KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 19 Jul 2018 HH:07:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Rock Bridge Tennis Coach Ben Loeb talks success, new book https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-tennis-coach-ben-loeb-talks-success-new-book/ https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-tennis-coach-ben-loeb-talks-success-new-book/ Sports Sun, 15 Jul 2018 8:44:58 PM Andrew Carlson, KOMU 8 Sports Producer Rock Bridge Tennis Coach Ben Loeb talks success, new book

COLUMBIA - Rock Bridge Tennis Coach Ben Loeb sat down with KOMU 8's Chris Gervino to talk about his success as a coach and new book.

Catch "Sports Xtra with Chris Gervino" every Sunday at 10:30 p.m.

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Karissa Schweizer nominated for NCAA honor https://www.komu.com/news/karissa-schweizer-nominated-for-ncaa-honor/ https://www.komu.com/news/karissa-schweizer-nominated-for-ncaa-honor/ Sports Thu, 12 Jul 2018 7:22:06 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Karissa Schweizer nominated for NCAA honor

COLUMBIA - Mizzou track and field alum, Karissa Schweizer, was nominated for one more NCAA honor on Thursday. 

The eight-time SEC conference champion, was announced as a candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Schweizer is one of 581 female college athletes in contention for the honor. 

Schweizer finished her career at Mizzou at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June. She recorded two All-American finishes, as well as a first place finish in the 5000m run. The finish clinched her sixth career NCAA title, which is the most of any student-athlete in Mizzou history. 

Schweizer also became an eight-time conference champion at the SEC Outdoor Championships in May. Her eight titles ranks second in women's program history, only one behind Mizzou track and field hall of famer, Sabrina Dornhoefer.

The selection committee will narrow the field of over 500 athletes down to 30 finalists, 10 from each division. The 30 honorees and the winner will be celebrated and announced in an award ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind. on Oct. 28. 

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KC Royals lose series against Boston Red Sox https://www.komu.com/news/kc-royals-lose-series-against-boston-red-sox/ https://www.komu.com/news/kc-royals-lose-series-against-boston-red-sox/ Sports Sun, 8 Jul 2018 8:36:30 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Reporter KC Royals lose series against Boston Red Sox

KANSAS CITY - The Boston Red Sox swept the series against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. 

The Red Sox were on the board first, but the Royals took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd. 

The Red Sox then took a 4-3 lead in the 5th after left-fielder Andrew Benintendi and right-fielder Mookie Betts scored. 

The Royals were losing 7-3 in the 9th and tried to come back.

While the Royals were able to score, it wasn't enough to bring home a win. The Red Sox won 7-4.

The Royals will play the Minnesota Twins on Monday. 

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Cardinals series against the Giants ends in a split https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-series-against-the-giants-ends-in-a-split/ https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-series-against-the-giants-ends-in-a-split/ Sports Sun, 8 Jul 2018 8:03:11 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Reporter Cardinals series against the Giants ends in a split

SAN FRANCISCO - The St. Louis Cardinals ended the 4-game series in a split against the San Francisco Giants.

The Cardinals were first to get on the board in the 2nd inning after a homer from second baseman Yairo Munoz. 

The Giants then took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd.

The Cardinals tied it up in the 4th after an RBI from Munoz bringing in left-fielder Marcell Ozuna and third baseman Jedd Gyorko. 

The Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit a 3-run homer in the 5th and and RBI in the 6th, the Giants led 11-4. 

The Cardinals tried to catch up in the 8th after third baseman Matt Carpenter hit a 3-run homer. 

In the end, the Giants won 13-8. 

The Cardinals will face the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. 

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Royals face tough weekend series with Boston https://www.komu.com/news/royals-face-tough-weekend-series-with-boston/ https://www.komu.com/news/royals-face-tough-weekend-series-with-boston/ Sports Thu, 5 Jul 2018 8:49:38 PM Andrew Carlson, KOMU 8 Sports Producer Royals face tough weekend series with Boston

KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Royals will host the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium that kicks off on Friday.

Boston is slated to throw its top three pitchers in Chris Sale, David Price, and Rick Porcello.

Kansas City will kick off the series with Jason Hammel, who has struggled lately, going 0-3 with a 9.19 ERA in his last three starts.

Kansas City has lost six straight, getting swept by Cleveland and Seattle in its last two series. They sit last in the American League Central, five games behind the Chicago White Sox.

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Cardinals open pivotal weekend series vs Braves https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-open-pivotal-weekend-series-vs-braves/ https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-open-pivotal-weekend-series-vs-braves/ Sports Fri, 29 Jun 2018 5:26:06 PM Spencer Quist, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals open pivotal weekend series vs Braves

COLUMBIA - St. Louis is looking into a tough series this weekend, opening an important three game stand against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium.

The Braves, who are at the top of the National League East, have re-activated star rookie outfielder Ronald Acuña, who has been out the past month with a right knee injury. Prior to the injury, Acuña was batting .265 with five home runs. 

Acuña has a tough matchup in his first game back as the Cardinals are putting Miles Mikolas on the hill Friday night. Mikolas, who is putting together an argument for the best free agent pickup of the offseason, is 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA. The Braves will give the ball to Julio Teheran, who has been struggling with a 5-5 record and a 4.52 ERA. First pitch is slated for 8:15 PM. 

The Saturday night matchup will feature the Cardinals Luke Weaver (4-6, 4.59) vs. Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 4.92). Weaver, who of late has struggled, will look to make a statement game against a top tier NL offense. First pitch is 7:15 PM. 

But all eyes should turn to the Sunday Matinee game, where the Cardinals offense will be tested against Braves star pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.14), who has the 5th best Earned Run Average in all of baseball. Foltynewicz has been red-hot as of late, who in his last 42 innings pitched has locked in a 1.07 ERA. St. Louis will look to match with John Gant (2-2 3.48) on the rubber. First pitch is 2:15 PM. 

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UPDATE: MU responds to discrimination lawsuit by former track coach https://www.komu.com/news/update-mu-responds-to-discrimination-lawsuit-by-former-track-coach/ https://www.komu.com/news/update-mu-responds-to-discrimination-lawsuit-by-former-track-coach/ Sports Thu, 28 Jun 2018 10:06:00 AM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager UPDATE: MU responds to discrimination lawsuit by former track coach

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri sent a statement to KOMU 8 News on Friday in response to a lawsuit filed by a former Mizzou track coach.

Carjay Lyles filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, alleging racial discrimination while he was an employee.

The university released its response as follows:

"The University of Missouri does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment and actively seeks to build an inclusive culture in which all differences among us-whether they be racial, intellectual, physical or based on gender, religion, sexual preference, age, ability or geographic origin-are valued. It is our strong belief as a university that the diversity of our students, faculty and staff makes us stronger and contributes to the success of our entire community.
We deny that there was any racial discrimination or retaliation, and we will respond to Mr. Lyles’ claims in court."

Lyles worked for Mizzou from 2013 until 2017 as an assistant coach under head coach Brett Halter, one of two individuals named in the lawsuit. The other individual is Mitzi Clayton, who at the time was a manager with the track program.

In the lawsuit, Lyles said from the first day he started, Halter - who is white - referred to black athletes and staff as "you people." Lyles also accused the University of having a "deep-rooted history of treating black athletes and black staff members adversely because of their race."

According to the complaint, Lyles said he mentioned to Halter concerns he'd heard from high school coaches in Kansas City and St. Louis, including that black athletes were overlooked in favor of white athletes from outside the state and that black athletes had to pay for schooling, while scholarships went to less athletic white athletes.

Other allegations against Halter include his allegedly only inviting white staff to lunches and making racially insensitive comments.

Lyles said in the complaint he filed a case with the university's Office of Civil Rights and Title IX, and started seeing the team psychiatrist in early 2016. When Clayton heard about the psychiatrist appointments, she allegedly told the psychiatrist to stop meeting with Lyles.

The lawsuit then accuses a friend of Halter, identified as Disa Nichols, of threatening various athletes on the track team, saying if they didn't contact HR and "make false allegations to contradict the complaints [Lyles] made" they would have their immigration papers revoked.

Lyles said in August 2016, he was the only coach who didn't get a raise or contract extension, despite the success of the athletes he oversaw. He said he also overheard a conversation between Halter and Nichols, in which they allegedly discussed forcing him out of the program and disrupting potential his future employment.

The suit says Lyles was "constructively discharged" in July 2017.

Lyles currently works as a track coach at the University of Akron in Ohio.

According to Mizzou Athletics' website, Halter has been a track coach at the school for 25 years, and head coach for eight years. Clayton has been with Mizzou Athletics since 1990.

(Editor's note: this story has been updated to include a statement from the University of Missouri in response to the lawsuit)

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Serena Williams at No. 25 in post-pregnancy Wimbledon return https://www.komu.com/news/serena-williams-at-no-25-in-post-pregnancy-wimbledon-return/ https://www.komu.com/news/serena-williams-at-no-25-in-post-pregnancy-wimbledon-return/ Sports Wed, 27 Jun 2018 7:54:30 AM The Associated Press Serena Williams at No. 25 in post-pregnancy Wimbledon return

(AP) - Serena Williams was seeded No. 25 for her return to Wimbledon after having a baby, a decision by the All England Club announced Wednesday that elevates the tournament's seven-time champion above her ranking of 183rd.

While WTA rules allow women who miss time because of a pregnancy to enter events based on their pre-absence ranking, there is no guarantee of a seeding, a policy which has been the subject of much debate in recent months because of Williams' status. The 36-year-old American gave birth to a daughter last September and was off the tour for more than a year.

By moving Williams into the top 32, the All England Club afforded her "protection" from facing any other seeded player in either of the first two rounds — and, of course, allowed the other seeds to avoid facing her that early, too. Williams is a former No. 1 whose 23 major singles championships are a record for the professional era, which began in 1968. She missed Wimbledon in 2017, but won the title the last two times she was in the field, in 2015 and 2016.

Putting Williams at No. 25 now means that she could face someone seeded No. 1 through No. 8 in the third round.

The draw for Wimbledon is Friday; play begins Monday.

Wimbledon and other Grand Slam tournaments have leeway to stray from strictly following the WTA and ATP rankings when determining seedings. That's why, for example, eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer's success on grass courts was taken into account when the All England Club bumped him up a spot to No. 1 on Wednesday, while top-ranked Rafael Nadal is seeded No. 2.

When Williams entered the French Open in May, her first Grand Slam action in 16 months, she was not seeded by the French tennis federation. She wound up beating the women ranked No. 11 and No. 17 en route to reaching the fourth round. But because of an injured pectoral muscle, Williams pulled out of Roland Garros before what would have been a showdown against five-time major champion Maria Sharapova.

The U.S. Tennis Association says it does intend to seed Williams for the U.S. Open, which begins in August. That is part of a new plan, first reported by The New York Times, to take into account if a pregnancy affected a player's ranking.

"Pregnancy will not be penalized," USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said. "If Serena Williams enters the 2018 U.S. Open, the USTA will recognize her accomplishments, recognize her return to the workplace and will seed her, regardless of what her ranking is."

One effect of Williams' being seeded at the All England Club: The 32nd-ranked Dominika Cibulkova, a two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist and the 2014 Australian Open runner-up, will not benefit from a seeding and could play anyone in the field in the first round.

"I don't think it's the right thing to do," Cibulkova told British broadcaster BBC ahead of Wednesday's seeding announcement. "I think it's just not fair."

No unseeded woman has won the Wimbledon singles championship. Only two unseeded men have raised the trophy at the All England Club: Boris Becker in 1985, and Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.

Aside from the All England Club's placing of Williams, the women's seedings align with the rankings. So French Open champion Simona Halep is No. 1, Australian Open Caroline Wozniacki is No. 2, reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is No. 3, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens is No. 4.

Sharapova is seeded 24th.

In the men's draw, after Federer and Nadal, 2017 runner-up Marin Cilic is No. 3, followed by Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro.


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More AP tennis coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennis

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Jefferson City teen to compete in CrossFit Games https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-teen-to-compete-in-crossfit-games/ https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-teen-to-compete-in-crossfit-games/ Sports Sun, 24 Jun 2018 2:20:01 PM Blake Sammann, KOMU 8 Reporter Jefferson City teen to compete in CrossFit Games

JEFFERSON CITY - A 17-year-old from Jefferson City will be competing at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, in August.

It will be Noah Casey's third time appearance in the event. This year, he'll be going against 19 of the best 16 and 17-year-old athletes from across the globe, hoping to be crowned the "Fittest on Earth".  

It's enough to make anyone puff our their chest, but the one thing Noah doesn't have to lift or carry is an oversized ego.

"You always think you're good until you compete against people and they beat you, but I just enjoyed it," Casey said. "I wasn't really for sure until my first year qualifying for the games that I was actually at that level.

Noah's parents, Sam and Natalie Casey, are part owners of the Jefferson City Crossfit gym. They said they are so very proud of their son and the work he's put in. 

"It's just a very good feeling as a parent to see your child strive and work that hard for something and see it pay off and then see it pay dividends in other areas of their life" Sam Casey said. "What he gets, he gives back to everyone else."

He's not the only one who had noticed growth. Noah Casey said he enjoys looking back to see how far he's come.

"I think it's funny, last year I was looking at the previous year and it was like 'Wow, I've gown a lot'", Casey said. "Now I'm looking at last year and it's crazy how much I grow each year." 

But what is it that allows Noah to perform at such a high level? Sam Casey said it's the little things.

"We always tell him to be a master of the mundane, do the little things because everyone will work hard in the gym but there's about 90 percent of stuff that goes on outside the gym that'll make you better and he's willing to do those things," he said.

Noah said if you can't do the small things, there's no way to succeed.

"That's just as, or even more important, than just coming in and working out everyday. If you don't eat enough, sleep enough, stretch enough, you're not going to be able to come in here and perform," he said.

According to Sam Casey, it's that firm commitment to excellence that allows Noah to be the best.

"It's just that he was always willing to do something other people aren't willing to do," he said. "He just does the common uncommonly well because he works at it day in and day out, diligently in the gym, at home when he's recovering, he's eating, sleeping, stretching, mobility. He's doing all the small things."

The games will take place Aug. 1-3.

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Michael Porter Jr. drafted by Denver Nuggets at 14th overall https://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-drafted-by-denver-nuggets-at-14th-overall/ https://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-drafted-by-denver-nuggets-at-14th-overall/ Sports Wed, 20 Jun 2018 9:29:37 PM Cameron La Fontaine, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Michael Porter Jr. drafted by Denver Nuggets at 14th overall

NEW YORK - Former Missouri basketball standout Michael Porter Jr. was selected by the Denver Nuggets at No. 14 in the 2018 NBA Draft Thursday night. 

The 6-foot-11, 19-year-old forward will join Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray in Denver, which just missed the playoffs last season, finishing 46-36.

Porter Jr. is the highest drafted Tiger since Keyon Dooling was selected 10th overall in 2000.

The Denver Nuggets are owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, headed by University of Missouri alumnus Stan Kroenke. Kroenke also owns the Los Angeles Rams, who he moved from St. Louis in 2016. 

Porter Jr. came to Mizzou prior to last season as the number one recruit in the nation. He played his first three years of high school basketball at Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia and his final year at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. Porter Jr. helped guide both schools to state championship titles. 

Porter Jr. played two minutes in Mizzou’s season opener against Iowa State in November, tallying two points and two rebounds before sitting the bench with a back injury. 

He underwent microdiscectomy surgery later that month, which forced him to sit for three months. 

The coveted freshman took the floor again on March 8 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in St. Louis against Georgia. In a 62-60 loss for the Tigers, he scored 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. 

Porter Jr. took the floor again in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Mizzou took a 67-54 loss to Florida State. Porter Jr. had 16 points and 10 rebounds. 

Porter Jr. made headlines one day prior to the draft when he signed an endorsement deal with Puma. Puma, with Jay-Z serving as its creative director, re-launched its basketball division this year after a 20-year absence.

Porter Jr. joined other notable draftees to sign with Puma including Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III, who were drafted first and second overall, respectively. 

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Mizzou's Schweizer places in 10K at nationals https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-schweizer-places-in-10k-at-nationals/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-schweizer-places-in-10k-at-nationals/ Sports Fri, 8 Jun 2018 5:39:25 PM Spencer Quist, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou's Schweizer places in 10K at nationals

COLUMBIA - Missouri track star Karissa Schweizer ran her first distance race at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday, placing third.

Schweizer clocked in at 32:14.94. She trailed second place finisher Dorcas Wasike (32:11.81), from Louisville and race winner Sharon Lokedi (32:09.20) of Kansas. By placing third, Schweizer will receive her ninth All-American honor.

Schweizer had previously set the Mizzou school record in the 10,000 meter at the Stanford Invitational in March, crossing the finish line 32:00.55.

She runs next in the 5,000 meter on Saturday at 7:25 p.m. on ESPN2. 

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Special Olympics Missouri track star prepares for national stage https://www.komu.com/news/special-olympics-missouri-track-star-prepares-for-national-stage/ https://www.komu.com/news/special-olympics-missouri-track-star-prepares-for-national-stage/ Sports Thu, 7 Jun 2018 12:45:16 AM Joey Schneider and Cameron La Fontaine, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Special Olympics Missouri track star prepares for national stage

JEFFERSON CITY – Mary McManus, 22, is sprinting her way toward rare company, as one of 103 Missouri athletes heading to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.

McManus will compete in multiple track-and-field competitions while representing Jefferson City. More than 4,000 athletes from all 50 states will compete in 14 team and individual sports in Seattle from July 1-6.

“First it was really surprising and I didn’t know that’s what happened,” McManus said on when she learned she would compete nationally. “How I didn’t believe that, but I really kept encouraging myself.”

McManus’s local coach Joe Boss, who has worked with her for four years, was a key supporter behind the summer games selection.

“She’s really blossomed into a good athlete and leader, which is why we nominated her to represent us to go to Seattle,” Boss said. “At first, she was kind of a timid and shy girl, but when you get to get her out of her shell, she’s much different.”

Boss said McManus has acquired strong leadership skills to motivate other athletes.

“Mary takes on a mothering role at times when she sees something that needs to be done, or someone that needs to be helped, she goes and does that,” Boss said. “It’s really good to see that because our athletes now are not only empowering themselves, but they’re empowering themselves enough so they can help others as well.”

Special Olympics regional coach Genice Fisher said the trip to Seattle would open the world to McManus.

“It is a great opportunity for her to grow because there’s not a lot of people in the organization that get an opportunity to go to the USA games,” Fisher said. “You walk into a stadium filled with people at opening ceremonies, there will be hundreds of people there, and it’s just a whole different atmosphere.”

Fisher said Mary’s work ethic has taught her lessons that will not only be useful in the upcoming trip, but also in real life situations.

“I think when we get to Seattle, she’s going to be one of my hardest working athletes,” Fisher said. “It teaches her social skills, it teaches her daily living skills. It helps her learn to interact with all kinds of people.”

McManus’s parents will have the opportunity to travel to Seattle. She hopes to visit the Space Needle and Waterfront Park during the trip.

“Hopefully we hang out and see something new there,” McManus said. “I really like traveling, especially with my family, and I’m really excited they’re coming to the summer games.”

McManus realizes the potential forecast could call for different running conditions compared to Mid-Missouri.

“I know there’s going to be raining, and we may have to run in rain,” McManus said. “But I’ll keep doing my best in Seattle.”

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Tigers' Plassmeyer, Montes De Oca drafted https://www.komu.com/news/tigers-plassmeyer-montes-de-oca-drafted/ https://www.komu.com/news/tigers-plassmeyer-montes-de-oca-drafted/ Sports Tue, 5 Jun 2018 11:29:22 PM David Rothchild, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Tigers' Plassmeyer, Montes De Oca drafted

COLUMBIA - Two Missouri Tigers were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft on Tuesday.

The Seattle Mariners drafted left-handed pitcher Michael Plassmeyer in the fourth round. Plassmeyer finished his junior season with 102 strikeouts and 3.05 ERA.

Five rounds later, the New York Mets selected right-handed pitcher Bryce Montes De Oca. Despite battling injuries throughout his career, Montes De Oca still went in the top ten rounds.

Rounds 11 through 40 take place Wednesday.

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Cardinals claim a grand victory against the Pirates https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-claim-a-grand-victory-against-the-pirates/ https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-claim-a-grand-victory-against-the-pirates/ Sports Sun, 3 Jun 2018 7:36:06 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals claim a grand victory against the Pirates

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals started the game on Sunday with a bang!

Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna hit his fourth career-grand slam in the first inning.

The scoreboard remained empty for the Pirates after Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha delivered 8 no-hit innings. 

In the bottom of the 8th, Yairo Munoz hit an RBI to left field, bringing in first baseman Jose Martinez.

The game ended in a 5-0 shutout for the Cardinals.

Veteran Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is expected to return on Tuesday when the Cardinals host the Florida Marlins.

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Royals lose series against Oakland https://www.komu.com/news/royals-lose-series-against-oakland/ https://www.komu.com/news/royals-lose-series-against-oakland/ Sports Sun, 3 Jun 2018 7:36:35 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Royals lose series against Oakland

KANSAS CITY - The game was scoreless for the first two innings on Sunday.

The Oakland Athletics were first on the board in the 3rd after catcher Jonathan Lucroy hit the ball up center field driving in left fielder Mark Canha.

Royals center fielder Jon Jay hit a home run in the bottom of the 3rd to tie things things up.

Then, after 4 scoreless innings from both teams, Athletics first baseman Matt Olson hit a 3-run homer in the top of the 8th.

The Athletics beat the Royals 5-1.

The Royals will head to Anaheim, California to play the LA Angels on Monday.

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Jontay Porter returns to Mizzou for his sophomore season https://www.komu.com/news/jontay-porter-returns-to-mizzou-for-his-sophomore-season/ https://www.komu.com/news/jontay-porter-returns-to-mizzou-for-his-sophomore-season/ Sports Wed, 30 May 2018 3:12:20 PM Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Jontay Porter returns to Mizzou for his sophomore season

Columbia - While one Porter brother is likely playing in the NBA next season, another will play his home games in Columbia for another year.

Jontay Porter will return to Mizzou for his sophomore season, Mizzou Basketball announced Wednesday. 

The decision comes just hours before the deadline to either enter the NBA Draft or return to school for another year.

In a statement, Mizzou Men's Basketball Head Coach Cuonzo Martin said Jontay has the potential to make a big jump from his freshman season and be a great leader for the Tigers next year.

“We are excited that Jontay will return,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He had a great experience going through the pre-Draft process, got the feedback that he needed to do what is best for him and he will learn from it to improve in all areas of his game."

In his debut season, Porter averaged 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game during Southeastern Conference play. He earned SEC Co-Sixth Man of the Year honors and SEC All-Freshman Team recognition. He became just the third Tiger in program history receive a conference Sixth Man of the Year Award.

Porter finished the 2017-18 season with a team-high 55 blocked shots, the third-most in program history by a Mizzou freshman. He shot 43.7 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc, draining 40 three-pointers. He reached double figures nine times in the last 12 games of the campaign, averaging 13.3 points and 7.1 rebounds during that stretch.

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Program at State Tech leads students to major league dreams https://www.komu.com/news/program-at-state-tech-leads-students-to-major-league-dreams/ https://www.komu.com/news/program-at-state-tech-leads-students-to-major-league-dreams/ Sports Sun, 27 May 2018 9:53:16 PM Daniel Esteve, Olivia Gerling and Stephanie Lorenc, KOMU 8 Sports Program at State Tech leads students to major league dreams

LINN – The “Wall of Fame” at the State Technical College of Missouri is littered with names associated with the likes of the St. Louis Cardinals, The MLS New York Red Bulls and the Minnesota Vikings. But not a single student has taken a swing, kicked a ball or thrown a pass.  

“We started a couple years ago. Anybody who worked at a professional or even minor league gets a flag up on the wall,” Linn Tech Commercial Turf and Grounds Management Department Chair Nick Rackers said. 

This also includes PGA tournaments and prestigious golf courses.

State Tech offers a two-year program in commercial turf and grounds management, which provides students the opportunity to gain real-life experience.  The campus is fixed with a 360-acres for the students to maintain and a 12,000-foot equipment facility to for them to utilize. 

Firsthand grounds work includes mowing, weed maintenance, pesticide work much more. The program has managed to send a wall-full of students to professional sports teams’ grounds keeping crews across the country. 

That real life experience has provided current student Brendan Browne with the tools to succeed once he graduates in August, and the “Wall of Fame” has Browne’s sights set high. 

“You learn everything you need to learn [and] you get hands-on time with the equipment,” Browne said. “I want to work on a grounds crew at a baseball team, so it was really cool seeing that a bunch of other [former] students had gone and worked for and gotten internships for major league programs.” 

Adam Archer is one of those former students. 

“I knew that St. Louis was where I was going to be once school was finished, and I’ve had a goal as long as I can remember to be on the Cardinals ground crew,” Archer said. “I think that the companies around the country are starting to recognize that Linn State is becoming a very good place to get high quality employees from.”

Archer’s new home is Busch Stadium, where he works as a grounds crewmember for the St. Louis Cardinals. His work speaks for itself, but he attributes the majority of his success at Linn Tech to his teachers. 

“[The teachers] set us up through the internships, and you have kids that go there that actually want to work and want to do the hands-on stuff,” Archer said. “They’re very determined too. It looks good for them.” 

Rackers would disagree.             

“It’s good recognition for the student,” Rackers said. “I’m not going to give myself the credit for them getting those jobs. They apply for them.”

Rackers said he looks forward to this upcoming fall. A handful of his students will work at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri for the PGA Championship. 

But for now his current students still have dreams in sight, which could edge their own names on the wall of fame.






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KC Royals end series with a split https://www.komu.com/news/kc-royals-end-series-with-a-split/ https://www.komu.com/news/kc-royals-end-series-with-a-split/ Sports Sun, 27 May 2018 8:21:06 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer KC Royals end series with a split

ARLINGTON - The Kansas City Royals got on the board early in the game.

For the Texas Rangers, the first five innings were scoreless.

By the third inning, the Royals had taken a 5-0 lead with two in the 1st, one in the 2nd, and two in the 3rd.

In the 7th, the Rangers got on the board with two homers from Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos.

After claiming a quick lead, the Royals finished with six scoreless innings.

In the end, the Rangers got close, but not close enough.

The series ended with a 5-3 victory for the Royals.

Monday, the Royals will host the Minnesota Twins.

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Cardinals win series with a 6-4 finale https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-win-series-with-a-6-4-finale/ https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-win-series-with-a-6-4-finale/ Sports Sun, 27 May 2018 7:51:58 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals win series with a 6-4 finale

PITTSBURGH - The St. Louis Cardinals took home a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the series finale Sunday.

The Cardinals scored one in the first inning taking an immediate lead.

Then the Pirates tied it up in the 4th before taking the lead in the 5th after second basemen Adam Frazier brought home two runs.

In the 7th inning, Cardinals third baseman Jedd Gyorko drove in two runs on an RBI, leaving the Cardinals trailing by one.

The game was tied in the 8th after Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader brought in a run.

Later in the 8th, Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez walked Yairo Munoz, giving the Cardinals a two point lead.

After a scoreless 9th inning, the Cardinals won the series with a 6-4 final score Sunday.

On Monday, the Cardinals will play the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pirates will host the Chicago Cubs.

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Mizzou hires new softball head coach https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hires-new-softball-head-coach/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hires-new-softball-head-coach/ Sports Sat, 26 May 2018 8:03:52 PM Cameron La Fontaine, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou hires new softball head coach

COLUMBIA - After a disappointing season capitalized by missing the postseason SEC Tournament it was hosting, Missouri softball will have a new leader for the 2019 season. 

The athletic department announced it named Larissa Anderson the 10th coach in program history on Saturday. Anderson served as head softball coach at Hofstra University for the past four seasons after serving 13 years at the school as an assistant and associate head coach. 

In her four seasons at the helm, Anderson led Hofstra to four straight winning seasons that included two Colonial Athletic Association championships and two NCAA Tournament berths. 

This past season, Hofstra finished the year nationally-ranked at 24 with a 41-14 record. 

"I am thrilled that we were able to recruit Larissa Anderson to Mizzou and am confident that she will build upon the great Tiger Softball tradition that has been established over the last 44 seasons in Columbia," said Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk said in a statement. "She is highly-respected within the coaching community, enjoys an outstanding reputation for player development and has had tremendous success at Hofstra, first as an assistant coach, and then for the last four seasons as head coach.

After Ehren Earleywine was fired suddenly in January, Missouri went with former assistant Gina Fogue to serve as the interim head softball coach. Fogue remained in that position for the entirety of the 2018 season. The team finished 30-29 and 6-17 in conference. 

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