HOUSTON — Jason Marquis went more than a month without winning a game for the St. Louis Cardinals. He didn’t trust his pitches and found himself on the mound waiting for the next bad thing to happen. The right-hander is feeling much better after consecutive complete-game victories.
KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals had to be wondering where this offense has been for most of the season. The Royals had 18 hits, including three home runs and five doubles, in their highest-scoring game of the season, a 17-8 victory against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
KANSAS CITY - This was nice. All summer Brad Smith had heard the questions in post-practice interview sessions.
KANSAS CITY - Gary Pinkel is known for coaching mistake-free, disciplined football. During Pinkel’s first four seasons as coach at Missouri, his offenses had the fewest turnovers in NCAA Division I-A football. MU allowed the least penalty yards in the Big 12 Conference last season and 10 yards to Arkansas State in its 52-20 win in Columbia last year.
The Rock Bridge offense might receive more publicity, but it was the defense that led the Bruins to a season opening 33-14 victory Friday at home against Marshall. With a capacity crowd on hand, the Bruins defense dominated Marshall’s running game, forcing the Owl’s quarterback, Paul Wayne Thomas, to use his leg to punt the ball as much as his arm to throw it.
If the setter in volleyball is the equivalent of a quarterback in football, then today’s Missouri-Tennessee match is Tom Brady against Peyton Manning. When the Tigers play the Lady Volunteers today in the final match of the Tiger Invitational two of the best setters in the nation will be on display.
The Columbia College men’s soccer team was hoping for more of a test before playing Baker University, ranked No. 15 in the NAIA. But Northwestern College wasn’t going to do them any favors. In the Cougars’ goalkeeper Tanner Mills’ first start of the season, he faced only five shots from a tired Raiders offense. Columbia College won 1-0.
The Hickman football team picked up where it left off last year, defeating Lee’s Summit North 31-13 on the road Friday in its season-opener. Andrew Perkins threw two touchdown passes, and Aaron Cawlfield and Jerale Nichols each ran for a score as the Kewpies scored 31 unanswered points to erase an early 7-0 deficit. undefined
The Mavericks lost 4-1 to the Kalamazoo Kings on Saturday at Homer Stryker Field. Joshua Martin pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Kings, surrendering one earned run on five hits. Agustin Rodriguez gave up four earned runs on seven hits, losing his ninth game of the season. Catcher Alex Derhak scored the lone Mavericks run. The Mavericks record fell to 30-62.
The Tigers won their first game of the season by scoring two second-half goals to defeat Indiana on Friday in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge at Walton Stadium. Senior Jennifer Nobis scored Missouri’s first goal of the season in the 53rd minute, which ended the Tigers 253-minute scoring drought. Junior Aria Hudetz scored the Tigers’ second goal on an assist from Nobis. Sophomore goalie Laura Buehrig recorded her fourth career shutout. undefined
HICKMAN CROSS COUNTRY: Taking fourth place out of 18 teams, the Kewpies girls team finished with a score of 122 in the Capital Invitational in St. Charles on Friday. Kendall Soss led the team by finishing in third place in 20:39. Mari-Jean Vance (22nd), Liz Gayer (24th) and Stacey Winter (26th) finished in a tight pack. Hannah Hassemer rounded out the scoring by finishing in 43rd place in 23:26. The boys team finished in fifth place with 161 points. Sam Masters (17th) and Zach Chapman (18th) finished three seconds apart. Masters finished the race in 17:18. undefined
The excitement of Southern Boone football fans could not be tempered at Friday night’s season opener. Not by an power surge at the end of the third quarter that plunged the stadium into darkness for 20 minutes, and not even by a 44-6 loss to visiting North Callaway.
The 46th annual Heart of America Marathon is set to kick off at 6 a.m. on Monday. The race originally began as a challenge between local runners and boxers, and the original course went from Columbia to Fulton. The boxers didn’t show up to the original race and only six runners participated.
Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington likes to joke that the girls on her team resemble a boys squad because all they want to do at practice is hit the ball for kills. Saturday at the Best Western/KMIZ Classic, the Cougars showed their coach they can play defense as well as they can hit the ball.
Going into its first meet of the season, Rock Bridge cross country coach Neil Blackburn was eager to see how his young team would perform. His runners responded with record-breaking performances.
Marie Vineyard has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Hickman girls’ golf team. “A lot of characteristics you need in order to be successful in life are also needed to be successful in golf,” said Vineyard, who is in her first year as the Kewpies’ coach.
Allison Wulff had something to prove when she stepped on the court Saturday morning. Three hours and two matches later, she walked off with a new nickname: Allison “The Comeback” Wulff.
Former Missouri running back Damien Nash survived cuts the Tennessee Titans made Saturday to reach the 53-man roster deadline. The Titans waived eight players Saturday, including running back Jarrett Payton, son of the late Hall of Famer Walter Payton. “Jarrett has given us everything he has and certainly played well enough to make this team, but Damien has an upside,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement on titansonline.com. “Damien has some run skills without question. He just hasn’t had an opportunity to display them.”
KANSAS CITY — Missouri’s spread offense did more than rack up 657 yards in a 44-17 win against Arkansas State. It gave four Tiger receivers their first career receptions. Running back Tony Temple, a sophomore who played in one game last year, made a short catch in the first quarter, the first of his career. Freshman tight end Chase Coffman made his first catch as a Tiger later in the quarter. Both receptions went for first downs, with Coffman’s coming on a nice 16-yard catch-and-run over the middle.
Missouri defeated Utah 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 30-21) in the first match of the Tiger Invitational. The match was the Tiger’s season opener. MU won the first two games, then came out of the 10-minute break between games two and three cold. The Utes took an early 10-5 lead, but MU quickly came back going on a seven-point run to take the lead. The Tiger’s went on to lead by as many as six points in the match clinching game.