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MU men’s golf signs pair to letters of intent

Wednesday, November 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:16 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

MU golf coach Mark Leroux announced his first two signings Tuesday.

Peter Malnati, from Dandridge, Tenn., and Ryne Fisher, from Clarksville, Tenn., signed national letters of intent to enroll at MU.

Malnati is ranked 58th in the country by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, while Fisher is ranked 144th.

“Peter has been my No. 1 prospect for this fall for at least the last two years,” Leroux said in a news release. “I’m counting on him and Ryne to elevate our program.”

ACADEMIC HONORS: Seven Missouri volleyball players were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team Tuesday, marking MU’s highest season total.

Abbie Booth, Lisa Boyd, Shen Danru, Lindsey Noll and Jessica Vander Kooi were named to the first team, while Lindsay Hunter and Nicole Wilson received second-team honors.

This marks the third year that Danru has been selected to the all-academic team and the second time for Boyd, Noll and Hunter.

MU tied with Nebraska for the most selections.

EARNING SPREE-DOM: So what’s a girl who loves to shop do with $1 million?

“That’s a lot of shoes,” says Maria Sharapova, winner of Wimbledon and the year-end WTA Championships.

The 17-year-old Russian is headed off to a “super-fantastic” vacation knowing she beat the world’s top players in five consecutive days to earn one of the richest paychecks in women’s tennis.

“I certainly deserve a spot on that list,” she said.

Sharapova rose to a career-high fourth in the year-end WTA rankings released Tuesday after starting the year at No. 32. She finished with a 55-15 match record and her fifth title after defeating an injured Serena Williams 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Monday night.

“I’ve had an amazing year and accomplished so much,” she said. “To achieve so much, I don’t think a lot of people realize that I’m still 17.”

TENNIS: Andy Roddick waited out a rain delay and then held off Tim Henman of Great Britain for a 7-5, 7-6 (6) victory in the first round of the ATP Masters Cup.

The match started more than two hours late because of steady rain. After finally taking the court, both players battled on serve in the first set until Roddick finally broke Henman in the 12th game with a backhand winner down the line.


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