Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Ladue's Howard Spurns Badgers, Picks Mizzou

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Ladue's Howard Spurns Badgers, Picks Mizzou

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Ladue's Howard spurns Badgers, picks Mizzou

Nate Howard, a defensive end from Ladue committed to Wisconsin since the fall, officially flipped his oral pledge Friday, saying live on KSDK that he'll sign with Missouri. Howard committed to Wisconsin in his senior season at Ladue but opened his recruiting when coach Gary Anderson left Madison for Oregon State. The national letter of intent day is Wednesday. (Dave Matter)

Busch soccer match * Tickets are going fast for the U.S. women's national team's April 4 match against New Zealand at Busch Stadium. In fact, according to ussoccer.com, more than 23,500 tickets had been sold by noon Friday, just two hours after they went on sale, with reports indicating upper levels of the stadium may need to be opened.

According to U.S. Soccer, attendance for the game already is projected to be the largest for a U.S. women's national team home game in over 11 years since 25,253 watched the U.S. beat Canada at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup third-place match. Tickets can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at the Eighth Street ticket windows at Busch Stadium.

Williams mourns Banks * After paying his respects to Ernie Banks on Friday, Billy Williams thought about all the good times they had together.

They were Hall of Fame players for the Chicago Cubs and friends for decades, so there were plenty of recollections. Williams mentioned the "joy" and "lasting memories" his pal left. No player on the North Side was as beloved as "Mr. Cub," and Banks' death Jan. 23 sparked an outpouring of grief in the city and in the baseball world. Fans have been placing flowers outside Wrigley Field and stopping in Daley Plaza to take photos of his statue, which normally stands outside the ballpark. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, on what would have been his 84th birthday.

More baseball news * Reliever Neal Cotts (Lebanon) and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract. ... The Atlanta Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason, dealing righthanded pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd. …

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