Duo dreams of NFL draft

Former Missouri defensive tackles Atiyyah Ellison and C.J. Mosley might have a strange feeling after this weekend’s NFL Draft.

It’s likely they won’t be lining up side-by-side on the field for the first time in more than three years.

Sooner born, but Tiger bred

Some dedication from the Missouri coaching staff and a little faith lured James Boone to the Tigers baseball team three years ago.

Boone was a standout player at Clinton High School in Clinton, Okla. As a child, he wanted to be an Oklahoma Sooner.

A closer look at a young Mantle

John Hall remembers the first time he saw Mickey Mantle play.

The first time Hall had gone to a professional game was in 1949, when Mantle was playing for the Independence (Kan.) Yankees at Missouri’s Municipal Park Stadium in Carthage.

Carpenter on target in first shutout since 2001

ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter has faced the Chicago Cubs six times since the start of the 2004 season. Apparently, familiarity isn’t helping the opposition.

St. Louis blanked Chicago 4-0 on Thursday behind Carpenter, who improved to 5-1 against the Cubs.

Kinney tackles next level

Former Missouri linebacker James Kinney may see his four years away from home end soon.

Kinney, 22 from Kankakee, Ill., might be returning home if everything falls into place at the NFL Draft this weekend. Kinney, who grew up about 60 miles south of Chicago, wouldn’t mind if the Bears drafted him.

Garciaparra injures groin against Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Nomar Garciaparra took two steps out of the batters’ box, then collapsed in pain.

Garciaparra was carried off the field with an injured left groin that likely will land him on the 15-day disabled list for an extended period, tempering an impressive outing by Carlos Zambrano in a 3-1 victory that ended the St. Louis Cardinals’ five-game winning streak on Wednesday night.

MU golfer rejuvenated

Kelli Strubinger’s second-place finish at last week’s Susie Maxwell Berning Classic was a reminder of how far she had come.

After a tough sophomore season last year for the Missouri women’s golf team, Strubinger said she felt burnt out. She didn’t always have the desire to play and felt like she needed a break.

EXTRA POINTS: Nine Tigers drive in 13 runs in win against SLU

The Missouri baseball team defeated Saint Louis 13-4 on Wednesday in the Sixth Annual Wood Bat Classic in O’Fallon.

The victory ends a three-game losing streak for the Tigers, who are 28-9. The Billikens are 7-28.

Minner back in black and gold

Micaela Minner said she should have learned her lesson the first time.

An Arkansas player had just hit a ball over her head in left field during an early season game last year. Minner slammed into the fence in pursuit.

Nash tests NFL waters

Former Missouri running back Damien Nash says he is not a bad guy.

With the NFL Draft starting on Saturday, Nash wants teams NFL teams to know that.

‘Awesome’ Bruins get third sweep

A member of the Helias boys’ tennis team walked toward his fellow Crusaders after losing in singles competition, looked at the rest of his teammates and shrugged his shoulders.

“This just in,” he said. “Rock Bridge is awesome.”

Intrasquad competition pays dividends for Tigers

In golf, there is no substitute for experience in pressure situations.

A player can spend countless hours on the driving range, pounding golf balls off the tee, and still fail that first time in competition when one wedge from 100 yards can be the difference between winning and losing.Members of the Missouri men’s golf team do not have to worry about lacking that experience. They get it every week trying to qualify for a tournament.

End of road motivates Robinson

Alisha Robinson’s career will be capped by what she does on Thursday.

Missouri’s All-American gymnast is traveling to Auburn, Ala., to compete in the NCAA national tournament. She qualified for the event as an individual in the all-around competition by placing fifth at the South Central Regional on April 9.

Cougars sweep, win AMC title

The Columbia College softball team clinched the American Midwest Conference regular-season title on Tuesday, sweeping Illinois-Springfield in a doubleheader.

The Cougars defeated the Prairie Stars 11-0 in five innings in the first game and 10-2 in six innings in the second game, bringing their record to 35-15, 13-1 AMC.

Community backing

ASHLAND — The meeting took place in a tiny, overcrowded music room at Ashland’s Primary Building.

Ashland R-1 School Board members sat stiffly in a row of chairs behind a makeshift table in front of alphabet pictures pasted on the wall. Children learn how to sing in harmony in this room.

Impressive outing spoiled

A pitching duel between seniors Scott Reller of Rock Bridge and Jake Mackey of Mexico went into the fifth inning Monday at Rock Bridge Field.

Only one pitcher returned to the mound in the sixth.

Kewpies win Helias Invite

Hickman won and Rock Bridge was fifth at the Helias boys’ golf invitational on Monday at Meadow Lake Country Club in New Bloomfield.

The Kewpies scored 298, 14 shots ahead of second-place Helias.

Mulder stops Pirates, slide

PITTSBURGH — Mark Mulder finally ended a slide that began late last season. The Pittsburgh Pirates only wish they could do the same.

Mulder, the Cardinals’ top offseason pickup, halted a personal nine-game winless streak by allowing two hits over eight innings to lead the Cardinals past the struggling Pirates 11-1 on Monday night.

Royals catch cold vs. Lee

KANSAS CITY — An ailing Cliff Lee held it together just long enough to deal with the Royals.

Fighting flu-like symptoms and nausea, the Cleveland left-hander shut out Kansas City on two hits through seven innings Monday night and got the win in a 5-1 victory.

Coach’s future will be discussed tonight

Mike Hall will likely know by the end of tonight if he will return to coach football at Southern Boone next year.

School officials did not renew Hall’s coaching contract on March 7 because of alcohol use by one of his players. Hall coached Southern Boone’s first season of varsity football last year.