THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Men's basketball continues streak; volleyball eliminated from NCAA tournament

A win in men's basketball and losses in women's basketball and volleyball set the tone for Missouri sports this week.

Missouri football accepts invitation to play in Independence Bowl

The game will be played at 4 p.m. Dec. 26 and broadcast on ESPN2.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kelsi Poe aspires to regain skills in her new life after accident

Since her accident at Quinton's Bar and Deli, Kelsi has not only survived — she's thrived. In her post-accident life, Poe hopes to accomplish multiple goals: driving a car, living on her own and playing softball again.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kelsi Poe's journey from hospital bed back to the classroom

Kelsi Poe's life changed on Sept. 4, 2010, after she fell from the stairs in Quinton's Bar and Deli. Family and friends visited her during her recovery in the hospital. Her family took it upon themselves to document Poe's progress after the accident.

College football bowl projections say Missouri headed to New York

Missourian sports reporters Vinnie Duber and Harry Plumer projected the matchups of all 35 bowl games before the official matchups are released Sunday.

Cain suspends campaign shifting GOP race

After allegations of sexual misconduct hurt his campaign, Herman Cain suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday.

Nixon: steep road for tolls to be on Missouri's highways

Gov. Jay Nixon said toll roads are not part of his short-term plans.

Laurence Bowers deals with injury by remembering his inspiration

Despite being sidelined with a season ending ACL injury, Missouri's Laurence Bowers stays motivated by remembering those who are close to him.

Missouri women's basketball team can't push past Northwestern

With solid free-throw shooting in the last three minutes of the game, Northwestern handed the Missouri women's basketball team its first loss of the season. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Jingle Run/Arthritis Walk participants raise $14,000

Runners participated in the Jingle Run/Arthritis Walk on Saturday where they ran or walked across downtown Columbia and MU. The event raised more than $14,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.

Columbia's first snow predicted for Monday

Columbia's first snowfall of the season should be light, according The National Weather Service.

BOONE LIFE: Missouri 'River Rat' hopes to enjoy life by the river

Mike Cooper, owner of Cooper's Landing, has worked along the Missouri River for more than 30 years. He's looking to sell the property in the next few years so he can enjoy just living in the area.

Rock Bridge boys basketball team keeps moving in win over Nixa

Rock Bridge overwhelmed Nixa on Friday night, winning 77-69 at Columbia College. The Bruins maintained a frantic pace in all elements of the game.

Freshman scores 28 points against Moberly in Hickman girls basketball's overtime victory

Emily Miller scored 28 points for the Kewpies in a 57-56 overtime victory against Moberly on Saturday in the Norm Stewart Classic.

Central Missouri Honor Flight to hold fundraiser

Money raised at the annual event will help send veterans to Washington, D.C.

Illinois city pushes against plan to merge Postal Service distribution center with Columbia facility

The U.S. Postal Sevice plans to consolidate the Quincy, Ill., distribution center with the one in Columbia. It is expected that only 17 employees will be moved to Columbia.

Columbia College basketball beats Lindenwood 89-46

Columbia College won against Lindenwood University-Belleville 89-46 to rebound from a loss against No. 5 Martin Methodist on Friday.

Hickman defeats Poplar Bluff at Norm Stewart Classic

Mason Murray made four 3-pointers during a 16-6 third quarter run by the Kewpies that led to a 62-39 win over Poplar Bluff.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students, children engage in holiday festivities at Breakfast with Santa

Rock Bridge High School's senior class held its annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning.

Offbeat Santa Clauses celebrate downtown

Santa-inspired suits, misfit toys and loud singing were featured at the annual SantaCon celebration on Saturday.