Missouri’s performance at the Meyo Classic this weekend at Notre Dame featured provisional qualifying marks to the NCAA indoor finals for six Tigers athletes.
Junior Tim Ross set an indoor record for the Tigers in the 3000-meter run at 8:04.86. Ross also holds the 5000-meter indoor record.
Other qualifiers included junior Ashley Patten in the 800-meters, senior Amanda Bales in the mile and senior Serena Ramsey in the 3000-meters.
MU GYMNASTICS:The No. 27 Tigers were third at the Penn State Invitational on Saturday with a score of191.925.
Ashley Khederian, a freshman, placed third in the all-around with a 38.500.
Penn State won with a score of193.575.
The Tigers’ next meet is 7 p.m. Friday against Illinois.
DETROIT TIGERS:For the second straight year, Detroit added a marquee player about two weeks before the start of spring training.
First, Ivan Rodriguez. Now, Magglio Ordonez.
Ordonez, the last remaining premier free agent, and the Tigers agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract Saturday. The deal could be worth up to $105 million over seven seasons.
The Tigers are expected to introduce the four-time All-Star outfielder at a news conference today.
DAYTONA 24 HOURS:A Pontiac-powered Riley prototype co-driven by sports car aces Max Angelelli, Wayne Taylor and Emmanuel Collard won the sports car endurance race.
The race had a record 44 lead changes among eight cars and was up for grabs for 22 of the 24 hours.
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s Pontiac Crawford, which he shared with former race winners Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers, had a gearbox failure with two hours and three minutes to go.
Sunday’s two front-running teams had been among the leaders from the noon start of the twice-around-the-clock race on Saturday and had been separated by less than 40 seconds when Wallace rolled into the pits with black smoke spewing from beneath his Daytona Prototype entry.
FBR OPEN:Phil Mickelson finished a triumphant week in his second home in Scottsdale, Ariz., winning the PGA Tour event by five strokes.
Mickelson struggled with his driver in a 3-under 68, but no one mounted a serious challenge. He never led by fewer than three strokes over the final 18 holes.
Mickelson survived shots deep into the desert and into the water, then capped his round with a 26-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th to the wild cheers of the friendly throng. With chants of “A-S-U!” and “Go Lefty!” from the crowd everywhere he went, Mickelson finished at 17-under 267 on the Tournament Players’ Club course.
Scott McCarron and Kevin Na, at 21 the youngest player on the PGA tour, tied for second at 12 under. McCarron shot his second consecutive 65, and Na had a 69.
A three-time NCAA champion at Arizona State who lived in Scottsdale until December 2001, Mickelson won the FBR, formerly the Phoenix Open, for the second time. He was just 25 when he won in a playoff with Justin Leonard in 1996.
After a 2-over 73 in the first round, Mickelson was 19 under in the last 54, including an 11-under 60 in the second round Friday, tying the course record with his lowest score in an official PGA Tour event.
He earned $936,000 for his 24th tour title.