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thisweekathletics—Day two scores of 87 by Cathy Doyle, Dana Hayden and Sydney Skiles kept the UE women’s golf team in seventh place of 10 squads after Monday’s round two of the Missouri Valley Conference Championships at The Club at Porto Cima in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Wichita State leads with an overall score of 642, while the Aces have tallied 687 heading into the final day of competition, which may or may not happen Tuesday. Mike Kern, the MVC’s associate commissioner, tweeted this photo of a rainy day at the course.

—Last week, news came out that the NCAA was mulling an earlier start to practice for men’s basketball teams — same as the women’s system — where programs can drill a certain number of days in the month leading up to the season. ESPN’s Andy Katz also reported Monday that coaches are in favor of a proposal to shorten shot clocks from 35 to 30 seconds. I wouldn’t know for sure without UE coach Marty Simmons’ input, but I doubt that’s something that would help the Aces’ motion offense, which takes time to develop in the half court.

—New University of Missouri-Kansas City coach Kareem Richardson, a former UE player and assistant, seems to be using his local ties on the recruiting trail. The Kangaroos’ staff offered scholarships over the weekend to in-state senior Anthony Johnson from Decatur Central High School and 2014 prospect C.J. Coleman of Mt. Vernon Fortville High School, according to Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star.

—Future UE men’s basketball player Duane Gibson, whose Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s High School team in Cleveland won a state title, went for 3 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and a steal in Ohio’s North-South All-Star Game over the weekend. Gibson’s local newspaper also named him the Division IV player of the year at season’s end.

—Not that it affects next season’s schedule, but it’s still something to follow: Creighton junior Doug McDermott remains on the fence about forgoing his senior year for the NBA draft. He has until Sunday to decide. Omaha’s Associated Press reporter contacted McDermott on Monday when a rumor leaked he was leaving. At 11:30 p.m., McDermott told Eric Olson, “Sorry, still haven’t made a decision.”

—Former UE shortstop Eric Stamets seems to be settling in now after a slow start offensively with the Inland Empire 66ers, high-A affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels. Stamets is hitting at a .279 clip overall (second on the team) but is at .351 in the last two weeks, which include a trio of three-hit games since April 12. Stamets still seems to lack power, as two of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases.

—Troy Perkins, a former goalkeeper on the UE men’s soccer team for the 2003 season, is still at it in the MLS. Perkins’ Montreal Impact club profiled the Ace’s efforts early this season, which after his trade to the team, has seen the Impact win four of his six games in goal. He’s allowed just five goals — one of them a penalty kick.

—The only UE sport in action today is the softball team. The Aces (19-25, 10-9 MVC) head to Southern Illinois for a 5 p.m. first pitch that will cap a series they already won with a doubleheader sweep Sunday over the Salukis. WUEV.org will broadcast audio of today’s game.

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