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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.

Show-Me shooters bring fun

Even in warm-ups they looked formidable. Their shooter shirts emblazoned with the team logo in black and red and last names written on the back. Their coaches huddled together wearing nylon warm-up jackets and pants in the same black and red. Their fans, some wielding video cameras and others scribbling on stat sheets to prepare for the opening tip-off.

When it came time to start the game, the 5-foot center with the pigtails tipped it to the 4-foot-8 point guard with the blonde ponytail and knobby knees.

Not so ‘scrawny’ anymore

Neville Miller thought he was going to die after the first day of track practice his freshman year.

The wake-up call was too early, and the thought of a year without intramural flag football was too much for him to handle.

Two Tigers seize top honors at Cat Classic

The first night of the 25th annual Cat Classic finished with two Tigers taking home the top honors.

The Towson Tigers took second place in the team competition and MU grabbed first Friday night with a score of 195.250.

No. 24 Missouri prevailed over Towson's 192.650, New Hampshire's 192.850, and Illinois State's 187.900.

Jeff City ends Rock Bridge's dream season

Jefferson City won the Class 5-District 10 on Friday night, its first title in six years, ending Rock Bridge's dream season by a score of 53-50 at Rock Bridge.

Turner turns the tide

Terrell Turner gave Rock Bridge a boost. The Bruins trailed by eight after the first quarter, but Turner, a Bruins guard, helped narrow the deficit with eight points in the second quarter.

Rock Bridge will meet Jefferson City in district final Saturday

Missouri is rolling on a four-game winning streak, but the Tigers are going to need more than momentum to come out of Austin, Texas with a victory.

The Longhorns (18-8) are fifth in the Big 12 Conference at 7-6, but a loss to Missouri on Saturday could drop them to the lower half of the standings. Texas lost a tough road game at Texas Tech 69-65 on Tuesday, but Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said he thinks his team could be in its prime because his players are healthy.

Cat Classic could vault MU into elite company

A milestone event will take place at Hearnes Center tonight and Saturday.

Missouri’s gymnasts will host the 25th annual Cat Classic, the premier invitational meet in the nation, this weekend at Hearnes Center. The meet’s setup is what makes it such a special event.

Tigers take hot streak to Texas

Missouri is rolling on a four-game winning streak, but the Tigers are going to need more than momentum to come out of Austin,Texas with a victory.

The Longhorns (18-8) are fifth in the Big 12 Conference at 7-6, but a loss to Missouri on Saturday could drop them to the lower half of the standings. Texas lost a tough road game at Texas Tech 69-65 on Tuesday, but Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said he thinks his team could be in its prime because his players are healthy.

Early stumble sinks Cougars

The Columbia College men’s basketball team lost 82-70 at Missouri Baptist on Thursday. The Cougars (19-12, 8-3) fell into a tie for second place in the American Midwest Conference.

A 12-0 run in the first half put the Spartans (21-8, 10-1) up 31-22, and they never trailed again.

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