Inside Job

Abercrombie & Fitch’s shrink rate, or level of lost inventory, is usually below three. A few years ago, one store’s rate mysteriously sky-rocketed to 12.

Was it customer shoplifting? A clerical error?

Split Decision

Throughout the 32-year history of Hearnes Center, two teams have visited Columbia and gone on to win the national championship.

During the regular season, few expected either team to be among the nation’s best, but both put it together during a strong March.

Inside Sports shields athletic practice from non-suitable weather

Negative temperatures in the winter and heat waves in the summer can cause dedicated athletes to seek an indoor sports facility to train year-round.

Inside Sports provides just that, offering an indoor training and a practice facility that includes clinics and instructional opportunities with professional athletes. While the center emphasizes baseball and softball services, it also has instructors on hand for a variety of other sports.

Trout season opens

MU student Andrew Hippert still recalls the first time he went fishing for trout.

"I remember when I was about three years old, and I went with my grandfather to fish for my first time at Tilles Park in Brentwood," said Hippert, a parks, recreation and tourism major.

Cougars eye NAIA tournament bid

On paper, the American Midwest Conference women’s basketball tournament looks like a two-team race.

Columbia College (24-7, 14-0 AMC) and McKendree (Ill.) are the only teams with winning conference records. The Cougars’ 79-75 win at McKendree on Feb. 3 was their lone AMC victory decided by single digits.

Practice focuses Tigers

Effort in practice never presented a problem.

Through 19 games, though, Missouri’s work in practice erratically appeared in the subsequent game. The team’s confidence wavered as it dropped below .500.

Big 12 teams like postseason chances

To reach the NCAA Tournament, Big 12 Conference teams have needed at least nine conference wins.

Because of the Big 12’s increasing parity, this seven-year old pattern might change, and teams with an 8-8 Big 12 record might not have their bubbles burst.

Arrest made in jewelry forgeries

E.J. Silverbrooke & Co., a wholesale imported jewelry store, sits in the corner of a blue-gray office building on Vandiver Drive.

The store’s owner, a former minister named Tim Meyers, is described by family members and former employees as devoutly religious and a loyal family man who named his business after his three children: Evan, Joel and Emilie Brooke. Those who know Meyers say he’s not the kind of man who would knowingly commit a crime.

Tough ground

The results of the Missouri women’s basketball team’s first two games at Hearnes Center were by no means signs of things to come.

Losses to Northwest Missouri on Jan. 17, 1975, and Truman State six days later did not follow Missouri’s ideal plan for christening women’s basketball at Hearnes Center.

Schools keep an eye on reserves

Stashed away in a school district’s annual budget is a fund that, ideally, should never be touched.

That fund, known as a district’s reserves, is designed to help a public school district survive a year, or maybe two or three, of financial difficulty.

Tigers’ hitting, pitching mesh against Penguins

The Missouri offense looked as solid Sunday as its pitching has all season.

The Tigers’ 12 hits led to a 8-1 victory against Youngstown State at Taylor Stadium and helped them claim their first home series 2-1.

Victory against K-State crucial

The game had the potential to destroy what had become a strong finish to Missouri’s inconsistent season.

It has been a long time since a defeat to Kansas State could be defined as a good loss, meaning the Tigers had to take advantage of a struggling Wildcats team Saturday in Manhattan. A loss would have ruined everything Missouri had gained by upsetting No. 6 Oklahoma State on Tuesday.

End date for MU basketball investigation pushed back

With a few loose ends still needing to be tied up, the target date for completing an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct within MU’s men’s basketball program continues to get pushed back.

MU Professor Michael Devaney, who was appointed by UM President Elson Floyd in August to lead a five-member team to investigate alleged violations, said he had hoped to conclude the “active discovery phase” of the inquiry before the end of February.

Tigers land upset

While Missouri set a school record on the balance beam, two of Oklahoma’s gymnasts stumbled off the four-inch wide apparatus to allow the Tigers an upset victory.

As Alisha Robinson’s floor routine music, themes from the movie Gladiator, swelled through Hearnes Center on Sunday, the crowd began to realize that Missouri could steal the meet from Oklahoma.

College sports come under strict scrutiny

From Florida to Colorado, college sports in the last year have endured a wave of scandals, including allegations of rape, drug abuse and violence.

The scandals are prompting the NCAA to form a task force to develop stricter rules. The association’s president, Myles Brand, announced last month that the new task force will look for ways to prevent recruiting scandals.

Robinson a hit for Tigers

While the Yankees have A-Rod, the Missouri gymnastics team has A-Rob.

Alisha Robinson has been the leader on the floor for Missouri during its most prolific season. She holds the team’s high scores in vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise and has the distinction of being the team’s all-around competitor.

Cougars dominate twin bill

Megan Kuntze, Columbia College’s leadoff hitter, lined out to the shortstop in her first at bat.

Her next trip to the plate was more productive though, for she doubled to right field.

Bulldogs get loose for Class 2 Districts

Forward Jessie Edwards fell to the floor and lay motionless after colliding with a gym wall. Luckily he was not unconscious; he was acting.

Senior Anthony Johnson mockingly rushed to his teammate and checked his pulse. Johnson then dragged Edwards off the court by his ankles. Across the floor, coach Lynn Allen could not keep from laughing.

‘Return of the King’ runs rings round Oscar rivals

LOS ANGELES — “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won a record-tying 11 Academy Awards on Sunday, including best picture and director and becoming the first fantasy to win the top Oscar.

In the acting categories, all the winners took home their first Oscars: Charlize Theron won best actress for her transformative performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster,” and Sean Penn was named best actor for playing a vengeful ex-hoodlum who falls back on his criminal ways in “Mystic River.”

MU planning to add shuttle buses in fall

As soon as the two buses arrive at Brady Commons, waves of students hitching a ride from parking lots on the fringe of the MU campus get off and rush to class.

“Today the situation is not so bad,” said James Whitaker, 21, a junior in political science. “The buses do get very crowded at times, and you have to wait for another 20 minutes to get on the next one. Some days, you have to be there at least 30 to 45 minutes before class.”