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Fans cheer on the Tigers

Nine-year-old Jack Kropf, along with his mother, Terri, and his father, Dave, cheer on the Tigers during the Cornell game on Friday. The family, from St. Joseph, flew in Thursday night, and Dave Kropf said they will follow the Tigers until they lose.

J.T. Tiller battles for a loose ball

J.T. Tiller battles Cornell's Adam Wire for possession of the ball.

J.T. TIller glides to the hole

Missouri guard J.T. Tiller attempts a lay-up. Tiller finished the game with 11 points and six assists.

Marquette's Wesley Matthews

Marquette guard Wesley Matthews, right, goes up against the reach of Utah State forward Gary Wilkinson, left, during the first half of their game in Boise, Idaho.

Cornell's Ryan Wittman

Cornell forward Ryan Wittman smiles during practice Thursday in Boise, Idaho, as his team goes over details before playing Missouri in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

Cornell coach Steve Donahue

Cornell head coach Steve Donahue watches practice on Thursday as the Big Red prepared to face Missouri on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Boise, Idaho.

Cornell gathers after practice

Cornell team huddles after practice for their game in the first round of the men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Boise, Idaho.

Cornell players watch Utah State practice

Cornell forward Andre Wilkins, left, and guard Conor Mullen, right, watch a Utah State practice in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday.

Missouri coach Mike Anderson

Missouri head coach Mike Anderson passes the ball during practice Thursday as the Tigers prepare to face Cornell on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Boise, Idaho.

Leo Lyons dunks the ball

Missouri forward Leo Lyons dunks the ball during practice Thursday in preparation for the team's game against Cornell.

Missouri's DeMarre Carroll

Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll drives down court during practice Thursday in Boise, Idaho. Carroll is the Tigers' leading scorer, averaging over 16 points a game.

Missouri huddles up during practice

Missouri players huddle after practice Thursday for their first-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Boise, Idaho. Missouri plays Cornell on Friday.

MU pitcher Stacy Delaney

MU pitcher Stacy Delaney is second on the team with a 0.94 ERA. The Tigers lead the Big 12 with a team ERA of 0.96.

Pro Day at Devine Pavilion

Former Missouri tight end Chase Coffman, center, talks with former MU quarterback Chase Patton, right, and Patton's personal coach, Skip Stitzell. Since breaking a bone in his foot during the Tigers' Alamo Bowl win, Coffman has missed three chances to work out for NFL scouts.

Well worth it

The ride from Leah Yordt's Montgomery City home to Columbia Family Dental Center is more than an hour, and Leah has waited a year for her 2-year-old son, Jayson Yordt, left, to nab an appointment with Brian Fischer. But the wait has been well worth it in her eyes. "Dr. Fischer is the most awesome doctor ever. I love him," says Leah, mother of three children, in the center's waiting room. "He knows exactly what my kids are like, and he remembers; he knows their personalities and just what they need."

Providing dental care

Elaine McQuegge, left, and Brian Fischer provide dental care to patient Bethany Juppier at Columbia Family Dental Center on Feb. 6. Fischer believes that the clinic will one day consist of up to 10 operatory rooms to work on patients. Plumbing for three new operatories has already been completed.

Mike Anderson opens up

Missouri senior Leo Lyons listens to coach Mike Anderson make a point during a practice March 10 at the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Oklahoma City. Before coming to MU, Anderson had been a consistent winner.

Tackling training

Columbia Fire Capt. Eric Hartman pauses Thursday while tilting a propane tank — which is feeding a staged residential propane tank fire — in order to watch the firefighters tackle the training exercise. After the fire is put out, Hartman points out icicles forming on the back of the tank that are caused by escaping and incredibly cold liquid propane.

Directing the fire away

Columbia firefighters practice extinguishing a residential propane tank fire on Thursday. Instead of initially putting out the flames, they first direct the fire from the shut-off valve in order to turn it off and prevent the tank from exploding.

Igniting a flare

Fire Capt. Eric Hartman uses a flare to ignite a residential propane tank as part of the Columbia Fire Department's first night-training session of the year on Thursday. The firefighters needed to first use water to direct the fire away from the shut-off valve before extinguishing it.
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