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.
DETROIT — Bobby Abreu won the Home Run Derby with a record-setting performance Monday night, hitting an astounding 24 home runs in his first turn at bat before outslugging hometown favorite Ivan Rodriguez in the finals.
Abreu also smashed the mark for total home runs with 41, besting Miguel Tejada’s 2004 total of 27 by the second round. He hit 11 in the finals, another derby record, to Rodriguez’s five in an event that lasted 3 hours, 3 minutes.
Adam and Aaron Gulley of Jonesburg got their start in motocross early.
“We would take them to the motorcycle dealership and lay the bike on its side,” said their mother, Terri Gulley. “And when they could pick it up on their own they could take it home.”
Jordan Payne shielded her eyes from the sun and looked out toward the empty softball diamond. Just minutes ago, she was on the field with her team, the Extreme Heat, from Concordia. They lost 4-2 and were eliminated, but Payne was glad it was over. By Sunday, she had pitched nearly six complete games, and she was tired.
“I had fun,” Payne said. “But all I want to do right now is go home.”
Horses surrounded Bridget Hussey for the better part of the weekend. A participant in the Missouri Dressage Classic, she did more than ride.
Hussey was one of more than 50 volunteers that helped the Midway Expo Center event run smoothly.
SAN FRANCISCO — Brad Hennessey no longer worries which pitch will be the one that sends him back to the minors.
That mind-set, along with some minor tweaks to his delivery, is making quite a difference. It’s also all but earned him a longer stay in San Francisco.
KANSAS CITY — Mike Sweeney tied a Royals record in a game that featured a manager and a relief pitcher ejected as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-8 on Saturday.
Sweeney had five hits, tying a club record of eight straight hits and three RBIs before grounding out in the eighth. He had hits in his last three at-bats Friday. During the run, Sweeney had three doubles and five singles during the streak.
Dylan Parham stepped toward the end of the light green diving board.
He went into his hurdle, jumped to the end of the board, and then rode the bounce into the air.
Cheryl Holekamp sits up straight. Her horse, Hafflicht, walks across the arena before turning right tightly and walking back across the arena.
Hafflicht then turns again, walking parallel with the fence before accelerating smoothly across the floor.
“He started baseball’s famous streak/ That’s got us all aglow/ He’s just a man and not a freak...”
Boppin’ Brent Metheny-O?
It might have been too much for Mavericks’ fans to ask for a home-spun parody of “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio,” the radio hit written in the midst of the New York Yankee outfielder’s major-league record 56-game hit streak in 1941.
More than 40 riders from across the state will compete in the Show-Me-State Games Dressage competition this weekend at the Midway Expo Center. Competition begins at 7 a.m. today and continues through Saturday. It is the first event of this year’s games.
Dressage is an Olympic equestrian sport where a rider displays control over a horse through subtle body signals while maintaining balance, grace and poise.
PHOENIX — Luis Gonzalez led off the ninth inning with a home run to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 2-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, salvaging the finale of a four-game series.
The Diamondbacks snapped a six-game home losing streak after St. Louis manager Tony La Russa’s ninth-inning gamble failed.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Columbia’s first kickball tournament raised $1,500 to send two children to summer camp and pay for doctor visits for children across mid-Missouri to get help treating the neuromuscular disease.
Jennifer Gotham, coordinator for the Columbia branch of MDA, said they chose kickball because it’s fun and isn’t too competitive.
Mighty Mouse. That’s what Evansville Otters’ designated hitter Jud Kindle calls Josh Wettlaufer, his former teammate twice removed.
“He swings the bat well for a guy his size and I’ve never seen him not hustling,” Kindle said of Wettlaufer, the Mavericks’ 5-foot-8, 165-pound center fielder.
Priscilla Daniels adjusted her ponytail and peered through her glasses at her competitors as she stepped to the starting line on the Hickman High School track.
When the whistle blew, she ran with long strides and a look of determination on her face. Two laps later, she crossed the finish line about 20-feet ahead of the second-place runner and received her first-place ribbon for Wednesday night’s 10-year-old girls’ 800-meter race at the Columbia Track Club Youth Program.
PHOENIX — David Eckstein’s suicide squeeze scored pinch-runner So Taguchi in the ninth inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory Wednesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks and earn Chris Carpenter his 13th victory, tied for most in the majors.
Javier Vazquez (7-8) held the powerhouse St. Louis lineup to a season-low three hits in a complete-game loss.