Cougars, Smith top Trojans

Friday, February 4, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:47 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Columbia College men’s basketball team won 62-54 on Thursday at Hannibal-LaGrange.

Guard Terrance Smith led the Cougars (15-10) with 11 points. Forward Craig Bryan contributed 10. Every Cougars player except one scored, and the team received 19 points from its reserves.

Senior Kellen Fernetti scored 28 for the Trojans.

Columbia College’s next game is Saturday night at Central Methodist.

EMMITT RETIRES: Emmitt Smith decided to stop running. There was nothing left to prove, no records left to chase.

Breaking down in tears and grasping his beloved Dallas Cowboys helmet, Smith retired Thursday after a 15-year career in which he became the NFL’s career rushing leader and played a key role on three Super Bowl champions.

The decision had been expected for several days, but the finality of it all was still poignant. Flanked by his wife, Pat, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Smith thanked a list of people several pages long — everyone from his Pee Wee football coaches to longtime Dallas fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston, the fierce blocker who cleared so many holes for No. 22.

“It’s been a tremendous ride,” said Smith, who spent his final two years with the Arizona Cardinals after 13 seasons in Big D. “My 15 years, my 15 minutes of fame, is up.”

Not quite.

There’s one more stop — Canton, Ohio.

SKATING OFF: The president of U.S. Figure Skating resigned suddenly Thursday, effective immediately. Chuck Foster didn’t give a reason why he was stepping down from the post he’s held since May 2003.

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