Saturday Live Thread

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova won the French Open this morning (care to read what I had to say about it at SBN? I know you do!), and Euro 2012 is about to dominate the thread, I'm sure, but there are a few Mizzou-related topics for discussion as well on this lovely Saturday.

1. Mizzou Basketball Got A 2014 Commitment Yesterday. Four-star Little Rock point guard Anton Beard gave Frank Haith a verbal yesterday. You can check out the PowerMizzou article here and his profile here. From PowerMizzou:

The strong point guard play of Phil Pressey last year and the idea that he could keep up the tradition was another factor that played heavily into Beard's decision. It is a trend that should keep Tiger fans very happy as the program moves forward.

"I'm an all-around point guard," Beard said. "Mizzou lets their point guard run the show and sets up plays for them to be successful and that's the style I like to play."

2. Brian Smith Got Himself A New Contract. May he win every SEC wrestling title for the rest of time.

(Smith spoke with the Mizzou Network yesterday as well.)

3. One More Tidbit About The 1975 Missouri-Alabama Game. Via e-mail last night, I found this little tidbit. Even in 1975, when you beat Alabama (and on a Monday night in front of a national audience, no less), people notice.

Players Of The Week

OFFENSE: Tailback Ricky Bell got off to a ringing start in Southern California's 35-7 win over Duke. Bell scored four touchdowns and averaged more than seven yards a carry as he set a USC one-game rushing record of 256 yards.

DEFENSE: Missouri Tackle Keith Morrissey, 6'4", 227-pound sophomore, anchored a stout defense that limited second-ranked Alabama to 118 yards. Morrissey contributed nine individual tackles to the Tigers' surprising 20-7 win.

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