The chants of U-S-A grow as the crowd rises and welcomes Christian Cantwell into the ring.
Cantwell briefly acknowledges the cheers, readies himself and, in one fluent motion, releases the 16-pound shot put.
The Mavericks’ performance improved Thursday night, but there was plenty of room for it after losing in a one-hitter the night before.
The Gateway Grizzlies routed the Mavericks again at Taylor Stadium, this time 11-3.
In her first year as a U.S. citizen Fiona Asigbee hopes to represent her country as a heptathlete in the Olympics this August in Athens, Greece.
Missouri’s Asigbee, 22, will travel to Sacramento, Calf., to compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials today. With 5,669 points, Asigbee is the 16th seed in a field of 27.
Since Michelle Moran was 9, she has competed in road races with her father, Michael.
By the time she reached high school, they had run about 125 races together.
It’s going to be a busy offseason for Arthur Johnson.
Johnson, a former star center at Missouri, who is playing on the rookie team for the expansion Charlotte Bobcats in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Summer League, will also play in the Phoenix Suns’ rookie camp July 10-12. The Timberwolves’ league runs through Saturday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had nothing but good things to say Wednesday about Missouri coach Quin Snyder, a former Blue Devils player and assistant caught up in an NCAA investigation.
“Quin is like a member of my family,” Krzyzewski said. “I love Quin.”
At first glance, Derrick Peterson seems too calm and laid-back to have one of the best qualifying times in the 800-meter run for the U.S. Olympic Trails.
Peterson, a former Missouri runner who graduated in 2000, finished in 1 minute, 45.69 seconds at the Maine Distance Festival in June 2003 to earn the No. 4 seed at the trials, which start Friday and run through July 18 in Sacramento, Calf.
A day after their most dominating performance of the season, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks suffered a reversal of fortune.
Gateway Grizzlies’ starter Brad Drewes shut down the Mavericks in a 10-0 victory Wednesday night at Taylor Stadium.
After 15 years, Missouri’s Rebecca Wolfe hopes to have one last hurrah before she gracefully bows out of competitive swimming.
Wolfe, who holds the school and Big 12 Conference records in the women’s 200-yard butterfly, will swim at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, which start today and run through July 14 in Long Beach, Calif. She qualified with a 2:14.63 in the 200-meter butterfly in August at the U.S. Nationals.
Arthur Johnson will have his chance to play in the NBA.
Johnson, a former star post player at Missouri, joined the Charlotte Bobcats’ summer league team this week. He will play with them during the Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League, which began Tuesday and runs through Saturday. Johnson had five points, six rebounds and three assists in 15 minutes off the bench in the opener Tuesday, helping the Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 69-53.
ST. LOUIS — Jim Edmonds hit a home run and saved one with his glove, and Edgar Renteria hit a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning that led the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
Matt Morris (9-6) overcame a shaky second to work seven solid innings for St. Louis (51-32), which won its fifth straight to improve the NL’s best record.
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks defeated the Springfield/Ozark Ducks 8-0 on Tuesday night at Price Cutter Park in Ozark for their seventh win of the season.
Winner Steve Soja (2-3) pitched a complete game, allowing one hit, five walks and striking out four.
ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter is happy with his record and is not concerned about being bypassed for the All-Star game.
With a trio of All-Star infielders backing him, Chris Carpenter struck out eight and walked none in seven-plus innings Monday to lead the St. Louis Cardinals against the Cincinnati Reds 4-1.
NAMUR, Belgium — Lance Armstrong has no doubts about the risks that lurk in the next stage of the Tour de France. If luck goes against him, he says, his drive for a record sixth straight win could be over almost before it has begun.
One of the obstacles for Armstrong, the five-time champion, will be bone-shaking cobblestone paths that some riders say shouldn’t even be part of cycling’s showcase race.
For someone who has competed in her event for only 3 1/2 years, Janae Strickland has sure made her mark. Strickland set the Missouri record in the women’s shot put at 55 feet, 6 1/4 inches on May 1 at the Big 12 Conference Championships in Norman, Okla. The second-place finish is her personal best.
Strickland, a senior who earned All-American honors with eighth at the NCAA Championships in June, is one of 24 athletes entered in the preliminaries of the Olympic Trials on July 15 in Sacramento, Calif. The 12 best throws will earn spots in the finals on July 16. Three will qualify for the 2004 Olympics next month in Athens, Greece.
WIMBLEDON, England — Three championship matches, three victories: Roger Federer is a master of the Grand Slam final.
Federer, the top seed, overcame Andy Roddick’s power game Sunday to win his second straight Wimbledon title and cement his status as the game’s No. 1 player.
NEW YORK — Roger Clemens was picked for his first National League All-Star team Sunday, and Mike Piazza was elected by fans to start the July 13 game in Houston, putting the Rocket in line to throw the opening pitch to his nemesis.
Clemens, a nine-time All-Star in the American League, was among five starting pitchers voted to the National League team by major league players, managers and coaches. With a 10-2 record in his first season with his hometown Astros, Clemens is likely to start for the NL.
ST. LOUIS — Midway through the season, Jeff Suppan and the St. Louis Cardinals are peaking.
Suppan pitched four-hit ball into the eighth and Jim Edmonds threw out a runner at the plate in the fourth, helping the Cardinals beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
CHARLEROI, Belgium — Lance Armstrong played it safe in the first full stage of the Tour de France.
The five-time winner knows he has plenty of time.
The father of an incoming freshman said he still has confidence in the men’s basketball program at Missouri.
Although he said he hadn’t completely developed an opinion on the university’s 197-page response to the NCAA investigation, Daryl Horton said he doesn’t think his son is in a bad program. Horton’s son, Jason, will play point guard for the Tigers next season.