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World of sports grows

Blake Starkey, the Missouri women’s tennis coach, has made multiple trips to the Czech Republic and Moscow in search of talent.

James Wadley, Oklahoma State’s men’s tennis coach, has gone farther, making trips to Australia. Nebraska track coach Gary Pepin believes so strongly in the value of recruiting foreign athletes he sends assistants on more than five trips a year outside the United States.

Athletes go after dreams

Elin Ohlsson came to the University of Missouri from Sweden in the fall of 1999 having never seen the campus. She had never seen Columbia.

Ohlsson knew she wanted to play golf for the Tigers while majoring in industrial engineering. Other than a few phone calls from Missouri coaches, e-mails and checks of Web sites, Ohlsson didn’t know much about the university.

Unexpected talent

ST. LOUIS — Instead of going for Greg Maddux or Andy Pettitte, the St. Louis Cardinals settled for low-budget free agent Jeff Suppan in the offseason.

So far, they’re happy with their two-year, $6 million investment.

Tigers slugger mangles Royals

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers expected their offense to pick up once Dmitri Young returned to the lineup. They just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.

In Young’s first game back from a broken leg, the Tigers had their first five-home run day Monday at Comerica Park, beating the Kansas City Royals 8-4 to stop a three-game losing streak.

Title slips away

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oklahoma State coach Frank Anderson might not have agreed with the explanation for some of the weird things that happened, but there was no arguing his description of the game.

“What a game! It was a good game for a lot of reasons,” Anderson said. “It was a strange game.”

Mavericks fall to River City

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks couldn’t prevent the sweep.

The Mavericks couldn’t hold off the River City Rascals on Sunday at Taylor Stadium, losing 11-9.

Pitching problems cost Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Corey Koskie drove in three runs and Alex Prieto hit his first major league home run for the Minnesota Twins in a 8-3 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Astros’ Redding quiets Cardinals

Tim Redding allowed four hits in 71/3 shutout innings Sunday to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mike Lamb, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman hit two-run home runs for Houston, who had lost five straight to the Cardinals.

Final act: MU seeks title

ARLINGTON, Texas — Cody Ehlers hit a tie-breaking two-run home run in the seventh inning, sending Missouri to its first Big 12 Conference Tournament championship game with a 10-7 victory against Baylor on Saturday at Ameriquest Field.

With the game tied at 7, Lee Laskowski led off the seventh with a double against Zane Carlson (0-4). Paul Woody was brought in to pitch to Ehlers, who hit his second home run of the tournament and 17th of the season.

Cornell earns 1,600 crown

JEFFERSON CITY — Hickman’s Tim Cornell picked the best time for his best performance.

Cornell won the 1,600 meters at the Class 4 state championships Saturday at Lincoln University. Cornell, a junior, passed seniors Kevin McNab of Howell North and Jared Kreissler of Truman on the last corner to win.

Kewpies advance to berth in semis

WAYNESVILLE — After a 10-year absence from the state semifinals, the Hickman girls’ soccer team is back in the spotlight and coach Sandy Paulsen couldn’t be happier.

The Kewpies defeated the Glendale Falcons 3-0 in the Class 2 quarterfinals Saturday at Tiger Pride Park.

Rocky start dooms Mavs

Another rocky start sank the Mid-Missouri Mavericks again.

The quick hole was too much to overcome, and the Mavs lost 9-2 to the River City Rascals at Taylor Stadium on Saturday in a Frontier League game.

Dresner-Winner take fifth place

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –- Both teams were assured a medal. Their chances at a championship were gone. It was the fourth match they played in two days. By most accounts, it seemed those circumstances might make for a lackluster match.

Emotions were high, though, for Rock Bridge’s Matt Dresner and Justin Winner and Helias’ Scott and Matt Schlueter. It was the third time the doubles teams met this season, and they had split the first two matches.

Hard day for Rock Bridge tennis

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Jon-Eric Meyer's match with Helias' Andy LeRoy in the quarterfinals of the state championship consolation bracket was, in essence, a five-part epic story, a near-marathon of tennis that resembled a heavyweight title fight.

River City spells trouble for Mavericks

It is the begining of a new series and the Mid-Missouri Mavericks are hoping to come out on top. But with a 12-4 loss in the series opener at Taylor Stadium last night against the River City Rascals, the Mavericks seem to have their work cut out for them.

Mavs pitchers lag behind

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ offense is starting to heat up, but the pitching isn’t coming along.

Three Mavericks pitchers couldn’t slow down a potent Gateway Grizzlies attack Thursday night, and Mid-Missouri dropped the first game of the doubleheader 10-4 at Taylor Stadium.

Bruins pleased to earn second

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –- About an hour into Rock Bridge’s state-championship match with Rockhurst, a fan asked Bruins coach Ben Loeb how his team was faring.

Loeb looked at the fan for a second, cracked a smile and turned away. It wasn’t going well for the Bruins.

Kewps, Bruins prepared for state

The remnants of a storm pass overhead, and Kaela Rorvig, half-laughing, half-serious, remarks how slow she is in practice.

Rorvig, who runs for Hickman, is anything but slow. At the sectional meet Saturday in Camdenton, she qualified for the state championships in four events. She won the 400 meters, where she is the two-time defending state champion.

Chasing NCAA bids

Imagine running 3,000 meters while clearing five barriers and one water jump all in less than 10 minutes.

Missouri sophomore Matt Noonan will do just that in the men’s steeplechase Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Mideast Regional track meet at Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Noonan will join 23 Tigers athletes competing in 28 events.

Exploring new territory

Hickman’s performance Tuesday makes it difficult to picture losing.

The Kewpies girls’ soccer team plays Glendale in the quarterfinals of the Class 2 state tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Sports Complex in Waynesville.

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