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Tigers feeling right at home

For the first time in the 11-year history of Audrey J. Walton Stadium, the venue will host the Mideast Regional competition. Nearly 900 of the region’s top athletes from more than 87 universities will be in Columbia this weekend for the meet.

Final four nothing new for Bruins

Rock Bridge junior Daniel Ni has only been playing tennis on a regular basis since summer 2005. Many of his teammates have been playing since they were 3.

Sooners stretch by Tigers

With its strong finish in the regular season, the Missouri baseball team came into the Big 12 Conference Tournament feeling confident about its prospects for a postseason berth. Because of the finish, coach Tim Jamieson said this week’s action serves only as a tune-up for the imminent regional tournament.

Season over for Bruins

According to Athletic Director Steve Levingston, first-year coach Kelly Gates knew from the beginning of the Rock Bridge Bruins’ soccer season that her team had a chance to be very competitive.

Tigers could soon add to trophies

Restoring the crown

KANSAS CITY — The distinctive crowned scoreboard that’s towered behind center field since Kauffman Stadium opened in 1973 will tower much taller.

DePaul ends MU softball season

The Missouri softball team ended its season with a 3-0 loss to DePaul on Saturday in the championship round of its NCAA regional at Charlotte West Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.

MU baseball finishes with sweep of OSU

Kyle Mach singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and Missouri capitalized on two Oklahoma State errors for a 7-4 win Sunday that completed a three-game sweep in Stillwater, Okla.

Cards Swept Away

DETROIT — Detroit’s Justin Verlander stayed unbeaten in May and Brandon Inge hit a home run to help the Tigers win 6-2 on Sunday, completing a sweep of the defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Aaron’s hometown braces for record breaker

MOBILE, Ala. — Charlie Lord stands at the entrance to Hank Aaron Stadium, under a giant baseball emblazoned with the famed “755” and facing a life-sized cutout of Mobile’s most famous son.

There may be no Sense in running Belmont

BALTIMORE — No Triple, no buzz.

And maybe no Kentucky Derby winner for the Belmont Stakes, either.

Eyes wide shut for Royals

DENVER — Reliever Joel Peralta couldn’t describe his first major league hit. His eyes were closed. Peralta, a converted shortstop, connected on a two-run double in a five-run 12th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 10-5 on Sunday.

Mud, Blood and Ponytails

“You get to hit people,” says Mel SanMiguel, a rugby veteran. “It’s definitely an aggression releaser.” A predecessor of football, rugby has struggled to gain prominence in the U.S. It’s a game relegated to college club level, that carries the tarnished reputation of heavy drinking and bad behavior.

Missouri baseball finishes second in Big 12

STILLWATER, Okla. — MU’s baseball team will finish in second place in the Big 12 Conference after taking an 8-5 over Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

Missouri softball reaches finals

CARBONDALE, ILL — The Missouri softball team reached the NCAA Regional Championship game with a 7-4 win over Southern Illinois University yesterday and will face No.-1 seed Depaul at noon today.

Preakness parlay

BALTIMORE — It wasn’t a dazzling 10-length runaway of the type that other recent Preakness winners have scored, but Curlin’s photo-finish victory Saturday was a stunning, brilliant performance.

When ‘why’ can’t be answered, there is no story

A story we didn’t publish has been the subject of conversations around the Columbia Missourian for the past week or so. Many people have thrown in their opinions on how to handle the firing of Missouri lacrosse club coach Kyle Hawkins.

Front runner

Lauren Borduin was out in front of the pack, several strides in front of the other runners in the last lap of the 1600-meter run. She was alone.

Having a ball

DECATUR, Ga. — Bill Hargrove took three small steps and dropped the ball at his feet with a loud clunk. While it rolled slowly down the lane, he held up his right arm in a camera-friendly pose.

MU wins with wood bats

SAUGET, ILL — No. 17 Missouri defeated Illinois, 12-5, Tuesday in a wood bat game. The Tigers hit three home runs in the game and picked up their 36th win of the season.

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