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Peterson to open Show-Me Games

Derrick Peterson, a former Missouri track standout who will compete in the 800-meter run at next month’s Olympics in Athens, Greece, will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies for the Show-Me State Games. He will speak at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.

It is the 20th summer the Games, an Olympic-style festival for Missouri amateur athletes of all ages, will be held in Columbia. Competition takes place for the next three weekends at sites throughout the city.

New BCS formula unveiled

After Thursday, people might not be able to substitute “confusion” for the C in BCS.

A “complete re-evaluation” of the Bowl Championship Series has prompted sweeping changes to the formula that selects the participants in the college football’s national championship game. The system places a greater emphasis on human voters and no longer includes the strength of schedule, quality win and loss components in the formula.

Pujols, Rolen lift Cardinals

CINCINNATI — Matt Morris knew he had a chance, even after a rough first inning.

Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen each hit two-run home runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

Strickland fails at Trials

Missouri senior Janae Strickland failed to reach the women’s shot put finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., finishing 15th in Thursday’s preliminaries.

In her final meet as a Tiger, Strickland’s threw 50 feet, one-half inch in her third and final throw.

Mavs number 40 losses

The Gateway Grizzlies led the league in transactions last year with nearly 50 and won the Frontier League championship.

Entering the second half of this season, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks have shattered the Grizzlies’ number with 68 roster changes, but the results are no where near the same.

Hosts offer Mavs solace

With all the changes the Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ roster has undergone, the front gate at Taylor Stadium might as well be a revolving door.

The same can be said for the homes of the Mavericks’ host families.

Knaebel aces final round

A hole in one is rare, but Wednesday at the Country Club of Missouri, Denise Knaebel of Moberly made it look easy.

A storm front threatened the final round of the 66th Missouri Women’s Amateur Championship, but as the clouds parted, more than the sun began to shine.

Columbians like location

The Show-Me State Games were Melinda Kidder’s first local tae kwon do events competition when she moved to Columbia three years ago, and she has competed in it every year since.

Kidder is pleased the Games, which start Friday, are local so she can bring Boone, her 3-year-old daughter, with her. The competition is close enough to home that she does not have to worry about finding her daughter a place to rest.

All ages get chance at Missouri Big I

Kate Gallagher’s age wasn’t a disadvantage as she took on high school girls at the Big I Youth Championship tournament at A.L. Gustin Golf Course on Tuesday.

“It was fun,” Gallagher said. “I’ve played with them before. I’ve played in this tournament for three years, and I’m kind of used to it.”

Switch to NAIA boosts Stephens

Stephens College is adjusting well to its new athletic affiliation.

“It’s really been a smooth transition,” said Dane Pavlovich, the Stars basketball and volleyball coach, said. “It’s been a situation where we had a lot of things in place and ready to go before we heard the official word.”

Smith included on O’Brien list

Missouri junior Brad Smith is included on the preseason watch list for the 2004 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The list of 42 athletes was released Monday. The award is the oldest and most prestigious in the country for college quarterbacks.

Smith has set the Missouri career offense record with 6,745 yards in 25 games for the Tigers and has 4,310 career passing yards.

Athens bound

This time Derrick Peterson went faster than he ever had and made it.

He knew that was what it would take.

Heat, delays challenge teen golfers

After not picking up a club for about nine months, Leslie Fischer started playing again at the start of the summer. In a tournament last year, Fischer, 16, dug her club into the ground and jammed her rotator cuff.

Injuries haunted Fischer, a Rock Bridge golfer, again Monday in the first round of the Missouri Big I Youth Championship at A. L. Gustin Golf Course. On the back nine, Fischer fell while walking on the fairway and hurt her knee.

Mavericks win first series

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks beat the Windy City Thunderbolts 16-4 on Monday night in Crestwood, Ill. to win their first series of the season.

The Mavericks (10-40) came from behind to beat Windy City 5-4 on Sunday after losing to the Thunderbolts 10-5 on Saturday.

Cubs cool off Cards

ST. LOUIS — Kerry Wood came off the disabled and list kept the Chicago Cubs’ six-game trip from being a total loss.

Wood won in his first start in two months and Sammy Sosa hit a home run and drove in five runs, helping the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 on Sunday night to enter the All-Star break on a positive note.

Hometown edge

Columbia golfers Leah Bowring and D.J. Chung said they will have the hometown advantage at the Missouri Big I Youth Championship.

The Missouri Big I is today and Tuesday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course. Tee-time is 8 a.m.

Women’s Amateur set to begin

The 66th Missouri Women’s Amateur Championship will be held today through Wednesday at the Country Club of Missouri. This is the third time the tournament will be played at the course.

There are 78 players entered with handicaps ranging from 2 to 28. Ellen Port of St. Louis won last year’s championship at Millwood Golf Club in Springfield, Mo. Barb Berkmeyer of St. Louis won her fifth straight senior championship and was last year’s runner-up. Denise Knaebel of Moberly has one of the lowest handicaps in the competition and placed third last year.

Clemons’ credibility doubted

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Ricky Clemons once told a newspaper he saw an eight-foot moose during a basketball trip to Alaska, but he never visited the state.

Clemons denied Jessica Bunge was his girlfriend. Later, though, he acknowledged the relationship in court, as he pleaded guilty to assaulting her.

Remembering my daring run

The seconds ticked down. I knew that I was sure to remember the following minutes of July 11, 1999, for the rest of my life. Even the ones who had done this before took one last deep breath, and then it got quiet.

I couldn’t recognize the silence. My head was spinning with thoughts.

Cantwell fouls out

Christian Cantwell entered the men’s shot put final Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento as the No. 1 shot putter in the world.

He left with a fourth-place finish, and without a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

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