Tigers can’t close

Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow often says it’s his team’s job to play hard, entertain fans and give them exciting volleyball to watch. If it does that, he says, fans will keep coming to matches whether the Tigers win or lose.

Coach’s fire sparks victory

If there were no roof on the Arena at Southwell Complex, you would probably be able to see Mike Davis’ smirk from the far reaches of the galaxy.

MU looks for better grasp on rebounds

The Missouri men’s basketball team will face its toughest challenge of the season at 7 tonight against Lipscomb at Mizzou Arena. The Bisons finished 21-11 last season and fell one game short of reaching the NCAA tournament.

McCarney’s tenure ends against Tigers

This season could have been a lot diffferent for the Iowa State football team.

Rookie Hill will start at cornerback for Rams

ST. LOUIS — Getting a starting assignment is no huge news for Tye Hill, the St. Louis Rams’ first-round pick. He’s already been in the lineup three times, twice due to injuries and a third because the team opened a game in a nickel package.

Green to start Sunday for Chiefs

KANSAS CITY — Trent Green is back as Kansas City’s starting quarterback, 10 weeks after a brutal head-snapping hit knocked him unconscious with a severe concussion.

Wait finally over for Johnson

Domonique Johnson began Monday listed third on the Missouri depth chart at cornerback. By the time Saturday’s game at Iowa State begins, he expects that to change.

Stein gets milestone win

The Missouri Tigers made coach Cindy Stein’s 200th career win look easy.

Walk-ons contribute on bench

When the Missouri volleyball team takes on No. 14 Oklahoma at 6:30 tonight at Hearnes Center, chances are Kate Faust and Lindsay Smith won’t play a point.

Cougars get good tip from top-rated setter

At game point of the first game in the Columbia College volleyball team’s 30-21, 30-22, 30-19 sweep of Benedictine College on Tuesday, setter Luana Branco received a pass, jumped, and instead of setting to a hitter, tipped the ball behind her, hitting the Ravens’ sideline perfectly to end the game.

In busy life, a dash of fun

You might not have known it, but Columbia has a championship cross country team and no, it’s not the Tigers, Bruins or Kewpies.

Stephens coach ready to push young, talented squad

Dane Pavlovich stands pensively outside the door to his tiny office next to the men’s restroom in Silverthorne Arena. A pair of Little League teams are doing battle on Stephens College’s home hardwood, though turnovers far outnumber points in the contest, and the atmosphere falls somewhat short of intense. The young girls on the floor are participating in an activity that might be called basketball, one where benevolent referees ignore traveling violations as if Michael Jordan committed them. The 10-foot-tall rim may as well measure 50 feet.

Lawrence looks ready

Maybe freshman guard Keon Lawrence should be believed when he speaks.

Tigers play for bowl and pride

The Nebraska footballl team’s win on Saturday against Texas A&M clinched the Big 12 Conference North title for the Huskers. Missouri was frustrated when the team’s goal of winning the division title disappeared, but the Tigers are still playing for something this season.

Rare Naismith papers found

CLAYTON — It’s settled. Basketball really did evolve from a childhood game called “Duck on a Rock.”

Kansas City’s Gonzalez out for Sunday

KANSAS CITY — Injuries to Pro Bowlers and key starters continued to mount for Kansas City on Monday when tight end Tony Gonzalez, having perhaps his finest season, was declared out this week and possibly longer.

Rams stress season not over

ST. LOUIS — “If the Steelers can do it, so can we.” That was what first-year St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan told his players, reeling after four straight losses, on Monday.

Ramirez, Verlander top rookies

NEW YORK — Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins won a tight race for National League Rookie of the Year, and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took home the American League award Monday.

Pushing the tempo

Missouri coach Mike Anderson has said his players will thank him one day for the amount of running they do in practice.

Bench key part of Tigers’ new plan

The Missouri women’s basketball team got its first taste of a challenge this season in its season opener Sunday at Southern Illinois.