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Cards apologize for comments by broadcaster

DENVER — St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty has apologized to the Colorado Rockies for comments by radio broadcaster Wayne Hagin suggesting Colorado first baseman Todd Helton used steroids.

“He said on behalf of their organization that he was sorry, and that Todd Helton is one of the finest people in baseball,” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said after a conversation with Jocketty on Monday.

Scott, Mabry shine in California tournament

The Missouri men’s golf team finished fourth out of 14 teams at the Stevinson Ranch Invitational in Stevinson Ranch, Calif.

Juniors Ben Scott and Chris Mabry tied for eighth place among individual finishers. Both shot a 3-over par 219 at the two-day event.

Snyder focuses on next year

No television cameras filmed the reaction of the Missouri men’s basketball team when the NCAA Tournament brackets were revealed March 13.

There was no need.

Cards’ Hagin fuels steroids dispute

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Wayne Hagin has apologized for comments implying that Colorado Rockies All-Star first baseman Todd Helton used steroids, an assertion that Helton angrily denied.

In an interview Saturday with St. Louis radio station ESPN 1380, Hagin — a decade-long broadcaster of Rockies games before coming to St. Louis two years ago — said of Helton, “I know he tried it because Don Baylor told me. He said to me, ‘I told him to get off the juice, that he was a player who didn’t need that, get off it.”‘

Kansas’ future relies solely on Self

KANSAS CITY — With none of Bill Self’s recruits making a significant impact, Kansas bore the unmistakable stamp of Roy Williams this past season.

It’s only next year, three seasons after Williams left the Jayhawks for North Carolina, that Kansas will become a team built by Self, the former Illinois coach.

MU seniors shine in final home meet

Sensational finishes from Missouri seniors Alisha Robinson and Rachael Dombart on Sunday in their meet against the Air Force Academy and Southeast Missouri State rounded out their careers at the Hearnes Center.

The No. 21 Tigers won every event and won the meet with a 195.750. SEMO had 192.325 and Air Force had 188.775.

Tigers try to find playoff stroke

Mark Leroux, the Missouri men’s golf coach, gave his team a simple message during its 5:30 a.m. workout on Friday.

“I told them the quote for the day is, ‘Champions don’t take days off,’” Leroux said.

Big East’s best absent after premature losses

Villanova and West Virginia saved the Big East from an otherwise rough weekend.

The conference that boasted one-fifth of the final Top 25 has just two of its six teams still alive in the NCAA tournament.

Patient Tigers roll into Big 12 play

For the first seven innings, Sunday’s baseball game between Missouri and North Dakota State was severely lacking in drama.

At that point, the game had consisted mostly of Missouri players drawing walks and trotting around the bases. The Tigers led 9-3, mostly because of 16 walks and three hit batters.

Sluggish MU earns sweep

It was bound to happen.

The Missouri softball team came out flat.

No. 18 Missouri swept the Tiger Classic but was not as dominant as usual in the second day of the tournament Sunday at University Field.

Columbia College earns softball split

The Columbia College softball team split a double header with Concordia on Sunday in Irvine, Calif. The Cougars, No. 7 in the NAIA, lost the first game 2-0 and won the second 6-4.

Cougars pitcher Monica Mueller (8-5) had nine strike outs and gave up three hits in the first game. Junior Stephanie Kababie was 2-for-3.

Edwards flashes brilliance

HAMPTON, Ga. — Carl Edwards climbed out of his car, balanced himself on the window ledge, gave a quick glance over his shoulder to make sure all was clear, then launched himself into the air backward.

Get used to the acrobatics.

Inconsistency haunted Tigers

DePaul’s Drake Diener tipped in a rebound with 20 seconds left, and the fate of the Missouri men’s basketball team was sealed: an unceremonious first-round exit from the National Invitational Tournament for the second year in a row.

Missouri lost to DePaul 75-70 on March 15, eliminating the Tigers from the NIT and ending their season. The Tigers lost to Michigan 65-64 on March 16, 2004, in the first round of last year’s NIT. The Tigers are 1-8 all-time in the tournament.

Two ex-Tigers are looking to impress in NFL Europe

Zack Abron and A.J Ricker are planning to do a little studying abroad this summer, but they won’t be reading any textbooks.

They will be reading defenses.

MU’s Askren can’t overcome nemesis

ST. LOUIS — If Missouri sophomore Ben Askren is Superman, then Oklahoma State’s Chris Pendleton is kryptonite.

In a rematch of the 2004 national championship match, Akren lost 10-5 on Saturday to finish second in the 174-pound class. Pendleton is now a three-time national champion.

Robinson expects poignant finale

Every senior athlete has to face it. The last time she will ever compete on her home turf. The last time she will have the home crowd to bolster her attitude, drive, and ultimately, her performance.

For the Missouri gymnastic team’s seniors, All-American Alisha Robinson and vault, beam and bars competitor Rachael Dombart, today’s meet will be filled with emotion.

Missouri enjoys Classic victories

Missouri pitcher Jen Bruck knew the voice. She just never expected to hear it over the public address system at University Field.

A man began to sing the first few lines of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the fifth-inning stretch of the Tiger softball team’s second game Saturday.

Tigers’ run production doesn’t falter

Two weeks ago, Missouri beat Eastern Michigan 18-2 in the first game of a doubleheader before struggling offensively to start the second game and eventually losing it. The Tigers weren’t about to make the same mistake twice.

In Saturday’s doubleheader against North Dakota State at Taylor Stadium, Missouri won the first game 11-1 and then made sure there was no offensive hiccup in Game 2.

Lutheran North wins 3A crown

The Class 3 state boys’ basketball championship had a lot of emotion. And a lot of technical fouls.

Lutheran North High School (St. Louis) won 72-63 against Charleston High School. Lutheran scored 14 off free throws and possessions that resulted from four technical fouls issued to Charleston (22-10) in the second half.

Season statistics tell tale

At the first day of practice, the Tigers said they were going to be a shooting team and lived up to that promise by shooting…a lot.

The problem was how few they made.

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