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. 

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 Medlan 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.

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.

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.

49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble

Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.

For MLB, changes in Cuba will take time to sort out

The path to the major leagues for Cuban players has often involved smugglers who bring them out of the island nation for a price. It's hard to foresee exactly how that will change in the short-term, or whether MLB teams will be allowed to invest resources in the communist country.

Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.

In Qatar, migrant workers paid to be sports 'fans'

When the world's second-richest people per capita can't find time or be bothered to fill their sports arenas, migrant workers are paid to take their place.

Missouri football: grading the offense

As Missouri prepares for its New Year's Day kickoff with No. 25 Minnesota at Orlando's Citrus Bowl, we grade the team's offense position by position.