ginobili carry Spurs in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Foul after foul, free throw after free throw, the San Antonio Spurs won Game 4 of the Western Conference finals the hard way.

Duke’s title defeat emotional ending

BALTIMORE — There were hugs, handshakes and plenty of tears. The Duke lacrosse team had run through a myriad of emotions over the past 14 months, and now it was over.

Cardinals rocky again on the road

DENVER — Jeff Francis doesn’t want to analyze why he’s pitching so well in May. The Colorado Rockies feel the same way about their six-game winning streak.

MU alum runs Ginn Racing

Jay Frye gets pulled in all sorts of different directions. He oversees an entire NASCAR Nextel Cup motorsports team. He deals with sponsors and drivers. Then there’s NASCAR’s biggest free-agent, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who Frye plans to speak to about the possibility of joining his team, Ginn Racing.

Senators vie to end Cup drought

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Back in 1927 when Babe Ruth and the rest of Murderers’ Row feasted on American League pitching, Canada’s capital celebrated a Stanley Cup championship.

Washburn continues to dominate Royals

KANSAS CITY — Long after his baseball career is done, Jarrod Washburn will look back fondly on Kauffman Stadium.

Belliard’s hit buries Cards

ST. LOUIS — One by one, the St. Louis Cardinals have honored their departed World Series players and then gotten beat by them.

Moves to get Earnhardt Jr. have begun

CONCORD, N.C. — If Dale Earnhardt Jr. ends up at Joe Gibbs Racing, team officials are adamant it won’t be with sponsor Budweiser.

Weather decides Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS — The rain came quickly in the gathering darkness, so quickly the winner got soaked as he took a victory lap Everyone knew it was coming, because the 91st Indianapolis 500 was always as much a race against the weather as it was for the checkered flag.

Mears leads many having best finish

CONCORD, N.C. — Casey Mears shored up his job security by stretching his fuel to the finish line Sunday night to win the Coca-Cola 600 for his first Nextel Cup victory.

With return to Utah, Jazz roll, Duncan struggles

Back in the comfort of home, the Utah Jazz found what they were lacking in the first two games of the Western Conference finals: Confidence, defense and scorers other than Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams.

Royals take tumble against Seattle

KANSAS CITY — Ask Seattle’s Cha Seung Baek what was working well against Kansas City, and he reels off his entire repertoire.

Cards hold on against Nationals

ST. LOUIS — Jim Edmonds had two hits and three RBIs, helping the St. Louis Cardinals end the Washington Nationals’ four-game winning streak with an 8-6 victory Saturday night.

Restaurant at fault for pitcher’s death, Hancock family says

The father of Josh Hancock filed suit Thursday, claiming a restaurant provided drinks to the St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher even though he was intoxicated prior to the crash that killed him.

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