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A recent audit of Missouri’s athletic department financial records shows an employee used a department credit card to pay for a $7,600 tab at a Las Vegas strip club. The employee was reprimanded and did pay back the charges. One of the charges included a $2,000 tip on a $4,400 bill.

The audit is part of a review of university business and it also flagged nearly $3,000 in charges by former men’s basketball director of operations Jeff Daniels, who now works at Arkansas under former Tigers coach Mike Anderson.

Daniels billed the school for two charges of $1,489.54 each at the Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas, in January 2011. Those charges were for a team meal that the university estimated was for a traveling party of approximately 30 people, including coaches, team members and support staff, meaning an average dinner cost of nearly $100 per person. Those charges were flagged because together they exceeded the $2,500 limit for single transactions.

There were 85 other transactions of lesser fees that were highlighted in the audit, but the athletic department confirmed to the Kansas City Star that steps have been taken to remind employees what type of purchases are allowable.

Tuesday night was the last night of the Class 2 District 9 volleyball tournament.  The first match was the Mt. Grove Lady Panthers taking on the Cabool Lady Bulldogs.  Mt. Grove took Cabool in two sets: 25-20 and 25-21.

The second match was the Liberty Lady Eagles against the Houston Lady Tigers.  Liberty defeated Houston in two sets, 25-23 and 25-22.

The Championship game then came down between the Lady Panthers and the Lady Eagles.  The final was the Mt. Grove Lady Panthers taking the Lady Eagles in two sets, 25-12 and 25-17.

The Lady Panthers were crowned as District Champions and move on to the State Playoffs.

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – West Plains resident Alan Heselton took “Iron Man” honors Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Fall Shooting Classic at Ozark Sporting Clays in Caulfield, Mo.

 

Proceeds from the event, hosted by Rick and Bev Hamby, benefitted the Grizzly Athletics program at Missouri State University-West Plains.

 

Heselton scored 68 points in the all-around shooting competition.  Second place went to Robert Todd, Viola, Ark., with 65 points, and third place went to Jim Davis, West Plains, with 63 points.

 

Winners in the individual competitions were Rick Hamby, sporting clays, with 23 out of 25 targets hit; Heselton, trap and wobble, perfect 25 out of 25 targets hit; and Heselton, fur and feather, with 22 out of 25 targets hit.

 

“The Fall Shooting Classic was held on what had to be one of the most gorgeous days of the year,” said Dr. Herb Lunday, dean of student services and athletic director.  “Rick and Bev Hamby are among the most gracious and accommodating people I know.  Those who enjoy shooting sports should check out Ozark Sporting Clays.  It is beautiful and spacious, and it is uniquely situated in a forest and field setting of our beloved Ozarks.

 

The Hambys recently opened the new 25-acre sporting development on county road 7360, 10 miles west of West Plains.  The savannah-style park carved out of native Ozark forest land features a club house, a 10-station sporting clay range for seasoned shooters, as well as a nice zone setup for first-time shooters that helps the novice graduate to the next level.

 

“Everyone affiliated with Grizzly Athletics extends our sincere appreciation to the Hambys and the shooters who came out to support the event,” Lunday said.  “Some of the experienced shooters even helped the student athletes learn to shoot clay pigeons.  The students’ smiles, laughter and overall delight told their own story of appreciation.”

 

For more information about Grizzly Athletics and how you can support the program, contact Lunday at 417-255-7255 or visit the Grizzly Athletics website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/.

ALAN HESELTON, second from right, West Plains, won “Iron Man” honors at the Fall Shooting Classic Saturday, Oct. 20, at Ozark Sporting Clays in Caulfield, Mo. The event, hosted by Rick and Bev Hamby, benefitted the Grizzly Athletics program at Missouri State University-West Plains. With Heselton above are, from left, Rick and Bev Hamby, Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann and Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker. (Photo provided)

 

 

San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco slides safely past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball's National League championship series Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in San Francisco. Blanco scored from second on a hit by Matt Cain. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(San Francisco) (AP) – Hunter Pence hit a bizarre, two-run double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and the San Francisco Giants won their record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series Monday night.

Marco Scutaro matched an LCS record with 14 hits in the series and Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for his fifth straight game. The Giants returned to the World Series two years after winning it all, getting the final out in a downpour.

The Detroit Tigers, who have been waiting on their opponent since finishing a four-game ALCS sweep of the Yankees last Thursday, get another trip to the Bay Area after clinching the division series in Oakland.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Defensive struggles cost the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team a win on the road Friday night, Oct. 19.  The ninth-ranked Grizzlies, now 20-6, fell to Johnson County Community College 22-25, 23-25, 13-25 in Overland Park, Kan.

 

“We played well enough to stay in the game, but our blocking and defense eventually killed us,” Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said.  “In games one and two, we were right there with them.  We had opportunities to win either one of those games, but we just didn’t get it done.  The one thing we’ve done so well the past month and a half is make adjustments, and we didn’t do that very well Friday night.”

 

Johnson County, the No. 13 team in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Division II poll, changed their tactics from a week ago when they appeared in the Colton’s Steak House & Grill/Holiday Inn Express Grizzly Invitational Tournament in West Plains.  Instead of running a 6-2 rotation, they ran a 5-1, Wiedemann said, “and it really clicked for them.”

 

That change and Missouri State-West Plains’ defensive struggles kept the Grizzlies chasing their opponents.  “Our defense did not have a chance to form around our block.  As a result, we didn’t give ourselves a chance to finish those first two games out,” Wiedemann said.  “In game three, Johnson County played an almost perfect game.  They made their luck with their effort, and the ball bounced their way.  We were frustrated that the balls weren’t going down for us, and we couldn’t buy a dig.”

 

The Grizzlies only recorded two blocks and 39 digs for the night.  Freshman outside hitter Helena Peric led the team in digs with 13, as well as in passing rating with 2.88, kills with 14 and points earned with 14.  Sophomore middle attacker Magda Zietek was the most effective offensively at the net, posting a .250 attacking percentage.  Freshman setter Sarah Stretch had 35 assists and the team’s only service ace of the evening.

 

“We passed well.  That wasn’t an issue, and our serving was okay, but not as effective as it has been.  We just didn’t put them on their heels like we did the first time.  Our blocking and defense made us feel like we were chasing them, trying to catch up,” the coach said.

 

The loss, though, may turn into a positive for the Grizzlies.  “It’s not the worst thing in the world.  We’ve already had a very good talk after the match about what went wrong,” Wiedemann said.  “If we can suffer a loss like we did against Johnson County then come together, discuss what went wrong and come up with the answers, that bodes well for the rest of the season.  This can be a very good lesson learned.  That’s what can make it a good loss – how it helps us move forward with the rest of the season.”

 

The Grizzlies will be asked to put those new lessons into practice Thursday, Oct. 25, when they meet Region 16 arch rival Jefferson College for the last time in the regular season at 6 p.m. in Hillsboro, Mo.  “This is a big region game for us.  A positive result will put us in the driver’s seat for the Region 16 tournament.  We need to be ready to play on their home floor,” Wiedemann said.

 

Following Thursday’s match, the Grizzlies will stay in Hillsboro to compete in the Jefferson College Invitational Tournament Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 17.  On Friday, the Grizzlies will play No. 4 Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, at 3 p.m. and Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa, at 7 p.m.  Saturday, the Grizzlies will face Seminole (Okla.) State College at noon and Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College at 2 p.m.

 

For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, including a copy of the 2012 schedule, visit the team’s website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/vb/.

Thursday Night:

West Plains at Webb City (Cardinals have won 89 straight reg. season games)

Pleasant Hope at Mountain Grove (Panthers, undefeated at 9-0)

Fair Grove at Willow Springs

Chaffee at Thayer

Ava at Eldon

Friday night…

Houston at Liberty

Cabool at Portageville

Friday night Arkansas regular season games…Week 9

Pocahantas at Highland (Rebels are 8-0)

Salem at East Poinsette County (Greyhounds are 8-0)

North Little Rock at Mountain Home

GENEVA (Reuters) – Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life on Monday after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency‘s (USADA) sanctions against the American.

The long-awaited decision has left cycling facing its “greatest crisis” according to UCI president Pat McQuaid and has destroyed Armstrong’s last hope of clearing his name.

“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling. Lance Armstrong deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” McQuaid told a news conference as he outlined how cycling, long battered by doping problems for decades, would have to start all over again.

“The UCI wishes to begin that journey on that path forward today by confirming that it will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and that it will recognize the sanction that USADA has imposed.

“I was sickened by what I read in the USADA report.”

On October 10, USADA published a report into Armstrong which alleged the now-retired rider had been involved in the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”.

Armstrong, 41, had previously elected not to contest USADA charges, prompting USADA to propose his punishment pending confirmation from cycling’s world governing body.

Former Armstrong team mates at his U.S. Postal and Discovery Channel outfits, where he won his seven successive Tour titles from 1999 to 2005, testified against him and themselves and were given reduced bans by the American authorities.

“It wasn’t until the intervention of federal agents…they called these riders in and they put down a gun and badge on the table in front of them and said ‘you’re now facing a grand jury you must tell the truth’ that those riders broke down,” McQuaid added.

Armstrong, widely accepted as one of the greatest cyclists of all time given he fought back from cancer to dominate the sport, has always denied doping and says he has never failed a doping test.

He said he had stopped contesting the charges after years of probes and rumors because “there comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough’”.

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McQuaid, who faced criticism from several quarters for his and the UCI’s handling of the affair, said he would not be resigning.

“Cycling has a future. This is not the first time cycling has reached a crossroads or that it has had to begin anew,” he said in front of a packed room full of journalists and television cameras.

“When I took over (as president) in 2005 I made the fight against doping my priority. I acknowledged cycling had a culture of doping. Cycling has come a long way. I have no intention of resigning as president of the UCI.

“I am sorry we couldn’t catch every damn one of them red handed and throw them out of the sport.”

Other issues such as the potential re-awarding of Armstrong’s Tour titles and the matter of prize money will be discussed by the UCI Management Committee on Friday.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme has said he believes no rider should inherit the titles given doping was so widespread among the peloton at the time but McQuaid made it clear that that decision rested with his organization, not the Tour organizers.

USADA charged five people over the doping ring. Doctors Luis Garcia del Moral and Michele Ferrari and trainer Pepe Marti have been banned for life while Armstrong’s mentor Johan Bruyneel has chosen to go to arbitration along with doctor Pedro Celaya.

Friday night the West Plains Zizzers hosted the Rolla Bulldogs; both winless this season.  Harlin Hutchison reports:

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Final: Rolla 28 v. West Plains 15

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Willow Springs defeated Ava, 28-17.  Larry Spence reports:

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Salem defeated Cabool 41-21.  Brad McNew has the recap:

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MVBT Liberty dominated Houston 42-7.  Dave Quinn reports:

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Mt. Grove defeated Thayer 34-14.

 

Next week begins district play across the area.

 

SAN FRANCISCO — The Cardinals never wanted to be here.

Not back in San Francisco, a city they could have avoided until next April had the club emerged with a Game 5 victory. And certainly not in another win-or-go-home contest, something a Game 6 victory could have prevented

But having lost consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 14-15, St. Louis finds itself on both the brink of elimination and a second straight World Series berth. A 6-1 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park on Sunday night pushes this National League Championship Series to its max, leaving Kyle Lohse, for the second time this postseason, to take the mound with the task of extending the club’s season.

“You’ve seen us the last couple years — it seems, unfortunately, we don’t win until we absolutely need to,” Lohse said. “We got to go in there, wipe the slate clean. We’ve got one game to play.”

Lance Lynn couldn’t close the series on Friday, setting Chris Carpenter up for his fifth start in a potential postseason clincher. The Cards had won three of the previous four. But as valiant an effort as the one Carpenter made to shed the season-ending label once affixed to his midseason surgery, his third start of the postseason — and just his sixth this year — reminded that the rust is still there.

As Carpenter struggled with fastball command early, the Giants jammed the basepaths. With four hits, a pair of walks and a costly Pete Kozma error, San Francisco closed the second with a 5-0 lead. The Redbirds had hardly any answer, stymied for a second time this series by Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.

It leaves the Cardinals to face their seventh elimination game since the start of the 2011 postseason, their third this month. They have won all of them thus far.

“We won a one-game playoff in Atlanta,” said Daniel Descalso. “We won a big Game 5 in Washington. And now, before we move on, we have to win a Game 7 here.”

“What you’re trying to do in that type of game is play a normal ballgame, because you don’t want the aura of Game 7,” added Lance Berkman. “Clutch performances are simply guys who play normally in big spots. Having a bunch of guys who have done it on this team does give you a measure of ability to master the situation rather than be mastered by it.”

The Giants, though, could say the same, as their victory on Sunday was their fifth in a win-or-go-home game in this postseason alone.

“You go out there and you play like there’s no tomorrow,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “And these guys have done a great job of it. They’re keeping their poise, and they’re finding ways to get it done.”

In order to discard San Francisco, the Cards will have to corral a Giants offense that has outscored St. Louis, 11-1, in the past two games. San Francisco used a one-out walk, Pablo Sandoval double and RBI groundout to jump on Carpenter in the first inning Sunday.

A deluge of trouble then followed in the second.

A leadoff triple and one-out intentional walk brought Vogelsong to the plate. He squared as if to bunt but pulled back while Carpenter delivered and grounded to short. Brandon Belt scored from third, and Kozma’s bobble kept the rookie shortstop from getting an out.

“I just missed it,” Kozma said. “I thought I had a handle on it, and the ball just popped out.”

That inning-extender bit St. Louis, as two-out hits by Marco Scutaro and Sandoval pushed the Giants’ lead to five. With the three unearned runs, San Francisco has now scored 10 in this series.

Though Carpenter worked two more scoreless innings before handing the game over to the Cardinals’ bullpen, the hole was too big. Exactly matching his numbers from a Game 2 start, the veteran right-hander allowed six hits and five runs (two earned) in four innings.

“I’ve got to do a better job or figure out my situation,” said Carpenter, who had never before lost consecutive postseason starts. “But it’s not fair to my ballclub to be down 5-0 all the time after two innings.”

Vogelsong’s outing mirrored his previous one, too, though that was not a welcome encore for the Cards. As he did last week, Vogelsong limited St. Louis to one run and four hits in seven innings. It wasn’t until the fifth, with two outs, that the Redbirds tallied their first hit.

Back-to-back singles by Descalso and Kozma in that frame were wasted. A two-out double by Carlos Beltran and subsequent single from Allen Craig — who had been just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position as the team’s cleanup hitter this postseason — was all that prevented St. Louis from being shut out for the second straight game.

The Cardinals, whose offense has been anemic in the team’s losses all postseason, advanced only one other runner as far as second after Craig’s RBI hit.

“Nobody wants to be the guy that doesn’t get it done,” said Vogelsong, who struck out a career-best nine. “I wasn’t as nervous today as I was yesterday on the off-day thinking about [how] I didn’t want to let these guys down. I didn’t want to let the city down.”

St. Louis has scored 52 runs in its seven playoff wins, an average of more than seven runs per game. In the five losses, however, the run total is five.

“Their pitchers have been amazing the last two games,” catcher Yadier Molina said. “You have to give them credit. … We’ll have to make an adjustment.”

The Cards must do so, too, with two of their best hitters ailing. Beltran, though active, is still playing on a compromised knee. Fellow corner outfielder Matt Holliday sat due to back tightness on Sunday. He is questionable for a Game 7 return.

“We know this team on the other side is very motivated and driven. … They’ve got a lot of positive thoughts going into it,” manager Mike Matheny said. “But we do, too. Our guys will come out and play a different brand of baseball tomorrow.”

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It’s Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ava:

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Liberty:

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Thayer:

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