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The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce the Inaugural Career Fair taking place inside the Diamond Club at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Looking for a job, internship, or a career change? Join the Kansas City Royals and other business leaders for a unique networking opportunity to connect with representatives from a variety of corporate businesses and organizations. Fees and Game Information: $13.00 Career Fair Registration. Cost includes admittance to the Career Fair and a ticket to the Royals vs. Twins Game at 7:10 p.m. on April 29, 2011. For more information on the Royals Career Fair please contact Laurie Ambroson at (816) 504-4390 or email laurie.ambroson@royals.com.

Sweeney, Figueroa Win Big 12 Honors

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The Big 12 Conference announced today the 2010-11 Big 12 Swimming and Diving postseason awards, and two Tigers were selected to receive postseason honors. Jamie Sweeney received the honor of Big 12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the first time, while freshman Loren Figueroa also nabbed her first Women's Diver of the Year honor for the conference.

Rise Finishes as National Runner-Up

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With one event left in the heptathlon at the 2011 Indoor NCAA Championships, senior Lars Rise (Trodheim, Norway) found himself in fourth place. Rise was sitting in the middle of a logjam - 62 points separated the second place and seventh place competitors. Rise ran a huge five-second personal-best of 2:40.92 for 863 points in the 1,000m run to jump over two competitors and finish the event as the national runner-up.

Soccer 5k this Sunday!

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3rd Annual Tiger Trot 5K Run/Walk Benefitting True North 9:00 A.M., Sunday April 17, 2011 at Memorial Stadium $25 per person or pledge a dollar amount per mile* (Donations also Accepted) A portion of the proceeds will benefit True North in Columbia, Mo. T-Shirts and Prizes for participants. Please contact Shaunna Daugherty @ daughertys@missouri.edu with any questions and for registration details and visit WeAreMizzouSoccer.com for further detail.

Six Tigers Earn Academic Awards

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Six Missouri Gymnasts have been honored by the Big 12 conference for their academic achievement over the past year. Five Tigers have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team and one to the second team. Juniors Mary Burke and Allie Heizelman earned first team honors along with sophomore teammates Sandra Ostad, Lauren Swankoski and Tori Howard. Senior Alex Gold was named to the All-Big 12 second team as well.

Bouchard Takes Bronze Twice at World Trials

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Dominique Bouchard posts lifetime best finish in first event of the competition, and qualifies for World Games in the 200 back. Bouchard qualified for the World University Games with her bronze medal finish in the 200 back Saturday. She finished the event in 2:10.30, just ahead of fellow Missouri swimmer Lauren Lavigna, who finished fourth in 2:10.80. Bouchard will represent Canada at the Games held in August. Lavigna also led off a relay with her club team, earning a gold medal and setting a new Canadian record.

Sophomore Jace Long claims second victory of the spring season

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Jace Long (Dixon, Mo.) led Missouri Golf to its third consecutive victory of the spring season as he shot a second-round 67 and an even-par 72 to win the 2011 Arkansas-Little Rock First Tee Classic on Tuesday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark. The 2011 First Tee Classic was played at the par-72, 7,326-yard Chenal Country Club. The victory was Long's second straight for Head Coach Mark Leroux's club. Long won the Jackrabbit Invitational on March 15 in Las Vegas.

Bradley Takes Third, Schavrien Sixth

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Junior Dom Bradley picked up two wins to secure third place while senior Todd Schavrien finished in sixth as the Tiger wrestling team wrapped up the 2011 NCAA Championships. Bradley is the second heavyweight All-American in program history, joining two-time honoree and National Champion Mark Ellis. Bradley finished the year with a 30-4 record. Schavrien finished 30-9 in his senior season, and wrapped up his career with an 86-44 record while earning his first ever All-America honors along the way.

The Kansas City Star

COLUMBIA | Barely had Missouri confirmed its acceptance to play Iowa in the 2010 Insight Bowl than the story lines began to pop up.

How long it had been since these two schools from bordering states had played.

And why.

How the Insight skipped over Nebraska to take the Tigers.

How it was now incumbent on Missouri fans to prove, not only to the Insight bowl but to all future bowls, they would travel in big numbers to support their football program.

With surprising bluntness, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel explained why, when he began the reclamation project of MU football a decade ago, he and Missouri athletic director Mike Alden dropped a four-year series against Iowa set for 2005 through 2008.

“We got ‘em off the schedule because they’re good,” Pinkel said. “We were building our program and that didn’t make a lot of sense to me to play such a great football program.

“I would say that was an intelligent decision.”

Missouri has averaged 10 victories a season over the last four years and now will be playing in a sixth straight bowl game, a school record.

But when the 10-2 Tigers meet the 7-5 Hawkeyes at 9 p.m. on Dec. 28 in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., it will be the first meeting between the double black and gold in 100 years.

In 1910, Missouri edged Iowa 5-0, in Columbia, boosting the Tigers’ edge to 7-5 in a series that was about to pull a Rip Van Winkle.

MU wide receiver T.J. Moe spoke with just as much boldness on how Missouri, after being passed over by the Insight last season for Iowa State, was taken by the Insight over Nebraska.

“I know a lot of times we’ve been snubbed in the bowls a little bit,” Moe said.

“I know right now, Nebraska has one more loss on their record (9-3) than Missouri does. That’s good for us.

“You’ve got 10 wins in a season, I don’t think you’re too worried about what bowl you’re going to after that. You either get screwed or you don’t. It’s not up to us any more.

“I don’t know if anybody got screwed.”

Nebraska fans, Moe was told, might disagree, with the Cornhuskers going to the Holiday Bowl to play Washington.

“Nebraska always thinks they got screwed,” Moe shot back.

The bottom line was delineated clearly by Pinkel and other MU officials.

Missouri has 11,000 tickets to sell to the Insight Bowl. An estimated 3,500 had been sold by early Sunday evening.

Following the 2007 season, Cotton Bowl officials credited Missouri fans with buying 35,000 tickets to that bowl in Dallas.

However, MU officials estimated the school sold only about 6,500 tickets to the 2008 Alamo Bowl and the 2009 Texas Bowl.

So Pinkel put it bluntly:

“We need our fans there,” he said. “It’s our job to consistently go to bowls and we’re doing it now.

“Mizzou fans, (I) challenge you.”

The MU Athletic ticket office began taking orders for the bowl game on Sunday evening at 7:30. Fans may order tickets by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS or on the Internet at www.mutigers.com, or starting today at 8 a.m., by showing up in person at the Mizzou Arena ticket office.

Tickets through the MU web site on Sunday listed for $64 and $82, and there was an option to purchase and donate tickets for others at the web site.

The MU Alumni Association is offering full air/land and land/only tour packages to the bowl game. Information for that is at www.MizzouSportsTravel.com or by calling 1-888-649-9681.

Tickets and other information are also available at www.fiestabowl.org. The same organization runs the Fiesta Bowl and the Insight Bowl.

Pinkel said he didn’t harbor any ill feelings about Missouri being bypassed by the Insight Bowl last year, when bowl officials cited a real need to have a home team that promised to buy a ton of tickets for a bowl that was only on the NFL Network.

“Everybody’s got to make decisions for the reasons that are necessary for their organization,” Pinkel said Sunday night.

Pinkel got off the best line of the night when he talked about Iowa vs. Missouri not becoming a rivalry like Kansas vs. Missouri or even Illinois vs. Missouri.

Eight states share a common border with the state of Missouri.

“If we’ve got a natural rivalry with every one of them,” Pinkel said, “we’d have our own conference.”

Senior captain and cornerback Kevin Rutland, on hand at the MU bowl announcement, shook his head over his head coach’s words about not playing Iowa.

“To hear him say Iowa’s a great team, that’s why he dodged them, it takes a man to say something like that,” Rutland said.

“We’re playing them now. There’s no dodge.”

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