Harry Smith’s eyes penetrate through his dark, thick-rimmed glasses easier than a running back through one of the holes he so often opened.
His forehead is permanently wrinkled, a testament more to years of furrowing his brow ala Bill Cowher than his age.
Ten games into the Missouri season, the second half of the Indiana game is the closest the Tigers have been to perfect. But close to perfect may not be enough when Missouri plays Illinois on Wednesday in St. Louis.
The Tigers shot 83.3 percent from the field in the second half of their 56-53 win against the Hoosiers on Sunday, but Missouri shot 23.1 percent in the first half. The Tigers had been shooting 39 percent on the season.
ST. LOUIS — Mark Mulder believes his late-season swoon had nothing to do with being traded to the Cardinals.
The left-hander, acquired from Oakland on Saturday, was the American League starter in the All-Star game and was the first 17-game winner in the major leagues. But he was 0-4 with a 7.27 ERA in his last seven starts and a reason the Athletics missed the playoffs for the first time in five years.
Missouri has reached an agreement with Learfield Communications to continue broadcasting Tiger games for the next 11 years.
The multimedia deal will provide the university with a minimum of $32.5 million, but could net the athletic department as much as $50 million.
KANSAS CITY — Nearing the end of a disappointing season, not all is gloomy for the Kansas City Chiefs.
A number of first- and second-year players are shiningly brightly in what amounts to real-time auditions for spots next year in what is certain to be a dramatically revamped roster.
It was not what Quin Snyder wanted, but the crowd at Mizzou Arena loved it when Marshall Brown finished the game with a 360 dunk.
The 6-foot-7 forward’s dunk capped off Missouri’s (6-4) amazing 56-53 comeback victory against Indiana (2-5).
Thomas Gardner walked slowly into the tunnel leading to Norm Stewart Court. Jason Conley followed closely behind.
They were composed. They were resolute. Their faces reflected no ill effects of a dismal first-half performance and neither did their play when they took to the court to begin the second half.
Missouri had been wondering how exactly it was going to take Indiana guard Bracey Wright out of the game.
What happened probably wasn’t exactly what the Tigers had in mind. But an elbow to the face wasn’t enough to stop Wright
The specter of Ricky Clemons continues to haunt the Missouri men’s basketball program.
Now there are federal investigators involved, but the U.S. Attorney’s office would not elaborate on whether the recent indictment of a community college coach in Great Bend, Kan. will result in a subsequent investigation of MU practices.
It’s the kind of schedule that is usually reserved for March and the NCAA Tournament. Indiana decided to give it a try in December.
So much for good tidings.
"Packing the Zou” did not help the Missouri women’s basketball team.
Missouri lost to Stanford 71-55 on Saturday in front of 7,585 fans at Mizzou Arena.
The gym isn’t visible from the street.
You won’t find it on Broadway or Walnut, as its address suggests. Maps are of little use, considering the building isn’t technically located on a street.
Six years ago Rock Bridge had only one swimmer in the first year of its program. Now the Bruins have 26 swimmers and they are giving some of the best teams in Missouri a battle.
Rock Bridge took third (316) in Friday night's meet against Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, Chaminade, and Hickman. The Kewpies (222) took fourth. Blue Springs (391), the defending state champions won the meet easily, but Rock Bridge almost stole second away from Chaminade (324), the fourth place team in last year's state meet.
The Missouri women’s basketball team is hosting some tough competition.
Missouri (6-3) will take on Stanford (7-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Mizzou Arena. The game will be televised on the Fox Sports Network.
Hickman’s girls’ basketball team beat Parkway South 63-42 on Thursday night in St. Louis.
Lauren Nolke led the scoring with 22 points, and Megan McCabe had 18.
Although Hickman coach Jim Sutherland jokes about his team’s lack of height, he says that isn’t the Kewpies’ main problem on the court.
“Losing our composure at the end really cost us,” Sutherland said. “…We just panicked.”
Hickman swimmer John Willet emerges from the Hickman weight room draped in a baggy sweatshirt and sweatpants. He’s a head taller than most of his teammates but otherwise blends in with the mass of Rock Bridge and Hickman swimmers going home for the evening after a lifting session.
His easy stride displays the laid-back personality coach John Hamilton said has not changed in the four years he has coached Willet. This is the guy who might be a state champion in two months.
A groin injury limited Columbia College junior forward Nahowan Saxon to a little over four minutes of play the last two games, but Thursday night he made a successful return.
Saxon contributed more than 27 minutes and scored a game-high 18 points, including 11 in the first half to lead the Cougars to a 75-47 win against Maryville at The Arena of Southwell Complex.
If the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball players can keep their momentum, they’ll eclipse last year’s poor performance.
Undefeated, the Bruins extended their winning streak to six by beating California 45-27 Thursday night. It was Rock Bridge’s second home game of the season.
Rock Bridge sophomore Isaiah Warren stole the ball and the game from Hickman.
Warren’s quick defensive instincts sent the Bruins to a 53-51 victory Thursday night at