Inconsistent play costs Missouri on the road

Thursday, October 28, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:25 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

The Missouri volleyball team continued its inconsistent play on the road Wednesday. The Tigers fell 30-23, 30-28, 25-30, 30-26 to Texas A&M in College Station.

Missouri (13-6, 8-4) had its chances in the first game but twice allowed long runs, with the Aggies scoring four and five unanswered points after the game was tied at 8. The Tigers blew a lead of 26-22 in the second game.

The loss broke a three-game winning streak for Missouri and dropped its record away from Hearnes Center to 4-4.

Texas A&M (13-5, 9-3), ranked 15th in the country, leapfrogged Missouri into third in the conference with the win. The Aggies also avenged a loss to the Tigers in Columbia.

Kansas State trails Missouri in fifth by a half game, with the Tigers playing their final match of the regular season Wednesday against Kansas.

Shen Danru led Missouri with 17 kills, 16 digs and two aces. Jessica Vander Kooi tallied 11 kills and 15 digs, while Nicole Wilson also had 11 kills and Lindsey Noll had 13.

NHL: Negotiators for the NHL and its players’ union discussed various topics in their first face-to-face meeting in more than a month, but the league’s labor problems were not the focus of the talks.

Ted Saskin, the senior director of the players association, was in New York on other business Tuesday and got together with Bill Daly, the NHL’s chief legal officer.

The sides had not met in person since the last negotiating session on Sept. 9, one week before the NHL imposed a lockout following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

The NHL regular season was due to begin Oct. 13, but games are being canceled by teams on a 45-day rolling basis.

During the last negotiating session in Toronto, the NHLPA proposed a luxury-tax based system the league rejected. The NHL wants a system that guarantees “cost certainty,” which the players association says is akin to a salary cap, a solution it refuses to accept.

Player representatives from all 30 clubs will meet with union leadership in Toronto on Tuesday to get an update on the lockout, which shows no sign of ending.

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