Practice in pads big hit for MU

The yells and hits at football practice Saturday morning were louder than usual.

Stein brings her perspective to poll

On Tuesdays, Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein has a responsibility.

Gymnasts keep it fan-friendly

The coaches have been preparing the Missouri gymnasts for Saturday’s Black and Gold Meet, but the gymnasts have also been preparing their friends.

Supporting cast

The whistle sounds. The referee tosses the basketball up for the Dec. 3 tip-off of the men’s basketball game between Missouri and Evansville. Some fans stand and chant “Let’s Go Mizzou!” Others patiently wait to get through the turnstiles at the entrance and then head to their seats.

Flaws expose Cougars, end winning streak

After getting buried early in the season, the Columbia College men’s basketball team has been digging and digging to get back to ground level.

Cougars’ coach learns on and off the court

Sitting on the bus with a cast on her broken ankle before the most important game of her junior season in high school, Melinda Wrye-Washington decided she didn’t want to simply cheer on the Eldon volleyball team.

Being mindful on the mat

Inhaling and exhaling to the sounds of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, five Missouri wrestlers form a circle on the mat for a cool down after yanking and twisting at one another’s limbs for the past hour and a half.

Drills take aim at tentative target

Get out of the way.

Boilermaker was nearly a Tiger

Major college basketball players are proud people. When they are being recruited, they are used to prospective coaches catering to their needs and showing interest in them as human beings, not just basketball players. Former Tigers recruit Keaton Grant said Missouri didn’t do any of that.

Wilson sheds troubled start to spark team

Moments after the Cougars’ 72-66 upset victory Tuesday night at home against Missouri Valley College, Terren Wilson’s head bobs up and down with the vigor of a boxer who has just knocked down the heavyweight champion of the world.

Resilient wrestler returns after several injuries

Aaron Brady has one more shot, and the Hickman wrestling team’s 160-pounder doesn’t intend to waste it.

Vaulting into competition

When a torn Achilles tendon nearly ended the career of senior Whitney Crater, it provided an opportunity for improvement — both for Crater and junior Nikki Bowman.

Bruins freshman quietly makes big impact

Amaya Williams stretches in a circle with her teammates, counting slowly to 10 while she reaches for her right foot with legs split. She counts quietly, as is her nature. Williams is the kind of girl who speaks only when spoken to, and even when that happens, conversations begin and end quickly.

Smith will miss Sun Bowl

Brian Smith will not play in the Sun Bowl, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said after practice Friday.

Bowl location plus for Missouri

Missouri football coaches love playing in Texas.

In the fast lane

Bennett Clark says he didn’t expect to become one of the best short-distance swimmers in the country.

Bobcats cannot answer Riddle

When things went wrong for Ohio this week on the road, coach Sylvia Crawley didn’t get angry. She started snowball fights with her players.

Weight loss controlled in wrestling

For a wrestler, working out with a plastic trash bag over your body or turning up the thermostat in the weight room to resemble a sauna doesn’t seem strange. Dehydrating yourself to lose some weight works.

Generous gymnasts

Ashley Khederian labored to push the cart across the indoor track at Hearnes Center field house.

Manager invaluable to team

The life of a basketball manager isn’t an easy one. There’s laundry to wash, stats to take and balls to hand out to players. But Theresa Brown takes care of the Missouri women’s basketball team just about every day, and there’s nothing else she’d rather be doing.