Forward progress

In the second day of practice Missouri’s offense did what teams are expected to do in preseason practices: improve.

Although the defense intercepted five passes Tuesday in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills at Memorial Stadium, the offense had more success with its passing game than it had Monday.

Mavericks stay on roll, slam Rascals

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks beat the River City Rascals 12-1 on Tuesday night at T.R. Hughes Ballpark, in O’Fallon for their third straight win.

It is the first time the Mavericks (21-53) beat the Rascals (38-37) by more than two runs this season. The Mavericks are 3-10 against River City.

Going deep

Judging from Monday’s first practice, coach Gary Pinkel’s recruiting efforts have started to yield dividends.

Pinkel and the Missouri football team began preseason practices at Memorial Stadium with what Pinkel called his most competitive team since arriving at Missouri.

Starting from scratch

Southern Boone High and the town of Ashland have something to cheer about on Friday nights this fall.

Monday was the first day of practice for the Eagles’ 45 varsity football players. The team’s coach, Mike Hall, is set to return to the varsity sidelines. Hall coached junior varsity football for Southern Boone last year.

New coach, new direction

It was a new start Monday for the Rock Bridge volleyball team.

Beth Newton ran her first practice as the Bruins’ coach. An assistant at Hickman last year, Newton said she is eager to start her own program.

Mavs take series from Grizzlies

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks won their first series against the Frontier League’s defending champions.

The Mavericks beat the Gateway Grizzlies 6-5 Monday night at Taylor Stadium to win their second game of the three-game series. It was the third night in a row the Mavericks played the Grizzlies in a one-run game.

MU’s Uldal gets Olympic berth

Hans Uldal, a decathlete for the Missouri track and field team, will compete for Norway in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Uldal is the first Tiger decathlete to go to the Olympics since Brutus Hamilton competed in 1924.

Uldal, a sophomore, set the MU record two weeks ago at the Norwegian National Combined Event Championships with 7,733 points. Earlier in the year, Uldal took fifth in the NCAA Championships and second at the Big 12 Conference Championships.

Football in the air

After a solid 2003 season, the long wait for football to return to Missouri has ended.

The Tigers will begin preseason practice at 3:45 p.m. today in Memorial Stadium. The preseason period will continue for 23 more practices, two scrimmages and conclude with the home opener Sept. 4 against Arkansas State.

Renteria sparks Cards

ST. LOUIS — One of the players who might have to move to another spot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup to make way for Larry Walker helped them finish off the New York Mets.

Edgar Renteria tied his career high with five hits and the Cardinals handed Al Leiter his worst loss of the year in a 6-2 victory Sunday that completed a three-game sweep.

Mavs hold off Grizzlies

For a while it looked like the Mid-Missouri Mavericks were going to let another one slip away.

After making it interesting in the end, the Mavericks held on and defeated the Gateway Grizzlies 7-6 on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

Two chances not enough for Post 202

SEDALIA — It is heartbreaking enough to lose one championship game. Columbia Post 202 lost two of them.

The Blue Springs A’s foiled Post 202’s two chances to win the American Legion state championship, winning 11-6 and 11-10 on Saturday at Liberty Park.

Multisport club on the road again

Last August, 52 triathletes from Columbia Multisport Club confidently went to Boulder, Colo., to compete in the USA Triathlon National Club Championship. They were so confident that they brought T-shirts and a banner declaring them national champions.

It was their first year at the competition, and they won Division I.

All-Stars’ run ends

The Columbia All-Stars were eliminated Friday in the semifinals of Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional, losing for the second time to Iowa 5-4.

Columbia manager Mark Pfeiffer said he was pleased with his team’s performance despite the loss.

Snyder receives reprimand

The University of Missouri issued a public letter of reprimand to men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder, addressed July 28.

The letter was one of the self-imposed penalties that came as a result of MU’s July 1 response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations.

Walker makes successful debut in Cards’ victory

ST. LOUIS — Larry Walker is 1-0 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and he played a supporting role in the victory with his new team.

Rookie Yadier Molina, batting with the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Walker, blooped a single to center with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday for a 2-1 victory against the New York Mets.

Early error costs Mavericks

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks paid for an early miscue Saturday night against the Gateway Grizzlies.

The Mavericks lost 2-1 at Taylor Stadium.

Mavericks boast Blase of power

Columbia native Blake Blase is the only player on the Mid-Missouri Mavericks from Missouri.

Blase could be another hometown boy playing for a local team, but his playing has made him stand out.

Post 202 uses hitting spree to come back

SEDALIA — Columbia Post 202’s offense was dominant Thursday.

Post 202 overpowered McDonald County Post 392 in its first game of the American Legion State Championships, earning a 13-6 victory at Liberty Park Stadium in Sedalia.

Columbia All-Stars move into semifinals

The Columbia All-Stars kept their dreams alive Thursday at Little League Baseball’s 11-and-12 year-old Midwest Regional in Indianapolis.

Columbia, the Missouri champions, defeated Minnesota 8-1. Minnesota was 3-0 in the tournament, but Columbia (2-2) needed the victory to advance into the semifinals after losing 8-3 to Iowa on Wednesday night.

Reactor Field will be used for parking

Driving on Providence south of Stadium it’s easy to see that Reactor Field is changing.

The open area between Taylor Stadium and the Green Tennis Center will no longer be available for football tailgating or recreational sports.