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Big names will pursue Open title

CREVE COEUR – Golf fans heading to the final round of the U.S. Senior Open at Bellerive Country Club today certainly have nothing to complain about.

Not only will they be treated to two championship rounds of golf, but they will also see some of the biggest names on the Champions Tour take part in a showdown for the most coveted title on the senior circuit.

No birdies at Bellerive

CREVE COEUR- There were no birdies at the U.S. Senior Open at Bellerive Country Club on Friday.

For that matter, there were no pars and bogeys either.

The second round of the tournament was canceled after three inches of rain in the morning left several holes under water and the golf course virtually unplayable, according to championship director Sean Sovacool.

MU football ranked No. 17 in coaches' poll

The Missouri football team is ranked No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' preseason poll released Friday.

The Tigers, ranked in a preseason poll for the first time since 1980, received 502 points. MU was most recently ranked in the coaches' Oct. 26 poll at No. 24.

Post 202 comes to life

There was no shortage of action in Kirksville Friday, as Columbia's Post 202 team beat St. Charles Post 312 in the American Legion Baseball Tournament at North Park Complex.

Seniors seeing red

CREVE COEUR – Soft greens, humid air and virtually no wind provided the perfect condition for a blur of red numbers to appear on the scoreboards at Bellerive Country Club during the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday.

Twenty-six players finished under par, the second highest number of such scores in the first round of a Senior Open in the tournament’s 25-year history, and Peter Jacobsen and Craig Stadler used a barrage of birdies to climb to the top of the leader board heading into today’s second round.

Early runs spark Post 202 victory

MOBERLY — The game went as Columbia Post 202 wanted Thursday.

Post 202 defeated Chillicothe Post 25, winning 9-1 in the first game of the American Legion Baseball Zone I Tournament at Moberly High.

Round 1 features record 3 aces

CREVE COEUR – Aces were wild at Bellerive Country Club on Thursday.

Three players made holes-in-one during the first round of the U.S. Senior Open, which is a Champions Tour record.

Ex-linebacker Odom to head MU recruiting

Barry Odom, a Missouri football staff assistant, has been promoted to director of football recruiting.

Odom, who played linebacker for MU from 1996-99, spent the 2003 season as an administrative graduate assistant on Pinkel’s staff.

Bellerive inspires grand memory

CREVE COEUR – Bellerive Country Club might not have the mystique of St. Andrews, the tradition of Augusta National or the allure of Pebble Beach, but it has a small corner in the immense annals of golf lore.

It was here in 1965 that Gary Player, at 29, won the U.S. Open and completed his career grand slam. Player joined Sam Snead and Ben Hogan as the only men to accomplish the feat.

Weir on par after tough final round in Jr. Classic

Even though a tougher course was the site of the second day of the Coca-Cola Junior Championship, the challenge didn’t faze Drew Weir.

Weir, 16, shot a par 70 at A.L. Gustin Golf Course on Wednesday for a two-day 139 total to the 15-17 division by nine strokes

In the Zone: Post 202 all set

Summer baseball continues for Columbia Post 202.

Post 202 faces Chillicothe Post 25 at 5:30 p.m. today in the first round of the Zone I American Legion Baseball Tournament at Moberly High. It is a four-team, double-elimination tournament.

Swinging into action

For someone who finished with a total more than seven times his age, Zachary Cook can golf.

Zachary, 8, shot a 57 for nine holes in the Coca-Cola Junior Championship golf tournament Tuesday morning at L.A. Nickell golf course in his first tournament. His is third in the boys’ 8-10 division.

No mistake about it, Mavs’ defense better

For the first half of the season, the Mavericks defense was offensive.

Now, it has sparked the Mavericks back to respectability.

Mid-Missouri enter tonight’s game having won of eight of 13, and it can attribute its improved play to the suddenly smooth infield defense.

Improving Mavs sweep Rockford

Things have changed, and the Mid-Missouri Mavericks are no longer to be taken lightly.

The Mavs completed a sweep of the first-place Rockford RiverHawks in convincing fashion with a 10-3 victory Tuesday night at Taylor Stadium.

Cards have Cincinnati seeing red

At this rate, nobody is going to catch St. Louis.

Right-hander Jason Marquis hit a two-run double and pitched seven stingy innings for his eighth straight win Tuesday night, 6-0 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Haas greeted as fan favorite at Senior Open

Jay Haas will garner plenty of attention and be a popular man during this week’s U.S. Senior Open at Bellerive Country Club in suburban St. Louis for good reason.

Haas, who in December turned 50, the minimum age to compete on the Champions Tour, is not only No. 22 in the World Golf Ranking and on the cusp of earning a berth on the United States’ Ryder Cup team this fall, but he also is a hometown favorite.

Ultimate finale

The Ultomatoes were a little too much for the Tiny Dancers on Tuesday night at Epple Field as they battled for the Ultimate Frisbee Championship title.

Playing by the light of the moon, the Tiny Dancers won 17-16 in a game that continued past the normal 13-point limit.

Ballers perfect champs

The Columbia Ballers won the boys’ 12-and-under basketball division last weekend at the Show-Me State Games.

The Ballers, who went 7-0, defeated the St. Louis Bulls 40-30 in the final.

Rising Stars focus on inclusion, basketball

In high school, Ray Magruder’s Lamar Consolidated High School basketball team advanced to the Class 5A Texas state championship in 1989. As a forward, he was ranked among the top 15 percent of basketball players in Texas. As a parent, he now wants to give children the opportunity to play sports, particularly those who might not be able to afford to play.

Magruder and Kent Murdock of Columbia formed Rising Stars Sports Association for girls and boys between third and seventh grade. So far, about 45 players play on their five basketball teams, and three teams competed in the Show-Me State Games.

Storm set to make noise in Las Vegas

A storm is leaving for Las Vegas.

The Mid-Missouri Basketball Club Storm of Columbia is departing today to compete in the Vision Sports 2004 National Youth Championships in Las Vegas. The tournament ends Saturday.

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