Cougars ready for first round

Prior to the Columbia College men’s basketball team’s home games, fans and media are handed an 8 1/2-by-11 inch poster that doubles as a program. The poster, while informative, only has two pages of information and statistics. For the NAIA national tournament, however, Columbia College’s media relations department released an 86-page media guide, complete with pictures and recaps of every game this season.

Report: Link, Alden accounts differ

In a report released this morning, Gary Link says he believes he was instructed by Athletic Director Mike Alden to inform MU basketball coach Quin Snyder on Feb. 8 that he would not be retained at the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, according to Dalton Wright, one of two independent investigators charged with examining the events leading up to Snyder’s departure.

Luellen sidelined with torn ACL

Luellen injured his left knee in a blocking drill after getting his cleat stuck in the Faurot Field turf Saturday. After practice, Missouri coaches said the injury was only a sprain.

Kewpie changeup

As the shadows began to stretch across the field, Casey McIntosh was in his element.

MU track prospers at indoor nationals

Five Missouri athletes traveled to Fayetteville, Ark., to participate in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend. In a collegiate meet that was intense enough to rival the IAAF World Indoor Championships that took place in Moscow at the same time, four Tigers returned with All-American honors.

Bruins trio hopes to win district

Rock Bridge baseball players Keith Briedwell, Kyle Lasley and Scott Thompson have spent their whole lives trying to beat each other. Now the three are trying to do what no Rock Bridge baseball team has done since the three have been playing for the Bruins: win the district tournament.

Shall we dance?

It took less than a second to go from silence to March Madness.

Rugrats give Tigers trouble in opener

Two fast breaks distinguished the boys from the women when the MU soccer team fell 3-1 to the Sysmex Rugrats, a local Under-15 select club Monday night. The match at Walton Stadium was the Tigers’ spring season opener.

Extra Points

Kansas City Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney, who has seen limited action so far this spring, is expected to be sidelined at least a week with an bruised left ankle.

Tigers complete romp; drop rubber game

Leisa Frey admits that there is something weird about her first name, which is pronounced like “Lisa.”

Bruck falls just short

Over the winter, University Field was renovated. A new drainage system was installed under the grass to help keep the field dry. The scoreboard was moved from left to center field. And the outfield fence was painted black and lowered from six feet high to five.

Johnson overtakes Kenseth on last lap to win

LAS VEGAS — It took Jimmie Johnson 270 laps to get to the front Sunday, but that was soon enough.

Crowning Champions

Things heat up for MU football

Saturday, the MU football team put on the pads for the first time this spring and went to work. The warm sunshine and 70-degree temperatures, a stark contrast from earlier practices, had the players enthusiastic and ready to go.

Extra points

As the temperature rises and winter comes to a close, seeing a pair of runners along the sidewalk becomes a daily occurance. Seeing 645 runners and walkers barreling down College Avenue at 8 a.m. is something else altogether.

Small ball stall

College baseball employs the use of two things that often draw scorn from the sport’s purists – the aluminum bat and the designated hitter.

Tigers softball fan shows devotion

Abby Holman says she’s a dedicated Missouri softball fan. To show up for the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, she’d have to be.

Big 12 tennis tests newcomer

Chrissy Svetlic, a sophomore on the Missouri tennis team, has never backed down from a challenge.

Done in Dallas

DALLAS — A day after saying Iowa State’s four-point loss to Oklahoma probably just angered the Sooners, it took 20 minutes for Missouri coach Cindy Stein’s worst-case scenario to play out right in front of her.

Regrettable season ends in typical defeat

DALLAS — It was a puzzle, depending on how you look at it, either too complex to solve, or entirely too easy to explain.