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Another Tiger golfer qualifies for US Amateur

Shawn Jasper became the second Tiger golfer to qualify for the 2005 U.S. Amateur when he tied for second on Wednesday at the St. Louis sectional qualifier. Jasper had a two-round score of 143. Chris Mabry was a medalist at the Lawrence, Kan., sectional qualifier on July 25.

MU self-audit details concerns

Concerns about improper gifts to college athletes prompted MU to repeatedly warn local car dealers, restaurants, health clubs, hotels and other businesses to keep their distance, an internal audit shows.

A draft report to the NCAA obtained under Missouri’s public records law shows no evidence of such gifts, but the athletics department issued warnings as recently as March after at least three previous notices since 2000.

Back on course

Fred Garver bent down and rubbed his hand in the dirt on the second tee of his private disc golf course on Wednesday afternoon.

He lined up his shot, aiming across the calm surface of a lake to a metal basket in the shadow of a massive tree.

Golf tournament part of memorial

When John Thomas died of cancer in February, no one who knew him expected a golf tournament would be held in his name less than six months later.

“He probably never played golf in his life,” said Price Nichols, a friend of Thomas.

Mavericks routed, drop fifth straight

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks lost their fifth straight, falling 15-3 to the Richmond Rascals on Wednesday night at McBride Stadium in Richmond Ind., in the first game of a three game series.

The Mavericks (21-41) scored two runs off a third-inning one-out home run by third baseman Brent Metheny, who went 2-for-3.

Tigers picked to finish second in big twelve

Big 12 Conference coaches picked the Tigers to finish second in the conference behind Nebraska. The Tigers, who finished the 2004 season 20-9 overall and 14-6 in the conference, return six of last year’s seven starters. Two Mizzou players earned spots on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Senior Lindsey Hunter was selected to the team for the second year in a row. Hunter has led the conference in assists for the past three seasons. Hunter also earned second-team AVCA All-American honors last season. Junior Jessica Vander Kooi was named to the team for the first time. Vander Kooi had 18 ...

Ozark Off-Road Challenge around the corner

The Ozark Off-Road Challenge triathlon is scheduled for Aug. 28 at Lake of the Ozarks. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Registration fees are $50 per individual, $120 per team. Registration is available online only, at active.com. The last day to register is Aug. 26.

Carpenter aces test at Busch

ST. LOUIS — To Chris Carpenter, facing Dontrelle Willis was not a Cy Young preview. It was just another stingy outing.

Carpenter is coming out on top against all of the National League’s aces. He threw a three-hitter Tuesday night to become the major leagues’ first 16-game winner in a 3-1 victory over Willis and the Florida Marlins.

Chiefs’ defense feeling pressure

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — The hard-driving and perpetually sleep-deprived defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs trudged slowly up the long flight of stairs toward the lunchroom.

Sorry, Gunther Cunningham said through heavy eyelids, no time now to chat. Maybe later. Too many things to think about. Too much to do.

Missouri players honored

MU senior safety Jason Simpson was named a preseason third-team All-American by CollegeSportsReports.com on Monday.

Simpson, an MU football co-captain, finished his junior season in 2004 with career-best performances in tackles (98), tackles for a loss (15), forced fumbles (two), passes broken up (six), quarterback hurries (three), and interceptions (one).

Charitable advice

Professional golfers from across the country gathered Monday at the Country Club of Missouri to play golf to benefit a local organization.

The Rainbow House Golf Classic, in its 15th year, has been the undertaking of PGA instructor and former MU golfer Stan Utley.

Finally, some rest for weary Mavs

The Mavericks have gone 19 days without a day off, not counting that rainout in Rockford last week.

They wouldn’t have complained if it came even a day sooner.

Palmeiro violates steroid policy

NEW YORK — Rafael Palmeiro poked his finger in the air for emphasis and raised his voice with all the indignation of a man falsely accused.

“I have never used steroids. Period,” he told a congressional panel in March.

Harris boosts Florida

ST. LOUIS — Career pinch-hit leader Lenny Harris had a three-run go-ahead double in the sixth inning, helping the Florida Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Monday night.

Mike Lowell hit his second road home run of the season and had three RBIs for the Marlins, who have won five of six. Juan Encarnacion had three hits and scored twice.

St. Louis’ defensive line ready to shine

ST. LOUIS — In recent years the St. Louis Rams have placed an emphasis in the draft on building a strong interior defense, taking Damione Lewis and Ryan Pickett in 2001 and then choosing Jimmy Kennedy in 2003.

Now, the team hopes, it’s time for an overdue payoff.

Errors continue to hurt Mavs

Until the Washington Wild Things came to town, it hadn’t been customary for Mavericks’ right-hander Steve Soja to fraternize with the opposition.

He might want to reconsider his habits. Soja’s teammates haven’t been particularly supportive of his win-loss record this season.

Major splash for little swimmer

Three months ago, Meghana Bharadwaj of St. Louis didn’t know how to swim.

That, however, didn’t stop the 5-year-old from winning a medal in Sunday’s Show-Me State Games synchronized swimming competition.

Shooting for medals, good times

Joe Powell and Byron Ollendike walk the same narrow path every Thursday. After a good meal, with two different desserts, they join a small group of retirees and spend a couple hours skeet shooting.

But on Sunday, the two walked the same path for another reason.

Playing hardball

Jim Ducoulombier is going to remember his trip to Columbia for the Show-Me State Games.

The 16-year-old Park Hill native hit three home runs in five games, helping his team to an undefeated run in the 16-and-under baseball division.

Edmonds lifts Cardinals in 11th

LOS ANGELES — Jim Edmonds was supposed to get a day off. He knew better and kept himself prepared for anything.

Edmonds drove in three runs with a pinch RBI double in the seventh inning and a two-run home run in the 11th, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

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