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Julie Dorn-McBride knew it the day it happened. She knew she would have to move on.

Why couldn’t she be seven years old again, just starting out in gymnastics? Julie loved the sport and would later depend on it for emotional sustenance. The thought of giving it up made her tremble.

Texas A&M on brink of NCAA invite

Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie likes simple math and in college basketball that’s not always easy to practice.

With the start of the NCAA tournament two weeks away and 11 of the Big 12 Conference’s teams at .500 or better, speculation about which teams are vying for postseason berths is increasing, as is the discussion of Ratings Percentage Index and win-loss records.

La Russa says timing key to Series loss

JUPITER, Fla. — Tony La Russa’s standard line when asked about the Cardinals’ four-game collapse in the World Series is, “No excuses, Boston was the better team.” But he concedes Boston’s extra day off was an advantage.

The Red Sox lost the first three games of the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees, then became the first team ever to rally from such a deficit and win a series.

Spring training make or break for George

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Left-hander Chris George was once projected to be a cornerstone of future Kansas City Royals’ rotations, but this spring he is fighting long odds to even make the staff.

George was the 31st player drafted in 1998, when he went 15-0 with a 1.15 earned run average for Klein High School in Texas, where he was named high school player of the year. He turned down a scholarship to Rice to sign with the Royals and played on the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in Sydney.

Go Fish!

MONTAUK — The trout were a little confused.

Wendy McElfresh opened the drains of her truck’s fish tank, releasing the remaining one hundred or so trout she was carrying into the clear, cold water of the Roubidoux.

Bulldogs seeking an upset

Most coaches run through the same list when they address their teams on the eve of a big game.

Eat balanced meals. Get a good night’s rest. Be on time for the team bus.

Tigers cannot face up to Barnes, Longhorns

Forgive Missouri men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder if he sees Texas coach Rick Barnes in his nightmares this week.

Snyder saw Barnes everywhere he looked on Saturday at the Erwin Center, literally.

Home run rescues Tigers softball team

The Missouri softball team outlasted Iowa 3-1 in extra innings on Sunday to tie for the best record at the Louisville Red & Black Classic.

Redshirt freshman Micaela Minner hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning, her sixth of the season. The No. 24 Tigers improved to 11-2.

Missouri scores season-low 51 in loss

AUSTIN, Texas – The second-half magic that helped Missouri to a four-game winning streak abandoned the Tigers in a 63-51 loss to Texas on Saturday.

The Longhorns hit their first six shots of the second half and used a 13-0 run to turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 37-25 lead. Reserve guard Kenny Taylor helped quash any thoughts of a Missouri comeback, scoring 15 of his 20 in the final 20 minutes, including a crucial 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 1:53 left.

Doing a body good

Ken McRae and Kathleen Knipp had the perfect jobs.

They were doing what they loved, had a peace of mind and a feeling of wholeness.

NBA departure not part of Kleiza’s future

AUSTIN, Tex.— Scouts from the San Antonio Spurs were in attendance when Missouri played Texas on Saturday, and rumors have long been circulating that Tiger sophomore Linas Kleiza might be contemplating making the jump to the NBA after this season.

According to Kleiza, nothing could be further from the truth.

Klotz fills void with double-double

AUSTIN, Texas — With Texas’ leading rebounder, Brad Buckman, in foul trouble most of the game, Jason Klotz needed to pick up a little slack for the Longhorns.

Klotz picked up the slack and a whole lot more.

Robinson wins three titles

The final night of the 25th annual Cat Classic showcased talented gymnasts, unique routines and stellar performances from four schools.

After Friday’s team and all-around competition, the gymnasts with the top ten scores on each individual event continued to Saturday’s finals. The invitational included No. 24 Missouri, Towson, New Hampshire and Illinois State.

Cougars, Edwards recover from defeat

If the Columbia College men’s basketball team was disappointed after a tough loss Thursday, the Cougars didn’t show it.

Columbia College (20-12, 9-3 American Midwest Conference) started strongly against Hannibal-LaGrange on Saturday and maintained focus throughout a solid 85-70 win at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Riddle’s late-game heroics spark Tigers in overtime

With four minutes to play in its game on Saturday, it looked like the Missouri women’s basketball team would blow a13-point lead to Nebraska for the second time this season.

But EeTisha Riddle wouldn’t let that happen.

Keeping an eye on each other

Jeff Kunkel walks to home plate.

The University of Michigan catcher takes the first pitch, over but low, for a ball, and steps out of the batters’ box to readjust.

Jeff City defeats Bruins, claims district

Of course the two top teams in the district would need an additional four minutes to settle a championship.

At the end of four quarters, Rock Bridge and Jefferson City were locked at 25-25. Though the Bruins took their first lead of the game in overtime, Jefferson City pulled out a 32-30 win on Saturday at Hickman High School. Jefferson City became the Class 5 District 10 champion with the win.

Tigers’ coach Hoffer honored at Big 12 Championships

The last day of the Big 12 Championships at the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas, happened to be the best day for the MU men’s and women’s swimming team.

The men finished in third place with 788 points, the most points ever for the team. Texas won the competition for the ninth-straight year.

Bruins’ season ends; Giese won’t return

The dream died hard for the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team Friday night.

A miraculous turnaround came three points short of a district championship, and the coach who led the charge announced he would not return for an encore.

Relaxed mood garners upset

The atmosphere at the Green Tennis Center on Saturday was light and relaxed.

But competition on the courts was not.