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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.

COLUMBIA — Laurence Bowers had to get warmed up. But tonight it wasn't to play basketball.

It was sound check in the dimly lit Blue Note music theater and Bowers needed some help from R&B singer and former Missouri basketball player Kareem Rush.

“I have no idea what to do on stage,” Bowers said. “Should I do this?” he said clapping his hands high above his head.

Rush asked Bowers, who is set to play his senior year for the Tigers next season, if he had really never performed his music live before.

Bowers’ eyes grew huge as he replied with a definitive “Never.”

His music group, Suite 1050, was an opening act for Rush on Tuesday night at the Blue Note. Faakir Habeebullah and Leaven Phillips rapped alongside Bowers' singing in the group's first live performance.

Phillips worried about stepping on the microphone wire. Bowers said he was going to crowd surf, all 6-feet-8-inches of him.

“Y’all got a studio?” Bowers said to Rush and his crew. “We did all our songs on the computer in our dorm room.”

Suite 1050 is named for the dorm room in MU’s South Hall where he, Habeebullah and Phillips lived.

The modest crowd included new Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith and teammate Kim English. English was the group’s fourth suite-mate and his poetry is featured on one of the group's tracks.

Showtime was approaching, and backstage Suite 1050 was deciding who would talk once they were on stage and what they would say.

After taking the stage, Bowers introduced each member of the group. As Habeebullah and Phillips rapped and Bowers sang sweet rifts of melody they each swayed back and forth on stage. It was all the choreography they could coordinate with 20 hours to prepare.

The decision for Suite 1050 to perform was made late Monday night after Bowers and Rush met at Mizzou ROARS, an award show recognizing MU student-athletes, where Rush performed.

"I thought I'd let him know I'm a guy on the basketball team that's in his position," Bowers said. "I wasn't expecting anything."

Rush told Bowers to send him his tracks. Later that night, they emailed back and forth and talked on the phone, and Rush asked Bowers if he would like to open for him.

"I said 'It's me and my two homeboys, and I got to run it by them,'" Bowers said. "I was second guessing because I'd never did it before."

Phillips was at home studying differential equations and circuit theory when Bowers called him. Habeebullah was asleep.

Habeebullah had to think for a minute. He had class the next morning at 8 a.m. and two exams the day after the show.

"I wasn't sure, but I can't pass up an opportunity like this so I said, 'Let's do it,'" Habeebullah said.

Rush, a Kansas City native, was a standout on the MU basketball team from 1999-2002 and is the 11th all-time leading scorer for the Tigers. His seven years in the NBA ended in 2009 when he torn his ACL, but while one career died another was born.

Rush worked with producers Mechalie Jamison and Earl Powell to create his debut album Rehabbing R&B, pun intended because for Rush music is his rehab for his knee. Rush now owns his own label, Big Rush Entertainment.

"Just because you're an athlete does not mean you know the right people or have what it takes to be successful in music," Powell said. "He (Rush) has the dedication and that element you've got to have."

Rush's second career is music, but it is one he says he has just as great a passion for as basketball. He sees working with Bowers as an opportunity to encourage him to embrace his love for music as well.

"Hopefully I'm starting a trend, showing basketball guys they can embrace their other talents," Rush said. "I know what it's like coming off the basketball court. People are going to be skeptical."

Knowing that, Rush looked optimistically at Suite 1050.

During Suite 1050's sound check for "Smile for Me" another singer from Rush's group took out his iPhone and began singing harmonies into the speaker, as if looking ahead to future work.

He handed the recording to Rush who nodded in approval.

"This might be a door opener for me. It's something I might like to pursue," Bowers said. The forward who has played in nearly 100 games as a Tiger, was nervous to perform.

"It's music. It's not shooting the ball through the hoop or dunking. It's not something I'm familiar with."

Bowers has sang for an audience before. In elementary school he starred in school plays. His favorite performance was when he sang "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch" by the Temptations in a Black History play.

He can't read music, but "developed an ear for it" as he sat on his grandmother's lap or beside her on the piano bench as she played. He now plays piano by ear and says he is one of many singers in his family.

"I have two aunties that are real good gospel singers," Bowers said. "Pretty much everybody in my family can hold a tune."

For Bowers, music provides an escape.

"I look at this as fun and basketball as a job, even though I probably shouldn't," Bowers said. "This is just something I do."

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