Missouri curators met behind closed doors last night for the fourth time in as many days as the school turns its attention to saving the Big 12 Conference after its apparent bid to join the Big Ten failed.

The meeting follows 2 days of discussions in Columbia amid a shifting landscape that saw fellow Big 12 members Colorado and Nebraska bolt for the Pac-10 and Big Ten, respectively.

Missouri was considered one of the top prospects for an expanded Big Ten, and the school could still wind up there as conference realignment continues to unfold.

For now, school officials are publicly pledging their loyalty to a 10-team Big 12 - even as their counterparts in Texas and Oklahoma prepare for meetings this week that could result in an exodus from the conference, with as many as five Big 12 teams possibly headed to the Pac-10.

In other college news:

* In the NCAA baseball Super Regionals, Christian Walker hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lead South Carolina (48-15) to a 10-9 win over Coastal Carolina (55-10). Also, Sherman Johnson's eighth-inning, bases-loaded double provided the winning margin as Florida State (47-18) beat Vanderbilt (46-20), 7-6. And Aaron Schultz hit a two-run homer to help TCU beat Texas, 4-1. All three winners advanced to the College World Series . . . Cody Reine homered twice and drove in five runs and Oklahoma beat Virginia, 10-7, to force a decisive third game in the Charlottesville Super Regional. And Clemson scored six runs in the first inning in a 19-5 win over Alabama, forcing a third game in the Clemson Super Regional.

* Authorities say Arkansas fullback Van Stumon has been charged with drunken driving and other offenses after an early Saturday-morning traffic stop in Fayetteville.

Sport Stops

* Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy has resigned while facing a fourth-degree charge of felony sexual abuse. In a statement, the Kings said Hardy resigned on Friday. Hardy was arrested last month in Washington after a woman said he fondled her in a hotel room after a night of heavy drinking. He is scheduled to return to court July 1.

* Lewis Hamilton raced to his second straight Formula 1 victory, holding off McLaren teammate Jenson Button in the Canadian Grand Prix to take the season points lead from Red Bull's Mark Webber.



has won her 17th consecutive race, giving her the longest winning streak by a modern-day thoroughbred in unrestricted races.