Bowlers rolling for gold

After finishing second in the men’s doubles bowling competition in the National Senior Games two weeks ago, Columbia residents Robert Dierking and Ed Hinderberger will go for the gold in the Missouri State Senior Games on Saturday.

“We missed the gold by four pins,” Dierking said of the national competition, held June 7-8 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Dierking and Hinderberger participated in the 60-64 year-old age division.

Shining Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — With the NBA title on the line, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs proved themselves worthy champions.

Duncan came up huge in the second half and was chosen finals MVP after having the worst playoff series of his career, and Manu Ginobili had another breakthrough performance Thursday night to lead the Spurs past the Detroit Pistons 81-74 in a Game 7 that was as thrilling as it was rare.

Morris loses first game of season

ST. LOUIS — Matt Morris lost for the first time this season, getting knocked out in the fourth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-7 on Thursday night, ending a 12-game losing streak against the Cardinals.

Dave Williams (6-5), backed by a 5-1 lead in the third, allowed four runs, three earned, and six hits in six innings. He had been 0-2 against St. Louis this season.

Former MU recruit sentenced

CLAYTON — Darrell Jackson, a St. Louis area high school football star who was recruited to Missouri, was sentenced Thursday to 120 days in jail and five years of probation for a sex crime involving a child.

Jackson, 19, left Missouri in August after allegations surfaced before the 2004 season began. He pleaded guilty in April to five counts of statutory sodomy. Authorities said he molested a child five times between August 2000, when she was 8, and April 2004.

New MU coaches share enthusiasm, experience

Stefanie Williams has a passion for swimming.

She’s excited about imparting her knowledge and experience to younger swimmers. She even enjoys workouts before the break of dawn. But one of her favorite parts of her new job as Missouri’s assistant swimming coach, is pushing her athletes to their limits.

Mavs win series in Florence

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks won their third series of the season Thursday, beating the Florence Freedom 2-1 in Florence, Ky.

The Mavericks (9-17), who have won all three of their series on the road this season, got another superb pitching effort from Nick Renault (3-1).

Tigers shine at USATF Junior National and National Championships

Tigers athletes shined Thursday at the USATF Junior National and National Championships in Carson, Calif.

Nate Englin placed second in the men’s junior shot put with a throw of 61 feet, 7 inches. Englin earned a spot on this year’s Team USA and a trip to the Pan-American Games on July 28-31, in Sherbrooke, Canada.

Golfing Tigers advance at Missouri State Amateur

Four Tigers golfers advanced at the Missouri State Amateur on Thursday at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club in Ozark.

No. 3 seed Shawn Jasper won 8 and 7 against Matt Barnier of Rogersville. Jasper won in the fewest holes of the 32 matches.

Mavericks can’t come back from early deficit

The Florence Freedom beat the visiting Mid-Missouri Mavericks 11-5 on Wednesday night.

Florence got six runs off Mavericks’ left-hander Augustin Rodriquez in the second inning to earn the early lead. The Mavericks (8-17) came back with three runs in the third, but Florence responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to move ahead 10-3.

Tiger senior wins collegiate award

Tigers senior Alisha Robinson received the Kansas City Collegiate Athlete of the Year Award Tuesday from the Kansas City Sports Commission.

This year Robinson set a Missouri NCAA Championship record on the vault at 9.900, beating the previous mark of 9.875. She also set Missouri records in the floor and all-around categories. Robinson’s 9.850 qualified her for the NCAA Individual Championship Final where she placed fifth. It was the third time she competed at the meet.

Pressure rises for deciding game

SAN ANTONIO — One of the most vivid memories Robert Horry has from the most recent Game 7 in NBA Finals history was New York Knicks guard John Starks firing up shot after shot, and almost none of them going in.

It was a meltdown of epic proportions that to this day will bring a cringe to the face of any Knicks fan who witnessed it.

A long difficult journey for Schultz

After struggling to stay on the Nationwide Tour, former Missouri and Hickman golfer Jason Schultz is starting to climb the ranks.

Schultz is sixth on the 2005 money list, through 12 events. The Nationwide Tour is the minor-league circuit of the PGA Tour that was created in 1990 and was the starting ground for former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk.

Shooting his age

Sherman Kelly squints as he stares down No. 10 at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. It’s close to 95 degrees outside, and the sun is making it hard to see anything. A flag rustles 150 yards away, moving gently with the wind.

Kelly takes his time before swinging his club, but when he does the ball flies high and true. The ball rolls to a stop on the fringe of the green, about 20 feet from the pin. Two putts later, the ball falls into the cup for par, and Kelly smiles.

Cards left in lurch by fading Mulder

CINCINNATI — Even when he struggled, St. Louis left-hander Mark Mulder could count on getting left-handed batters out. Now, even that is not a sure thing.

The slumping Mulder gave up two home runs to left-hander Adam Dunn and a two-run double to Ken Griffey Jr., another left-hander, as Cincinnati scored seven runs in the first three innings and held on for a 7-6 win Wednesday.

Blues keep Kitchen, work to keep fans

ST. LOUIS — The team’s for sale, the league has been shut down for a year and just lost a national television contract. But life goes on for the St. Louis Blues.

On Wednesday, the team with the odd distinction of 25 straight playoff appearances without a sniff of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals announced that head coach Mike Kitchen has been signed through the 2005-06 season. Terms were not released.

Senior Games begin today

For some senior games means old men sitting around a park playing chess. For Jack Miles it means physical and mental competition between seniors.

Miles, the coordinator for the 12th annual Missouri State Senior Games, says for the nearly 800 people 50 and older who have signed up so far to participate today through Sunday in this year’s event in Columbia, it’s about staying fit.

Detroit forces Game 7

SAN ANTONIO — The identity of the next NBA champion will not be known for another two days — not until Game 7 of a suddenly suspenseful series is finished.

Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and the Detroit Pistons weren’t ready to concede the title, and Tim Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs weren’t quite good enough to earn it Tuesday night.

Cincinnati bats put Cardinals in the red

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds brought fireworks back to Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night.

Backup catcher Javier Valentin drove in four runs with a three-run home run and a bases-loaded walk to help the Reds to an 11-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in Jerry Narron’s debut as interim manager.

Post 202 looking to boost offense

After finishing second in the Missouri American Legion tournament last year, Columbia’s Post 202 senior team is making a fresh start this year.

“It’s an entire new team,” Post 202 coach Eric Greer said. “This is definitely a rebuilding year.”

Kleiza will stay in draft

Mizzou’s Linas Kleiza announced Tuesday that his name will remain on the list of prospects for the 2005 NBA Draft on June 28.

Tuesday was the last day that undergraduate players could withdraw from the draft and still return to their college teams.