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Mavs suffer one-hit defeat

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.

Eyeing her career’s end

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.

Johnson joins summer team

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.

Edmonds lifts Cards with glove and bat

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.

Mavs get seventh triumph

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.

Cardinals keep rolling

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.

More hazards await riders

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.

Strickland prepares for Olympic Trials

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.

Grand master

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.

3 Cards are NL All-Stars

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.

Cards hang on to sweep series

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.

Safe first stage for Armstrong

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.

Support remains after MU’s reply

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.

K.C. victory surprises Edwards

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Carl Edwards came back from a first-lap accident Saturday to win the Craftsman Truck Series Race at Kansas Speedway, his second victory of the season.

“I just can’t believe we won this race. It just doesn’t seem real,” Edwards said.

Mavericks split doubleheader

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks prevailed, 15-11, against the Windy City ThunderBolts in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Taylor Stadium for their sixth victory on the season.

The Mavericks lost the first game 15-14 in nine innings. Both games had been scheduled for seven innings.

Kicking cares away

As Larry Gamache walks toward home plate, his once placid dress shoes are covered with a thin veil of dust, and a white Carfax T-shirt with the No. 5 on the back is tucked into a pair of unwrinkled khakis.

He is smiling, but inside the pressure is building. He hasn’t done this is almost 28 years, and his colleagues are watching.

K.C. owner not ready to change leadership

By KANSAS CITY — The owner of the American League’s worst team remains fully confident in his manager and general manager.

That’s certain to put David Glass at odds with a growing contingent of Kansas City fans watching the Royals’ once-promising season fall apart.

Armstrong fit for beginning of Tour

LIEGE, Belgium — Lance Armstrong knows what stands between him and a record sixth Tour de France title: three weeks of pain and pitfalls.

Two days before beginning his quest, Armstrong said he was feeling stronger than he did last year when he won his fifth straight Tour.

Royals shut down

KANSAS CITY — Rafael Palmeiro hit a home run, and David Newhan drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Rodrigo Lopez (6-4) survived a rough two-run first inning and retired the last 15 batters he faced to lead Baltimore to its third win in four games against Kansas City. It is the Orioles’ first series win since late May.

MU officials respond to NCAA allegations

University officials responded today to NCAA allegations of infractions committed by MU's men's basketball program, saying the violations are "isolated or inadvertent" and "do not result in more than a limited competitive or recruiting advantage."

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