Tigers earn academic honors

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:28 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sophomore Shawn Jasper of the Missouri men’s golf team and Junior Ashley Patten of the women’s track team were named this week’s Lathrop & Gage Student-Athletes of the Week for their athletic and academic achievements as well as contributions to the community.

Patten, a business management major, has a 3.19 grade point average and recently finished eighth in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 12. She has contributed to the community by spending time with the Ronald McDonald House Benefit.

Jasper recently helped his team place fourth at the Stevinson Ranch Invitational by placing 48th overall. He in undecided on his major and holds a 3.0 GPA. Jasper has been involved in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee canned food drive.

MU ACADEMIC HONORS: The Missouri swimming and diving teams were named Academic All-American teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for fall 2004.

The Tiger men ranked fourth in the nation with a 3.25 team grade point average, trailing Yale (3.40), Dartmouth (3.34) and Brigham Young (3.32). The MU women finished 17th of 67 teams with a 3.32 grade point average.

WILLIAM WOODS SOFTBALL: The ninth-ranked Owls defeated the Harris-Stowe Hornets 10-2 at Fulton in the first game of a double-header Tuesday, and lost the second game 4-3 in eight innings.

Williams Woods’ next home game is at 2 p.m. Friday when they take on Illinois-Springfield in a double-header.

NBA BRAWL: A fan charged with throwing a chair during one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history pleaded no contest Tuesday to a felony assault count.

Bryant Jackson was the only one of the 13 players and fans charged with a felony for their alleged role in the Nov. 19 melee during an Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot indicated she would sentence Jackson to up to three months in jail, but he could get probation if he expresses remorse at the sentencing hearing May 3.

GALARRAGA RETIRES: Andres Galarraga retired Tuesday after a sub-par spring training with the New York Mets, leaving him a home run shy of 400 for his career.

The 43-year-old first baseman signed a minor-league deal with the Mets in the offseason after making his second successful return from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last season.

YANKEES: The New York Yankees acquired minor-league catcher Wil Nieves from the Los Angeles Angels for right-hander Bret Prinz on Tuesday.

By trading for Nieves, the Yankees filled a hole created when they sent top prospect Dioner Navarro to Arizona in the deal for Randy Johnson in January.

VILLANUEVA DECLARES FOR NBA DRAFT: Connecticut forward Charlie Villanueva will forgo his final two years of college eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

Coach Jim Calhoun said Villanueva, 6-foot-11, 240 pounds, needs to work hard in the weight room to make himself ready for the NBA.

Villanueva led the Huskies in scoring this season, averaging 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

TENNIS: Big sis won for a change in the latest Williams family showdown, and little sis took it poorly.

Venus Williams ended a streak of six consecutive losses to Serena by winning 6-1, 7-6 (8) Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open.

Meeting for the first time since July 2003, the sisters produced the same tense, sloppy tennis that has marred the rivalry in the past. But there was plenty of effort and emotion.

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