EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A federal judge has denied a request by St. Louis Blues center Mike Danton to move his murder conspiracy trial away from the St. Louis area.
U.S. District Judge William D. Stiehl ruled Tuesday that extensive media coverage of the case has not been harmful enough to merit a change of venue.
Competing against top national athletes is a big chance for Missouri swimmer Matthew North to have another breakthrough.
North, who will be a senior, will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 10 in Long Beach, Calif.
PITTSBURGH — St. Louis scout Jim Leyland kept repeating his message to manager Tony La Russa before the Cardinals faced Pittsburgh rookie Sean Burnett: Don’t be deceived by the fact he has yet to win in the majors.
Burnett, a left-hander, backed up the former Pirates manager’s scouting report by pitching six shutout innings for his first major league victory, and Tike Redman drove in two runs to lead Pittsburgh past the division-leading Cardinals 3-0 on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY — It was a night of firsts for the Kansas City Royals.
Mike Wood got his first victory as a starter and as a Royal. John Buck got his first major league hit. Shawn Camp earned his first save in the big leagues.
The recruits keep coming for the Missouri men’s basketball program.
Even though the program might receive penalties for NCAA violations, Matt Lawrence, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound shooting guard from Ballwin, orally committed to play for Missouri beginning in 2005.
PITTSBURGH — Jack Wilson turned an apparent double in the bottom of the ninth into the winning run and the Pittsburgh Pirates, held hitless into the seventh by Jeff Suppan, rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Monday night.
Wilson hit a drive down the left-field line for his NL-leading 104th hit with one out in the ninth against reliever Julian Tavarez (2-1) and, after realizing no one was covering second, kept running on the play.
KANSAS CITY — David Newhan had three hits, including a two-run home run, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a seven-game road losing streak Monday night with an 10-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals.
Rookie left-hander Erik Bedard (3-2) allowed only one run on six hits in eight innings for the Orioles, who won for just the second time in 11 road games. Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez each drove in two runs.
ST. LOUIS — An attorney for St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton argued for a change of venue in his client’s murder-for-hire case Monday, saying it “has been subject to an extraordinary amount of pretrial publicity.”
Attorney Robert Haar said it’s unusual for such requests to be granted in federal trials such as this one, which was scheduled Monday for September.
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks lost 11-6 against the River City Rascals on Monday night in O’Fallon.
Keith Cremeans (0-2) pitched five innings and suffered the loss, allowing seven hits and six runs. He struck out nine and walked one. Nick Saunders and Nick Laskowski each went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
St. Louis’ Dick Witte and Wesley Finke play badminton with fierce determination. They are one of the best doubles teams in the nation, and last year they won the Senior Olympics in Baton Rouge, La.
Witte and Finke played in the Senior State Games on Sunday at the MU Rec Center.
It was a two-man sprint to the finish in the final race of the Columbia Cup.
Brad Huff won the men’s category 1/2/3 pro race Sunday on the course running through downtown Columbia and part of the MU campus. Stephen Rouff, from Team X Cycling in Kansas City, had the lead with a few laps left but finished just off Huff’s tail.
It was another heartbreaking loss for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Sunday, but they showed some fight in front of Bill Lee, the Frontier League Commissioner.
The Mavericks lost to the Rockford RiverHawks 5-4 in 11 innings at Taylor Stadium after tying the game twice. The RiverHawks swept the three-game series and improved to 23-13. The Mavericks dropped to 5-31.
Jaime Vergas, 50, of Columbia, showed an iron man effort at the Green Tennis Center.
Vergas took second place in the men’s singles 50-54 division Saturday at the Missouri State Senior Games. The final match against Stephen Robertson, 51, of Kirkwood, lasted about 2 1/2 hours.
Rickey Paulding won’t be the only former Missouri player with a chance to play in the NBA near his home.
A day after the Detroit Pistons selected Paulding in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft, Travon Bryant signed a free-agent contract to play with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Bryant, a Long Beach, Calif., native, will play with the Lakers’ summer league team and compete for a spot on the team’s regular-season roster.
Although the Mid-Missouri Mavericks had 12 hits, they couldn’t produce them when they needed them the most.
As a result, the Mavericks lost to the Rockford RiverHawks 10-4 on Saturday at Taylor Stadium in a Frontier League game. The loss dropped the Mavericks to 5-30, and the RiverHawks improved to 22-13.
Spectators will line the course as the pack roars around the corner, and for a few hours it will be all about pure speed.
It won’t be NASCAR or the Kentucky Derby, though. It will be cycling.
Missouri’s Marcus Mayes, a freshman, finished second in the 800 meters in College Station, Texas, on Saturday and earned a place on the USA Junior Team.
He finished in 1 minute, 51.24 seconds at the USATF Junior National Championships. He will compete in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, on July 12-16.
Rickey Paulding won't be the only former Tiger with a chance to play NBA basketball near his home.
A day after the Detroit Pistons selected Paulding in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft, Travon Bryant signed a free-agent contract to play with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant, a native of Long Beach, Calif., will play with the Lakers' summer league team and compete for a spot on the team's regular-season roster.
Defensive mistakes ruined the game for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Friday.
As a result, the Mavericks lost to the Rockford River Hawks 10-4 at Taylor Stadium. The Mavericks (5-29) committed a number of passed balls and wild pitches.
Despite all the negative connotations associated with the NCAA’s investigation, the Missouri men’s basketball coaching staff can say it benefited from its effects.
The Tigers announced Thursday the hiring of former Liberty coach Jeff Meyer to take the position Lane Odom held. Meyer, along with newly hired associate head coach Melvin Watkins, combine for 24 years of head coaching experience. Meyer’s hiring completes the program’s coaching search.