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Late misses doom Cougars

The Columbia College men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a hot shooting night from Central Methodist University, falling 68-66 inSaturday’s second round of the KMIZ/Best Western Thanksgiving Classic at the Southwell Complex.

The Eagles shot 61 percent from the field, including 74 percent in the second half, and held Columbia College to 37 percent and only 14 percent from 3-point range.

Rams try to salvage playoff hopes

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brett Favre, who starts his 200th straight regular-season game Monday night against the St. Louis Rams, always figured he’d be a major league baseball player growing up.

“That was my better sport,” confessed the Green Bay Packers’ star quarterback, who went to Southern Mississippi to play both football and baseball, but hung up his glove for good after winning the starting quarterback job as a freshman.

Basketball skills help Gonzalez

KANSAS CITY — Anyone looking for a good tight end might be smart to scout the NCAA basketball tournament.

The sport of basketball, where big guys learn to jump, maneuver in tight spaces and use their bodies to block out, has been breeding some great tight ends of late.

Strong finish fuels Missouri

AMES, Iowa – Missouri had no reason to show up, but it did.

Playing with pride and a desire to stop a losing string as its only motivations, the Tigers produced their best 60-minute effort since October. It yielded a 17-14 overtime win at Iowa State on Saturday.

Woods comes to life in season finale

AMES, Iowa – Marcus Woods began the season with comparisons to Kansas State’s diminutive star back Darren Sproles and Hall-of-Fame back Barry Sanders.

Entering Missouri’s final game, it appeared his redshirt freshman season would end as a major disappointment. Woods had gained only 347 yards in 10 games and in the Tigers’ home finale, he finished with one carry for 3 yards.

Tigers spoil ISU’s shot at Big 12 title

AMES, Iowa—After opponents had overcome huge deficits and made big plays all season on Missouri, a Tiger cornerback running out of the end zone with the ball in overtime was a reversal of fortune.

A.J. Kincade streaked down the sideline after intercepting a Bret Meyer pass to seal the 17-14 win for Missouri over Iowa State, ending a five-game losing streak and giving the Tigers their first win since Oct. 9 against Baylor.

LONG-AWAITED RETURN

ST. LOUIS – Just when Hickman thought it had possibly shut the door on its first state championship in 30 years, Hazelwood East managed to put its foot in the way.

With time running out in the second quarter, Spartans quarterback Carl Wood found Gerald Fulton streaking across the middle of the field around the Kewpies’ five-yard line.

Kendrick sixth on Hickman rush list

ST. LOUIS – Nothing could prevent Brandon Kendrick from smiling on Friday night.

His grin didn’t shrink when he learned he failed to reach fifth in Hickman’s record books for the most rushing yards in a single season. He fell 19 yards short.

Tekotte relishes Kewpies’ victory

ST. LOUIS – You’ve heard it before: You can’t win if you don’t play.

Whoever thought of that catch phrase didn’t meet Blake Tekotte.

All that jazz

Tom Andes’ fingers dance up and down the keys of the piano. Wearing a crooked smile, his eyes half shut in concentration, Andes is oblivious to the steady murmur of conversation in the crowded room.

It’s Saturday night at Murry’s, and as Andes and his trio finish up a jazz standard, few people seem to notice. Other than the people at a handful of tables and three enthusiasts at the bar, everyone else in the restaurant seems to have delegated the music to background noise.

Naturally inspired

Sometimes, during a walk in the woods, a leaf is all it takes to inspire fiber artist Vicki Smith. At other times, it’s the walk itself.

For Smith, life is interconnected with nature, and so is her art. Smith, 54, creates handmade paper bowls and collages from plant material and found objects. She says her pieces tend to develop themselves.

A place for the heart

A brightly lit, bushy Christmas tree stands in a corner of Heart to Heart Christian Supply, draped in gold ribbon and adorned with ornaments strategically placed upon its branches.

Couches sit on either side of the tree — overstuffed invitations to patrons to relax and read. Small tables and chairs, available for customers to sip a cup of coffee and chat, complete the scene.

Cardiac concerns

Marilyn Petersen hurries into University Hospital’s Fit for Life center, pulling a T-shirt over her head and lacing her sneakers in preparation for her new routine.

A freshly minted health nut at 62, Petersen boasts that she’s the picture of wellness. With her intense daily regimen of walking, biking and weight lifting, it’s hard to argue.

Getting under the skin

Holograms — 3-D images created by lasers — have been around for about 30 years. But it is only recently that scientists, including an MU physicist, have started to think about using the technology to photograph live tissues as a way to detect diseases.

Though his work is still in initial laboratory stages, Sunder Balasubramanian, a post-doctoral fellow in the MU Department of Physics and Astronomy, hopes it could lead to one of the first noninvasive methods to screen for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States.

Fans want Stewart’s name on MU arena

The Board of Curators may choose Mizzou Arena today as the new name for MU’s basketball building, but, in an informal poll, Columbia and Kansas City fans resoundingly chose — Norm Stewart Arena.

The beloved basketball coach already has had the court itself named after him. Stewart led the Tigers for 32 seasons. He earned a 634-333 record, including eight Big Eight Conference titles. Stewart was also an All-American player from 1954-56 and is one of six Tiger players to have his jersey retired.

Light workload

Ahhh, the holiday season … when families set out in search of the perfect tree, Christmas cards are written, cookies are baked, and Mom and Dad threaten to divorce each other over the annual ritual of hanging the lights.

What some see as the most irritating ritual of the holiday season is a business opportunity for the increasing number of landscapers who will put up and take down lights in the holiday season.

Football families prepare for final

Some families spend the day after Thanksgiving shopping, starting to decorate for the holidays, and maybe even watching a little football on television.

The families and fans of the Hickman High School football team will spend today watching their team battle for the state title.

FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT Festive spirit amid turmoil

EDITOR’S NOTE: Brian Stuhlman is a native Missourian and a graduate of MU. For the past two years he has lived in Kiev, Ukraine, where he teaches at an international school. The country has made recent international headlines after thousands of people took to the streets — just a short distance from Stuhlman’s apartment — in protest of this year’s presidential election results. Here are some of his observations.

Ukraine, the city of Kiev in particular, has been thrown into social and political turmoil this week with this year’s presidential election, the most important election since 1991 when Ukraine won its independence. The elections, held on Sunday, featured a run-off between current prime minister and Russia-backed Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader and Western-backed Viktor Yushchenko.

Turkey, fixin’s and all

For the seventh year, First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton transformed Lou’s Palace on East Walnut Street into the site of a Thanksgiving dinner for Columbia’s needy.

A few extra tables clothed in white, flowers donated from local flower shops and a few handcrafted center pieces combined with a jovial, family-like atmosphere were all that was needed to create a Thanksgiving holiday for those without a place to go.

Mo.’s unclaimed tax refunds total $660,000

Thirty-six Boone County residents could have some extra holiday shopping money this year — if only they’d ask the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS announced last week it is still waiting for 1,082 Missourians to claim their 2003 federal tax refunds. The refunds, totaling $6,954 in Boone County and more than $660,000 statewide, have been returned to the IRS as undeliverable. Amounts range from $1 to more than $60,000 with an average per-check amount of $612. Nationwide, 87,485 refunds totaling $73 million were bounced back to the IRS.

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