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.

Running game in good hands

At the start of this season, the Missouri football team had a problem many Big 12 Conference coaches would have loved to have: two running backs with the potential to become conference standouts. In the past two weeks, though, the two-man game has turned into a one-man show. With sophomore running back Tony Temple out indefinitely with an ankle injury, the proverbial ball is now in Marcus Woods’ court. And, up to this point, the sophomore from Farmington Hills, Mich., hasn’t disappointed.

Bruins take out Marshall

When the season is all said and done, Rock Bridge junior Lindsey McDaniel knows she’ll be able to point to a trip to St. Charles as a turning point. Her 10 kills and 17 assists were more than enough for the Bruins to defeat the Marshall Owls 25-22, 25-18 Tuesday night at Rock Bridge.

Bruins two matches from semis

The Rock Bridge girls’ tennis team is two matches away from history. After defeating visiting Rolla 6-0 Tuesday, the Bruins are now just two matches away from playing in their seventh-straight state semifinals. Their current streak of six ties them with Ladue for the most consecutive girls’ appearances among state public schools.

All pitching in for rematch

ST. LOUIS — Jeff Suppan spends no time fretting about when he’ll pitch next. The same goes for Jason Marquis. After combining for 29 regular season victories for the St. Louis Cardinals, neither has pitched during the postseason.

Illness sidelines Martz indefinitely

ST. LOUIS — Mike Martz is out indefinitely as coach of the St. Louis Rams while he recovers from a infection near his heart. Martz, who has been ill for more than a month and missed two practices last week while undergoing tests, was on the sideline for the Rams’ 37-31 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. After the game, which dropped the Rams to 2-3, Martz said he wished he had stayed home.

Extra Points

The Stephens volleyball team defeated Central Christian 30-25, 30-21, 30-27 at home Monday. Meg Manderschied had 18 assists, Jo Marquez had 14 kills, Moniece Brown had 5 blocks, and Sara Warren had 4 aces. Stephens (7-12) visits St. Louis Christian tonight.

Mucheke leads ill Cougars to victory

When Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington ran through the list of players on her team who played sick with flu-like symptoms Monday night, it was hard to find a player on the roster who didn’t have to see a doctor. But one of the few healthy players, sophomore hitter Alice Mucheke, had the prescription for a Cougar victory with eight kills and four aces in the Cougars 30-18, 30-23, 30-15 win over McKendree College on Monday night at the Southwell Complex.

Kites unite

Colors and creatures transformed a pale blue sky on Sunday into an array of mystery and intrigue. A pterodactyl striped in black, purple and white flew at the mercy of the wind, appearing as if it were swooping down to snatch its escaping prey.

Smith in top form in needed victory

Coming off his worst game of the season, it was unclear how Missouri quarterback Brad Smith would respond Saturday, when the Tigers faced a 3-1 Oklahoma State team in Stillwater. When the dust had settled, however, Smith proved why he should still be considered among the nation’s elite quarterbacks, and was the biggest reason that Missouri didn’t falter down the stretch of a too-close-for-comfort Missouri victory.