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Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 6: Haith leaves, Anderson stays home

Kim Anderson was named as MU's new basketball coach during a news conference at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Tuesday.

Former Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith boarded a plane for Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 17 to sign a contract to be the coach at the University of Tulsa.

The athletic department was able to release the news through a press release on April 28 that former Missouri player and assistant Kim Anderson was the new basketball boss.

Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 5: Battle football wins state championship

Battle won their first football championship in the program's first year of playoff eligibility.

The AP's Top 10 sports stories of 2014

This year's top two stories carried a negative tinge, but there was plenty of good in 2014, too.

Domestic violence at forefront of NFL in 2014

Ray Rice's domestic abuse inside a casino elevator was the most high-profile incident of a growing problem in the NFL.

Christmas a rite of passage for Wizards, Pierce

The veteran forward has helped vault Washington into contender-status early this season.

Patriots, Spurs follow similar paths to success

The most consistent teams in their respective sports, the Patriots and Spurs have both built their dynasties through strong ownership, coaching stability and humble superstars.

 

Sugar-bound Ohio State might be ahead of schedule

Unknown players stepped up for Urban Meyer's Buckeyes this season.

Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 7: Missouri football wins Cotton Bowl

Missouri defeated Oklahoma State 41-31 to capture the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic early Saturday morning on Jan. 4. Lasting more than four hours, the Cotton Bowl was the longest played in the bowl's history.

Barry Odom to be Missouri football's next defensive coordinator

It will be a homecoming for the 38-year-old Odom, who played linebacker for the Tigers from 1996-1999. He was head coach at Rock Bridge High School and later served various roles within MU's program before becoming defensive coordinator at Memphis in 2012.

Varlamov returns, leads Avalanche past Blues 5-0

Semyon Varlamov returned from an injury and stopped 26 shots in his second shutout of the season, leading the Colorado Avalanche past the slumping St. Louis Blues 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Former Mizzou star DeMarre Carroll scores career high in Hawks win

Carroll also had 10 rebounds in surging Atlanta's 107-104 comeback victory.

Former Mizzou star Aldon Smith says he didn't drink at McDonald home

The troubled linebacker says he visited Ray McDonald's home on the day when his teammate was accused of sexual assault, but says he was not involved in the situation.

Rams center tries to rebound from costly botched snaps

St. Louis Rams center Scott Wells accepts a lot of the blame for last week's loss to the Giants. He botched two crucial shotgun snaps, twice hiking it over Shaun Hill's head.

Chiefs still without touchdown catch from wide receiver

The Chiefs head into Sunday's regular-season finale against AFC West rival San Diego without a single wide receiver having caught a touchdown pass. That has never happened before in a 16-game season.

MLB average salary exceeds $3.8 million

The average salary increased nearly 13 percent from last year — the biggest since 2000 to 2001.

Tackling becomes lost in era where offenses rules

In football, one of the essential elements of the game — tackling — just doesn't get a whole lot of practice time anymore.

Broncos have league-high 9 players selected for Pro Bowl

The AFC West champion Denver Broncos led the NFL with nine players selected for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.

Marshall victorious in Boca Raton Bowl

Tommy Shuler and Rakeem Cato capped their careers with record-setting performances in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl to help Marshall beat Northern Illinois 52-23.

Johnny Manziel: "I'm not the same guy"

Johnny Manziel, who won't play in the finale at Baltimore because of a hamstring injury, said Tuesday that he may have misjudged how difficult it would be to transition from college to the pros.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota is AP player of year

The Ducks' star quarterback Marcus Mariota is The Associated Press college football player of the year, adding yet another honor to his spectacular season.

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