AX-3 DOMAINES, France — As the Pyrenean peak loomed, the assault Lance Armstrong was bracing for finally came. Here, the six-time champion knew, was a Tour de France moment of truth.
“It’s scary,” he admitted later.
On one of his frequent drives from Jefferson City to Mark Twain Lake nine years ago, Joe Mertzlufft saw a sign about lake property for sale. After visiting Lake Paragon, south of Columbia, he, his wife Kathy and son Alex built a house there and moved in.
“I used to ski with my uncles as a youngster in Kentucky and loved it,” Joe Mertzlufft, 42, said. “Now it provides an escape from work. When you’re out there you cannot concentrate on anything else and ski well.”
A record nine high school athletes were selected in the 2005 National Basketball Association draft in June. Next year, there will be none.
NBA players and owners agreed to enforce a new minimum age limit that requires athletes to be either 19 or wait one year after their high school class graduates before becoming eligible for the draft. The proposal was intended to better prepare players for the NBA and to improve the National Basketball Development League.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tiger Woods hit the ball so hard that he felt the shaft in his putter flex ever so slightly. Standing 50 paces away on the 18th green, his caddie removed the flag, backed away from the cup, then turned and raised his fist in a rare celebration Saturday at the British Open.
The ball stopped inches away for a birdie that allowed Woods to break par.
Steve Schmidt has never lost a single one of his straight, perfectly aligned teeth.
Amazing for someone who uses his mouth to pull a 58,200-pound caboose.
Scott LaRue is autistic. His condition affects his concentration, motor skills and hand-eye coordination. But you would never know it watching him play golf.
He walks the course with purpose, smiling and always ready for his next shot. His swing, acquired with the help of his father, Jim LaRue, and several years of practice, is fluid and consistent.
Athletic administrators at Rock Bridge High School had a wake up call in the past year.
The Missouri State High School Athletics Association placed Rock Bridge on probation in February, 2004 for several minor infractions during the 2003-2004 school year. On June 15, MSHSAA removed the probation.
Timothy Harris, 17, grinned as he gave his teammates high-fives and walked off the basketball court at Douglass Park Wednesday night. For him, Moonlight Hoops is about more than just playing ball. It’s about making friends.Timothy, who will be a junior at Rock Bridge High School next fall, moved to Columbia from Chicago last year.
DETROIT — Matt Stairs and Zack Greinke turned their fortunes around Thursday night.
Stairs hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs and Greinke won for the first time since May 31, as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 12-9.
Mid-Missouri Mavericks players had little impact on the Frontier League All-Star Game on Wednesday night at Falconi Field in Washington, Pa.
Brent Metheny started in left field and batted third, and Thomari Story-Harden started at first base and batted fourth for the West team, but both had no hits in two at-bats in a 5-4 East victory.
The Tigers added two athletes to their 2005-06 recruiting class. Gilad Kaufman of Natania, Israel, and Bryan Difford of Craighall, South Africa have joined the team to bring the number of freshmen men’s swimmers to 13.
Kaufman, the captain of the Israeli Junior National Team, is a three-time Israel National Champion, and holds five of his country’s junior records. His specialties are the butterfly and sprint freestyle events.
Jim Knoesel from A.L. Gustin and Scott Bess from Columbia Country Club finished in a three-way tie for 12th in the open division of the MacGregor Springfield PGA Championship on Tuesday at Panther Creek Country Club. Both shot 144 in the two-round event.
Bess tied for second with Richard Poe from Perche Creek in the senior division, where players shot two 9-hole rounds. Both shot 72.
DETROIT — Miguel Tejada, Mark Teixeira and their American League teammates gave a new-look All-Star game the same old result.
Tejada hit a home run off John Smoltz to start the scoring, Teixeira added a two-run drive off Dontrelle Willis and the AL overcame Kenny Rogers’ bumpy inning to beat the NL 7-5 Tuesday night for its eighth straight win.
If a groundskeeper is in the spotlight, it usually means something is wrong.
On Tuesday, groundskeepers from across Missouri got to leave the background. Around 200 groundskeepers attended the MU Turfgrass Field Day at the MU South Farms.
Jason Cahill is not used to wearing slacks and dress shoes all day at this time of year.
He’s used to being out on the football field.
It was a start all too familiar to the Mid-Missouri Mavericks.
Following a nightmarish 2004 season in which they finished 28-66, the Mavericks lost their first 10 games of 2005.
The University of Missouri finished the 2004-2005 athletic season ranked 41st in the nation in the United States Sports Academy Director’s Cup standings. Missouri improved on last year’s 46th-place finish and marks the second-highest finish by Missouri.
Points are award based on finishes in up to 20 sports – 10 women’s and 10 men’s – and any team that wins the national championship is awarded 100 points.
Although Hurricane Dennis caused some of their games to be rained out, Rock Bridge pitcher Ben Martin and his teammates on the 16-year-old Mac-N-Seitz traveling baseball team had a rewarding trip to Puerto Rico last week.
The team, which played in several Puerto Rican cities and had its last game set for Friday, won its first three games but the remaining three were cancelled. However, coach Mike Lusardi said the team was never in danger.
GRENOBLE, France — For Lance Armstrong and his Tour de France challengers, the true test begins now, in the thin air of the Alps, on snaking climbs lined by screaming fans.
“The mountains put everyone back in their place,” Armstrong’s team manager, Johan Bruyneel, said Monday as the 175 riders left after week one of the three-week race enjoyed their first rest day.
DEARBORN, Mich. — Tony La Russa found his All-Star starter on his own pitching staff.
Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals will get the ball for the National League tonight at Detroit’s Comerica Park, capping a successful comeback from right shoulder surgery. His AL opponent on the mound will be Chicago White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle.