Iowa will test Tigers’ resolve

It probably didn’t bother the Missouri men’s basketball team when 2003 ended and 2004 began.

Recent on-court struggles as well as an NCAA investigation of the program have made it a forgettable year for the No. 23 Tigers (4-4). The Tigers get a chance to begin anew, to some degree, when they host Iowa at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Tigers focused on future

SHREVEPORT, La. – Before the Independence Bowl had ended, even before it had started, the Missouri football team found it hard not to think about the future.

Striving to be their best

Everyone makes resolutions for the new year, even the Missouri women’s basketball team.

The Tigers play Miami (Ohio) at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center. It will be the first meeting between the Tigers (7-2) and the RedHawks (6-4).

Coaches tout worthy cause

Bob Burchard, the Columbia College men’s basketball coach, and Mike Davis, the Cougars’ women’s coach, love to win and hate to lose, but this weekend’s second annual Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic is about more than wins and losses.

Burchard and Davis started the Classic last season because of a common concern. They both knew friends, family members and Columbia College faculty members who with cancer.

Miscues sink MU chances for win

SHREVEPORT, La. –- Gary Pinkel has made his name as a coach who preaches discipline and mistake-free football.

That’s why this one hurt so badly.

Historical exhibit aims to boost pavilion

Inside a locked glass case at the Walters-Boone County Historical Society Museum are a handwritten manuscript and two copies of “River-Horse: Across America by Boat,” author William Least Heat-Moon’s nautical account of how he retraced the 19th-century expedition by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

The case and the items in it, including two Ed Richardson watercolor studies used for the book’s cover,are the centerpieces of an exhibit called “The Missouri River: Exploration into Discovery.” The exhibit, which opened in mid-November, is part of an effort to generate interest in a pavilion being constructed on the north side of the historical society’s facilities on Ponderosa Street.

Online class offerings picking up at Columbia

Melody Troesser’s two children know Saturday morning is reserved for Mama’s studying.

Flu cases not as widespread but still prevalent

KANSAS CITY — Health departments in Missouri and Kansas continue to record confirmed cases of the flu, though many hospital emergency rooms say the pace has slowed.

Scenes from First Night

Horse-drawn carriages roamed the streets and music could be heard from the sidewalks as Columbians walked among 12 downdown venues at First Night 2004.

At the Missouri United Methodist Church, children danced while fiddlers played. One youngster ran frantically back to his parents worried that there were no other partners he could take to dance with him. Meanwhile, the other children promenaded round and round.

Empowered through dance

She lets 2-year-old daughter Isadora roam the house without wearing a diaper because that’s what Isadora likes to do.

She studied women’s studies at the University of Manchester in England.

Beck expects challenges of growth to continue

New housing developments and commercial activity popped up all over Columbia in 2003, forcing city officials to come up with ways to keep up with the city’s rapid growth. The same challenges face the city as it moves into 2004, said City Manager Ray Beck.

Razorbacks’ Cobb gets another MVP

SHREVEPORT, La. –- Cedric Cobbs started and finished his Arkansas career on top.

Cobbs, a senior tailback, rushed for 141 yards and one touchdown in Arkansas’ 27-14 victory against Missouri in the Independence Bowl on Wednesday.

Slow start hampers Smith

SHREVEPORT, La. -– The introduction to ESPN’s broadcast declared the Independence Bowl the beginning of Brad Smith’s Heisman Trophy campaign.

The campaign was a little slow getting off the ground, but senior wide receiver Darius Outlaw said it’s only getting started.

Momentum changes in a snap

SHREVEPORT, La. –- For Zach Strom, staying perfect turned out to be too good to be true.

Strom, Missouri’s junior deep snapper, had never made a game-day mistake before Wednesday. In the second quarter, Strom’s first miscue appeared to unleash Arkansas.

Special teams anything but for Missouri

SHREVEPORT, La. -– Special teams don’t need to be special for Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, but they need to be reliable.

Missouri didn’t accomplish that Wednesday. The Tigers made numerous special-teams blunders in their 27-14 loss to Arkansas.

Slow start baffling Missouri

Missouri had prepared for Belmont.

The Tigers had watched film. They had reviewed scouting reports. They had practiced hard, but despite the preparatory homework, the Tigers were a confused bunch after their disappointing 71-67 home loss to the Bruins on Tuesday night.

5 Keys Answered: Independence Bowl

1 The Missouri defense has to flush Arkansas quarterback Ryan Sorahan out of the pocket and keep quarterback Matt Jones in it. Sorahan has a strong arm and Jones excels with his legs.

Sorahan was able to stand in and complete all three passes he attempted in his one series, and Jones was able to get out and run. Jones gained 74 yards on seven carries and was tough to bring down in the secondary.

Both sides’ runners sparkle

SHREVEPORT, La. -– As expected, Missouri and Arkansas did what they do best: They ran the ball. They ran it a lot.

The Razorbacks and Tigers, ranked seventh and eighth in the nation in rushing yards per game in the regular season, combined for 552 rushing yards, the most in Independence Bowl history.