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.

Little hit lifts Mavs

Brent Metheny came up to the plate looking for the big winning hit. A little one got the job done.

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks defeated the Rockford RiverHawks 4-3 on Monday at Taylor Stadium. Metheny drove in the winning run in the eighth with a two-out RBI bunt single.

Cardinals’ power surge helps shut down Reds

CINCINNATI — Tony Womack singled with the bases loaded in the 11th inning Monday night, sparking a four-run rally that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-6 win against the fading Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds lost their sixth in a row, not the way they wanted to start a homestand that could determine their season. They blew a pair of leads and fell to .500 for the first time since May 13.

Two stars stick together

They have played together for four years at Douglass High. Now they plan on playing four more together in college.

Douglass’ Andre Burgess and Anthony Johnson signed letters of intent to attend Lewis and Clark College in Alton, Ill. on Monday.

New face set to compete

Experience is important, but it is not always crucial.

Rock Bridge golfers Thomas Schuenemeyer and Mark Kollias enter the Coca-Cola Junior Classic today with different backgrounds. Schuenemeyer, 16, is participating in his fourth Classic. It will be the first time Kollias, 15, will play in the tournament.

Spoonhour joins Tigers basketball coaching staff

Jay Spoonhour will join the staff of the Missouri men’s basketball program. Spoonhour is the son of former UNLV coach Charlie Spoonhour, also a past coach at Southwest Missouri State and St. Louis University.

Jay Spoonhour will assist the MU coaching staff in practice, and help scout and recruit. He spent the past three seasons an assistant at UNLV, the last part of his third season as interim head coach after his father resigned.

Record ride for Armstrong

PARIS — Lance Armstrong raced onto the crowd-lined Champs-Elysées as a yellow blur, bathed in the shimmering light of a 24-carat, gold-leaf bike, a golden helmet and the race leader’s yellow jersey.

Earlier, he let up on the pedals long enough to sip some celebratory champagne.

New heights

Jackie Brunholtz is starting her comeback.

Brunholtz, 20, was one of 64 competitors in her division of the Show-Me-State Games’ gymnastics competition Sunday at Flipz USA. It was her first meet in six years.

Errors aid Mavericks

The bottom of the Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ batting order rose to the top Sunday night.

Rafael Lara sparked the Mavs in a 6-4 victory against the first-place Rockford RiverHawks at Taylor Stadium.

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.”