Jimmy Jackson’s name may be simple and unexciting, but his game is something special.
While he may not have the flashy nicknames of fellow freshmen “Touchdown” Tony Temple or William “Helicopter” Franklin, Jackson, a 5-foot-9, 190 pound running back from Caruthersville, is turning heads with his impressive play in recent practices.
The Gateway Grizzlies completed a three-game sweep of the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Tuesday in Sauget, Ill.
Brad Bauder hit a two-out, two-run home run in the sixth inning that gave Gateway the lead in a 5-3 win. The Mavericks managed a run in the ninth inning but couldn’t come back.
Missouri sophomore Hans Uldal moved up in the standings on the final day of the decathlon in the 2004 Athens Olympics, finishing 27th out of 39 competitors.
Uldal, who was representing Norway, had been 30th after the first day of the decathlon, which combines an athlete’s scores from 10 different events to determine a winner. Uldal finished with 7,495 points. Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic won the event with an Olympic-record score of 8,893. American Bryan Clay took the silver with 8,820 points. Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan won the bronze with 8,725 points.
When some out-of-state freshmen enter college, they often worry about not knowing anyone or having friends at their new home.
When Mack Breed and Aaron Saunders arrived at Missouri, they didn’t have that fear. They entered with each other.
Marcus Watkins, son of Melvin Watkins, Missouri’s new associate head basketball coach, joined the team Monday and is eligible to play the 2004-05 season.
Coach Quin Snyder said in a release that Watkins, a junior, will fit in well with the team. According to Snyder, the 6-foot-4 guard from Texas A&M is a well-rounded player as well as a quality student.
KANSAS CITY — The NFL’s highest-scoring offense is averaging two touchdowns every three possessions during the preseason.
If Kansas City’s woeful defense can get its act together, too, the Chiefs could be in for big things.
Norwegian decathlete Hans Uldal, a sophomore member of the Missouri track team, is in 30th place out of 39 athletes competing in the decathlon at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Uldal, who hails from Arendal, Norway, had 3,762 points after the first five events Monday and is on pace to set a school record, less than 100 points away from his personal best.
The “Helicopter” has set down on the Missouri football team.
Freshman wide receiver William “Helicopter” Franklin, ranked the No. 8 prospect in Missouri by Rivals.com after his senior season at Vashon High in St. Louis, is a member of a large crop of receivers competing for playing time this season.
Coach Susan Kreklow hardly noticed when Missouri was ranked fifth in the 2004 Big 12 preseason poll
“We just take a look at the preseason rankings and move forward,” Kreklow said. “It’s not something we spend a lot of time on. It’s not something we worry about.”
Scott Patterson struck out 13 in eight innings to lead the Gateway Grizzlies to an 8-5 victory against the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Sunday night in Sanget, Ill.
Todd Oetting had three hits, including a solo home run in the fourth, and scored twice for Gateway (52-36), and Ryan Sullivan went 3-for-4, driving in three runs.
ATHENS, Greece — All weekend Justin Gatlin fell under the shadow of a flamboyant training partner and an illustrious teammate. So he sped past both of them, outrunning the fastest Olympic field ever to snatch the 100-meter gold medal.
Gatlin ran the race of his life Sunday to become the youngest champion in 36 years, barely holding off Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu and defending gold medalist Maurice Greene to win in 9.85 seconds.
Before the beginning of last season, Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt said he knew he had an outstanding athlete at quarterback. He knew Blake Tekotte was going to be good, he didn’t know when.
A District 6 title and more than 2,000 all purpose yards later, Hickman fans are starting to get a picture of how good Tekotte can be.
The fireworks over Walton Stadium weren’t the only thing that started with a bang Friday night.
Under the display, meant for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ fans next-door, the Missouri women’s soccer team opened the season with a win, routing Southwest Missouri State 7-2 in exhibition play.
Progress is the key word coach Gary Pinkel wants Missouri’s football team to adopt after a Saturday scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.
The second scrimmage this week featured solid passing by quarterbacks Brad Smith and freshman Chase Patton and overall good play by the defense, but coach Gary Pinkel said the team still has to improve before its first game two weeks from Saturday against Arkansas State.
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks couldn’t take advantage.
Despite four errors by the Springfield-Ozark Ducks, the Mavericks lost 10-3 at Taylor Stadium on Saturday.
Star recruit and Missouri quarterback Darrell Jackson has withdrawn from the university and the football team after undisclosed charges were filed against him in St. Louis County.
The freshman missed Wednesday morning’s practice but returned for the afternoon session. He was absent again Thursday morning. After practice, coach Gary Pinkel said Jackson had left the university.
ATHENS, Greece — The 20-year wait is over. America has its new Mary Lou, and her name is Carly Patterson.
The 16-year-old Patterson beat Russian superstar Svetlana Khorkina to give the United States another Olympic all-around champion Thursday night. She closed with a dazzling routine on the floor to win gymnastics’ premier event.
The Missouri soccer team is ranked sixth in the Big 12 Conference preseason coaches’ poll. The Tigers’ Melissa Peabody, a senior forward, and Elyse Nikonchuk, a sophomore midfielder, were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team.
Texas A&M is the top ranked team, earning 10 first-place votes. Texas was ranked second, and Colorado third.
ST. LOUIS — Scott Rolen’s second error of the game allowed the go-ahead run to score in the 10th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Thursday night.
Reggie Sanders tied it at 2 in the ninth with a two-out homer off Pittsburgh closer Jose Mesa.
CLAYTON — St. Louis County voters will decide in November a ballot proposal designed to prohibit the county from helping to fund the new downtown ballpark for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Stadium opponents turned in enough signatures to guarantee a charter amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot aimed at preventing the county from spending public money on the new Busch Stadium, under construction adjacent to the current ballpark and scheduled to open in 2006. Election officials certified the validity of the signatures on Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.