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Missouri will miss Shamburger's stability when he is gone

Missouri's Keith Shamburger celebrates after he made the winning basket against Auburn during the second half Tuesday in Columbia. Missouri won 63-61.

He just hit the big shot in Missouri's final home game, but that isn't what the Tigers will miss most when Keith Shamburger graduates.

Jason Heyward fills needed presence for Cardinals

When Grapefruit League games begin on Thursday for the Cardinals, one of manager Mike Matheny's more interesting tasks will be determining where Jason Heyward's speed and power best fit in the batting order.

Playing with style: Columbia College guard delves into fashion design

On the court, she is a fierce competitor. Off the court, she is an entrepreneur, designing and selling her own fashion line with the help of family and friends.

Royals have offensive outburst in 13-2 win over Rangers

Eric Hosmer and Royals newcomers Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios hit consecutive first-inning homers in the team's spring training opener Wednesday.

Diversity report shows dip in gender, racial hiring in college sports

The report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) says NCAA member schools are hiring fewer women and minorities for sports jobs.

NCAA baseball sees intended effects of new flat-seam ball

The NCAA announced Wednesday that college teams are hitting a home run about every other game. "I guess the seams do matter," said Eastern Michigan's Mitchell McGeein, whose total of five homers in 13 games is one more than he hit all last season. "Last year, I got hold of some balls that should have been out, and they would end up getting caught. Now when I hit a ball the same way, I'm getting rewarded for it."

MLS commissioner hopeful labor dispute will be resolved for start of season

"I'm hopeful. I believe, and I know I speak for our owners ... nobody's looking for a work stoppage," MLS commissioner Don Garber said. "We are prepared for it, but we're all hopeful that we are able to bang through these issues."

Auburn beats Florida 71-49 in opening game of SEC women's tournament

Auburn (13-17), which will play No. 5 seed Texas A&M in the second round on Thursday, snapped a five-game losing streak against the Gators. The Tigers have now won four straight against SEC opponents after opening the season 0-13 in conference play.

South Carolina, Tennessee highlight SEC women's basketball tournament

The tournament began Wednesday night with Auburn's 71-49 win against Florida and an Alabama-Vanderbilt matchup. The field and it features five ranked teams and the usual host of other NCAA Tournament hopefuls from one of the nation's deepest leagues. Missouri will play Georgia at 6 p.m. on Thursday for a shot to face one of those top-tier programs.

Wichita State goes for second-straight MVC championship

The eighth-ranked Shockers (27-3, 17-1) were nearly perfect this year in the Missouri Valley Conference and are top seeds heading back to the same court where their dream season ended a year ago. They're peaking, too, after clinching their second straight regular-season title with a winner-take-all, 74-60 victory over No. 11 Northern Iowa last Saturday at home. The lone loss was by 16 at Northern Iowa on Jan. 31.

Keith Shamburger shines, hits game-winner in final game at Mizzou Arena

The victory, which gave Missouri back-to-back home wins for the first time since early January, wouldn't have happened without a huge game from Shamburger.

Rock Bridge boys basketball heads to district championship after overtime win

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team will face Blue Springs South at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in the Class 5, District 9 championship game.

Hot-shooting Battle advances to district finals

For the first time, Muriel Williams Battle High School scored over 70 points in a game. The boys basketball team beat Troy Buchanan High School 72-55, earning a spot in the Class 5, District 4 finals.

Hickman's Jimmy Whitt plays final high school game as Kewpies fall

Whitt, who broke almost every Hickman program record, scored 36 points in his final high school game.

Battle girls basketball takes solace in improvement, rising leadership

Cheyanna Weaver, a senior, scored only 5 points for Battle (13-13), but sophomore Maya Mouton added 10 more with 8 rebounds to be a lone bright spot for the Spartans in their 55-27 loss to Wentzville-Holt in the Class 5, District 4 qualifier.

Hickman girls basketball overpowers Blue Springs

Mikayla Logan and Ny'jah White scored a combined 24 points in Hickman's 50-27 win against Blue Springs Tuesday , advancing the Kewpies to the district championship.

Strong performance from Cierra Porter in tournament encouraging for Rock Bridge girls basketball

Porter had a game-high 25 points in the Bruins' 72-45 win over Blue Springs South.

Battle basketball star plays through seizures

The Spartans' leading scorer has faced health problems over the past nine months. Still, sophomore Daviante Ostrander averaged 16.7 points and is set to lead the Spartans in the first game of the playoffs Tuesday.

Kansas rallies to beat West Virginia in OT and win Big 12

Frank Mason III capped one of the biggest comebacks in Allen Fieldhouse history by scoring the last eight points in overtime to lead No. 9 Kansas past No. 20 West Virginia 76-69 on Tuesday night for the Jayhawks' 11th consecutive Big 12 championship.

Kentucky stays perfect, rallies from 9 down to beat Georgia

The Wildcats (30-0, 17-0 Southeastern Conference) had won their previous five games by an average of 24 points.

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