Machine helps MU prepare for mile-high game

Missouri is preparing for its game tonight at Colorado differently from it prepares for any of its other road games. The Tigers are also approaching it differently from any other college basketball team will, or could for that matter.

Bears aren’t a lock to lose Super Bowl XLI

Just because the Indianapolis Colts will represent the vastly superior AFC doesn’t make them a Super cinch in Miami.

Tiger’s impact looms large

SAN DIEGO — Two people turned into six, which soon turned into a dozen, all of them standing behind the first tee Tuesday on the North Course at Torrey Pines as darkness gave way to dawn.

Extra points

The Rock Bridge wrestling team traveled to Fulton Tuesday and defeated the Hornets 44-30.

Crosby, Ovechkin star in new NHL

DALLAS — Sitting side by side at a table, facing question after question about being the faces of the new NHL, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin flashed their grace and charm.

Often overlooked, Clark impacts team

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne may be Indianapolis’ best-known offensive stars.

Going to Kansas City will hurt students

There’s a well-established hierarchy in college football, and it goes like this.

Dungy legacy growing

INDIANAPOLIS — When Tony Dungy began his climb up the coaching ranks, one potential employer asked if he would be willing to shave his beard “because people were looking for a certain kind of person.”

Douglass prepared for tournament

During his 10 years as coach of the Douglass High School boys basketball team, Lynn Allen often has had to worry about his players not working hard and, in some cases, not showing up to practice.

Coach leaves media hanging

Bob Knight may be 66 years old and the winningest coach in Division I history, but that doesn’t mean he has mellowed.

New turf for old war

An idea nearly two decades in the making has finally been solidified, the effects of which will likely hurt businesses in Columbia and Lawrence, Kan., but bring significant revenue to the MU and University of Kansas athletics departments.

Self-canned Tuna

In 1979, Bill Parcells accepted a job to become linebackers coach of the New York Giants. He then backed out, persuaded by his wife and daughters to stay in Colorado, where he had been head coach at Air Force.

Amateurs get crack at creating Super Bowl ads

NEW YORK — With “American Idol” turning everyday singers into pop stars and YouTube bringing acclaim to wannabe filmmakers, it seems only fitting that Super Bowl advertisers would be the latest to embrace the trend of giving amateurs a shot at the big time.

Extra Points

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team defeated Smith Cotton 59-28 Monday night in Sedalia to improve to 13-2. The Bruins were in control from the start, leading 17-2 at the end of the first quarter and 33-11 at halftime.

Super showdown

Two good friends who happen to be NFL coaches are already front-and-center in this Super Bowl, and kickoff is still two weeks away.

Scherzer waiting to finalize pro deal

Seven months after being selected 11th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2006 Major League Baseball draft, former Missouri pitcher Max Scherzer has yet to finalize a contract with the team. All but a handful of the players selected in the first round signed with their respective teams by August, but Scherzer said he remains on good terms with the Diamondbacks organization and is hopeful a deal can be made before the start of spring training on March 1.

MU hoping for changes

With five losses in the Big 12 Conference and four straight in the past two weeks, something’s got to change for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

Friends Smith, Dungy make Super Bowl history on same day

CHICAGO — It took 41 years for a black head coach to make it all the way to the Super Bowl.

Manning passes big test

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning had a mountain to climb and little more than two minutes to do it.

Spirit can’t lift Missouri from rocky first half

It was time for one of those Rocky-inspired comebacks, according to the Missouri women’s basketball coaching staff Saturday in the game against Nebraska.