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McKinney’s play key for Tigers

While the rest of the team followed the normal pregame routine, junior guard Jimmy McKinney warmed up in the practice gym alone.

“I think that just helped to get my mind free and really focus on the game,” McKinney said. “I didn’t see the crowd yet; I want to wait until the game starts to see the crowd. I wanted the attention off me and just got focused. I came out really aggressive.”

Brown gives life to Missouri’s late comeback victory

After playing terribly for most of the second half, Missouri got a jumpstart from freshman forward Marshall Brown.

Missouri coach Quin Snyder was visibly upset about his team’s play against Iowa State on Saturday at Mizzou Arena, even though the Tigers pulled out a 62-59 victory.

Missouri women hope to keep rolling

The next challenge: Nebraska.

The Missouri women’s basketball team takes on Nebraska on Saturday.

Special teams not so special

ST. LOUIS — When Jeff Wilkins is using his shoulder pads, the St. Louis Rams know they’re in trouble.

Their kicker is supposed to be the last line of defense on returns, but all too often they’ve needed him to save the day. It illustrates the Rams’ glaring weakness on special teams entering Saturday’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks (9-7).

Jackson says ability proven

ST. LOUIS - The day the St. Louis Rams make him their feature back can’t come soon enough for Steven Jackson.

The rookie said Thursday he has shown the past few weeks that he is ready to take over from Marshall Faulk.

Extra Points

Henson’s plan to

coach put on hold

Opening night

Ten first-half points.

The Missouri women’s basketball team held Oklahoma State to only 10 first half points Wednesday in a remarkable defensive performance.

Conley finally finds his place

It’s been a long road, but Missouri senior Jason Conley finally seems to have found his place with the Tigers.

When Conley transferred to Missouri in Jan. 2003, the hopes and the pressure were high.

Low energy, but Tigers get the victory

For the first time this season, Missouri coach Quin Snyder’s voice could be heard above the crowd in Mizzou Arena Tuesday when the Tigers played American University.

Luckily, it was a game that most people wouldn’t mind missing.

Kleiza has a distracted night

Missouri’s interim public announcer, having to pronounce new Lithuanian names, isn’t the only one who had a tough night Tuesday.

Just ask Missouri’s Linas Kleiza.

Two teams searching for their identities

Tonight will be a meeting of two unknowns.

“I like the fact that we’re playing a team that does have so many new players that are not established in the Big 12,” Oklahoma State coach Julie Goodenough said. “And that’s kind of the way we are too.”

Missouri keeps fans on their feet

When Missouri starts slow, it’s hard on everybody.

It is tradition for fans to remain standing until the Tigers score their first basket.

Smith leads Cougar victory

Columbia Cougar guard Terrence Smith is used to scoring.

But not usually like this. Smith‘s 30 points that led Columbia College to 80-53 win over Bacone College Tuesday night came off the bench.

Cougars’ home steak continues

The Columbia College women’s basketball team shook off some of the winter break rust to beat the Brescia Bearcats 59-50 Tuesday night.

In their second game in the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic in Southwell Complex the Coug-ars kept their six-game home winning streak alive.

Horton confident

With the clock ticking down, Missouri point guard Jason Horton calmly dribbled the basketball near half court.

Not even the piercing gaze of Gonzaga’s Dereck Raivio, who was watching his every move, could faze Horton as he moved toward the basket.

Bulger’s play makes him Rams’ MVP

ST. LOUIS — Marc Bulger has become the indispensable man in the St. Louis Rams’ offense. On Monday, the team acknowledged it by naming him its MVP for the second time in three seasons.

“He’s just a terrific, outstanding quarterback,” coach Mike Martz said. “He’s one of the upper echelon quarterbacks in this league.”

Chiefs defense lets offense down again

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Chiefs have proved once more that no matter how high any offense might soar, all is lost when the defense can’t stop anything.

It’s a point they’ve made three years in a row — perhaps never more emphatically than this season.

Enough to win

The coach didn’t quite know what to say.

“Well, I think the most important thing coming out of this game is that fact that we won,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein finally said.

Bond back for Tigers

At halftime, LaToya Bond was upset in the locker room.

Against St. Louis on Sunday, Bond only had two points in the first half.

No kicking out Rams

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz couldn’t care less that his team finished .500. Somehow, they are in the playoffs.

The Rams clinched a postseason berth when Jeff Wilkins kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime to beat the New York Jets 32-29 on Sunday. They got a little help earlier in the day when Minnesota lost.

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