Black and Gold game early test for Missouri

No matter how much the MU baseball team scrimmages against itself during the week, practice is still not the game-style environment coach Tim Jamieson has been looking for. So, for the Tigers, Friday night’s annual Black and Gold game at Taylor Stadium was an opportunity to play with the atmosphere of a regular-season game.

N’Garsanet rolls

If the nearly 100 fans who showed up for the Missouri women’s basketball team’s first practice of the season didn’t know who Christelle N’Garsanet was before, they do now. N’Garsanet, a 6-foot-3 senior from the Ivory Coast and returning All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention center, made her presence known on both ends of the court Saturday morning during an hour-and-a-half scrimmage that followed a free pancake breakfast in Brewer Fieldhouse.

Bruins book trip to state

The Rock Bridge girls’ tennis team might want to start adding the date for the state final four to its season schedule at the beginning of the season. The Rock Bridge tennis team will head to Springfield on Thursday, two matches away from its third state championship in four years. This is the girls’ seventh-consecutive trip to the final four, which sets a public school record for most consecutive final four appearances for a girls’ public high school team.

Tigers dominate rival

The Missouri volleyball team dominated the net Saturday at the Hearnes Center against Kansas. Nicole Wilson was one of the more dominating Tigers in the team’s 30-23, 30-21, 30-11 win. Wilson, a junior middle blocker led the team with 13 kills, a .706 hitting percentage and tied for a team-high of six blocks.

Bonding helps Kewps focus on team

The boys on Hickman’s cross country team have brought team camaraderie to another level. “We are always together,” Alex Edwards said. “Nights, weekends, lunches, dinners, movies, everything. We’re pretty much a family.”

To the winners go the spoils . . . and a telephone

The Missouri-Iowa State rivalry has more than just pride on the line. After the 1959 matchup, in which problems with the sideline phones allowed the two teams to hear each other instead of their own coaches, the two teams have played for a Telephone Trophy. Northwestern Bell Telephone Co., which is based in Ames, Iowa, has sponsored the trophy throughout its history, and it is awarded to the winning team after every game between the Tigers and Cylcones.

Former QB still a crowd pleaser

Seven years later, and the quarterback can still draw a crowd. Seven years later, and they still remember his round face, warm smile, and the way he tore up the football landscape in Columbia.

Cyclones dominate time of possession

Dominating is not a word to be used lightly. But for roughly three-quarters of Saturday’s Missouri-Iowa State game, there was no better word to describe the Cyclones. In fact, thousands of fans thought there was no reason to stay at Memorial Stadium when Iowa State took a 24-14 lead with 9:08 to play.

Homecoming: Different problems for teams

Resistible force, meet movable object. The referees won’t say that, but it would be a fitting introduction for the 1 p.m. Saturday game between Iowa State and Missouri at Faurot Field.

New year means new viewpoint for Snyder

If a cloud of gloom has surrounded Quin Snyder and his Missouri basketball program during the past year, then the start of a new season is his moment in the sun. Practice officially begins for the Tigers at 7 tonight, and Snyder has been making the media rounds, ready for a fresh start in his seventh season in Columbia. The practice is closed to the public.

Balanced Bruins offense rolls into Helias

It took a few games, but things are finally starting to click for the Rock Bridge football team. After three straight losses in which the Bruins’ offense scored a combined 42 points, it nearly equaled that total with a dominating 40-8 victory last week against Francis Howell Central. The Bruins’ offense looked as productive as it was in their first two victories that saw it score 37 points per game.

Bike federation will hold new event Saturday

Cyclists from across Missouri are invited to participate in BikeMO, a new riding event that features the fall foliage along the roads of central Missouri. The event, which takes place at 9 p.m. Saturday, celebrates the recent successes of the Missouri Bicycle Federation. “One of MoBikeFed’s biggest successes this year is the Bicycle Safety Bill,” executive director Brent Hugh said in a news release.

Former linebacker enters guilty plea

Former MU football player Alvin Newhouse pleaded guilty to two charges of first-degree sexual misconduct Tuesday and was sentenced to 60 days in the Boone County Jail in connection with a December 2004 incident. Newhouse, 20, was accused of raping an 18-year-old woman who was walking back to her dorm room in Graham Hall. At Newhouse’s preliminary hearing in February, the victim said he pulled her in to his room by her arm and asked her to have sex with him. When she refused, the victim said Newhouse forcibly raped her.

Announcer big part of Bruins team

The voice on the public address system isn’t booming, loud, or dominating. It speaks in measured tones and is crisp and clear. That voice belongs to former Rock Bridge boys’ soccer coach Harry Lewis, now a regular at all the Rock Bridge home games, and “the voice of Bruins soccer” since his retirement in 1997.

Sanders sparks win

ST. LOUIS — “Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!” There’s a new Mr. October in the baseball playoffs. Reggie Sanders hit a two-run home run, extending his torrid postseason run, and Chris Carpenter pitched out of trouble to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Houston Astros 5-3 in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series Wednesday night.

Receivers exploit MU secondary

When Missouri cornerback A.J. Kincade intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal a victory against Iowa State that ended the 2004 season, it was a big momentum boost. He even checked himself out on film a few times. “I watched it a lot in the offseason,” Kincade said Monday, “You’re going into your final season going off that high from the last year. Then you move on to the next season and just try to keep it going.”

Three back in action for Kansas City

KANSAS CITY — In his first full practice since the end of training camp, Kansas City’s John Welbourn lined up at right tackle, left tackle, right guard and left guard. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound veteran felt a bit confused but happy. Sitting out a four-game suspension left him with a hunger for football he hadn’t felt since he was a kid, and a vague sense of guilt that took him back to his school days.

Police called to MU athletic facility

No disciplinary actions have been taken as a result of an incident at the Tom Taylor building late Wednesday morning that an MU police department report says involved Trenile Washington, a Missouri football player. The police report lists Washington, a redshirt freshman defensive back, as the victim of a “sick call.” Capt. Brian Weimer said the police were called to assist in transporting a victim from the Tom Taylor building to the University Hospital emergency room. He would not, however, name the victim.

Extra points

MU VOLLEYBALL: The No. 7 Tigers lost to No. 18 Texas 28-30, 27-30, 22-30 in Austin, Texas on Wednesday. The Longhorns scored three straight points to win the first game and four straight points to win the second game. MU (12-2, 6-2) had a season low hitting percentage of .211 in the match. Na Yang had 14 kills, while Shen Danru and Tatum Ailes each had 10 digs. Dariam Acevedo’s 18 kills led Texas (12-2, 7-1) in the win.

Cougars win bid for NAIA finals

Applause bounced off of the championship banners, administrators looked around to savor the happy moment and the crowd of about 100 student-athletes gathered in the Southwell Complex smiled as if they got the day off from classes. That’s all because the NAIA announced Tuesday that Columbia College was awarded with the honor of hosting the 2006 and 2007 NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championships.