The Missouri softball team jumped three spots to 18th in the nation in ESPN.com/USA Softball poll after splitting with seventh-ranked Baylor over the weekend.
The Tigers are tied with Baylor for the lead in the Big 12 Conference and will host Nebraska in its final two-game series of the regular season this weekend. Baylor hosts No. 23 Texas in a single game today and sixth-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday.
RAINOUTS: Wet weather Wednesday canceled Missouri’s baseball game against Missouri State, Hickman’s baseball game against Jefferson City and Rock Bridge’s boys tennis match against Hannibal.
KENTUCKY DERBY: A New Yorker paid $22,222 for a gold-plated mint julep cup honoring Barbaro in a charity auction to benefit retired race horses and injured jockeys.
Bonnie O’Neil will have Barbaro owner Gretchen Jackson pick up the cup for her on Saturday at the Derby.
“I wanted to do something in my own little way to make sure Barbaro didn’t die in vain,” O’Neil said in a statement. “I was thrilled when Gretchen Jackson agreed to accept the cup on my behalf.”
Barbaro won the Derby last year by 61/2 lengths but suffered a broken leg in the Preakness Stakes two weeks later and died in January of complications from the injury.
Bourbon distiller Woodford Reserve auctioned cups online for 13 Derby winners, the 11 Triple Crown winners plus Aristides, winner of the first Derby, and Barbaro, winner of the most recent Derby, in partnership with Christie’s in New York. The cups brought a total of $49,337, and all proceeds will benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America, Woodford Reserve said in the statement.
The cups are being presented on the day of the Derby at Churchill Downs and include a julep made of ice from the Bavarian Alps, mint from the coast of Ireland, organic sugar from Queensland, Australia, and a special selection of Woodford Reserve bourbon, the distillery said.
BASEBALL: Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was arrested after a California Highway Patrol officer pulled him over for speeding and discovered drugs in the car.
The former San Francisco Giants star was stopped about 3 p.m. Tuesday after his 2001 Lexus was clocked going 83 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 80 in Cordelia, about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, the CHP said.
While approaching the vehicle, “the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car,” CHP Sgt. Wulf Corrington said Wednesday.
The CHP officer arrested Cepeda after finding a “usable” amount of a white-powder substance that likely was methamphetamine or cocaine, Corrington said. The officer also found marijuana and a syringe, he added.
Cepeda, 69, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, along with possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.
Cepeda works for the Giants as a community liaison and speaks to at-risk children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said neither the team nor Cepeda would have an immediate comment about his arrest.
“The arresting officer did not see visible signs of intoxication or being under the influence,” Corrington said.
Cepeda, alone at the time of the arrest, was booked and released from the Solano County Jail on Tuesday, Corrington said. Bail had been set at $12,600, according to the Solano County Jail log.
Cepeda has not yet been charged, and the Solano County District Attorney’s office declined to comment on his arrest. The district attorney’s office would not discuss potential sentences because it had not yet received a recommendation from the CHP.
The Giants said Cepeda had hired attorney Ted Cassman of Berkeley, who did not immediately return a telephone call. A message left on Cepeda’s phone wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday evening.
After his playing career ended, Cepeda was convicted in 1976 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of smuggling marijuana and sentenced to five years in prison.
That conviction was probably one reason he was not elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Cepeda eventually was elected by the Veterans Committee in 1999.
A first baseman during his 17 big league seasons, Cepeda started his career with the Giants and moved on to St. Louis, Atlanta, Oakland, Boston and Kansas City.
FOOTBALL: Six years after winning the Heisman Trophy, Eric Crouch is still looking forward to his best football.
The former Nebraska quarterback is entering his second season in the Canadian Football League and he said he’s found contentment north of the border. He said he’ll leave for Toronto next week to report early for the Argonauts’ training camp.
“I’m trying to win that starting spot,” Crouch said Tuesday. “I’m not there to sit on the bench and hope we win. I would like to be the quarterback that helps win games and helps win a Grey Cup this year. It’s a long time coming for me. To me, it’s all about being the best and to be able to win a championship in the CFL.”
Crouch appeared in three games before a shoulder injury ended his season. Now 100 percent, Crouch is among five quarterbacks on the roster.
Toronto offensive coordinator Steve Buratto said incumbent Damon Allen will go into camp No. 1 but must prove he can play at 43 years old. Buratto said he plans to give the 28-year-old Crouch every opportunity to win the job.
“The things we like to do most are the things that require an athletic kind of quarterback,” Buratto said. “He fits that mold.”