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Morris gives giant effort

ST. LOUIS — Motivated by his worst start of the year, Matt Morris was at his best against the San Francisco Giants.

Morris threw a seven-hitter for his seventh career shutout and the St. Louis Cardinals took advantage of Jerome Williams’ wildness for a 6-0 victory on Sunday.

Sibling rivalry

Cole Riley was too much for the Super Siblings.

Riley’s hat trick helped The Big Green of Columbia defeat the Super Siblings of Moberly 7-5 in the mixed adult division of the Show-Me State Games’ soccer competition Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Armstrong close to clinching Tour

BESANCON, France — Lance Armstrong capped his most dominant Tour de France with a victory in the final time trial Saturday, all but guaranteeing a place in history as the first six-time winner of the 101-year-old race.

Pedaling furiously for a victory he didn’t even need to secure his sixth crown, Armstrong again overpowered his rivals, building a gaping lead that he carried past cheering crowds to the finish in Besancon.

Cardinals stop Bonds but not teammates

ST. LOUIS — Barry Bonds got to celebrate on his 40th birthday, even if the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn’t allow him to contribute.

A day after Bonds hit a three-run, seventh-inning home run in the Giants’ victory against St. Louis, he drew his major league-leading 79th intentional walk at a key spot in San Francisco’s 5-3, 10-inning win.

Clemons seeks admission to N.C. college

ST. LOUIS — Ricky Clemons, a former Missouri basketball player, has not joined the men’s basketball team at Livingstone College in North Carolina, Livingstone’s coach said.

Coach James Stinson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Saturday’s edition that reports in other publications that Clemons had joined the team were incorrect.

Rascals beat Mavs

The River City Rascals shut out the Mid-Missouri Mavericks Friday night at Taylor Stadium.

The Mavericks went down 5-0 with four hits, all singles, and three errors striking out 10 times. Eric Darjean was the only Maverick to advance pass second base the entire game.

Mavs end skid with late spree

It was a much needed win.

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks ended their three-game skid Thursday night at Taylor Stadium defeating the River City Rascals 4-2.

Mavs’ Manager Jim Gentile said he was encouraged.

“It’s great after three losses,” Gentile said. “Every time we win I say, ‘I hope this is the start’, but I really do. We just had a bad three games at Gateway.”

Cardinals shut out Brewers

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals’ vaunted lineup is taking a backseat to the rotation.

Jason Marquis threw eight sharp innings, Jim Edmonds hit a home run off Ben Sheets, and the Cardinals shut out the Milwaukee Brewers for the second consecutive game, 4-0 on Thursday night.

Post 202 survives

There was a sense of déjà vu for Columbia Post 202.

Post 202 held off Jefferson City Post 5 in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night at American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex in Jefferson City for a 9-8 victory and the District 8 Tournament championship.

NCAA to consider changes to bylaws

Several proposals for amending some NCAA bylaws are on the agenda of the NCAA legislature.

The NCAA Division I Management Council announced Tuesday that NCAA legislators will consider proposals the National Association of Basketball Coaches made to allow college coaches to make more phone calls and provide more meals to prospective student-athletes.

Mavericks mistakes prevent victory

Four Mid-Missouri errors led to four unearned runs and a 9-4 loss to Gateway on Wednesday at GMC Stadium in Sauget, Ill.

Mid-Missouri starter Justin Wiedmeyer lasted three-plus innings, giving up seven hits and seven runs, four earned. He struck out four. His Gateway counterpart, Brandon Smith, picked up the victory with eight solid innings. Smith gave up five hits and struck out eight Mavericks.

Balk lifts Post 202

Post 202 edged Jefferson City Post 5 in the second game of the District 8 Championships, earning an 8-7 win at American Legion Field Post 5 Sports Complex.

Post 202 (23-9) plays tonight at 8 in the double-elimination tournament. It will meet the Post 5-Centralia Post 113 winner. They play at 5 p.m. Eric Schultz scored the winning run on Brian Bassman’s balk in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Recruiting laws could be altered

The National Association of Basketball Coaches is urging the NCAA to loosen its laws on the number of permissible telephone calls and meals coaches can have with prospective student-athletes, according to an NCAA press release.

The NABC submitted a “comprehensive plan to reshape the recruiting process” to the NCAA Division I Management Council, according to the release dated Monday.

Tigers making strides

For a team known for its dynamic and high-powered offense, its defense is receiving most of the preseason attention.

Missouri will enter the season ranked as high as No. 11 in preseason polls and with a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Brad Smith. The Missouri representatives at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days, though, said if the team wants to continue its progression toward becoming a national contender, the defense must improve.

Grizzlies’ bats too much for Mavs

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks couldn’t match the Gateway Grizzlies’ power Tuesday night in Sauget, Ill., losing 7-2.

A three-run eighth inning by the Grizzlies (32-34) proved too much for the Mavs (12-43).

To some, basketball is more than a game

The game was in the fourth quarter when No. 32 dribbles down court and sets up a quick give-and-go to sink yet another 3-point shot. On the side lines the hometown fans cheer for their local team.

Kylee Kunkel Royston, No. 32, an eighth-grade student at Carver Middle School, helped her team throughout their Friday morning Show Me State Games

Strong start for Post 202

Columbia Post 202 opened the District 8 Championship in fine fashion.

Post 202 routed Centralia Post 113 on Monday, earning a 14-2 win at American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex in Jefferson City.

Rocking the nation

After conquering the state, the Rockers are ready to take on the nation.

The Rockers, a 10-and-under softball team that has won two state tournaments, will compete in a national tournament today through Sunday in Basehor, Kan.

Trying their best

At 12, Chris Miller is tough enough to compete against the adults.

Miller, of Columbia, competed in the Show-Me State Games’ triathlon on Sunday with his parents, Brad, 37, and Barbie, 39. The race, which consisted of a half-mile swim, a 20.9-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run, started and ended at Twin Lakes Recreational Area.

MU’s Hall ready for big show

The dream is beginning for Mike Hall.

Hall, the winner of ESPN’s “Dream Job,” will debut on SportsCenter tonight at midnight. The show will be re-broadcast on Tuesday morning. His coanchors throughout the night will be Linda Cohn and Matt Winer.

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