Watkins smiling as career winds down

When Marcus Watkins runs down the floor, he smiles. When he makes a jump shot, he smiles. Even when he misses a jump shot, he smiles. About any time you see him, he’s smiling.

Big schools no longer dominate

Anybody who enjoyed watching the big boys squirm during the first year of college basketball’s mid-major revolution is going to love the second.

Friends gather to remember Nash

When Ricky Hughes arrived at The Fieldhouse, a Columbia sports bar, on Saturday night, he was wearing an oversized, gold necklace around his neck. Hanging from the necklace was a charm that read “N2.”

Paris helps OU grab easy win

Oklahoma sophomore Courtney Paris didn’t play against the Tigers until almost three minutes into the game. It was the first time she hasn’t started a game in her college career.

Pitching helps MU earn split on Sunday

One bad inning was all it took to keep the Missouri baseball team from recording two shutouts in the Service Academy Classic on Sunday in Millington, Tenn. Instead, the Tigers split the day’s games and finished the weekend’s tournament with a 1-3 record.

Missouri outscores Shockers for title

The Missouri softball team won its first tournament of the season at the Lacy’Back Invitational on Sunday in Fayetteville, Ark., with a 10-7 win over Wichita State.

Blues’ win streak ends

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks’ success is often tied to Martin Havlat’s production.

Chiefs’ Allen requests trade

KANSAS CITY — Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen wants out of Kansas City.

Grounded in her game

After a Hickman girls basketball practice in January, coach Mirts asked one of her players to bring a few basketballs to her father. The basketballs were autographed and eventually raffled support the team.

Pitchers key to Missouri’s strong start

Entering the 2007 season, the majority of the MU baseball team’s unknowns centered around its young, mostly inexperienced pitching staff. After nine road games spread over three weekends, much of the team’s starting rotation has been set, while the team’s bullpen remains largely a work in progress.

Hatcher’s return to lineup sparks MU to Classic win

When sophomore Alicia Hatcher opened her e-mail Thursday night, she found out she was slated to lead the Missouri gymnastics team on the beam at Friday night’s Callaway Bank Cat Classic. It’s a tall order for any gymnast, not in the least because of Missouri’s beam problems this year and because it was her first meet back from a right ankle sprain.

Payback is 'priceless' for Kewpies

The controversy was finally put to rest on Friday night.

Streaking Bruins have season abruptly halted by rival Kewps

For the third year in a row the Rock Bridge girls basketball team failed to advance past the district tournament after losing to rival Hickman 46-39 Friday night in the Class 5, District 10 championship game in Jefferson City. Rock Bridge senior Ashley Dressler has played in all three of the district title losses. However, she still remains positive about what her team accomplished.

Damien Nash dies at 24

Former Missouri football player Damien Nash died Saturday night following a charity basketball game held at Riverview Gardens High School in St. Louis.

Tigers miss their chance

Stefhon Hannah’s 3-point attempt, with Missouri down two points and 27 seconds left in overtime, wasn’t necessarily the shot coach Mike Anderson was looking for on the Tigers’ most important possession.

MU sophomore gravitates toward spotlight

Alyssa Hollins wants to be remembered as a nice girl with a nice smile.

MU could strike big by adding bowling

There aren’t many lifelong sports in the world. You won’t see Michael Jordan, who just turned 44, driving to the basket past 23-year-old LeBron James.

Tigers’ Nickoley wins 800 meters at Big 12 indoors

The Missouri men’s track and field team took fourth in the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.

Bruins prevail for district title

JEFFERSON CITY – Most athletes don’t get to decide when they have to stop playing the game they love.

Pack mentality

As the Douglass Bulldogs ran onto the Smithton Middle School court to warm up before their game against visiting North County Tech, something was different.