Missouri football: Grading the defense and special teams

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was named a consensus All-American by various media outlets. Ray set the single-season school record for sacks with 14.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Missouri football's Shane Ray named consensus All-American

Ray reset the school's single season sack record with 14.0 this season and racked up 21.0 tackles for loss, both of which lead the Southeastern Conference.

Young Stephens basketball team looks to Heggemann for guidance

As Stephens College basketball continues to lose games, junior forward Dana Heggemann is doing her best to rally the team — as a player and second coach.

Hickman girls basketball team wins close game against Jefferson City

After falling behind by 10 points in the opening half, the Kewpies fought back and improved their record to 5-2.

Thomas finishes 30th in 3-meter springboard competition

Six Missouri divers, including Thomas, are expected to compete in Friday's 3-meter synchronized competition.

Missouri women's basketball releases updates on two players

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said sophomore forward Kayla McDowell will be able to receive a medical redshirt for the 2014-15 season.

Former Missouri E.J. Gaines went from overlooked to go-to corner for St. Louis Rams

E.J. Gaines has started every game for a defense that hasn't allowed a touchdown in the past three games.

Chiefs defense faces challenge against Steelers

Kansas City hasn't allowed a 300-yard passer and has allowed just two rushing touchdowns on the season. But the Chiefs' defense hasn't faced the NFL's top-ranked offense led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown.


Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealed

The lawsuit alleges the NFL and its teams, physicians and trainers acted without regard for players' health, withholding information about injuries. At the same time, they were handing out prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatories to mask pain and minimize lost playing time.