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O’Neal timeline connects reports

The MU Athletic Department released a timeline Friday morning detailing the events leading up to the death of MU football player Aaron O’Neal after a voluntary practice on July 12.

The release confirms some earlier reports and helps fill in the 25-minute gap that existed between the time O’Neal was taken to a locker room at Faurot Field and when the MU athletic training staff called paramedics at University Hospital after O’Neal arrived at the Tom Taylor Athletic Facility.

Big inning defeats Mavericks

The Mavericks' recurring nightmare of 2005 haunted them once more Friday night.

Mid-Missouri lost 13-7 to the Richmond Roosters at Taylor Stadium, again falling victim to a big inning by the visitors.

Richmond scored 10 runs on eight hits in the sixth, turning a one-run deficit into a nine-run cushion. The Roosters held on as the Mavericks fell to 21-37.

Mid-Missouri right-hander Damien Dantibo struck out six, walked three, and hit a batter in five innings. Though the 19-year-old allowed seven hits and three runs in that span, he was in line for the win when he left the game.

That's when the bullpen imploded.

The sixth included the Mid-Missouri debut of reliever Adam Clay, who entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs. He surrendered a grand slam to Richmond first baseman Rich Daly after three pitches.

Brent Metheny went 4-5 with two RBI to lead Mid-Missouri.

The Mavericks host the Washington Wild Things tonight at 7:05 in the first of a three-game series.

BEER HERE: Dantibo struck out Roosters' designated hitter Tony Sanguinetti in the first and fifth innings Friday. The significance? It allowed those of age in the crowd of 1264 to take advantage of an in-game drink promotion.

As per Bud Beer Batter night, fans could buy a 12-ounce Budweiser for $1 in the 10 minutes after any Sanguinetti strikeout. He had been selected at random before the game.

Disc golf hitting its mark in Columbia

Bob Heyn took his throwing stance on the 16th hole at Albert-Oakland Park.

Heyn, 29, threw his disc and watched as it sailed across the water hazard, directly for the basket.

Mavs send Roosters to rolling stop in 10th

The taxing part of Bud Ward’s job begins most afternoons around 4 o’clock.

It happens after he’s driven a bus full of Richmond Roosters coaches and players across the Midwest. And after he’s navigated through a new city to get the team from its hotel to the ballpark.

Walk, don’t run, to unique event

If you don’t know what racewalking is, you’re not alone.

Even Karen Kraus, who will be competing in the Show-Me State Games racewalk on Sunday, had never heard of the event until about three weeks ago.

Royals waste early lead

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Scott Kazmir took another step forward in his promising career.

Kazmir struggled early, but rebounded for his third consecutive win as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals 10-5 Thursday night.

West coasting

SAN DIEGO — The three runs Chris Carpenter gave up in the second inning were just a hiccup.

Otherwise, the right-hander had no trouble becoming the NL’s first 15-game winner, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the staggering San Diego Padres 11-3 on Thursday.

Earning golden marks

Thomari Story-Harden has committed nine errors at first base for the Mavericks this season. Still his manager mentions him in the same breath with one of baseball’s greatest defensive players.

Jim Gentile is firm when he says Story-Harden is on par with Brooks Robinson.

No surprises for team at finish line

After long hours of work, planning, grueling qualifying inspections, uncontrollable weather conditions and small mechanical issues, the race is over for the University of Missouri’s solar team.

Crossing the finish line in eighth place, SunTiger VI zoomed in just 43 minutes after seventh-place winner, Principia College.

Rising up

Like Neo of “The Matrix” trilogy, Natalie Stepney is The One.

Or at least it’s a helpful metaphor for Stepney’s mother, Carol Stepney, when trying to calm her daughter’s nerves before this weekend’s AAU Junior Olympic Weightlifting competition where Natalie will be competing in the 14-16-year-old class.

Padres edge Cardinals with walk-off single

SAN DIEGO — Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman combined on a three-hitter and Robert Fick singled in the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the San Diego Padres snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Ryan Klesko started the winning rally with a one-out double to left-center off Jason Marquis (9-8) and was replaced by pinch-runner Damian Jackson. Joe Randa was intentionally walked to bring up Fick, who drove a 2-1 pitch to right-center to score Jackson.

Daniel Boone Stars round bases

Ryan Phillips and Brendan James were on second and third base when Conner Darrough singled in the fourth inning. Three forest green shirts in a sea of orange.

The ninth and 10th runs came home and the Daniel Boone All-Star’s mercy-ruled the La Co Mo All-Star’s, 10-0, in the Missouri State Little League Championship Wednesday evening.

Royals tough out win

KANSAS CITY — On pace for their third 100-loss season in four years, the Kansas City Royals keep playing well against tough opponents.

Mike Sweeney hit two home runs and drove in five runs, and Emil Brown hit a run-scoring single in the 13th inning as the Royals overcame a five-run deficit and beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Wednesday.

KU fan rejects guilty plea

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A former University of Kansas student arrested during an altercation with the MU police chief during a basketball game between the two rival schools plans to contest the trespassing charge next week.

Andrew Wymore, who says he doesn’t want to accept a plea bargain offered to him, is scheduled Aug. 3 for trial in municipal court in Columbia.

Local Little Leaguers win State

The Daniel Boone National Division 13-14 year-old all-star baseball team won the Little League Junior Division state championship Monday in Higginsville.

Daniel Boone National won with a 4-3 victory against McDonald County. Garrison McLagen ended the game by stealing home with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Quite a week for J-Rod

ST. LOUIS — Even factoring in the nuisance created by a pesky nail on the dugout steps, it has been a fantastic first week in the major leagues for John Rodriguez.

Not long ago, he was a face in the minor league crowd, and at 27 an aging one at that. Now, he’s a daily, productive fixture in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup, to the extent that manager Tony La Russa held off completing his lineup card on Sunday until Rodriguez, who missed his first start because of a sprained ankle caused when his cleats got snagged by the nail, could test the injury.

Former MU star Crudup awarded damages

KANSAS CITY — Jurors couldn’t reach a verdict Monday on whether the Raytown School District discriminated against former Missouri basketball star Jevon Crudup when firing him from a coaching job.

But they did decide that the parents of a former player contributed to Crudup’s firing as sophomore basketball coach at Raytown South High School, awarding actual damages of $3,249.80, plus another $25,000 in punitive damages.

Diving Club makes splash at nationals

The Mizzou Diving Club performed well on the first day of competition at the 2005 Amateur Athletic Union Diving National Championships in Largo, Florida on Tuesday.

David Bonuchi, 13, finished fourth on the 3-meter springboard in the 13-and-under age group. His teammate Dylan Parham, 12, finished ninth.

Rain stops Mavs

Rain postponed Tuesday’s series finale between the Mid-Missouri Mavericks and the Rockford RiverHawks.

The game is rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on August 28 in Columbia.

Columbian athletes qualify for Special Olympics

Several Columbia Special Olympics participants qualified for the first national games held in the United States, scheduled for July 2-7, 2006 in Ames, Iowa.

Columbia athletes who made the national games qualified in aquatics, track and field, basketball, bocce, golf, or tennis. These athletes are: Matt Hood, Matt Montgomery, Dena Muskopf, Brianna Perry, Beth Brokamp, Sarah Byland, Steven Harris, Cory Johnson, Kevin Kempker, Derrick Sandbothe, Rodney Stokes, Jeff Johnson, Mike Pitts, Micah Brimer, Diane Brimer, Seth Brimer, Ryan Brimer, Grace Wheeler, Jim LaRue, Scott LaRue, Duke Simmons, Shirlene Treadwell, Robert Eichelberger, Kerry Pilz and Tina Jones. Harry Beslame, Marshall Harding, Ricky Rost, Chris Mounts, Jim Morris, James Kindred and Amanda Bjorklund have qualified as alternates.

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