Tigers finally considered nation’s best

When Brian Smith took over as coach of the Missouri wrestling program nine years ago, he had trouble getting recruits to even visit the Missouri campus.

Tigers raising level of intensity

DeMarre Carroll said he didn’t know whether he got his shot off before the buzzer sounded. His teammates on the Black team didn’t know either. But it was close, close enough to need a review.

Ankiel made free agent by Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Rick Ankiel’s wild and difficult time with the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization could be over.

Free tickets look good in fans’ hands, on paper

MU students hoping to get a hold of a free ticket to the Sun Bowl are now out of luck.

Rivalry meets again

Athletes and coaches often try to downplay rivalries, saying they are not any more important than other games on the schedule.

Fast start, post play helps Bruins work around zone

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team spent the past few days preparing for the Marshall Owls and their 2-3 zone. It’s safe to say the extra practice serviced them well.

MU wrestling now ranked No. 1

The Missouri wrestling team was announced as No. 1 in the nation Tuesday, receiving nine of the 12 first place votes in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll.

‘The only thing we do’

There are no glamour positions in wrestling. In football, a quarterback stands out while a left guard goes unnoticed. In baseball, a pitcher gets all the credit for a great game while most people forget that it was the catcher signaling what pitch to throw.

Talent not issue for Kewpies, Bruins

The Hickman and Rock Bridge wrestling teams have a common theme this season: talent.

Hester, Bears high-step over St. Louis in victory

ST. LOUIS — The dome was rocking with chants of “Let’s Go Bears,” and Chicago’s football team looked right at home in St. Louis.

Pieces fall into place for Smith

ST. LOUIS — The charts Lovie Smith used to ensure his players hustled are gone but far from forgotten for his old St. Louis Rams defensive players.

Chiefs can’t break through

KANSAS CITY — Since its impressive victory over Denver on Thanksgiving night, Kansas City has had very little to be thankful for.

For Devon Huff, racing cars against adults is child’s play

In between bites of his Snickers bar, Devon Huff calmly explains how he goes about racing cars.

Coach’s style ignites Cougars

Mike Davis has the look of a man who knows something you don’t.

For third-string kicker, being around football is key

Kicker is far from the top of the list of glamorous positions on a football team. The backup kicker rarely sees the field, and the position of third-string kicker may as well not exist. So why does Trace Teas, Missouri’s third-stringer, stick with it?

Karate club’s girls get tough

The students of the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Karate Club are laying out their dojo on a basketball court in the Mizzou Recreation Center. The 15 students carry in stacks of blue mats, the kind most recognizable as elementary school P.E. class mainstays, and drop them on the ground with a resounding clap. The shirts differ, but everyone is wearing white martial arts pants, which resemble some sort of cross between pajamas and hospital scrubs.

Shooting for the Stars

Deb Duren’s corner office in room 223 of Stamper Commons is in the middle of the Stephens College campus. There is a plush white couch and a desk in disarray, covered in papers. Duren’s face beams in a photo of her holding a massive fish.

Cougars cruise to victory

It was a supercharged atmosphere at Southwell Complex on Saturday afternoon. There was a live band playing in the southwest corner of the gym. In a pregame ceremony, coach Mike Davis accepted a signed game ball from his 400th career victory, achieved in Monday’s win over Park (Mo.) University.

Columbia College guard Amber Lewellen ducks under a defender to drive to the basket during Saturday’s victory. (MAGGIE RIFE/Missourian)

Dominant defense leads to Stephens rout

The Stephens College Stars probably couldn’t have given away their game against Mount Mary College on Saturday if they wanted to.


For five players on the Missouri men’s basketball team, Saturday’s game at Purdue provided a new experience: a loss in a Division-I basketball game.