Gators close to ending drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators spent recent Novembers hoping for help in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division.

MU women’s golf loses spots in tourney

The MU women’s golf team fell to 14th place after a 311 in the second round of the Las Vegas Collegiate at the Anthem Country Club in Henderson, Nev., on Tuesday.

Opponents run by Tigers

The Missouri defense and coaches can’t point to one single thing explaining why the defense can’t stop the run. It’s everything.

Billups receives Pistons’ thumbs up

DETROIT — Chauncey Billups has become the face of the Detroit Pistons.

MU volleyball team ready to break its losing skid

A season of ups and downs for the Missouri volleyball team has seen more bad times than good lately.

MU soccer club wins more than region title

In the world of club sports, $800 is a fortune. For the MU soccer club, whose budget hovers somewhere around $4,000, raising that type of cash would take some form of divine intervention. Or at least a phenomenal bake sale.

Temple told to hold on

There’s no mistake on the Missouri depth chart. There, under running backs, in the second spot, Tony Temple’s name is listed. How it arrived there, though, depends on who you ask.

Injury sidelines another guard

Less than a week before the Missouri men’s basketball team is set to open its season, it lost yet another guard to a foot injury.

Cougars maintain conference tradition

For 18 years, conference opponents have not been able to topple the Columbia College volleyball team.

Patriots brush aside Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Brady beat Minnesota’s relentless rushing defense by simply throwing it over, over and over again.

Blues fall short in overtime

ST. LOUIS — Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the shootout to lift Anaheim to a wild 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Blues after the Ducks squandered a two-goal lead late in regulation Monday night.

Wild cards

ST. LOUIS — The party keeps going for the St. Louis Cardinals, and Tony La Russa suspects some of his younger players may be beyond his reach.

USC upset could mean mess of one-loss teams for BCS

For those who enjoy BCS chaos, the fun starts now.

Grateful victors

KANSAS CITY — There is a way to hold onto the ball for two-thirds of the game, move it some 500 yards, get your best player in the end zone four times and still nearly lose the game.

Impeccable Manning dissects Denver

Maddeningly meticulous and impeccably precise, this was Peyton Manning at his cruel best.

MU has prime-time troubles

The first stars of “Saturday Night Live” were known as the “not ready for prime-time players.”

MU’s Riddle working on her moves

It’s time to dance. At least is it for the post players on the Missouri women’s basketball team.

Joking with teammates for position

Jokingly, Jason Horton calls teammate Stefhon Hannah “Stefanie” during practice.

La Russa’s celebration long overdue

ST. LOUIS — Tony La Russa is finally going to get his parade. The man who joined Sparky Anderson as the only managers in 130 or so years of major league baseball to have won a World Series in both leagues doesn’t know the time, date or place. Yet.

Self-inflicted setback

Gary Pinkel said he takes full blame for the Tigers’ 26-10 loss to Oklahoma. Pinkel, however, wasn’t the one fumbling the ball, throwing interceptions, or being called for personal fouls that extended Sooner drives.