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Eldon to begin bid for third straight district title

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The Eldon Mustangs have won two consecutive district titles. If they want to make it three in a row, the Mustangs will have to do it as a No. 6 seed.

Volleyball trophy time for Calvary Lutheran

Team takes second in district tournament

When the trophies were handed out following the championship match of the Class 1 District 9 volleyball tournament, it was tough to tell which team won and which team lost.

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Lady Jays embracing the role of underdog

In softball Final Four

Jefferson City Lady Jays softball coach Lisa Dey compares her team’s postseason run to that of the Kansas City Royals. Both teams have been the underdog throughout the playoffs, yet both have defied the odds to be in the position they’re in now.

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Fatima softball team reaches goal

Preparing for Final Four

WESTPHALIA — The Fatima Lady Comets have made deep playoff runs before. But in the last three years, they haven’t reached the biggest stage. After falling in the state quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013, the Lady Comets and their six seniors finally achieved the goal they’ve been aiming for since their freshman year.

Boys soccer: Jays down Waynesville

On Thursday night

WAYNESVILLE — The Jefferson City Jays wrapped up the soccer regular season Thursday night with a 6-1 victory against the Waynesville Tigers.

Veterans on the mound in Game 3

Hudson for Giants, Guthrie for Royals

SAN FRANCISCO — In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team.

Pivotal Game 3 in World Series

Royals to face Giants in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall. No splash shot.

Royals coach fills out fancy lineup card

KANSAS CITY — Take a look around the Kansas City Royals’ dugout and it’s pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. The fancy handwriting, that is.

Giants reliever Strickland embarrassed

About actions in Game 2

SAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Strickland said he is embarrassed by the way he handled himself in Game 2 of the World Series after allowing yet another postseason home run.

Vanderbilt catches its breath

With off week before playing Saturday at Missouri

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt Commodores have had a chance to catch their breath during their first open date of the season, and now they hope they are in better shape to finish strong.

PGA of America president irked with Poulter

About comments in his book

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.

After early trouble, Chiefs’ Santo becoming clutch

At kicker

KANSAS CITY — Just about the worst thing that could happen to Chiefs rookie Cairo Santos came to fruition during his NFL debut, when he missed one of his two field-goal attempts while the man he replaced in Kansas City kept banging balls through the uprights.

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Miller has 31 saves, Canucks beat Blues 4-1

Ryan Miller was looking forward to his return to St. Louis with his new team, and the former Sabres and Blues goaltender made the most of it. Miller made 15 of his season-high 31 saves in the third period, and the Vancouver Canucks scored three times in the final 15:06 of the game to beat the Blues 4-1.

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Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers, 35-21

Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Thursday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Oct. 23, 2014

NHL ROUNDUP: Former Bruins backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help the New York Islanders snap a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

Tigers explode by forcing six turnovers after long drought

Missouri’s defense was playing well before the Tigers’ game against Florida on Saturday. In its first two Southeastern Conference games, Missouri had yet to allow 400 yards of offense to an opponent, despite spending a combined 78 minutes on defense.

From Mexico to the World Series, Petit shines

Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major-league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere.

Girls Volleyball: Rock Bridge 2, Lady Jays 0

The Jefferson City girls volleyball team ended its season with a two-set district semifinal loss to Rock Bridge on Wednesday, 25-9 and 25-20.

‘85 World Series Royals relishing playoff run

Bret Saberhagen was just 21 years old when the Kansas City Royals were last in the World Series. He pitched a Game 7 shutout to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

This Week in the SEC for Oct. 25, 2014

Here's a preview of SEC football games scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.