Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 9: Missouri wrestler J'den Cox wins national title as freshman

Freshman Missouri wrestler J'den Cox brought with him four individual state titles from Hickman High School where members of his family played, as well.

J'den Cox became the first Missouri freshman wrestler to take the NCAA title with his victory over Ohio State's Nick Heflin. 

Missouri football: Grading the defense and special teams

The defense was the strength of the team in 2014, but it wasn't perfect. The Missourian breaks down the performance of each position group.

Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 10: John Kadlec, 'Mr. Mizzou,' dies at 86

Longtime Missouri broadcaster John Kadlec, fondly known as "Mr. Mizzou," died Oct. 29, at the age of 86. His funeral at Columbia's Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church was widely attended. 

Stock twins 'letting it fly' for Missouri women's basketball

Junior guards Maddie and Morgan Stock have emerged as two of the Missouri women's basketball team's strongest 3-point shooters.

Mauk gets 'reality check' in first full year starting for Missouri football

The redshirt sophomore quarterback had a tumultuous season with a strong finish. With two years of eligibility remaining, he looks to carry the lessons learned.

Hickman boys basketball skirts past Jefferson City

Hickman High School senior guard Jimmy Whitt scored 21 for the Kewpies, who moved to 7-1 on the season.

Rock Bridge girls basketball wins over Olathe South

Rock Bridge wins 50-41 against Olathe South High School on Thursday.

Jordan Todman sparks Jacksonville to 21-13 win over Tennessee

The Jaguars (3-12) won for the second time in four weeks thanks to a rejuvenated offense that had been mostly stagnant for four-plus games. Playing the Titans (2-13) surely aided the effort.

St. Louis Rams players plan to visit city's Urban League with gifts

St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook and wide receivers Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens contributed $10,000 to an Urban League of St. Louis Christmas Party on Friday for residents of Ferguson and north St. Louis County.

Benedictine College ends Columbia College men's basketball home winning streak

Tanner Sutton scored a career-high 23 points for the Cougars, and Chantel Stanciel also reached a career-high with 22 points. Rockers added 14 for Columbia College.

Hickman girls basketball team wins against Smith-Cotton

The Kewpies girls basketball team beat Smith-Cotton 58-24 on Thursday.

Chiefs' draft picks starting to produce late

Right now, the Chiefs are focused solely on the present, and that means trying to squeak into the playoffs. And the production of the last two draft classes will promise to be just as important in that endeavor.

Kris Medlen and Royals agree to $8.5 million, 2-year deal

Kansas City announced an $8.5 million, two-year contract Thursday with the former Atlanta right-hander, who missed all of last season and became a free agent when the Braves failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 2 deadline.

Rock Bridge boys basketball loses to Olathe East

Rock Bridge boys basketball fell against Olathe East on Thursday. The score was 68-56.

Lauren Hill stops playing, becomes honorary coach

Lauren Hilldecided Wednesday to give up her playing career after achieving her goal of scoring in a game even as she fights an inoperable brain tumor. The freshman at Mount St. Joseph will continue raising money for cancer research as she spends time with her family.

Columbia College women's basketball adds Hannah Sutton for next season

Columbia College women's basketball coach Jessica Keller announced the signing of Hannah Sutton. Sutton will join the Cougars for the 2015-16 season.

Qatar continues to face criticism over World Cup preparations

As Qatar employs legions of migrants to build stadiums and other works for the football showcase, widespread labor abuses documented by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other critics have blackened its name and $160 billion preparations.

Missouri's Lauren Reedy finishes 13th in 3-meter springboard at USA Nationals


Missouri junior diver Lauren Reedy finished 13th in the women's 3-meter springboard at the USA Winter National Championships on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio.

AP source: Rajon Rondo heading from Celtics to Mavericks

The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, two draft picks and a $12.9 million trade exception.

Anderson keeps realistic expectations for freshman Gant

Jakeenan Gant's anticipated debut for the Missouri basketball team went better than Kim Anderson expected, but he still wants to keep the pressure of high expectations off the freshman forward.