Kleiza will stay in draft

Mizzou’s Linas Kleiza announced Tuesday that his name will remain on the list of prospects for the 2005 NBA Draft on June 28.

Tuesday was the last day that undergraduate players could withdraw from the draft and still return to their college teams.

Mavericks defeat Freedom

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks defeated Florence Freedom 6-3 on Tuesday at Champion Window Field in Florence, Kent. Mavericks’ starter Mike Schaefer pitched six innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Cooper Eddy relieved Schaefer, allowing only one hit.

Outfielder Eli Albertson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Third baseman Greg Buscher was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI.

State wrestling championships moved to Mizzou Arena

Mizzou Arena will hold the 2006 MSHSAA Wrestling Championships from February 16-18. MSHSAA announced Tuesday that the championships will move from the Hearnes Center, which held the championships for 31 years. The MSHSAA Board of Directors approved the switch on June 15.

After the 2006 championships are held at the Mizzou Arena, the University of Missouri and the MSHSAA will evaluate the event and decide if it should remain in Columbia.

Garland, White Sox stop K.C.

CHICAGO — Jon Garland allowed four hits in 8 1/3 innings and became the major leagues’ first 12-game winner as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Tuesday night.

Garland (12-2) reached the 12-win mark for the fourth straight season.

Almost spotless

CINCINNATI — Even after pitching another gem, Chris Carpenter was frustrated. The way he is throwing the ball, he figures he should be able to go all the way every time out.

Carpenter took a shutout into the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals got two-run home runs from Albert Pujols and Reggie Sanders in a 6-1 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Kansas City’s power surge fails

CHICAGO — Paul Konerko, Frank Thomas and Jermaine Dye each hit home runs, and A.J. Pierzynski had a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 11-8 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

The White Sox won their fifth straight despite blowing a 7-3 lead.

Tiger’s roar fades at U.S. Open

PINEHURST, N.C. — Tiger Woods looked like a beaten man as he stood behind the 18th green, gently rubbing his knuckles over his upper lip as he gazed back at the 16th and 17th holes, a 200-yard area of Pinehurst No. 2 that cost him a chance to win the U.S. Open.

Off to his right was the bronze statue of Payne Stewart, striking the winning pose from six years ago.

Coaching revives love of sport

A small group of boys in red shirts and gray baseball pants toss a baseball around the outfield at the American Legion field, joking among themselves and stretching.

The only reason Nick Tietsort stands out is because he is wearing black shorts.

Vought ropes fourth national berth

Adrienne Vought, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals for the fourthconsecutive year.

Vought, Brady Wilson, a junior at Rock Bridge, Cindy Wood, a sophomore at Hickman, and Casey Chasteen, a freshman from Jefferson Junior High competed in the state rodeo finals Thursday through Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Mavericks drop series

Mavericks’ right-hander Steve Soja’s schedule Sunday evening called for him to sit in the dugout during the Mavericks’ 10-5 loss to the Chillicothe Paints.

Between innings he planned to counsel teammate Danny Shuck, who went the distance to win his most recent start Tuesday to open Mid-Missouri’s 2-4 homestand.

Horry strikes again

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Big Shot Bob did it again.

Robert Horry, whose clutch postseason 3-pointers have defined his career, knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left in overtime Sunday night to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 victory against the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Rematch gives same conclusion

David McDonald and Joe Bellmer are names engraved many times on the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship trophy.

They will show up there again after Sunday’s play.

Biffle stays on track at Batman 400

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Greg Biffle never considered pitting during the last caution period Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Instead, he stayed on track with slightly worn tires and turned that decision into his fifth Nextel Cup victory in 15 starts this season.

Cardinals roll by Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t impressed with their steadily growing lead in the NL Central.

The defending National League champions increased their cushion over second-place Chicago to a season-high 91/2 games with Sunday’s 8-5 victory against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but say it’s important to keep the club’s fastest start in more than 60 years in perspective.

Hernandez earns third straight victory for Royals

KANSAS CITY — Runelvys Hernandez is recovering nicely from Tommy John surgery.

Hernandez pitched one-hit ball for seven innings and Emil Brown hit a three-run home run, leading the Kansas City Royals past the Houston Astros 7-1 on Sunday.

Triple Buschcrown

SPARTA, Ky. — Columbia native Carl Edwards raced to his third NASCAR Busch Series victory of the year Saturday night, passing Martin Truex Jr. with a little more than lap to go in the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Edwards, who won the Nextel Cup event last Sunday at Pocono after missing the rain-delayed Busch Series race in Tennessee, worked his way back to the front of the field after dropping to ninth following a four-tire pit stop with 31 laps left.

Launching graduation plans

When Janae Strickland tried shot put for the first time during her senior year at Westfield High School in Houston, Texas, she had no idea that in a few years she would be turning the event into a career.

“The only reason that I threw was because I was the strongest girl on the team,” Strickland said. “It was just to get points for the team. I didn’t know what I was doing.”

Race against champs

At 46, Rowdy Gaines stood on the edge of the Oakland Family Aquatic Center pool with his goggles strapped on tight. The race was to be a 50-meter sprint. The pool water reflected to him the image of an aged three-time 1984 Los Angeles Olympic gold medalist.

Gaines had raced and beaten heats of world-class athletes in similar pools across the globe.

Skate Jam attracts laid-back crowd

When skater Ryan Sublette arrived at Cosmo Park on Saturday, he was really just looking to hang out and skate.

He knew the 2005 Skate Jam was at the skate park, and he knew there was competition for best trick, but he wasn’t really thinking past having fun.

Final 4 to tee off in Hagan Match Play

Last year at this time, Jim Parkinson played one of the worst rounds of his life and failed to qualify for the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship field of 64.

So he circled this year’s event on his calendar, and set out for vindication.