Time for big shots

With staggered feet, Brian Hughes bounces the ball just once. He bends at the knees and blocks out the symphony of bouncing balls, laughing children and squeaking shoes that is filling the Armory Sports & CommunityCenter. In one fluid motion, Hughes rises from his bent stance, hoists the ball at the ideal arc and finishes with a perfect follow-through, his right hand flexed forward.

Over-50 volleyball league offers many benefits

It’s Friday night at the Armory Sports & Community Center and, in a rare turn of events, 49-year-old Joan Smith is the youngest player on the court.

Postseason probabilities

One of the most important football games in Missouri’s season might be one it doesn’t play.

Big 12 shares bowl money

Last bowl season, it was a game that couldn’t be missed. Undefeated No. 1 USC playing undefeated No. 2 Texas for the national championship at the Rose Bowl.

Cougars survive late struggles

When the Columbia College volleyball team dropped the third game of its match against Illinois-Springfield, then fell behind in the fourth 7-3, it could have used a leader to spark the team to a victory.

Missouri sees future in top-rated new recruits

Most of the seven seniors on Missouri’s 2006-2007 women’s basketball team are expected to see ample playing time. That could mean good things for this season, but it also means that next season, Tigers’ coach Cindy Stein has to find replacements for this season’s key players.

MU announces alliance with new golf course

The MU Athletic Department plans to announce a partnership with the Old Hawthorne Golf Course in a news conference at 11:30 a.m. today. The new course is approximately three miles east of Columbia on Route WW and is set to open in the spring, athletic department spokesman Josh Murray said.

A fresh start

They’ve been booed by the fans. They’ve been ripped by the media. They even saw their former coach get popcorn dumped on his head. But they’re still here.

A quick look at the rest of the Big 12


Sisters savor time together

Nicole Wilson gets emotional when she thinks about what the next few weeks will bring.

Tigers eager to play opener

If anybody is ready to get the basketball season started, it’s Missouri coach Mike Anderson, who said he has been waiting for this since he signed on to be the Tigers’ coach.

Coach fires up Cougars squad

In one of the more memorable scenes from the 1986 classic “Hoosiers,” Hickory basketball coach Norman Dale asks a referee for a technical foul during a pivotal game. The ref abides, tosses him from the game, and the Huskers come back for a memorable victory.

Runner changes pace

At this point in last year’s Missouri cross country season, Dan Hedgecock could only watch as his teammates raced. And he waited for his opportunity to contribute.

Staying in the game

In high school, most baseball teams play around 30 games per season, depending on the weather and its success in the playoffs. An average college team will play around 50 games in the NCAA season, while professional teams go through a 162-game journey, not including spring training and the postseason.

Staying afloat

Don’t be confused when Andrew Withington tells you he’s the hole man. Though he says it with pride, it’s no brag about his golf game. Withington plays the nastiest position in a nasty sport, one that requires the strength and size of a low-post bulldozer, the speed of a top-flight sprinter and the hands of a marquee wideout.

Cougars sweep Harris-Stowe

After missing more than a month with mononucleosis, Jeanie Meyers is working herself back into the Columbia College volleyball team’s rotation at right outside hitter. That’s where she started in the Columbia College volleyball team’s 30-9, 30-11, 30-14 sweep of Harris-Stowe State University in the quarterfinals of the American Midwest Conference Tournament on Tuesday at Southwell Complex.

Players will use week off for rest

The Missouri football team’s bye week brings mixed feelings for players.

A tall order

Through two preseason games, little about the Missouri Tigers is known.

Season of optimism for Tigers

The big boss is coming.

Extra points

The Columbia College Cougars (2-2) beat Central Bible College (0-3) 82-54 Tuesday night in Springfield, Mo.