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Missouri wrestling team wins Southern Scuffle

The Missouri wrestling team won the Southern Scuffle Monday at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The Tigers had 185 to better Minnesota’s 169.5. Edinboro was third with 108.5.

Ben Askren was one of four Tigers to win titles. Askren, who had three pins and was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler, beat Edinboro’s Nate Yeter 14-6 in the 174-pound championship match.

Kewpies defeat Lincoln

The Kewpies defeated Lincoln (Ill.) 57-36 in a consolation game at the KTXR Lady Classic tournament at Drury University in Springfield.

Stephanie Burger and Lauren Harris led Hickman (12-1) with 12 points apiece. Amy Bolerjack, who had three 3-pointers, had 11.

Kewpies move to semifinals

Bret Burchard scored 18 points to lead the Kewpies to a 80-50 victory against Cruthersville in a first-round game at the Poplar Bluff tournament. Taylor Trogdon scored 14 and Mikel Fields had 13.

Hickman (4-4) plays Parkview from Little Rock, Ark., in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. today.

Sweet & Sour Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. — Playing in its first bowl game in five years, the MU football team is by no means picky. Even so, when the Tigers arrived in Shreveport on Saturday afternoon to prepare for Wednesday’s Independence Bowl, they were surprised with the city that greeted them.

“It was a lot different than we expected — in a good way,” offensive tackle Rob Droege said.

Market for jobs provides Holden cover

JEFFERSON CITY — Nearly a year ago, Missouri’s job situation appeared to be one of Gov. Bob Holden’s greatest liabilities. Now, Holden is trying to turn it into one of his greatest strengths.

What a difference a year can make.

Getting to Shreveport is half the fun

Except for his time-share in Branson, Greg Tyndall has no ties to Missouri. But the resident of Shreveport, La., has taken it upon himself to help out fans planning to attend the Independence Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Tyndall, who was born and raised in Shreveport, says hearing the city’s name on national news is a pretty big deal. And he likes to help people who haven’t visited his hometown.

Tigers progressing slowly

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Only minutes after his team’s 61-59 upset win against Missouri on Saturday, Memphis coach John Calipari was in the hallway between locker rooms in The Pyramid, discussing the outcome with reporters. Calipari gushed about his team’s performance, suggesting his team could go far if it “battled” as a group.

He found time to compliment Missouri as well.

Jackson’s comment provokes Arkansas

SHREVEPORT, La. — Missouri freshman Xzavie Jackson has added some fuel to help ignite a Missouri-Arkansas border war.

At a media day in the weeks leading up to Wednesday’s Independence Bowl game between the two teams, Jackson criticized the Razorbacks for a lack of team unity. Two players, including All-American offensive tackle Shawn Andrews, have left the team to prepare for pre-NFL draft workouts. Other players have said they are considering leaving school early to declare for the draft.

Lions embarrass Rams

DETROIT — Grant Wistrom stewed on a chair in front of his locker, with an ice pack on his elbow and a disgusted look on his face.

With the top seed in the NFC to play for, the St. Louis Rams could not beat a team with only pride on the line.

Record day for Chiefs’ Holmes

KANSAS CITY — Priest Holmes moved an NFL record across Missouri.

Holmes helped the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears 31-3 on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. It wasn’t his 50 yards rushing on 20 carries, but his two touchdowns that gave him sole possession of four records.

A few thoughts to end the year

On the first day of winter, when a lot of folks are doing their final countdown to Christmas, I begin my countdown to the first day of spring. From this account you can see that I’m ending another year, exactly like I began it, with my name stamped in, on the minority opinion side of the ledger. So, I might as well go ahead and confess all of my digressions from popular opinions while I have a few days left on this year’s calendar.

Fight to survive

MOBERLY — Little evidence of the sport of boxing shows in this small, quaint town that was left on the economic ropes after an exodus of jobs in the late 1980s and early 1991.

But boxing equipment manufacturer Everlast is doing its part to beat back more job losses after it consolidated its operations and made its Moberly plant the only place in the United States to produce a range of equipment for professional and amateur boxing.

First Night adds new venues, acts

Eight state champion fiddlers, free cake and four hours of old-time fiddling — all in a church on New Year’s Eve.

The Missouri United Methodist Church at 204 S. Ninth St., along with the Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network, is hosting a traditional fiddle exhibition as part of Columbia’s First Night 2004. The fiddle music, along with other entertainment and activities, begins at 6 p.m. in the church with a cake walk.

City wants borders to keep expanding

Voters’ rejection of five involuntary annexation proposals in August 2002 hasn’t prevented Columbia from expanding its borders.

In the 17 months since that vote, the city has approved 24 voluntary annexations encompassing nearly 400 acres. Much of that land is within the 8.6 square miles of territory targeted by the ballot issues. The vast majority has been zoned for single- or multi-family homes.

Columbia is ranked high for accessibility

The National Organization on Disability has named Columbia one of 11 finalists in the third annual Accessible America Contest.

“All of the finalists have gone way beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They have been very creative with their accessibility programs and do a good job at welcoming people with disabilities into their community,” Brewster Thackeray, vice president of the national group, said Saturday.

City plans to donate computers

The city of Columbia used to dispose of its outdated computers at monthly auctions held at MU’s surplus property warehouse. Recent auctions, however, have brought as little as $10 per computer. City Finance Director Lori Fleming said a recent auction of more than 50 monitors brought the city less than $200.

A new Homes for Computers program offers a better way to discard the city’s outdated computers — by giving them away.

No offense, no shot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Different day, same rotten first half and spoiled finish for the No. 11 Missouri basketball team.

Four days after losing to No. 17 Illinois by one, the Tigers fell short against Memphis, losing 61-59 on Saturday at The Pyramid.

For starters, bench failing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After a 106-98 win against UNC-Greensboro at Hearnes Center on Dec. 21, the Tigers appeared to have so many scorers that the only problem would be getting everyone enough playing time.

The Tigers improved to 4-1 that afternoon, and the team looked to be on the upswing for guards Randy Pulley and Jason Conley combined for 24 points in their Missouri debuts.

Shots won’t drop

MEMPHIS, Tenn. –- Surprisingly, Missouri coach Quin Snyder liked his team’s first-half performance in the loss at Memphis on Saturday.

Snyder would have liked the half even more had his team hit some shots. No. 11 Missouri handled the ball well, defended well and rebounded well but trailed 35-26 at halftime in a 61-59 loss.

Bruins fall in Classic opener

LIBERTY — Rock Bridge got upset by a school one-third its size Saturday night.

The seventh-seeded Maryville Spoofhounds, upset the second-seeded Bruins 47-35 in the first round of the William Jewell Holiday Basketball Classic.

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