Strong defense helps, hinders women’s team

Being defensive has its pros and cons.

Missouri women’s basketball Coach Cindy Stein has preached the importance of defense, and in the past two games her team has reacted. Unfortunately, it may not be the defense Stein had in mind.

Colts trample Lions; Manning breaks record

DETROIT — Peyton Manning broke one of Dan Marino’s records, took a big step toward another and didn’t even have to play the whole game to do it.

Manning threw for six touchdowns in less than three quarters and raised his season total to 41 scoring passes to lead the Indianapolis Colts past the Detroit Lions 41-9 Thursday.

Jones’ stellar effort drives Dallas

IRVING, Texas — Drew Henson will have to wait before he is the star of the Dallas Cowboys offense. Right now, the youngster turning heads is rookie running back Julius Jones.

Jones burst up the middle for a 33-yard touchdown on Dallas’ first drive and was still going strong at the end, scoring again from the 4 midway through the fourth quarter to help the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 21-7 on Thursday.

Diagnosis football

On a mid-autumn Saturday morning just before six, Hickman High School sleeps.

The doors are locked, the lights are turned off and the parking lots are empty – except for that crimson Rodeo tucked away at the southwest corner of the school.

No consolation for MU in loss

It was the play that could have ended Missouri’s losing streak, redeemed a tough night from the field and regain the trust of some fans.

Instead it was the play that turned jubilation into frustration.

Talented ’74 Kewps sent four to pro ball

To win a football state championship, it takes a certain amount of talent.

Looking back 30 years when Hickman last achieved that feat, talent came in a surplus.

Missouri playing for love of game

Everything the Missouri football team wanted this season is gone.

There will be no Big 12 Conference North division title. There will be no bowl game. There will be no winning season.

Tigers beat OU in final home game

It may have seemed like a routine blowout of a bottom-feeding team. But for the Missouri’s volleyball players, it was much more than that.

The No. 24 Tigers beat Oklahoma 30-18, 30-20, 30-18 on Wednesday at Hearnes Center in what was the final home game in senior Jenny Duitsman’s career, the last home game of the year at the Hearnes Center and the win that may have put the Tigers safely in the NCAA Tournament.

Extra Points

The Missouri wrestling team Wednesday announced the signing of three recruits, one a Missouri native and another the brother of All-American 174-pounder Ben Askren.

Robert Conn, from Marquette High School in Ballwin, won last season’s state title at 145 pounds with a 37-0 record. He was second at that weight in 2003 and fourth at 125 pounds as a freshman. His coach at Marquette is Joe Weir, a former Big Eight champion for Missouri.

Defensive rally no help for MU with Houston

If the defense failed the Tigers, it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

Missouri tried about everything on the defensive end of the court in its 57-55 loss to Houston on Wednesday in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.

Tigers forced to give up on 3-point shooting

The Tigers were unable to hit a 3-point shot in the first half. At least they only attempted six.

Missouri abandoned the idea of shoot first, ask questions later early in the half and instead tried to pound the ball inside. The Tigers finished the game shooting 2-of-16 from behind the arc.

Parents provide banquet fit for a Kewpie

Thirty-five pounds of uncooked pasta, 10 gallons of pasta sauce, 20 loaves of bread and 18 dozen cookies could be enough food to feed a family of four for a month.

It’s also the perfect amount for one meal for a championship-contending high school football team.

Tigers miss their mark

KANSAS CITY – Shots hung on the rim. They rattled out of the rim. They clanged off the rim. Some even missed the rim.

They did everything but go in.

Quick start doesn’t last for Tigers

Missouri coach Quin Snyder openly criticized his team’s lack of intensity in the starting minutes of last week’s loss to Davidson College.

The Tigers apparently heeded Snyder’s words, jumping out to 7-2 lead against Creighton on the strength of several hustle plays.

Jayhawks expose cracks in Tigers’ defense

Missouri had two weeks to prepare for Kansas, a team depending on a fourth-string quarterback and a backup running back.

With the extra week to prepare for the Jayhawks’ offense, the Tigers’ top-ranked defense was outplayed from the start in Missouri’s 31-14 loss. Kansas entered the game last in the Big 12 Conference in total offense and ahead of only pass-heavy Texas Tech rushing the ball.

Youthful Kewpies please coach despite loss

The Hickman girls’ basketball team did something Tuesday night it did only twice last season: lose.

The young Kewpies showed enough heart to overcome Notre Dame de Sion in their season opener but couldn’t handle the Storm’s pressure defense in a 55-42 loss at Hickman Gym.

Little things break against MU

KANSAS CITY – Bad breaks and poor shooting found Missouri heading into the locker room at halftime looking at a lead that proved insurmountable.

Missouri was unable to score in the unfamiliar settings of Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium. Missouri coach Quin Snyder did not hesitate to criticize his team after the game.

Family ties

There’s no question as to whom Glenda Grimes will be rooting for tonight.

She has made her stance known.

Coach of ’74 champions behind this year’s Kewps

It’s been almost 30 years to the day, but the Hickman football team’s return to the state championship game is bringing back memories for the members of the 1974 state championship team led by coach Tom Travis.

After leaving Columbia 12 years ago to coach in Texas, Travis is coming back to Missouri to watch Hickman attempt to capture its second title in the school’s history. He will travel to the game on Friday with some of his players from the historic ‘74 squad, and they will watch the game together from the stands, reminiscing and cheering on this generation of Kewpies.

Commentary: Tigers’ faithful feeling strained

Many Missouri fans will be eating crow as well as turkey on Thursday.

This past Thanksgiving, the Missouri men’s basketball team was ranked No. 3.