NBA departure not part of Kleiza’s future

AUSTIN, Tex.— Scouts from the San Antonio Spurs were in attendance when Missouri played Texas on Saturday, and rumors have long been circulating that Tiger sophomore Linas Kleiza might be contemplating making the jump to the NBA after this season.

According to Kleiza, nothing could be further from the truth.

Klotz fills void with double-double

AUSTIN, Texas — With Texas’ leading rebounder, Brad Buckman, in foul trouble most of the game, Jason Klotz needed to pick up a little slack for the Longhorns.

Klotz picked up the slack and a whole lot more.

Facing a tough cut

By 2003, John Pepper had abused drugs and alcohol for 41 years and spent 25 years in prison for a variety of crimes, from drug-dealing to burglary.

Pepper, 58, said he had struck bottom.

Robinson wins three titles

The final night of the 25th annual Cat Classic showcased talented gymnasts, unique routines and stellar performances from four schools.

After Friday’s team and all-around competition, the gymnasts with the top ten scores on each individual event continued to Saturday’s finals. The invitational included No. 24 Missouri, Towson, New Hampshire and Illinois State.

Cougars, Edwards recover from defeat

If the Columbia College men’s basketball team was disappointed after a tough loss Thursday, the Cougars didn’t show it.

Columbia College (20-12, 9-3 American Midwest Conference) started strongly against Hannibal-LaGrange on Saturday and maintained focus throughout a solid 85-70 win at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Riddle’s late-game heroics spark Tigers in overtime

With four minutes to play in its game on Saturday, it looked like the Missouri women’s basketball team would blow a13-point lead to Nebraska for the second time this season.

But EeTisha Riddle wouldn’t let that happen.

Children’s shelter gets boost in funding

At a ceremony Friday morning, Columbia resident Wes Stricker presented the Boys and Girls Town of Missouri with a check for $100,000, the largest donation yet for a new and more secure facility being built on Bearfield Road.

“The challenge here is to help with the buildings here,” Stricker said.

Consultants submit public housing plans

The Columbia Housing Authority has received proposals from two consulting firms for redevelopment of public housing along Park Avenue, according to Rick Hess, the Housing Authority’s director of asset management. A consultant would guide the redevelopment project and apply for federal funding.

“It’s been discussed for a few years, and it’s exciting that it’s moving forward,” Hess said.

Civil servant worked with MU, police, government

W. E. “Bill” Moyes wanted to be a police detective, but at 5 feet 7 inches, he just missed the height requirement.

This did not stop him from a long career in agriculture, eight years at the Student Financial Aid office at MU, and church and volunteer work. Mr. Moyes served as president of the board of the Columbia Police Department’s Crime Blockers group.

Keeping an eye on each other

Jeff Kunkel walks to home plate.

The University of Michigan catcher takes the first pitch, over but low, for a ball, and steps out of the batters’ box to readjust.

Drawing from Education

On a recent morning, students in Hickman High School’s introductory drawing and painting class were working on landscape paintings. The atmosphere was relaxed, with a radio playing modern rock in the background. When they weren’t focused on their own paintings, the students moved around the room, glancing at the work of others.

The assignment required a strong contemporary focus, and the students have been studying everything from Paul Cezanne’s mountain ranges to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Western scenes for inspiration. Jane Belcher, a senior, sat at the end of one of the long tables on the perimeter of the room. Her painting depicts a forest scene and relies heavily on the color green. It also features a large orange giraffe with brown spots.

Telling an immigrant’s story

Dear Reader,

I first met Xu Liping and Yang Lei entirely by chance when a craving for some good Chinese food led me to their Columbia-area restaurant. When I ordered in Mandarin, rather than English, their faces brightened, and soon they were sharing with me their family’s story of illegal immigration to the United States, and the decade of hardship, separation and suffering that followed.

Jeff City defeats Bruins, claims district

Of course the two top teams in the district would need an additional four minutes to settle a championship.

At the end of four quarters, Rock Bridge and Jefferson City were locked at 25-25. Though the Bruins took their first lead of the game in overtime, Jefferson City pulled out a 32-30 win on Saturday at Hickman High School. Jefferson City became the Class 5 District 10 champion with the win.

Tigers’ coach Hoffer honored at Big 12 Championships

The last day of the Big 12 Championships at the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas, happened to be the best day for the MU men’s and women’s swimming team.

The men finished in third place with 788 points, the most points ever for the team. Texas won the competition for the ninth-straight year.

Bruins’ season ends; Giese won’t return

The dream died hard for the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team Friday night.

A miraculous turnaround came three points short of a district championship, and the coach who led the charge announced he would not return for an encore.

Relaxed mood garners upset

The atmosphere at the Green Tennis Center on Saturday was light and relaxed.

But competition on the courts was not.

Show-Me shooters bring fun

Even in warm-ups they looked formidable. Their shooter shirts emblazoned with the team logo in black and red and last names written on the back. Their coaches huddled together wearing nylon warm-up jackets and pants in the same black and red. Their fans, some wielding video cameras and others scribbling on stat sheets to prepare for the opening tip-off.

When it came time to start the game, the 5-foot center with the pigtails tipped it to the 4-foot-8 point guard with the blonde ponytail and knobby knees.

Easy Riders

Every Saturday, a group of extraterrestrials meets to cruise the roads of Boone County. They are a peculiar sort: their heads shaped like eggs, their clothes marked in green neon, their eyes shaded and oval-shaped.

Their traveling machines are similarly odd: vast networks of tubes and cables, powered by circular gearing systems and two spinning gyros.

Not so ‘scrawny’ anymore

Neville Miller thought he was going to die after the first day of track practice his freshman year.

The wake-up call was too early, and the thought of a year without intramural flag football was too much for him to handle.

Super-sized purses create big problems

I’ve written before about the various differences between the two sexes. Women have much more of the burden to bear throughout life. One of the many examples that life is lopsided is the age-old tradition of the woman carrying a purse.

I watched my husband get ready for work this morning — such a simple ritual. He buttons his shirt, zips up his pants and then places his “necessities” into his pockets. His billfold goes in his back left pocket. A nail clipper and tiny pocket knife (for warding off any attackers) go into one side pocket; the other is reserved for loose change and paper money. That’s it!