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McCormick’s work pays off

In many college sports, starting immediately is a selling point. Significant early playing time can make an athlete’s decision on a particular school.

Wrestling is a little different. In the ferociously competitive Big 12 Conference, redshirting early is commonplace. This luxury wasn’t afforded Missouri’s Chris McCormick, though.

Different path for Hickman

It pays to concentrate on all facets of the game.

On a night when shots weren’t falling, the Hickman girls’ basketball team found other ways to produce in a 63-45 win against Helias on Wednesday at Hickman.

Cougars net Ridley happiness

When Charliss Ridley signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Indiana in 1999, the highly regarded recruit had never heard of the Columbia College women’s basketball team.

That is because the team did not exist.

Extra Points: MU’s Hunter 2nd team All-American

Lindsay Hunter, a junior setter on the Missouri volleyball team, was named second team AVCA All-American on Wednesday.

She is the second player at Missouri to be named to an All-American team. Christi Myers was a third-team selection in 2002.

Indicted coach helped Clemons

Just when the drama surrounding Ricky Clemons seemed to be finished, another twist in the story has emerged.

Ryan Wolf, a former coach at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on suspicion of providing illegal financial help and false academic credentials to athletes. The list of athletes includes former Missouri point guard Clemons and Randy Pulley, who was brought in to replace Clemons.

Bruins take down Hickman hopes

For all but a few minutes Tuesday night, the coach’s chair on Hickman’s side of the wrestling mat was vacant.

Coach J.D. Coffman stood for the duration of the dual meet and bark-ed orders and words of encouragement to his wrestlers.

Spotlight on Big 12 as season unfolds

The ACC is touted by many pundits as the best conference for men’s basketball, but this year the Big 12 is giving it a run for its money.

The Big 12 is the only conference with four undefeated teams. The ACC and Big East each have three.

Douglass lacks experience, not enthusiasm

Young basketball players can bring excitement and energy to complement veteran players.

The problem for Douglass High basketball coach Lynn Allen is that he doesn’t have many veterans.

Meet pumps up wrestling rivals

Rock Bridge wrestler Jason Richards described Tuesday’s dual meet against rival Hickman as “the biggest match of the season.”

Although Richards thought the meet was huge, Hickman’s K.C. Pescaglia treated it the same as any other match.

Tyus too much for Kewpies

The Hickman boys’ basketball team lost to Hazelwood Central 73-60 in Florissant. The loss dropped the Kewpies to 3-5. Hazelwood improved to 5-0.

The Kewpies were led by senior Kyle Smith, who scored 29 points. Hazelwood was lead by junior Alex Tyus’ 26 points. Hickman assistant coach Dan Bachmeier said Tyus lived up to his expectations.

MU player faces rape charges

An MU football player was charged with rape and sodomy Monday.

After a female student at the university accused him of assaulting her early Sunday morning, Alvin D. Newhouse, 19, was charged of forcible rape and forcible sodomy.

Balanced Bruins roll

The Rock Bridge basketball team showed there is strength in numbers Monday night.

The Bruins defeated Marshall 79-33 at Rock Bridge, replacing the starters with a younger lineup in the second half.

No glory for sports officials

Being a sports official is a lot like being a journalist.

Officials and journalists say they’re objective, but the public is generally quite skeptical of those claims. Also, both often receive more blame than they deserve.

A Good Opportunity

When Amber Cox planned to visit a college friend in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the summer, she had no idea she was visiting her future home state.

But when Cox, the assistant athletic director at Columbia College, saw a job posting in June that said the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury was looking for a Director of Marketing, she decided to apply.

Rock Bridge overcomes poor shooting

The Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team survived a sloppy performance Monday at Marshal.

Matchup brings interest to game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gunther Cunningham knows exactly what he would like to see tonight: Tennessee linebacker Keith Bulluck on Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Cunningham, the Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive coordinator, spent the past three seasons with Bulluck, helping coach him into a star.

Passing Grizzly test builds MU’s confidence

Finals week won’t carry the same pressure for Missouri’s Jason Conley as it has in the past, and he is not afraid to brag about it.

“I’m just going be honest with you, (my teammates are) going to have some problems with exams because I’m finished,” Conley said. “I graduate in exactly one week, so I’m excited. They’ll be in exams and I’ll be here in the gym.”

Cougars collapse in second

For 35 minutes Sunday afternoon, the Columbia College men’s basketball team played its best basketball of the season.

For 5 minutes, it played some of its worst.

Rams deep-sixed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers were a joke two months ago, in danger of becoming the answer to a trivia question as the biggest bust after a Super Bowl season.

The Panthers are surging now, though. They moved into the thick of the playoff race Sunday with a 20-7 victory against the St. Louis Rams.

Tigers on inside track

It’s an axiom as old as sport. If finesse fails, use force.

Not that the Missouri men’s basketball team hadn’t been forcing its shots, but on Saturday at Mizzou Arena the Tigers finally began forcing the right ones.

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