Sports digest: MU basketball team moves to 3-0 on Italian tour – STLtoday.com
Point guard Terrence Phillips stuffed the stat line in the Missouri men’s basketball team’s victory Friday, an 81-52 win over Vicenza Select in Creazzo, Italy. Phillips scored a game-high 17 points and added seven assists and five steals as the Tigers improved to 3-0 on the tour.
Freshman forward Willie Jackson had his second double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Frankie Hughes added 12 points off the bench while Cullen VanLeer scored 10.
The Tigers were 9 of 19 overall from 3-point range. Missouri plays its final game Saturday against the Kosovo National Team at Palazzetto Scuole Elementari in Costa Masnaga. (Dave Matter)
SLUH football star picks Illini • Tony Adams, a three-star senior cornerback at St. Louis U. High, made an oral commitment Friday to play for the University of Illinois and new coach Lovie Smith.
The 6-foot 184-pounder, who lives in Belleville, chose the Illini over Missouri, media reports say.
Adams’ commitment gives the Illini a much-needed lift in the St. Louis area.
“I want coaches that are going to push me for all four years and make me a better person as well as a man,” Adams told Illiniinquirer.com last month. “Then I want atmosphere. I like it a lot.”
STLFC to take on Sacramento • Another big crowd is expected when St. Louis FC (7-8-7) wraps up a stretch of four consecutive home matches at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Sacramento Republic (9-6-7) in United Soccer League action at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton. With eight games to play, STLFC enters the weekend a point behind the Swope Park Rangers in the battle for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. STLFC is 1-0-2 on the home stand, 4-1-6 in league matches at home and defeated 2014 USL champion Sacramento 1-0 in California on April 23. (Joe Lyons)
SEMO football scrimmage at Kirkwood High •The Southeast Missouri State University football team is holding an intrasquad scrimmage at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kirkwood High. It’s the first preseason scrimmage for the Redhawks, who open Sept. 3 at Memphis. The scrimmage is free.
SEC clears Smith’s transfer • The Southeastern Conference cleared the way Friday for former Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith to transfer as a graduate student to Georgia. The SEC granted two exceptions to conference bylaws as requested by Georgia on behalf of Smith. Smith won’t have to sit out a year and will be eligible this season.