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Cardinals struggle in loss to Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Hank Blalock hit his second career grand slam and drove in five runs, and Ryan Drese pitched seven strong innings in the Texas Rangers 7-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Drese (3-3) won for the first time since beating Tampa Bay on May 5. He allowed two runs, one earned, and allowed four hits against a St. Louis offense that came in tied for the National League lead in runs scored.

Missouri’s Uldal finishes fifth in NCAA decathlon

Missouri decathlete Hans Uldal’s finish did not represent his second day as a whole, but he managed to land a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.

Uldal fell twice as his legs buckled on the homestretch during the final event, the 1,500 meters, but he dragged himself across the finish line. He finished with 7,661 points and led four Tiger All-Americans.

Hagan tests golfers

He has conquered junior high and is moving on to high school but not before he meets the upperclassmen of the golfing community in Columbia.

Nick Wilson, 14, is the youngest player in the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship that starts Saturday. He will face such Francis Hagan veterans as Tim Rooney, Joe Bellmer and David McDonald.

MU’s Stockard 11th in heptathlon

Missouri’s Jessica Stockard finished 11th in the heptathlon Thursday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas. Stockard, a sophomore scored 5,257 points.

On Thursday, she finished fourth in the 200 meters in 24.70 and sixth in the 800 meters in 2:20.35. She was 12th in the long jump and 26th in the javelin throw.

Cardinals slam Cubs

CHICAGO — A grand slam, a bunch of runs and some tight pitches that caused a bench-clearing fracas.

St. Louis’ 12-4 victory Wednesday was just another day in the old, heated rivalry between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.

Jones inquiry continues

Although Marion Jones was not among four athletes to receive letters of possible drug violations, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency isn’t done with her.

The sweeping drug scandal, which has taken down four top track athletes, threatens to bar several more, and the sport’s biggest star, Jones, remains under investigation.

Mavericks defeat Grizzlies for third victory

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks routed the Gateway Grizzlies 10-3 on Wednesday in Sauget, Ill.

The Mavericks (3-16) scored in the first five innings to build 6-3 lead and had five consecutive hits in a four-run seventh. The Mavericks outhit the Grizzlies 14-8.

Final title shot for Strickland

Missouri senior Janae Strickland is no stranger to success. It runs in the family.

Strickland’s mom, Lorinda Strickland, is former track star and Missouri record holder, setting the long jump record of 20 feet, 11 ½ inches in 1985 as Lorinda Richardson.

Mavs’ rally falters

The hitting started too late for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Tuesday.

As a result, the Springfield-Ozark Ducks defeated the Mavericks 10-5 at Taylor Stadium. The Mavericks also lost the series 2-1. The Mavericks scored their first run in the eighth inning, when they trailed 9-0.

Cantwell named athlete of week

Christian Cantwell, a former Missouri athlete, was named USA Track and Field athlete of the week.

At the Adidas Oregon Track Classic on June 5, Cantwell threw a 2004 leading mark and meet record of 73 feet, 11 ½ inches.

MLB drafts three Tigers

Three Missouri baseball players are one step closer to making it to the big leagues.

Danny Hill, Garrett Broshuis and Cody Ehlers were selected on the first day of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.

Ducks stop Mavs

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks might need to calm down on the bases.

The Springfield-Ozark Ducks defeated the Mavericks 6-4 on Monday night at Taylor Stadium to tie the series at 1. The Mavericks (2-15) had three players picked off in the game.

The first champs

Since the Missouri football team played its first intercollegiate game in 1890, there has been one team that brought a national championship to Columbia.

In 1954, the Missouri baseball team won the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., to become MU’s only team champion. John “Hi” Simmons coached the young team that had three seniors, including shortstop Dick “Scooter” Dickinson.

Mavs look for fresh start

Everything worked well for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Sunday.

The Mavericks routed the Springfield-Ozark Ducks 12-5 at Taylor Stadium, getting 16 hits and scoring in five consecutive innings.

‘54 memories linger

There was no tickertape parade awaiting the 1954 baseball team when it returned from Omaha, Neb., as the national champion.

Although there was heavy coverage in the newspapers, it was mid-June and the students were on summer break. None of the players remember a great celebration after the game and many did not make the trip back to Columbia, leaving to play semipro baseball for the summer.

Title never in doubt for Tigers

Senior Dick Dickinson gave the 1954 team a stern warning before it reached Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series.

The Tigers had played on archaic Rollins Field all season and Dickinson, who had been to Rosenblatt Stadium as a sophomore when Missouri lost 8-4 to Holy Cross in the championship game, knew what awaited them.

Tigers’ slow start ends their season

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Missouri had its share of situations this season where things looked hopeless and the season seemed over.

This time, though, the magic ran out.

Vianney earns crown

The Vianney Golden Griffins started celebrating a little early.

The team rushed out of the dugout in the bottom of the seventh inning just as catcher Jason Hagerty dropped a pop fly everyone thought would be the final out. Vianney had to wait two more batters before winning on an out at first.

Kewpies fall in Paulsen’s finale

FENTON – Coach Sandy Paulsen couldn’t hold back her tears after the game Saturday.

It wasn’t because the Hickman girls’ soccer team lost to Blue Springs 3-2 in the third-place match of the Class 2 state championships at Anheuser-Busch Center.

Pelfrey's pitching shocks Tigers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – When Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson came to substitute pitcher Mike Pelfrey with two outs in the ninth inning against Missouri, the sophomore shrugged and trotted off the field. This wasn’t a pitching change of desperation.

Pelfrey had thrown 8 2/3 innings of shutout, dominating baseball.

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