Cantwell fifth, teammate Nelson wins shot put gold

HELSINKI, Finland - No more silver for Adam Nelson. At last, he has gold.

After second-place finishes in two Olympics, two outdoor world championships and one indoor world meet, Nelson won the shot put competition on Saturday night with his best throw in three years - 71 feet, 3 1/2 inches.>“I don’t know if the best person won, but I think the right person won,” said U.S. teammate Christian Cantwell, a former MU athlete who finished fifth.

Athletes drawn to refereeing

Carrying his shoes and socks, Pete Boyer walked barefoot across a crowded parking lot. He was only looking for two things: a bandage and a clean pair of socks.

“Looks like I’m going to have to wear tennis shoes for the next game,” he said. “I run every play as the players do and it takes a toll on your feet.”

Finding her balance

Classical music is playing in the background on the floor of the Hearnes Center Saturday morning as a very petite girl in a red, white and blue leotard swings from the higher of the uneven bars. Her golden blonde hair doesn’t move from the two red scrunchies holding it into two buns on the back sides of her head.

As she thinks about her next move her tongue hangs slightly out of her mouth, in concentration. She looks at a woman standing on the mat and mouths “Help me.”

Moore stays on board for gold

It should have been an intimidating situation, but it wasn’t for 7-year-old Paul Moore.

Paul has no fear.

Age just a small hurdle for cross country racer

In an event filled with young athletes, Barney Sword knows he’s an exception. At 74, Sword, of Columbia, was the oldest competitor in the Show-Me State Games Cross Country race. However, it’s a fact that doesn’t bother him.

“With running you have to realize you’re competing against yourself, not the people around you,” he said. “I can’t control how fast or slow someone else is, I just have to satisfy myself.”

Big Dogs race with the pack during cycling competition

A couple of canines were among the 96 competitors in the Show-Me State Games cycling race Saturday morning.

Romel “Lucky Dog” Quinones, 50, placed second in his age division and Bill “Daddy Dog” Earp, 62, won his age division.

New stadium on Mavs’ wish list

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks and city officials have had preliminary discussions about the possibility of a new stadium for the club, now in its third year in Columbia.

“When I traveled to the Gateway park in the Frontier League, I thought it would be nice for the Mavericks and the good people of Columbia to have a fan-friendly ballpark,” Mavericks’ co-owner and president Gary Wendt said.

Mavericks win in ninth

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks beat the Richmond Roosters 6-4 on Thursday night in the second game of a three game series at McBride Stadium in Richmond, Ind.

Getting kids active

Columbia children will have the chance to shape up and have fun next week.

An Active Kids Club session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at Cosmo-Bethel Park. For $25 per day, children entering third, fourth and fifth grades can play soccer, basketball, street hockey, kickball, relay games, flag football, and dodgeball.

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 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 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.