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Former Missouri stars Laurence Bowers and Alex Oriakhi are Serie A teammates in Sicily

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Mizzou Tigers pennant The Tanner Houck Award @MizzouBaseball’s Tanner Houck Named SEC Pitcher of the Week

Mizzou Baseball sophomore RHP Tanner Houck (Collinsville, Ill.) has been named SEC Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday (April 11). This is the second SEC Pitcher of the Week honor for Houck this season and the third of his career. The honor comes on the heels of a dominating performance against the SEC's top offense Auburn. Houck tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits in a 2-0 Mizzou win on Friday night. It was his second complete game shutout this season.

Houck was absolutely dominant on one day short rest as two of the four hits he allowed were infield hits  and only one runner advanced into scoring position through the 9.0 shutout innings as Houck needed just 105 pitches to get the complete game shutout. His 10 strikeouts were the second-most of his career and he also induced 14 ground balls to go along with his 10 strikeouts and just four balls all day were hit out of the infield against Houck. Four of the groundouts were 1-3 putouts on slow dribblers hit back to him as Auburn struggled to square up Houck all day. In the ninth inning, Houck retired the side on just five pitches, displaying his dominance throughout the game.

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Now would be a good time for a rivalry win @MizzouBaseball Heads to In-State Rival #16 Missouri State

Mizzou Baseball, winner of five of six and six of eight, will resume its annual series will in-state rival Missouri State this Tuesday (April 12) at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo., at 6:35 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KTGR 100.5 FM/1580 AM in the Mid-Missouri area while Bears All-Access will carry a live stream of the game for subscribers.

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The Trib: Bowers plans to spend summer teaching the game

Laurence Bowers is scheduled to return home from his third season abroad in early May and stay in Columbia for much of the summer.

Bowers will again be conducting daily basketball lessons at a private gym in southwest Columbia for $35 per child per session with a gym surcharge of $5.

The Trib: Bowers and Oriakhi together again and thriving in Sicily

Laurence Bowers and Alex Oriakhi have traveled a long way from their one season together at Missouri.

All the way, in fact, to Capo d’Orlando, a town of just over 13,000 on the north coast of Sicily.

That’s where the two former Missouri basketball players are living a life shared by legions of former top American collegians, playing professionally overseas. They are fighting to get their team — Betaland Capo d’Orlando — into the playoffs in Serie A, Italy’s top league, while still hoping to one day make the NBA.

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Expanded replay CFL expands video review rules

The CFL will add a video official to address obvious errors not covered by replay challenges, such as when both the offense and defense enter the neutral zone before the snap. In that case, the replay official could examine the play and tell the referee which team jumped first. [...]

"Expanding what can be reviewed will not result in a slower game because coaches are not being provided with additional reviews per game," Glen Johnson, the CFL's senior vice president of football, said in a statement. "In fact, we're looking to reduce the number of delays and the number of penalties, while improving the quality of the game and protecting the health of our players."

I think I like this. You don't want games to last even longer, but if this is just for egregious, almost immediately obvious things, then it really wouldn't add that much time, right? Worth an extra couple minutes per game to make fewer clear, potentially costly errors?

Early enrollment

AP: Fast track: Early enrollment now common in college football

All but four teams in the Power Five conferences have at least one member of the 2016 freshman class already enrolled and practicing, a total of more than 250 players. West Virginia, North Carolina State and Florida have the most freshmen early enrolled this year with nine each.

Now a highly touted quarterback recruit from Alabama is taking early enrollment a step further. Jake Bentley announced this week he will skip his senior year of high school altogether and enroll at the University of South Carolina this summer.


Jackson Clarion-Ledger: Talk but no action on widening the SEC's misconduct rule

Sankey, who spoke to the media for an hour at UAB on Monday, said while a year-old rule outlawing the incoming transfers of those accused of sexual assault or domestic violence has been successful, he’s hesitant to extend them to incoming freshman for incidents that occurred in high school.

"That’s a conversation that has occurred," Sankey said. "I don’t think that’s the direction at this point but it’s still an ongoing dialogue." [...]

You’re not going to know, if someone’s a minor, what may have happened," Sankey said. "You’re relying on different sorts of information. Where when you reach the age of maturity there are processed records."

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