The Columbia College women’s basketball team maintained their pefect record in conference play with a 95-74 victory against the University of Illinois-Springfield.
Charliss Ridley, the American Midwest Conference Player of the Week, scored 25 points to lead the Cougars (18-5, 5-0).
LeAnn Fossum added 18 as four players scored in double figures. Lisa Kowalewski had 15 and Tiffany Foote scored 10.
Ashley Barton led the Prairie Stars (5-14, 1-4) with 22 points.
The Cougars led 40-33 at halftime. They shot 54 percent from the field in the game, including 9-of-13 from 3-point range.
“When you shoot the ball well, it makes it much easier,” coach Mike Davis said.
The team’s next game is at home on Saturday at 2 p.m. against William Woods University.
HICKMAN WRESTLING: The Hickman Kewpies won a tight match on the road against the Mexico Bulldogs on Tuesday night, 40-39.
Jacob Thornton got the Kewpies off to a good start with a pin at 103 pounds to open the match.
Three forfeit wins, by Jyrus Cammick, Tony Pescaglia, and K.C. Pescaglia, followed as Hickman jumped out to a 24-0 lead.
Drae Cox added a pin at 140, Aaron Brady won a major decision at 145, and Zach Arnold got a forfeit win at 215 as the team held on for the victory.
Baseball: Carlos Delgado wanted to play for a contender, and the Florida Marlins look like one now. Delgado agreed to a $52 million, four-year contract. The deal, which includes an option year making it potentially worth $64 million for five seasons, is contingent on the Delgado passing a physical Wednesday.
With the addition of the free-agent first baseman, Florida becomes perhaps the team to beat in the NL East.
The Marlins landed the most formidable left-handed power hitter in their 12-season history, and it took the franchise’s richest per-season deal to do it. Florida won out against the New York Mets, Texas and Baltimore.
OWENS NOT CLEARED: Terrell Owens’ doctor said Tuesday he will not give the All-Pro receiver clearance to play in the Super Bowl. Owens saw his doctor Tuesday, one day after telling reporters he would play against the New England Patriots on Feb. 6.
Dr. Mark Myerson said he’s pleased with Owens’ recuperation, but maintains the surgery requires a recovery period of eight to 10 weeks. Myerson said in a statement Tuesday night that any attempt to accelerate the rehabilitation process poses the same risk for injury.
NHL TALKS TO RESUME: The NHL and the players’ association are taking another shot at saving the hockey season, which has been on the brink of cancellation for weeks. A two-day meeting last week produced no tangible progress toward a labor agreement. The league and the union will meet again Wednesday in Toronto, but no formal proposal will be presented by the league.
Bill Daly, the NHL’s chief legal officer, said Tuesday his negotiating team met this past weekend to discuss new ideas and address some issues raised by NHL Players’ Association president Trevor Linden, the Vancouver Canucks center who initiated last week’s meeting.
CROUCH SIGNS WITH CHIEFS: Eric Crouch, who won the 2001 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Nebraska, has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as he continues his efforts to make the NFL as a defensive back.
The Chiefs will look at Crouch as a safety and plan to send him to NFL Europe this spring.
Coach Dick Vermeil said Crouch “has made the commitment to play defense.”
“He said he would do whatever we wanted him to do,” Vermeil said.
In 2002 Crouch was a third-round draft choice of St. Louis, who saw him as a receiver, but he left the team in training camp when he wasn’t given a chance at quarterback. He had a couple of trials with the Green Bay Packers, once as a quarterback and then as a safety, but he was released before training camp last season.