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MU golfer reaches playoff

MU junior Shawn Jasper shot an even-par 70 on Tuesday in the second round of the 105th U.S. Amateur at Philadelphia Country Club to jump into contention for the 64-player match-play portion of the tournament. Jasper is one of 19 golfers tied for 48th place. Those 19 will tee off on No. 13 at Merion Golf Club at 6:30 this morning in a sudden-death playoff. When two golfers have been eliminated, the match-play portion will begin.

HICKMAN SOFTBALL

Taylor Cowen pitched a complete game and added two hits as Hickman opened the season with a 2-1 victory against Salisbury on Tuesday. Cowen, who struck out eight batters, was supported with RBI singles by Stefani Worley and Laura Miller.

MU WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Wayne Kreklow will take over as head coach for the MU team this season. He had been an associate head coach with his wife Susan, who was the head coach. She will remain with the team as the associate head coach. “In no way will this change our coaching philosophy or the manner in which our program operates,” Wayne Kreklow said in a statement. “This is only a personal administrative move, based on family considerations. We’ve been co-coaching together for 11 years and in no way does this change the attitude or the meaning of our program.”

Grizzlies maul Mavericks

The Gateway Grizzlies pounded Mid-Missouri 11-3 on Tuesday. Mavericks’ starter Nate Kuhns was chased in the third inning after allowing six hits and two walks. He was charged with six earned runs.

Mulder gains another victory

PITTSBURGH — Let Chris Carpenter get all the attention. For Mark Mulder, winning is reward enough for a good season that keeps getting better. Mulder beat the Pirates for the fifth time in five career starts against them, allowing three hits in eight innings. The St. Louis Cardinals got off to a good start on a season-high 13-game road trip by winning 3-1 Monday night.

Martz pleased despite defeat

ST. LOUIS — To the casual fan, the St. Louis Rams’ blowout preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers looked much like last season, with a spotty defense giving up big plays and big points. But Rams coach Mike Martz saw plenty to like in Sunday’s 36-21 defeat.

Royals top draft pick not at senior classes

KANSAS CITY — The father of first-round draft pick Alex Gordon said he did not attend classes at Nebraska on Monday, which would have caused the Kansas City Royals to lose his rights. The Royals, who made the slugging third baseman the second player taken overall in the June draft, had said they were confident he would not attend classes even though he had enrolled for what would have been his senior season.

Tigers think they have the kick they need

In a 2004 football season full of disappointments for Missouri, one of the biggest was an inconsistent field-goal kicking unit. Tiger kickers combined to make just 4-of-12 field goals from 30 yards or more last year, and were so undependable that at times coach Gary Pinkel would pass up a chance at a mid-range field goal and instead attempt a fourth-down conversion.

Unlikely hero for rare Mavs triumph

The Mavericks scored 12 runs on 10 hits in the eighth inning Sunday night en route to a 15-7 win against the Ohio Valley Redcoats. The rally produced its share of heroes, none more unlikely than center fielder Josh “Mighty Mouse” Wettlaufer. The Mavericks leadoff man, listed at 5 feet 8 and 165 pounds, hit his first home run of the season in the middle of the inning, pulling an inside fastball down the right-field line to score two runs.

Royals off the hot seat

OAKLAND, Calif. - Some members of the Royals speak optimistically about following their club-record 19-game skid with a long winning streak. But the fact is every other team in the major leagues is better than Kansas City, and the final month and a half of the season could be just as frustrating as the previous three weeks for this inexperienced club.

Cards fall short

ST. LOUIS - This time, the San Francisco Giants survived a ninth-inning scare. Two days after the Giants blew a four-run lead against St. Louis, the Cardinals had the tying runs on base Sunday and sent up pinch-hitters Larry Walker and Albert Pujols. But Armando Benitez struck out So Taguchi to preserve a 4-2 win.

Senior softball player not short on desire

Ernie Blow packs a lot of game into is small frame. Blow, who is 4 feet, 11 inches tall, competed in the Senior Show-Me State Games’ softball tournament this weekend at the Rainbow Softball Complex.

Big Play Day

Yes, it was just a preseason scrimmage. And true, it was against a thin second-team defense.And true, it was against a thin second-team defense.

But when Missouri sophomore running back Tony Temple took a handoff on his team’s 38-yard line during Saturday’s scrimmage and spun and twisted his way to a 62-yard touchdown, it set off an electric and much-needed buzz throughout the sparse Memorial Stadium crowd.

Mavericks lose, face test

The ability to forecast the future hasn’t been a strong suit of the 2005 Mid-Missouri Mavericks. In the offseason, team co-owner and president Gary Wendt wagered half of season ticket revenues with the claim that the Mavericks would play .500 baseball or better.

Teel takes seniors title

David Teel’s 4-foot birdie on the 18th green at A.L. Gustin Golf Course on Saturday afternoon echoed how he had played all day. Teel won the 12th annual Columbia Invitational Seniors Championship tournament after shooting a 3-under-par 67 on the second and final round of the two-day tournament.

Defensive line out to prove itself

Opposing offensive coordinators probably crack a smile anytime the Missouri defensive line is brought up in conversation. The Tigers lost three of four starters on the line that combined for 90 tackles and 11.5 sacks and some speculate the defensive line is the weakest link on MU’s defense. Jamar Smith, a newcomer to the line, is hoping to force opponents take it seriously.

Hood on the move for Tigers

Evander Hood has come a long way since his high school graduation last spring. He has crossed two states and jumped two spots on the Missouri football team’s depth chart. Hood, a freshman defensive tackle from Amarillo, Texas, has been known as Ziggy since a young age. The nickname started with his grandmother. who is Mexican-American and had trouble pronouncing Evander.

Slide hard to ignore

KANSAS CITY – In a bizarre twist that no one expected, this long, miserable losing streak that has has turned Kansas City into a national joke might wind up doing the Royals some good. At least people do, for a change, seem to care. Embarrassment and anger have shocked fans out of their apathy. Instead of shrugging off one more losing year, they’re demanding action.

Arizona keeps Marquis from ending slump

ST. LOUIS – Claudio Vargas worked six solid innings and Luis Gonzalez hit a pair of home runs, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-2 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep. Cardinals pitcher Jason Marquis had an infield hit and an RBI double his first two at-bats, giving him six straight hits, before flying out in the seventh. He leads all pitchers with 25 hits, four more than the rest of the St. Louis rotation, and a .373 average.

Mavs rally by Otters

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks staged a late rally Thursday night, scoring eight runs in the final three innings to end a three-game losing streak with a 10-7 victory in Evansville. The host Otters led 7-2 heading into the seventh, but Alex Derhak reached on an error and Brett Winn singled. Wayne Astrauskas followed with his first home run of the season.

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