Missouri’s athletic program jumped 12 spots to 36th in the United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings, released Thursday.
The rankings, which include Missouri finishes for fall and winter sports, are released 11 times during the Division I school year.
JUPITER, Fla. — David Eckstein can hardly wait for his first regular-season game with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Eckstein had a hit and two walks Thursday to raise his spring average to .416. Rick Ankiel had his first hit since giving up on pitching and trying to make it as an outfielder and the Cardinals beat the Nationals 5-1.
For years it lurked as a potential rivalry that hasn’t happened. Stanford on the West Coast, Connecticut in the East, each the dominant program in its region.
Face-to-face conversations with the Missouri athletic director are rare for Tigers fans.
But the Mizzou Caravan, a promotional tour featuring Missouri athletic officials and student-athletes, offers such a situation on an annual basis.
KANSAS CITY — Kansas coach Bill Self said Wednesday he called Bucknell coach Pat Flannery to apologize for his players not shaking hands after the Jayhawks’ unexpected loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Only a handful of Kansas players stayed around for the traditional handshake last week when the 14th-seeded Bisons shocked the No. 3 seed Jayhawks 64-63. The Jayhawks first opening-round loss since 1978 brought a bitter end to the careers of four seniors and some upset fans called it the worst defeat in school history.
KANSAS CITY — Kansas State had hoped to play in this weekend’s NCAA regional in Kansas City, just 120 miles from campus and well within driving distance for the Wildcats’ loyal fan base.
Instead, the college careers of All-American forward Kendra Wecker and 3-point shooting star Laurie Koehn ended in Seattle, with a 63-60 loss to Vanderbilt in the second round. That continued a pattern of disappointment for the Wildcats, who have risen to national prominence in recent years but still haven’t cracked the Final Four.
As a redshirt freshman in 2002, Missouri senior Tyron Woodley was an NCAA qualifier. The next season, Woodley was a Big 12 Conference champion and an All-American in the 165-pound class.
With lofty expectations, Woodley finished his junior campaign in 2003-04 with a 21-10 record, missing out on attending the NCAA championships in St. Louis.
DENVER — St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty has apologized to the Colorado Rockies for comments by radio broadcaster Wayne Hagin suggesting Colorado first baseman Todd Helton used steroids.
“He said on behalf of their organization that he was sorry, and that Todd Helton is one of the finest people in baseball,” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said after a conversation with Jocketty on Monday.
The Missouri men’s golf team finished fourth out of 14 teams at the Stevinson Ranch Invitational in Stevinson Ranch, Calif.
Juniors Ben Scott and Chris Mabry tied for eighth place among individual finishers. Both shot a 3-over par 219 at the two-day event.
No television cameras filmed the reaction of the Missouri men’s basketball team when the NCAA Tournament brackets were revealed March 13.
There was no need.
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Wayne Hagin has apologized for comments implying that Colorado Rockies All-Star first baseman Todd Helton used steroids, an assertion that Helton angrily denied.
In an interview Saturday with St. Louis radio station ESPN 1380, Hagin — a decade-long broadcaster of Rockies games before coming to St. Louis two years ago — said of Helton, “I know he tried it because Don Baylor told me. He said to me, ‘I told him to get off the juice, that he was a player who didn’t need that, get off it.”‘
KANSAS CITY — With none of Bill Self’s recruits making a significant impact, Kansas bore the unmistakable stamp of Roy Williams this past season.
It’s only next year, three seasons after Williams left the Jayhawks for North Carolina, that Kansas will become a team built by Self, the former Illinois coach.
Sensational finishes from Missouri seniors Alisha Robinson and Rachael Dombart on Sunday in their meet against the Air Force Academy and Southeast Missouri State rounded out their careers at the Hearnes Center.
The No. 21 Tigers won every event and won the meet with a 195.750. SEMO had 192.325 and Air Force had 188.775.
Mark Leroux, the Missouri men’s golf coach, gave his team a simple message during its 5:30 a.m. workout on Friday.
“I told them the quote for the day is, ‘Champions don’t take days off,’” Leroux said.
Villanova and West Virginia saved the Big East from an otherwise rough weekend.
The conference that boasted one-fifth of the final Top 25 has just two of its six teams still alive in the NCAA tournament.
For the first seven innings, Sunday’s baseball game between Missouri and North Dakota State was severely lacking in drama.
At that point, the game had consisted mostly of Missouri players drawing walks and trotting around the bases. The Tigers led 9-3, mostly because of 16 walks and three hit batters.
It was bound to happen.
The Missouri softball team came out flat.
No. 18 Missouri swept the Tiger Classic but was not as dominant as usual in the second day of the tournament Sunday at University Field.
The Columbia College softball team split a double header with Concordia on Sunday in Irvine, Calif. The Cougars, No. 7 in the NAIA, lost the first game 2-0 and won the second 6-4.
Cougars pitcher Monica Mueller (8-5) had nine strike outs and gave up three hits in the first game. Junior Stephanie Kababie was 2-for-3.
HAMPTON, Ga. — Carl Edwards climbed out of his car, balanced himself on the window ledge, gave a quick glance over his shoulder to make sure all was clear, then launched himself into the air backward.
Get used to the acrobatics.
DePaul’s Drake Diener tipped in a rebound with 20 seconds left, and the fate of the Missouri men’s basketball team was sealed: an unceremonious first-round exit from the National Invitational Tournament for the second year in a row.
Missouri lost to DePaul 75-70 on March 15, eliminating the Tigers from the NIT and ending their season. The Tigers lost to Michigan 65-64 on March 16, 2004, in the first round of last year’s NIT. The Tigers are 1-8 all-time in the tournament.