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Edwards racing up NASCAR standings

Columbia native Carl Edwards is not satisfied with winning the past two races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Edwards said there is always room for improvement.

Mavs’ rally falls short

If baseball could be compared to a foot race, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks have developed a startling tendency to stumble out of the starting blocks.

Attempting to avoid a series sweep and the prospect of going winless in their six-game home stand, the Mavericks fell behind early to the River City Rascals and could not come back in a 6-5 loss Tuesday night at Taylor Stadium.

Tigers add top prospect

Missouri’s 2004 basketball recruiting class welcomed another member this week.

Jason Horton, a point guard from Cedar Hill, Texas, orally committed to the Tigers on Monday night. Horton is the fourth player to commit for the 2004 season, joining Kalen Grimes of Hazelwood; Marshall Brown of Austin, Texas; and Glen Dandridge of Durham, N.C. Each can sign binding national letters of intent during the early signing period, which begins in November.

Focus on present for MU defender

When he is on the field, Missouri cornerback Calvin Washington follows a motto he would never try in school. Forget, and as quickly as possible.

“That’s a little DB thing, you’ve got to have a short memory,” Washington said. “The life of a DB, you’re going to get beat sometimes. You’ve just got to forget that, go out on the next play and try to capitalize.”

Mavericks’ slide against Rascals continues

There are 13 games left on the Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ schedule, but after their performance Monday night, the Mavericks might be wishing the season was over.

Starter Luis Reyes was ineffective and the Mavericks’ offense sputtered in a 12-2 loss to River City at Taylor Stadium.

Davila resigns as Mid-Missouri manager

Papo Davila resigned as manager of the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Sunday afternoon before the team’s game against River City.

Davila said he is leaving the team because of his health but would not detail a specific illness.

Room to run

Much red stood out among the black and gold on the Missouri practice field Sunday evening, but one particular bit of red drew the most attention.

Senior tailback Zack Abron, the incumbent starter who is listed first on the depth chart, wore a red no contact jersey after injuring his left ankle early in Saturday’s scrimmage.

Rascals hammer Mavs as Schlosser loses in debut

There was a new manager, but in the end a similar result.

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks struggles continued Sunday night. They lost to the River City Rascals 7-1 at Taylor Stadium.

Some good, some bad

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is glad there are two weeks left until his team plays Illinois.

He’s just not sure that’s enough.

Winning never gets old

For golfer Bob Martin, winning is nothing new.

Down five strokes after Friday’s opening round, Martin came back to win his second straight overall title at the Columbia Senior Golf Championship on Saturday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course. Martin’s 137 total at the 10th annual tournament tied his winning score from a year ago.

Mavericks collapse in 9th

Mid-Missouri’s Chris Barbettini came in to close out the game with an almost perfect situation.

He had a two-run cushion, and he was about to face the bottom third of Rockford’s lineup in the ninth inning.

Chiefs upend Vikings

KANSAS CITY — NFL preseason games don’t matter, so teams can try anything.

Kansas City’s 26-16 victory against Minnesota at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday didn’t show fans much about the teams’ returning starters. Few stayed in the game for the entire first quarter, let alone the first half, making way for a contest between the second-teamers hoping to start and others hoping to make the team.

Tackling new job

At the end of the Missouri football team’s 2002 season, Atiyyah Ellison loathed himself. Scanning his yearlong statistics at defensive end after MU’s 38-0 loss to Kansas State on Nov. 23, he saw no sacks and not enough tackles.

“I could have done way more to help out,” Ellison said.

Mavs waste shots to win

Mid-Missouri had its chances but wasted too many of them.

As a result, the Mavericks lost to the Rockford Riverhawks 4-3 at Taylor Stadium on Thursday.

Mavericks fall to Riverhawks

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ pitching and fielding didn’t give them much of a chance to win.

In a 13-3 loss to the Rockford Riverhawks on Friday night at Taylor Stadium, the Mavericks committed nine errors and gave up 13 hits. The loss dropped the Mavericks to 29-45, and the Riverhawks improved to 38-35.

Quick Woods quickly gaining notice

Russ Bell doesn’t know Marcus Woods’ name. Soon enough, Bell and the rest of the Big 12 will.

Bell calls Woods a “quick, shifty Michigan guy,” and compares Woods with another former quick, shifty Michigan guy who had a fair amount of success in football.

Bunge claims Clemons got extra tutoring

(AP) KANSAS CITY — Tutors at the University of Missouri did excessive academic work for Ricky Clemons, the former Tigers’ basketball player dropped from the team last month, his ex-girlfriend says.

On the road again

They’re trying to activate the car sensor at the restaurant next door to the team motel in Rockford, Ill., but their efforts are in vain. Broadcaster Jeff Johnson, trainer James Oyler, third baseman Seth Brown and center fielder Jake Whitesides decide to walk around the corner and knock on the first window, hoping to place their orders there because the dining room closed at 10 p.m. It's 11:15. When the manager opens the window, they explain that they just got back from a baseball game (they had beaten the Rockford Riverhawks 2-1), and they didn't have a car. He understands and begins to take their orders.

Minutes later, four cars line up behind them. Someone honks.

53 Columbia triathletes earn national title

It didn’t take long for the Columbia Multisport Club to make a name for itself.

CMC, a club of triathletes, won the USA Triathlon Division I National Club Championship on Sunday at the Boulder Peak Triathlon in Boulder, Co. The competition consisted of a nine-tenths of a mile swim, a 26-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run.

Tigers eager to start in Brazil

The road to Missouri’s only soccer NCAA Tournament began in Holland. Maybe this year it will begin in Brazil.

The Tigers are leaving Saturday for a preseason trip to Brazil. The most recent time the Tigers made a similar trip was 1999, the same year MU made its tournament appearance. The tour, which the NCAA allows a team to take once every four years, will take the Tigers to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where they will play against national teams.

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