Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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Mizzou's Bowers signs with hometown Grizzlies

After going undrafted in Thursday's NBA draft, former Missouri forward Laurence Bowers agreed to a free-agent contract with his hometown Memphis Grizzlies and will play in the Las Vegas summer league, starting July 13.

Bowers, who missed the 2011-12 season with a knee injury, returned last season and led the Tigers in scoring, averaging a career-high 14.1 points per game plus 6.1 rebounds. He missed five games in January with a sprained knee ligament.

Bowers, who became the first player in team history to earn a master's degree during his player career, was also named team MVP for his senior season. A second-team All-SEC selection, Bowers ranks second at Missouri with 157 career blocked shots. (Dave Matter)

MU basketball lands recruit * Chris Sandifer, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Los Angeles, gave an oral commitment to Missouri's 2014 recruiting class while in Columbia on his official visit Friday.

Mark Olivier, the executive director of Sandifer's Oakland Soldiers AAU basketball program, confirmed the commitment. "He shoots the leather out of the ball," said Olivier, whose AAU team also produced Missouri guard Jabari Brown.

Sandifer, who plays at Junipero Serra High School, also has scholarship offers from Colorado, Loyola Marymount and San Diego State. He has extended family in St. Louis, including cousin Steve Weaver, a former Mizzou walk-on who last played in 1999-2000. ranks Sandifer a four-star recruit and rates him the No. 88 prospect in the 2014 class. Sandifer is the Tigers' first commitment for its 2014 class. (Dave Matter)

Spain, Brazil to play for title * The Confederations Cup has the final many wanted: a long-awaited matchup between world champion Spain and host Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.

The most dominant national team in recent years and the most successful team ever in international play will meet Sunday at Maracana Stadium for the title of the eight-nation warmup tournament for next year's World Cup. …

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