Shooting problems damage Cougars

In 2004-05, Columbia College women’s basketball player Laura Elliot averaged less than six points a game, playing as a reserve behind All-American senior Lisa Kowelewski after transferring from Southwest Illinois Community College.

A working man’s coach

Two distinctly different pictures emerge from the Hickman sidelines during the Kewpies’ home wrestling meets.

Bruins, Kewpies named all-state

Hickman and Rock Bridge both had successful football seasons this year and it showed Tuesday when the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association announced its all-state teams.

MU swim team savors record-breaking meet

With the final stroke of the anchor leg of the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay, it was over.

Roughed up Rams regroup

ST. LOUIS — Ryan Fitzpatrick will get his second start for the St. Louis Rams, even though the rookie quarterback from Harvard struggled in his first one.

Chiefs hope calls stay in their favor against Cowboys

KANSAS CITY — Challenges won and penalties against opponents are two obscure stats that all year long have been lopsided in favor of Kansas City’s rivals.

Wildcats introduce Prince as new coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. — New Kansas State coach Ron Prince acknowledged the significance of his hiring but said he hoped to be remembered for his achievements.

Another shot in Shreveport

Gary Pinkel’s Tigers are bound for Shreveport and a showdown with Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks on Dec. 30. It’s a chance to erase the bitter memory of the last bowl, when MU went to Louisiana in 2003 and lost to Arkansas. The game will be on ESPN. If you want to go, you can buy a ticket as early as 8 a.m. today. For more on tickets and travel arrangements, see below.

Return trip

There were no dramatic twists, no last-minute changes or surprises. Just the announcement everyone was expecting: Missouri will play in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., for the second time in three years.

MU seniors prepared to win in second trip to Shreveport

Jason Simpson has long been considered Missouri’s unofficial player spokesman; the man to talk for an anecdote or analysis, an obscenity or an outburst.

MU honored to face South Carolina’s Spurrier-led squad

Missouri’s Independence Bowl foe won’t be the famed Florida Gators as anticipated the past few weeks, but the Tigers will take on Steve Spurrier, one of the greatest coaches in Florida football history.

A step closer

Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow said in the days before Tigers’ NCAA Tournament first- and second-round matches that serving and the team’s home-court advantage needed to be the difference for the team to be successful.

Edwards looks back on season

The fast pace of New York City impresses Carl Edwards, which might be surprising coming from a guy who drives 200 mph for a living.

Big 12 South in league of its own

The scoreboard read 70-3. But it said much, much more than that.

Rhythm and energy key MU

After Friday’s game, MU women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein made a promise.

Tigers find some solace as comeback falls short

Missouri’s basketball team returned from Fayetteville, Ark., with a worse record and many of the same concerns as when they left.

Defensive adjustments help Kewps claim win

The Hickman girls’ basketball team’s defensive philosophy is simple: pressure, trap, steal.

Rock Bridge’s vocal defense smothers Moberly

Along with the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball teams’ swarming, physical defense comes an onslaught of something else. Loud, emphatic chants.

Freshman guard takes lead

When Stephens College basketball coach Dane Pavlovich recruited Debbie Dooley, he thought she would lead the Stars as a sophomore in the 2006-07 season and spend her freshman year learning under the instruction of two senior point guards - Amy Burklund and Venicia Vaughn.

Calling the shots

The entrances are already decorated with white and blue NCAA tournament posters, and trash cans with fresh bags line the hallway. The advertisements that are usually on display are being covered, per NCAA tournament rules. Shouts of “Mine!” mix with the squeaking of sneakers, the thudding sound of the ball making contact with arms and hands and the soft electrical hum of the lighting.