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Missouri stays winless on road

COLLEGE STATION, Texas –Yet again, Missouri failed to play a solid 40 minutes, and the Tigers lost their fourth straight.

The unfamiliar surroundings of an opposing court proved too ominous for the Tigers, and Texas A&M handed them a 91-63 beating. The loss dropped Missouri to 10-12 and 2-7 in the Big 12 Conference. While crushing to Missouri’s season, the game moved Texas A&M one step closer to the NCAA tournament.

Aggies spoil Watkins’ return to A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Before the game, the Texas A&M crowd applauded when Missouri assistant coach Melvin Watkins, who formerly coached the Aggies, was announced. But one gets the feeling Watkins is forgotten around College Station.

Twenty games into his tenure at Texas A&M, Billy Gilllispie is more successful than Watkins was in his six years at the Aggies’ helm.

Fan support, temperature ease Tigers

Some filed in after the Missouri women’s basketball game ended. Others were there from the first pitch until the final out.

But no matter how long they stayed Saturday afternoon, one thing was certain about Missouri softball fans: They were in midseason form.

High-scoring second half propels Kewpies

The Kewpies’ victory on Saturday was, in many ways, a rarity.

For the first time this season, the Hickman boys’ basketball team won two in a row, beating visiting Branson 65-54.

Jayhawks catch Tigers flat-footed

To call it a bad start would be an understatement.

“I think that any coach in America who got off to a jump like that might have been a little bit surprised,” Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said.

Children unaffected by loss, turn to Truman for good time

It was hard not to notice Tyler Lee.

The two-year-old, who was perfectly coordinated in his Missouri tracksuit, was after something.

Playing like they mean it

A player joked, “Did you see that shot? It was horrible.”

Players in RecSports’ new mens’ elite league are lighthearted and don’t take the game too seriously. Competition is fierce, but students are looking for a good time.

Kewps sloppily contain Wildcats

"Good, bad, ugly and won." That was Coach Jim Sutherland's breakdown of Hickman's game against the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats.

Lincoln County bests Douglass

The Douglass Bulldogs fell to 4-13 for the year after losing Friday night to the Lincoln County Raiders, 64-46.

Formidable freshmen

When Claire Schaeperkoetter’s team plays Andrea Seabaugh’s team, it is the game to watch.

Seabaugh dribbles circles around her defenders while casually chewing her gum. Schaeperkoetter moves the ball methodically on offense and then flips on the pressure switch on defense.

Tigers hope old room gets results

“Expect to win.”

That is the slogan on the wall of the new wrestling practice facility, which was officially opened Saturday afternoon. The new room is cleaner, with state-of-the-art equipment. It is also about three times the size of the old practice room.

MU recruits rate seventh in Big 12

With 23 official commitments from high school and junior college football players, Missouri ranks seventh in the Big 12 Conference and 38th in the nation according to Rivals.com.

Quarterback Chase Daniel from Southlake, Texas is the Tigers’ standout recruit. Rivals.com rates him as the sixth best high school quarterback in the country.

Watkins stays focused on MU

To Melvin Watkins it’s just another conference game.

Sure, he will see some familiar faces and receive a few more phone calls than normal, but when he arrives at College Station, Texas, this evening he will have one thing on his mind.

Tigers face triple threat

For the Kansas women’s basketball team this season, the formula has been simple.

If Aquanita Burras, Erica Hallman and Crystal Kemp play well the Jayhawks usually win. When those three struggle, the whole team struggles.

Tigers in familiar position

For the past two seasons, the Missouri baseball team has been picked ninth in the Big 12 Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. MU exceeded expectations both years, finishing fourth in 2002 and reaching the Big 12 title game last year.

Despite reaching the NCAA Regionals both seasons, the Tigers are only gaining marginal respect in the conference. This year, the coaches picked them eighth. Coach Tim Jamieson said he expected another good result this year.

Cougars, Smith top Trojans

The Columbia College men’s basketball team won 62-54 on Thursday at Hannibal-LaGrange.

Guard Terrance Smith led the Cougars (15-10) with 11 points. Forward Craig Bryan contributed 10. Every Cougars player except one scored, and the team received 19 points from its reserves.

Rock Steady

A 3-point third-quarter lead was enough for Rock Bridge on Wednesday night.

The Bruins held Jefferson City to one field goal in the final quarter and beat the Jays 53-40 at Rock Bridge.

Recruit rank drops, but needs met

The Missouri football team didn’t accomplish its goal of retaining in-state recruits, and its class ranking is down from the previous two years, but one analyst says the Tigers still had a strong showing.

Missouri signed nine in-state players of the 15 it offered scholarships to, below the team’s goal of 90 percent. Rivals.com ranked the Tigers’ recruiting class 38th, down from 29th last year.

Win escapes Hickman wrestlers

The close one didn’t go Hickman’s way.

The Kewpies fell 43-34 to Smith-Cotton on Wednesday at Hickman after rallying from a 22-12 deficit.

Five Kewpies sign to play in college

Five Hickman athletes signed national letters of intent Wednesday. The commitments came on the first day available to athletes to announce their college destinations.

Four of the five were from the Kewpies’ Class 6 state championship football team. The fifth, Janelle Cordia, a soccer and cross country standout at Hickman, accepted a scholarship to play soccer for Missouri .

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