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Errors cost Mavericks

Defensive mistakes ruined the game for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Friday.

As a result, the Mavericks lost to the Rockford River Hawks 10-4 at Taylor Stadium. The Mavericks (5-29) committed a number of passed balls and wild pitches.

MU fills coaching roster

Despite all the negative connotations associated with the NCAA’s investigation, the Missouri men’s basketball coaching staff can say it benefited from its effects.

The Tigers announced Thursday the hiring of former Liberty coach Jeff Meyer to take the position Lane Odom held. Meyer, along with newly hired associate head coach Melvin Watkins, combine for 24 years of head coaching experience. Meyer’s hiring completes the program’s coaching search.

Detroit calls Paulding; other Tigers denied

To play in the NBA is a dream for any college basketball player. To play in the NBA for the champions would be nice. To play in the NBA in his hometown would be the best.

The Detroit Pistons made all of it a reality for former Tiger Rickey Paulding on Thursday night when they selected him with the 54th pick of the 2004 NBA draft.

Golf and tennis mark first day of Senior Games

Alfred Richardson knows Lake of the Woods Golf Course. After all, he used to work there.

Before Lake of the Woods became a municipal course, he worked as a chef during its country club days.

Mavericks tip Otters

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks had the biggest crowd in their three-game series against the Evansville Otters on Thursday, and they gave the 2,260 in attendance something to cheer about in their last game of the series against Evansville.

The Mavericks beat the Otters 7-6 at Taylor Stadium in a Frontier League game.

Senior Games adds event

Jack Timmons began playing bridge when he was 20 and working as a radar mechanic for the Air Force in Germany during the Korean War. It all started when a group of three friends was looking for a fourth person to play.

“I was pretty good with cards of any kind and liked the game,” Timmons said. “Some weeks we played as much as 70 to 80 hours a week, which was virtually all our spare time.”

Set for their shot

Since his graduation and the end of a hectic basketball season, Travon Bryant has led a somewhat slow, simple life.

With his basketball plans undecided, there hasn’t been much for Bryant to do other than prepare for that future as best he can. On his own, Bryant has worked on his game and body for about five hours a day, then rested so he could do it again the next day.

Mavericks’ offense missing

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks played good defense and pitched well against Evansville, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Otters.

The Mavericks fell to the Otters 1-0 on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium in a game that was scoreless into the fifth inning for the second night in a row.

Marathon runner still going at 84

Most people start slowing after retirement. Ed Burnham has done anything but.

Burnham, 84, has run 138 marathons, and all of them have come after he turned 70. Burnham, of Kansas City, will run in the 5- and 10-kilometer Road Races at the Senior Show-Me State Games this weekend.

Post 202 rolls Jeff City

Jefferson City was worn out, and Post 202 took advantage.

Post 202 won both games of an American Legion doubleheader Wednesday at Rock Bridge, beating Jefferson City 13-3 in six innings in the first game and 14-2 in five innings in the second.

Draft promises to hold surprises

Uncertainty is perhaps the only thing certain about the NBA Draft. Whether that first-round pick becomes the next Michael Jordan or the next Sam Bowie remains to be seen, but those are the chances teams must take.

As usual, uncertainty marks the 2004 NBA Draft, which is at 6 tonight, but for some idea, the Missourian’s mock draft will provide thoughts on who might go where.

Debut spoiled

It was Jim Gentile’s first game as the Mid-Missouri Mavericks manager, and the job proved to be a tough one.

Gentile lost in his debut when the Evansville Otters defeated the Mavericks 9-6 in 10 innings at Taylor Stadium on Tuesday in a Frontier League game.

MU names golf coach

Mark Leroux was named Missouri’s men’s golf coach Tuesday.

Leroux moves to MU after coaching the men’s and women’s teams at Austin Peay University. In seven years as coach of the men’s team, he led it to an Ohio Valley Conference championship, as well as the school’s first NCAA Regional appearance, in 2001.

Cubs take first game from Cards

ST. LOUIS — Aramis Ramirez hit a two-out, two-run double off closer Jason Isringhausen in the eighth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

The Cubs have won nine of 10 to cut the Cardinals’ NL Central lead to one game. The Cardinals have won 15 of 21 but lost their past two. Two games are left in the series.

Mavericks go a Gentile-r route

In a season that has seen plenty of change for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks, two more changes have been made at the top.

Jack Clark stepped down as manager on Monday, and Jim Gentile, a finalist for the coaching position before the season began, took over.

MU’s new addition

It didn’t take long for the Missouri men’s basketball program to fill its vacant position of associate head coach.

The Tigers announced Monday that Melvin Watkins, the former coach at Texas A&M, will join coach Quin Snyder’s staff. Watkins will take the position that Tony Harvey resigned Friday.

Bullpen keeping Cards in game

ST. LOUIS — More than timely offense was responsible for the St. Louis Cardinals’ three straight comeback victories last week.

Without stingy work from a rebuilt bullpen, the rallies wouldn’t have been possible. Entering a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs today, the relievers haven’t allowed a run in their past 10 home games.

MU players honored

Missouri’s Lee Laskowski, an outfielder, and Garrett Broshuis, a right-handed pitcher, were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team. Both were All-Big 12 Conference selections.

Laskowski had eight home runs, 45 RBIs and hit .355. His .381 batting average was third best in the Big 12 Conference. Laskowski was named to the Big 12 Tournament team, hitting .400, driving in five runs and scoring eight runs in the four games.

Youth prevails

The championship cup held PowerAde again this year. The winner of the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship was not 21.

Michael Unger, 20, overcame a strong round by Joe Bellmer, the runner-up the past two years, to win 1-up in 19 holes Sunday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

Tigers naming new assistant

Quin Snyder, the Missouri men’s basketball coach, will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. today to announce an addition to his coaching staff.

The press conference, which comes three days after assistant coach Tony Harvey resigned, will be held at Hearnes Center.

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