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Battle boys basketball looking for leadership

In its second season, the Battle boys basketball is trying to bond and find its team leaders.

In its second season, Battle basketball is trying to find its rhythm.

WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Late-night protest shuts down Broadway; marijuana legalization leader sets sights on Missouri

Other top stories included a two-story fall by a student during a house party and the Columbia City Council's vote to raise the purchase age for tobacco products.

Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 8: Hickman celebrates 100 years of Kewpie mascot

Since 1914, Hickman (then called Columbia High School) has used the Kewpie, a smiling naked baby doll, as its mascot. Sure, a tiger or an eagle would be more likely to evoke fear in opponents, but Hickman's sports teams have used the naked baby as a symbol of pride in its 100-year history.

Chiefs playoff hopes dim in 20-12 loss to Steelers

While Pittsburgh is heading to the postseason after a two-year absence, Kansas City  needs to beat San Diego next week and hope for plenty of help to salvage a playoff berth.

Rams cornerback Gaines carted off after collision with teammate

Gaines, a former Missouri Tiger, was sidelined with a left shoulder injury earlier in the first quarter, but returned in the second quarter. The Rams were examining him for a concussion after the second injury.

Rookie Beckham leads Giants past Rams 37-27

New York won handily despite committing 12 penalties for 141 yards — 96 of them in the first half.

Missouri basketball deals with last-second loss to Illinois

An Illinois buzzer-beater sunk Wes Clark and Missouri.

 

Tigers lose Braggin' Rights at buzzer to Rayvonte Rice and Illinois

The most complete game the Tigers have played all season ended in agony, thanks to a last-second fadeaway 3-pointer from Illinois' Rayvonte Rice.

Rock Bridge, Hickman swimmers win in Independence

Bruins, Kewpies finish first and second.

Missouri women's basketball gets big road win

The Missouri women's basketball team went on the road to beat Wake Forest 79-64.

Columbia women's team wins final game of 2014

The Columbia women's basketball team won by 18 over Lindenwood University-Belleville.

Mizzou divers wrap up U.S. nationals

Missouri divers Lauren Callin and Kendra Kieser ended the team's competition at USA Diving Winter Nationals in the finals of the 3-meter springboard.

Stakes high for Pittsburgh and Kansas City in Sunday matchup

If Pittsburgh loses, the Steelers (9-5) will be home in January yet again. But at least they have some wiggle room. If it loses, Kansas City (8-6) will need a victory over San Diego in the regular season finale and plenty of help.

Rams prepare to contend with Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Rams (6-8) have not allowed a touchdown in three straight games, a franchise record. After consecutive shutouts against the Raiders and Redskins, they surrendered four field goals in a 12-6 loss to NFC West-leading Arizona last week.

Of course they're confident.

Columbia captures win in overtime

The Columbia men's basketball team ended 2014 with a win in Belleville, Illinois.

Stephens women's basketball records 15-point win

It was the second win of the season for Stephens College women's basketball.

Philadelphia nearly bounced from playoff picture by Washington

The Eagles (9-6) will now focus their energies on rooting for the Indianapolis Colts to beat the Cowboys (10-4) on Sunday. Philadelphia then would need to beat the New York Giants on the road next week, then hope that Dallas loses to Washington. That would create a 10-6 tie atop the NFC East, with the Eagles claiming first place because they hold the tiebreaker based on a better division record.

No. 1 Kentucky basketball scores first 24 points in humiliation of UCLA

Devin Booker had 19 points, and the Wildcats scored the first 24 points in an 83-44 victory over UCLA on Saturday.

Aaron Harrison added 15 points, and the Wildcats (12-0) handed the Bruins (8-4) one of their most-lopsided losses ever.

Dallas Mavericks, Rajon Rondo aim for NBA championship

When Rajon Rondo was on his way to Dallas with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as the centerpiece of a five-player trade, championship talk dominated the conversation.

St. Louis Rams players give back to Ferguson residents

Tight end Jared Cook and wide receivers Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens donated $10,000 and participated in the inaugural holiday event co-sponsored by the St. Louis Urban League.

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