Barry Odom, a Missouri football staff assistant, has been promoted to director of football recruiting.
Odom, who played linebacker for MU from 1996-99, spent the 2003 season as an administrative graduate assistant on Pinkel’s staff.
Before returning to MU last year, Odom was Rock Bridge’s coach for two years. He led the Bruins to the state semifinals in 2002.
WIZARDS: Anthony Peeler, a former MU basketball star, signed.
Peeler shot a league-best 48.2 percent from 3-point range with the Sacramento Kings last season. A reserve guard, he averaged 5.7 points in 18.5 minutes.
The Wizards will be the fifth team for which Peeler has played. In a 10-year career with the Lakers, Grizzlies, Timberwolves and Kings, Peeler has averaged 10.6 points.
Peeler played for MU from 1988-92, and he ranks third on the Tigers’ scoring list with 1,970 points. He is MU’s leader in assists (497) and steals (196).
MOTORCROSS: Mason Glorioso, 17, of Columbia, qualified for the 23rd annual Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motorcross Championships.
The dirt bike competition is the largest amateur race in the world and will be contested from Monday until Aug. 7 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Glorioso, who attends Hickman High, competed the past four months in area and regional tournaments to earn a spot for the National Championships. Glorioso is one of 42 riders in his class and challenges the competition as a Missouri champion.
TRACK AND FIELD: Analysis of a backup sample has confirmed the positive drug test for U.S. sprinter Mickey Grimes, who faces a possible lifetime ban for two doping offenses.
The International Association of Athletics Federations said testing of Grimes’ B sample also came back positive for a banned steroid.
LAKERS: Kobe Bryant’s defense team says the woman accusing him of rape has received nearly $20,000 from a victims’ compensation fund in what it calls a rich incentive to pursue a false claim against the NBA star, according to a court transcript released Thursday.
The woman, 20, would be ineligible for at least $17,000 of that sum if she lied about the suspected rape, defense attorney Pamela Mackey argued during the June 21 hearing. She said the woman would have to reimburse the state fund if lies were discovered, even more incentive to go forward with the case.
BUICK OPEN: Vijay Singh shot a 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Olin Browne had a 64, and Mike Grob is two strokes back. Defending champion Jim Furyk shot a 66, and is tied for fourth with four others.