Cougars’ defense leads way to win

More times than not, as the point guard goes, so goes the team. Such was the case Monday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Tiffany Foote led the Columbia College women’s basketball team to a dominating 78-53 win against Lyon College in a game that was equal parts sloppy and composed.

Fox nabs BCS rights in $80 million deal

The Bowl Championship Series is moving to Fox.

BCS coordinator Kevin Weiberg announced Monday the BCS has reached an $80 million agreement with Fox to televise the Bowl Championship. The contract includes exclusive rights to televise the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls, as well as the new fifth BCS bowl, beginning after the 2006 regular season through the 2010 games.

Late show of talent little help

For a short time in the fourth quarter on Saturday, the Missouri football team forgot how to stall its own drives and make average opponents look great.

The Tigers were once expected to compete for the Big 12 Conference title, and for a 1-minute, 26-second span they looked capable of that, scoring two touchdowns before relapsing and letting Kansas extend its two-touchdown lead by a field goal.

Two win titles for Missouri

In a weekend full of disappointing performances by Missouri athletic teams, the Tigers’ wrestling program proved to be an exception Sunday.

Missouri avoided the woes of the football and basketball teams, placing four wrestlers in championship matches at the Missouri Open at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Conley shines despite costly misses

Marshall Brown is touted as one of the best jumpers to play at Missouri, but Jason Conley showed the freshman how to really fly Friday night.

Despite his best efforts, though, Conley was unable to lift the Tigers to a victory. In the last eight seconds, Conley had two chances at 3-point shots to tie but both were off the mark and Missouri fell to Davidson 84-81.

Grandfather knows best

Even though Serena Ramsey was one of the top high school runners in Wisconsin her senior year, Missouri’s cross country program probably never would have heard of her if not for Ramsey’s grandfather.

Although Ramsey was planning on attending college on one of the coasts, her grandparents, who live in Chesterfield, were intent on keeping her in the Midwest.

MU women’s team 2nd at swim meet

The Missouri women’s team finished second and the men’s team third at the TYR Invitational in Evanston, Ill.

The women totaled 996.5 points behind host Northwestern’s 1,113. The Wildcats also won the men’s competition, with Pittsburgh finishing second.

Fourth-stringer lights up Tigers

As time dwindled away on Memorial Stadium’s clock Saturday afternoon, a small group of Kansas fans sarcastically chanted, “Smith for Heisman.”

The chant referred to the brief Heisman Trophy campaign of Missouri quarterback Brad Smith. Based on Kansas’ 31-14 win Saturday, Kansas quarterback Brian Luke, starting for the first time in his career, looked more like the Heisman candidate.

Last game tough for Tigers’ seniors

It does not get much worse than losing handily to archrival Kansas for the second straight year. But suffering a fifth-consecutive loss in the last home game of the season somehow made it worse.

For the Missouri seniors it will be their last memory at Memorial Stadium.

Final step

A state championship had been the goal for Hickman since the beginning of the football season and some would say since the Kewpies’ last title 30 years ago.

But time was running out, and opportunities had been squandered.

Unrivaled Collapse

In a season when Missouri has discovered nearly every way to lose a football game, the Tigers found yet another way Saturday against Kansas.

After perfecting second-half collapses and special teams blunders, the Tigers failed to show up early against the Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. But unlike the comebacks the Tigers allowed, Missouri’s frantic rally fell short.

Parents and players exhausted after game

Exhaustion isn’t all that bad.

For Hickman’s football players, fans and parents, a mix of exhilaration and exhaustion kept them going after Friday’s win against Rockhurst.

Basketball: Tigers stinging from close defeat

After the arduous process of an NCAA investigation and sanctioning, one might think the Missouri basketball team would be used to adversity by now.

The Tigers got a taste of adversity on the court Friday, when Davidson College held on to defeat Missouri 84-81. The Tigers had rallied back from a 19-point deficit.

Fancy dunks not enough for Tigers

Forget about the exciting second-half rally from a double-digit deficit.

Forget about three chances to tie with seconds left.

Adam Knollmeyer verbally commits to Missouri

Adam Knollmeyer, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior at Helias, orally committed to Missouri on Thursday.

It was a decision his father, John Knollmeyer, said his son had made about a month ago after Missouri made him an offer.

Tournament tests toughest

The season is young, but expectations are high for the Missouri wrestling team entering the Missouri Open today.

The Tigers, ranked 10th in the nation, host the fifth-annual event in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse starting at 9 a.m.

Iowa bolts by Missouri for tournament crown

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Crystal Smith scored a career-high 26 points and Jamie Cavey added 13, leading Iowa to a 75-54 victory against Missouri on Saturday in the championship game of the Hawkeye Challenge.

Smith, a junior, had never before scored more than 10 points in a game. But she got away from Missouri all day, going 9-for-14 from the field with a 3-pointer and making all seven of her free throws.

Change is good for Cougars

When Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington asked her middle hitters who wanted to handle Central Methodist’s Roselidah Obunaga, freshman Nancy Sikobe didn’t hesitate. She wanted the job.

Obunaga is CMU’s main offensive weapon, and Sikobe said she was confident she could handle her after playing with Obunaga on the Kenyan Olympic team this summer.

Not guarded about his emotions

When the third quarter ended, plenty of reasons existed to be discouraged.

Nebraska led 17-3. Missouri’s offense had sputtered in the red zone. A punting mishap had set up a Cornhuskers touchdown. Frustrations were high. Confidence was low.

Panicking punters

Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt doesn’t have any doubt when he talks about the importance of a blocked punt. “It’s the biggest play in football.” Nesbitt would know, too. His team has done it 11 times this season.