MU backs struggle without Nash

LINCOLN, Neb. – All the questions entering Saturday’s game at Nebraska centered on whether Missouri could replace Damien Nash’s impact in the rushing game.

In the 24-3 loss, the Tigers answered those questions with resounding disappointment, producing a season-low 51 yards on 35 carries and never establishing a consistent threat.

Kewpies gain momentum early

Hickman’s Cedric Alvis stole more than just the ball early in the first half Friday.

When Alvis intercepted Rock Bridge quarterback Logan Gray’s overthrown pass only two plays after a Kewpie touchdown, he took pretty much all the game’s momentum along with it.

Stein tests lineups

The public got its first look at the Missouri women’s basketball team Saturday morning during its Black and Gold scrimmage.

The Tigers took the court for seven simulated games that lasted 10 minutes a piece. Missouri coach Cindy Stein said the team uses these scrimmages to test different lineups and judge chemistry between teammates.

Hickman, Rock Bridge runners advance to state meet

For only the second time in 32 years, Rock Bridge’s boys’ cross country team is headed to the state meet.

The Bruins’ 97 points edged Kickapoo for fourth place at Saturday’s meet at Bethel Park. Hickman’s boys’ and girls’ teams also advanced with finishes of second and fourth, respectively. The top four teams and top 30 individuals advanced to state.

Stephens College swim team loses to Cottey College

Stephens College swimming coach Laura Wacker joked with her athletes after Saturday’s meet against Cottey College.

“I saw you girls talking to those Cottey College swimmers about coming here,” she said. “That was nice of you after they whooped your butts.”

Life cyclists

Brady Beckham doesn’t bike for the fame; his team is hardly noticed. He doesn’t do it for the fortune; he pays for almost all of the expenses out of his own pocket.

The junior competes on the MU cycling team for the same reason his 25 teammates do.

MU women's soccer defeats Alabama

The MU women's soccer team reached .500 by defeating Alabama A&M 5-2 on Friday at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex. The Tigers are 9-9-1 and 5-5 in the Big 12 going into the Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio, Texas next weekend.

Determination lifts Columbia College soccer

Strange things always seem to happen around Halloween. Friday's game between No.15 Columbia College and No. 23 Mid-Continent College (Ky.) was no exception. The game was littered with yellow cards and included a scoreboard which shut off in the second half.

Kewpies cream Bruins

A downpour of rain didn’t keep Hickman running back Brandon Kendrick from compiling 192 yards rushing in the first half against the Rock Bridge Bruins on Friday.

Kendrick’s three touchdowns paced the No. 1 ranked Kewpies, who finished with a 35-0 win against the cross-town Rock Bridge Bruins at Memorial Stadium.

Election reforms aim to draw young voters

White male property owners casting their votes orally and enjoying free-flowing alcohol is the Missouri Election Day scene set by George Caleb Bingham in his 1852 painting “The County Election.”

If Bingham were to paint the picture today, it might include computerized voting machines and Election Day voter registration, both among recent reforms that have transformed the election process in some states.

Road plan under study

Tens of thousands of people use Columbia’s roads every day, but only one showed up to speak at a meeting Thursday about how the city should pay for anticipated transportation improvements.

Members of the Transportation Finance Advisory Committee heard public comment before discussing options for creating a comprehensive transportation funding plan for the city. The City Council has asked the committee to prepare a plan before the council’s Nov. 15 meeting.

Missouri OKs plan for drug imports

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri is joining Illinois and Wisconsin in a new Internet program that helps residents buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and Europe, despite a federal ban on the imports.

Gov. Bob Holden traveled to Chicago on Thursday to announce Missouri’s participation in the I-SaveRx program, which was spearheaded by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Journalism library to address user needs

The new MU journalism library, to be located in the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, will be more user-friendly and more technologically advanced than the current library, said Marsha Hoffman, senior associate at Shaughnessy Fickel and Scott Architects, the Kansas City firm designing the institute.

The institute, slated to open in the fall of 2007, is being funded by a $31 million gift from the Reynolds Foundation, given to the Missouri School of Journalism in February. It is the largest donation in MU history.

Cardinals’ downfall hard to figure

ST. LOUIS — It can be argued that the St. Louis Cardinals lost the World Series in mid-September, when Scott Rolen and Chris Carpenter went down with injuries.

In the space of a week they lost their ace for the season, and their cleanup hitter was never the same after returning from a calf injury.

Feline intervention

Sixteen cats were rescued Wednesday from an unlicensed broker in Iberia, Mo., by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Central Missouri Humane Society. The owner, Sandra Hudson, voluntarily relinquished the cats after she was contacted by the department, which learned about the cats from a Hallsville veterinarian, said Jason Ramsey, director of development and public relations for the Humane Society.

Hudson does not face any criminal charges because she voluntarily handed the cats over to the Humane Society. The cats came from an unlicensed breeding facility in the Lake of the Ozarks area that officials discovered a few weeks ago, said Jerry Eber, program coordinator for the animal health division of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Halloween no longer a holiday in many schools

SPRINGFIELD — Ann Waite gets “warm fuzzies” when she recalls wearing homemade costumes and celebrating Halloween by bobbing for apples and eating candy during the school day.

She is disappointed her 13-year-old daughter won’t get the chance to make her own memories, outside of going trick-or-treating on Sunday.

Natural gas rates to increase

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gas Energy customers will see their natural gas bills rise by about $110 on average for the winter, the Public Service Commission said Thursday.

Missouri Gas Energy’s rate change was among several increases and decreases the commission approved for various companies. The new rates are largely supposed to account for changes in the cost of natural gas for the winter season and will take effect Monday.

India Nite festivities are a growing affair

In its 13-year tradition, India Nite has grown tremendously in popularity and in terms of its performances. Saturday evening, the Columbia public will have an opportunity to experience the diverse dancing, music and other festivities that the event has to offer.

Tigers, ’Huskers vie for control

There will be one team atop the Big 12 Conference North Division after Saturday’s game between Missouri and Nebraska.

Neither the Tigers (4-3, 2-2) nor the Cornhuskers (4-3, 2-2) have looked eager to take the lead. Both teams lost last week, and Saturday’s game in Lincoln, Neb. might be the last chance for the teams to control their destiny.

Rock Bridge relishes underdog status

When the Rock Bridge Bruins run onto the field at Memorial Stadium tonight for week nine of their season, they will set foot on the same ground where Missouri greats Corby Jones, Brock Olivo and Justin Gage once played.

But before the Bruins get too caught up in the sense of awe, they will have to remember what they are at Memorial Stadium for: a game with the No. 1 Hickman Kewpies.