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Ryder Cup all but decided

Sunday, September 24, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:56 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

All the Americans can hope for now is a repeat of Brookline, the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history.

All the Europeans can think about is Oakland Hills, their biggest blowout ever.

Sergio Garcia extended his Ryder Cup unbeaten streak to nine matches, Darren Clarke delivered another storybook finish and Paul Casey showed with one magical shot, a walkoff hole-in-one, just how much everything is going their way. Not even a late victory by Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk could lift the U.S. team’s spirits.

The Europeans built a 10-6 lead on Saturday at The K Club by winning their fourth straight set of matches, a first for them in the 79-year history of the Ryder Cup. They needed only four points from 12 singles matches remaining to capture the cup, and an outright victory would be the first time Europe has won three in a row.

They have won each of the four sessions by the same score, 2 1/2-1 1/2.

Garcia teamed with Jose Maria Olazabal for a 3-and-2 victory in fourballs over Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco, then joined Luke Donald in beating Mickelson and David Toms on the 17th hole in foursomes.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: The seventh-ranked Cougars won the Best of the Best Classic in Fort Wayne, Ind., to run their record to 17-3. The Cougars swept Mount Vernon Nazerene 30-25, 30-18, 32-30 and defeated Olivet Nazarene 30-25, 30-26, 25-30, 30-23 on Friday. Columbia College then downed Hastings 30-25, 25-30, 30-14, 21-30, 15-12 to advance to the finals, where they took down Albertson 33-31, 24-30, 30-25, 30-28. The Cougars were led by sophomore setter Luana Branco, who was named tournament MVP, and sophomore outside hitter Rael Rotich, who was named to the all-tournament team.They have now won eight straight matches.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOCCER: The Cougars lost 2-1 in overtime to William Jewell. After falling behind 1-0 in the 67th minute, junior midfielder Vinicio Aizpurua tied it with his first goal of the season. The loss dropped the Cougars to 6-3 on the season.

MU CROSS COUNTRY: The Tigers took eighth in the 34-team Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Saturday. Five Missouri runners finished in the top 100. Senior Tim Ross finished 31st, sophomore Garett Jeffries 45th, freshman Dan Hedgecock 63rd, sophomore Tim Cornell 76th and senior Colten Green 83rd.

MU MEN’S GOLF: The Tigers took 18th out of 21 teams Saturday at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M. Peter Malnati was the Tigers’ top finisher, shooting a 10 over 226 over three rounds.

MU SOFTBALL: The Tigers will host three fall softball games at University Field that will be open to the public. Coach Ehren Earleywine will make his home debut at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 against Jefferson County Community College. The Tigers will play Butler County Community College on Oct. 7 and Johnson Community College on Oct. 14.


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