Cougars Region V softball champs

Friday, May 11, 2007 | 1:36 a.m. CDT; updated 1:02 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Columbia College softball team beat Culver-Stockton 4-0 Thursday in the championship game of the NAIA Region V Softball Tournament.

The victory gives the Cougars a spot in the NAIA National Tournament, which begins on May 17 in Decatura, Ala.

Junior Katie McMahon (17-8) pitched a three-hit shutout and catcher Stephanie Stowe hit a home run and drove in three runs.

McMahon and Stowe were named to the all-region team after the tournament, and McMahon was also named the pitcher of the year. Lindsey Williams, Stephanie Kababie, and Chris Schoonover received academic all-region awards for having a grade point average above 3.5.

MU GOLF: On Thursday, the MU women’s golf team finished with a round of 310, putting them in 15th place after Day 1 of the NCAA Central Regional Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Senior Stephanie Wavro led the Tigers with a 4-over 75. The second round of play begins today, and the tournament will conclude on Saturday.

CYCLING: Floyd Landis claims the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s lead attorney approached his lawyer offering “the shortest suspension they’d ever given an athlete” if Landis provided information that implicated Lance Armstrong for doping.

Landis said he made the Armstrong allegations public Thursday not because he planned to use it as evidence when testimony begins Monday in his arbitration hearing, but to show the lengths USADA will go to in prosecuting athletes.

“It was offensive at best,” Landis said during a teleconference from Los Angeles. “It speaks to the character of the prosecution.”

The 2006 Tour de France champion said USADA general counsel Travis Tygart approached his attorney, Howard Jacobs, with a deal shortly after Landis’ positive doping test during the Tour.

He said Jacobs characterized the conversation as one in which USADA would offer a deal if Landis provided information about seven-time Tour champion Armstrong “or information about someone more important than me.”

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