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Tigers seek revenge against Roby, Buffs

Colorado freshman Richard Roby ran free and knocked down a 3-pointer with just under 20 seconds left. It was a shot that would echo through the Missouri season.

Missouri lost that game to the Buffaloes 64-62 on Jan. 26, but the shot cost the Tigers more than a game. It cost them their confidence, and until a week ago it looked like it might have cost them their season.

Road ahead difficult for skidding Jayhawks

Two weeks ago, Kansas seemed to have the Big 12 Conference regular-season race under control.

At 9-0 in conference play, the Jayhawks held a two-game lead over second-place Oklahoma State. The picture has gotten dicier since.

Competition brings out Missouri diver’s best

Missouri’s Evan Watters stood backwards on the board, ready to make his last dive.

It was a dive he had only tried six times in practice. Each time, his coach didn’t score him more than a 4.

Tigers enjoy road victory

LINCOLN, Neb. — As Missouri coach Quin Snyder left the Devaney Sports Center on Saturday after Missouri’s 56-53 win against Nebraska, he was met by an unfamiliar sound: applause.

A group of about 30 Missouri fans gathered in the hall outside the Tigers’ locker room. As Snyder emerged, the group did what it had waited the 45 minutes since the end of the game to do. It offered a wild cheering ovation.

Students dodge for cash

War cries filled the air at MU’s Student Recreation Complex.

At the blow of a whistle, 20 players charged for the 10 balls sitting at midcourt, some bellowing and shrieking as they clamored for the blue, yellow and red rubber balls.

Dodgeball teams such as the Facebreakers and Greatest Hits Vol. 1 looked to intimidate teams with brute strength, while others, like Delta Upsilon and the Penthouse Players, relied on teamwork to succeed.

Bruins, Kewpies reverse roles

What a difference a year makes.

Twelve months ago, the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team was preparing for a district tournament that it was not given much of a chance to win, while Hickman, with eight seniors, geared up to make a run at the state title.

Kraftova’s return bolsters Tigers

It was a good time to welcome back a missing player.

The Missouri women’s tennis team beat Iowa State 6-2 on Sunday to sweep its weekend homestand at Green Tennis Center. On Friday, the Tigers beat Murray State 7-0.

Missouri golfers get back on course

The Central District Invitational today and Tuesday in Parrish Fla., will be the Missouri women’s golf team’s first competition this year.

The Tigers most recently played in the beginning of November, but coach Stephanie Cooper does not believe that the layoff will affect her team.

MU swimmers get it together

The freshman swimmers overcooked the pasta and it stuck to the pan, but the Missouri men’s swimming and diving team still had a great time at its dinner party on Friday night.

The team watched “American History X” and loaded itself with carbohydrates. The goal: a fun evening together.

ROAD GLORY AT LAST

LINCOLN, Neb. - Missouri played a brilliant second half to overcome a lackluster start against Nebraska.

Still, the outcome of the game remained shrouded in uncertainty until the buzzer sounded and the Tigers won 56-53.

Rising Stars high on education

Few sports programs for children go to the length that Rising Stars Sports Association does to make education a priority for players.

In December, the year-old sports association started an education campaign that encourages young players to excel in school and to learn outside class. Players on each of five teams are competing to win one of five computers donated by Frito Lay/Quaker Oats, where Rising Stars cofounder Ray Magruder works.

Brown’s dunk sparks Tigers

LINCOLN, Neb. – Kevin Young put it in the top-10 list of Missouri’s best dunks of the year.

Jason Conley said it showed some confidence.

Missouri ruins day for ’Huskers’ Turek

LINCOLN, Neb—It was Nebraska forward John Turek’s birthday on Saturday. He turned 21, but the Missouri men’s basketball team had designs to spoil his party.

Missouri defeated Nebraska 56-53 and left Turek to celebrate a birthday without being able to celebrate a victory.

Threes down Mizzou

NORMAN, OKLA. — The Missouri women’s basketball team demonstrated strong effort on Saturday, but the 3-point shooting of Oklahoma stifled any Tiger offensive threat.

“A lot of time we were flying at them, and they penetrate so well,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein said.

Pescaglia’s title picturesque finish

Tony Pescaglia can finally smile.

Pescaglia told his mom he wouldn’t smile for any pictures until he won a state title. Saturday, Pescaglia stood atop the podium on the Hearnes Center floor with a first-place medal around his neck, and smiled for all the cameras.

All-Comers draws 650 competitors

Though trailing behind the others, the little girl with glasses kept on running. As the runners crossed the finish line, the crowd at Hearnes Center’s field house began to clap. They were applauding not for the winner, but for the girl who was just making the last turn around the track.

Despite being the youngest participant in her heat, Shelby Stowt, 7, finished the girls’ 400-meter dash at full speed to the applause of the crowd.

Two new records set

At 74, Lewis Mead was the oldest participant in the competition. He raced in the 3,000-meter walk. He said he has been race walking for 15 years and trains three times a week.

Two new meet records for the high school competition were set. Shannon Leinert of Wildwood broke the mile record in 5:11. Jared Huske of Topeka, Kan. broke the 60-meter hurdles record in 7.91 seconds.

Fine finish for foursome

They got their roses, thanked God and their families, and received a standing ovation.

Then they took the court.

Cougars’ bench key to victory

The ineptitude of the Illinois-Springfield men’s basketball team was on full display Saturday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

While the Prairie Stars committed technical fouls and missed free throws, Columbia College led throughout its undramatic 69-52 win.

Success a lifetime in the making

A small slab of concrete next to a little house with an old basketball hoop attached to the side. It wasn’t exactly a gym, but it was enough to make Columbia College women’s basketball coach Mike Davis fall in love with the sport.

“His mom always told me it didn’t matter; rain, sleet, or snow, he’d get out there,” Cindy Davis, his wife, said. “If it snowed, he wouldn’t shovel her sidewalk off, but he’d go out there, shovel the court, cut the fingers off his gloves and shoot baskets in the middle of winter. He’s always had a true love for the game.”

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