Former MU Tigers compete in National Championships

Former Missouri athlete Fiona Asigbee is in third place after the first day of the women’s heptathlon Saturday at the USATF National Championships in Carson Calif. Asigbee had personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles (13.56 seconds), shot put (41 feet, 5 3/4 inches) and 200 meters (24.68) and heads into today’s final three events with 3,562 points. Virginia Millerleads with 3,705 points.

Timothy Dunne and Derrick Peterson, two more former Missouri athletes, qualified for today’s finals of the 800-meter run. Dunne was third in 1 minute, 47.95 seconds in the first heat of the semifinals on Friday. Peterson, a 2004 Olympian in the 800, ran a 1:49.08 in the slower semifinal heat.

MU Tiger advances to MO State Amateur

Tigers sophomore John Kelly advanced to the Missouri State Amateur championship match Saturday at Ozark’s Millwood Golf & Racquet Club. He will play 58th seed Matthew Keith of Springfield in today’s 36-hole final.

Custom clubs match swing

Columbia Golfer Scott Bess has played his whole life.

Not only has he played professionally, but he also makes custom equipment for big name players like Ben Crenshaw, Bob Estes, and Greg Norman.

Youth triathlon gathers active crowd

“Do you know the fastest way to carry a bike?” Eric Cooper asked his son, Tanner, 10.

Tanner and close to 100 other children participated in a youth triathlon early Saturday morning at Wilson’s Beach and Tennis Club. The event was open to children from the ages of 7-17.

Walks decisive in Royals’ defeat

DENVER — A pair of bases-loaded walks were the difference in a matchup between the two worst teams in the major leagues.

Runelvys Hernandez forced in runs with walks to pitcher Jeff Francis and Eddy Garabito in the second inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Saturday night.

Carpenter still stingy

ST. LOUIS — All June, the story was the same with Chris Carpenter. Dominant pitching, followed by predictable self-analysis.

Carpenter pitched a four-hitter and Yadier Molina, Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols hit home runs Saturday night to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0.

Walkers stay well-grounded

Race walkers at the MO State Senior Games do not just walk or race.

The rules are very specific and winning requires following them each and every step of the way.

Mavericks Fan Keeps Up Spirit

Being sick may slow Dottie Level down, but she will make as many Mavericks games as she can.

Before this season, Level had missed only one Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ game in the team’s first two years.

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.