MU caps spring practice on stage

Missouri football fans eager for their first glimpse of the Tigers this year will get the opportunity Saturday when the team holds its annual Black and Gold spring game.

Don’t expect the most familiar faces to see most of the action though.

Working Overtime

Justin Jackson was eyeing a starting spot on Hickman’s varsity baseball team when he was in Lange Middle School.

“He was basically like a team manager in seventh grade,” said Hickman coach Dave Wilson, who introduced Jackson to the team six years ago.

Cincinnati’s calculated risk beats Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Choosing to face Albert Pujols with the bases loaded was a no-brainer for Danny Graves.

Nursing a one-run lead and with runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Cincinnati Reds manager Dave Miley had his closer walk Larry Walker intentionally to load the bases. The move worked out perfectly when the St. Louis Cardinals’ most dangerous hitter grounded into a double play, ending the Reds’ 6-5 victory on Wednesday.

Missouri proves it learned lesson

After his Missouri baseball team lost to Southeast Missouri State in extra innings a week ago, coach Tim Jamieson had a lesson for his players.

“It was just to be better prepared, to be more aggressive,” Jamieson said. “Recognize that you have a target on your back, not just because we’re ranked but because we’re Mizzou, and any time you play SEMO … that’s a big game for them.”

Extra training part of routine for Rock Bridge’s Ben Martin

Every player on the Rock Bridge baseball team had gone home Tuesday after practice except Ben Martin.

This isn’t unusual for Martin, a sophomore pitcher.

Two wins and a ring for Mueller

Sometimes softball isn’t about the plays or pitches.

Sometimes it’s about life.

Second-inning home run lifts KU past Tigers

Erin Kalka breezed through the first inning of Wednesday night’s game, retiring the Kansas Jayhawks in order on two line-drive outs and a ground out.

She was getting ahead in counts and looked in total control on the mound.

First U.S. women’s decathlon at Mizzou

Liz Young will make history this week.

Young, a junior on the Missouri track and field team, will be one of four women competing in the first official women’s decathlon held in the United States. The event is part of the Audrey Walton Combined Event Carnival beginning Thursday at Walton Track Stadium.

Strong second half not enough

The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team’s second-half surge couldn’t overcome an early deficit.

Jefferson City was able to fend off the Bruins for a 2-1 win Tuesday night at Cosmopolitan Park and finally get a win in Columbia.

Fast freshmen leading squads

A strong youth movement has the Rock Bridge swimming and diving team taking shape.

Thirteen of the 17 Bruins who competed in their most recent meet were freshmen.

MU, Cumulus reach new deal

The University of Missouri and its multimedia rights holder, Mizzou Sports Properties, signed a five-year deal with Cumulus Media, Inc. to keep the Tigers on Cumulus radio affiliates in mid-Missouri.

Missouri football and basketball games, along with “Tiger Talk,” will continue on KFRU 1400 AM and KBXR 102.3 FM in Columbia through 2010.

Delayed gratification

ST. LOUIS — Jason Marquis hit a bases-loaded triple and pitched into the seventh inning, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 Tuesday night.

Jim Edmonds and Reggie Sanders hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning for the Cardinals, who rebounded after a day off from a pair of blowout losses to the Phillies in which they gave up 23 runs. Edmonds’ second home run of the season was the 1,500th hit of his career.

Opening day jogs memories

KANSAS CITY — Fifty years ago Tuesday, former president Harry Truman threw out the first pitch when Kansas City entered the major leagues as the new home of the Athletics, the storied American League franchise that won five World Series under Connie Mack.

Arnold Johnson, a Chicago businessman, bought the team from Mack in November 1954 and moved it to Kansas City, which welcomed the newcomers with a parade on April 11.

Record crowd sees large loss

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals disappointed a lot of people.

The crowd of 41,788 was the largest to see a Royals’ home opener, and the third-biggest regular-season gathering in Kauffman Stadium history.

Sliding start

ST. LOUIS — Just like last season, the St. Louis Cardinals have stumbled out of the gate.

Knowing they led the major leagues with 105 victories last year and won the team’s first NL pennant in 17 seasons keeps them calm about their mediocre 2-3 start.

MU golfers win Berning Invitational

The Missouri women’s golf team won the Susie Maxwell Berning Invitational on Monday in Norman, Okla.

Sophomore Kelli Strubinger shot a 222, earning a career-best second. Denise Knaebel, Maria Ohlsson and Mindy Bullard also placed in the top 10.

Priday powers MU to sweep of Aggies

For two weeks, no home runs would come for Missouri. The Tigers were winning, but they had to scratch and claw for every run they could get.

Freshman Jacob Priday changed all of that Sunday. Twice.

Tiger wins his fourth green jacket in playoff

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods is the Masters champion once again, turning back a surprising challenge Sunday with a shot of sheer magic and a birdie putt to win a playoff he never expected.

A spectacular finish of birdies and bogeys finally ended when Woods produced the most important shot of all: a 15-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to capture his fourth green jacket and finally put away the gritty Chris DiMarco.

Tigers softball team sweeps

The Missouri softball team completed a two-game sweep of Texas Tech with a 3-1 victory Sunday in Lubbock, Texas. The Tigers moved to 31-6 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference.

Senior pitcher Erin Kalka (4-3) allowed three hits and struck out five to earn the win.

Sizzling Tigers alone atop Big 12 standings

Texas A&M had a good day Saturday. The Aggies started the game with a home run. They pounded out nine hits in five innings.

But they lost to the red-hot Missouri baseball team anyway.