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Sproles continues dominance of MU

The Missouri defense pursued Darren Sproles as he sprinted toward the right sideline at Memorial Stadium in the third quarter. The Tigers desperately needed to contain Kansas State’s star running back to preserve a lead that could help save their disappointing season.

With a wave of black shirts blocking his path to the sideline, Sproles abruptly came to a stop, cutting back through a hole in the defense, blazing past the secondary for a 74-yard touchdown run that pulled the Wildcats within a touchdown and highlighted Missouri’s inability to make plays in key situations.

New England kicker uses accurate arm to beat Rams

ST. LOUIS — Adam Vinatieri beat the St. Louis Rams with his leg in the 2002 Super Bowl. This time, he used his leg and his arm.

New England’s place-kicker hit a season-best four field goals, then threw his first career touchdown pass on a fake to Troy Brown to help the Patriots bounce back from their only loss with a 40-22 victory Sunday.

Bucs overpower Chiefs

TAMPA, Fla. — All week long, Jon Gruden kept telling his offense it could keep pace with the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs.

It turns out the Tampa Bay coach was right.

Cougar goalkeeper earns MVP honors

Steve Williams, a senior goalkeeper for the Columbia College soccer team, earned the American Midwest Conference’ Most Valuable Player Award. Williams has allowed 12 goals in 16 games and has six shutouts for the Cougars, who enter NAIA Region V tournament play Wednesday.

John Klein, who has led Columbia College to a 14-3-1 regular season record for the top seed in the tournament, was named Coach of the Year for the third time in five seasons at the school.

PURPLE REIGN

The lofty goals, the great prognostications, the tremendous praise: All of it has vanished, and it all vanished in a familiar fashion.

A crippling 35-24 loss to Kansas State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium pushes the Tigers to the brink of missing a bowl and greatly damages their chances to play in the Big 12 Conference Championship. Missouri, which lost its 12th in a row to the Wildcats, has lost four straight for the first time since 2000.

Wildcats’ Webb makes right connections at QB

Kansas State might have answered its quarterback questions in the second half of its 35-24 win against Missouri on Saturday.

Backup quarterback Alan Webb, who has started three games this season, came in for the Wildcats in the second half and combined with tailback Darren Sproles to provide the offensive energy that erased a 21-point deficit.

Turnovers catch up to Tigers late

For a half, Missouri was able to overcome its own mistakes.

In the end, though, the Tigers committed one turnover too many and it cost them a fourth consecutive game, 35-24.

Cornell repeats as state champ

JEFFERSON CITY — Hickman senior Tim Cornell had one goal on his mind when he approached the starting line Saturday morning at the Class 4 State Cross Country Championship: to repeat as champion.

Sixteen minutes and 21 seconds later, Cornell accomplished his goal, winning his second straight state title and seventh race in a row.

Swimming: Tigers end year-long dual meet drought

Streaks have been ending in bunches of late.

The New England Patriots’ winning streak is finished. The World Series drought for the Boston Red Sox is done, too.

Threes please Bruins

It’s hard to beat a team three times in one season.

Rock Bridge made it look easy in a 3-0 victory against Hickman in the District 10 final at Cosmopolitan Park.

A life in motion

Race-walking has kept Larry Young’s life in motion. Young is a former two-time Olympic bronze medalist and the only American to win a medal in long-distance race-walking at the Olympic Games.

Young was inducted into the Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 8.

Bruins end season on high note

Tanner Mills arrived at Rock Bridge Field in time.

Mills, a senior who also plays goaltender for the Rock Bridge soccer team, missed most of the first half Friday night playing in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 10 soccer tournament at Cosmopolitan Park. He earned a 2-0 shutout against Jefferson City.

Second half vaults Kewpies into playoffs

Jefferson City — Hickman’s football team huddled in the end zone minutes before the second half began Friday.

What was said in that huddle belongs to the Kewpies. What was done afterwards sealed Hickman’s postseason fate.

Bruins advance to district final

Rock Bridge looked ready to play Friday at Cosmopolitan Park. After three weather postponements, the Bruins (20-1-2) finally got to take the field against Jefferson City and got a 2-0 win.

They wasted no time as Michael Ferguson headed in David Hilderbrand's cross three minutes in.

Kewpies survive and advance to finals

The Kewpies soccer team picked the perfect time to start a winning streak.

Kewpies football finish undefeated in district play,

Behind a 27-7 win on the road against Jefferson City Friday night, Hickman advanced to the state quarterfinals.

Bruins football victorious in season finale

Senior Demond Thorpe knew that he was playing in the final game of his high school football career.

That’s why he made it count.

Foes face familiar plight

During preseason, many experts predicted the winner of one game would have a stranglehold on the Big 12 North.

But the Missouri-Kansas State matchup at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium has dwindled to a matchup between two desperate teams trying to save their seasons.

New arena opening dazzles fans

After $75 million, four years of construction and recent political debates about its existence, Paige Sports Arena finally shined on its opening night.

Those in attendance, even some with a strong attachment to Hearnes Center, received Paige Sports Arena with open arms and lots of superlatives.

Linebackers reach higher level

Dedrick Harrington admits to acting like a “dummy” this season.

Henry Sweat said Harrington and fellow newcomers Marcus Bacon and David Richard add athleticism to the linebacker corps, a group that Xzavie Jackson called one of the best units in the country.

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