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Lyons’ new liveliness lends to Tigers’ win

Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson wasn’t hesitant to say it.

For Bears, tournament is winning situation

Immediately after Johnny Klein sent the winning goal into the back of the net, the Columbia Bears sprinted off the field, arms raised in glory. Klein’s goal in sudden-death overtime broke a scoreless tie and gave his team first place in the under-8 division Sunday at the Show-Me State Games Soccerfest. The other team, heartbroken in defeat, instantly burst into tears. The Columbia Bears would have to settle for second.

Tigers appear run down

AMES, Iowa — It happened again. Missouri’s defense, once ranked in the top-10 nationally, gave up too many rushing yards in the Tigers’ 21-16 loss to Iowa State.

Mizzou not overlooking Davidson

Jason Horton admitted what many people who watch Missouri men’s basketball know. For the past two seasons, the Tigers have overlooked Davidson.

Tough goal-line call sends Tigers’ season spiraling with their fourth loss in past five games

AMES, Iowa — Quarterback Chase Daniel was face down on the turf, barely moving.

Stephens overcomes zone in consolation final

A familiar foe, one that had haunted the team througout its young season, faced the Stephens College Stars on Saturday afternoon.

Fan reaction varies on Pinkel contract

AMES, Iowa — Oops.

A day after agreeing to terms with coach Gary Pinkel on a new, five-year contract that will keep him at Missouri until 2011 and give him $1.3 million per year in guaranteed money, reactions ranged from positive:

“You need stability to have any sort of success,” said Jim Dorhauer of Odessa.

Five MU fans learn about hospitality traveling to games

AMES, Iowa — A group of five Missouri fans knows what hospitality means.

Mental lapses costly

After an error, a Missouri Baptist kill or a poor serve, the Columbia College volleyball team acted the same way in its 21-30, 19-30, 30-22, 25-30 loss to the Spartans on Saturday in the finals of the Region V Tournament.

Tigers’ faithful change colors

Sitting five rows up from the floor in one of the padded seats at Mizzou Arena on Friday night, Sherry Moreau had a pink scarf hanging from her neck. She had borrowed it from her friend Sondra Small who was sitting next to her, wearing a pink polo shirt.

Looking for hits

The club is hopping. Multicolored lights illuminate the dance floor as deafening music, ranging from old-school Michael Jackson to the new-school Justin Timberlake, blares from the loudspeakers overhead.

Enthusiasm in force

The pungent odor of hair spray filled the air Saturday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. The odd aroma, as well as the piercing shrieks of teenage girls, was just part of the featured activity — cheerleading.

Columbia College’s improved play pleases coach

The wry smile coyly tucked under coach Bob Burchard’s thick, graying moustache minutes after the Cougars latest loss was almost as perplexing as his team’s performance Thursday night.

MU hoping to avenge defeat from last season

Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein has lost 113 times in her career as a head coach. Losses are inevitable, but Stein blocks out one in particular.

Keon takes turn as leading man

First it was Matt Lawrence. Next it was Stefhon Hannah, followed by Kalen Grimes. The Missouri men’s basketball team knew it was only a matter of time before Keon Lawrence led the team in scoring.

Bruins swap gridiron for hardwood

Football players need quick bursts of fury and passion to make plays. Basketball players need the endurance to sprint up and down the court for minutes at a time. Transitioning from one tempo to the other is a process that can take weeks before a two-sport athlete is comfortable.

Butterfield’s determination not dented by junior-college detour

After scoring 11 points against Lipscomb on Thursday, Darryl Butterfield’s work for the evening wasn’t done. But instead of talking to the media, Butterfield had better things to do.

Deluge of difficult decisions

It’s fourth-and-4 on your opponent’s 35-yard line. Your team is down by six points. There are three minutes left in the game. What do you do?

Result will send different signals

When Missouri plays Iowa State on Saturday the last thing players will be thinking about is hoisting the Telephone Trophy.

Pinkel gets new contract

A 7-3 start and an all-but-official three bowls in the last four seasons was enough for the University of Missouri and coach Gary Pinkel to agree to terms on a new five-year contract that will run through 2011.

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