Golden fan

For Columbia’s Tom Highland the anticipation was almost overwhelming. Kickoff was minutes away, and he was about to make his debut for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Senior’s life a balancing act

It is rare that Elsa Kracke goes a day at Rock Bridge volleyball practice without a teammate asking her to bend over backwards.

Cardinals’ Rolen puts day off to good use

ST. LOUIS — Just in time for the postseason, Scott Rolen rediscovered his long-lost stroke.

Cardinals fall to Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Tony Graffanino just wouldn’t quit.

Chiefs find good in loss

KANSAS CITY — If there’s such a thing as a good loss, the Kansas City Chiefs might have just had one.

MU victory draws additional league honors

Tearing around the offensive tackle, senior defensive end Brian Smith spotted his prey. Locking in on his target, Smith crashed into New Mexico quarterback Chris Nelson, promptly ending the play.

Tigers pass real test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ­— This was the type of game where Missouri teams of the past would have tripped up.

Life without Green leaves Chiefs blue

DENVER — Rod Smith was on the sideline with a concussion, Jake Plummer was having an awful day and nothing Mike Shanahan and his offensive staff came up with seemed to work.

Learning new system ‘painful’ for St. Louis

SAN FRANCISCO — When Antonio Bryant heard the next play-call, he stuck his head in the San Francisco 49ers’ huddle and yelled something foolish.

Royals give up another early lead

KANSAS CITY — Gil Meche was glad Seattle hitters had a better day than he did.

MU soccer team ends winning streak vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Missouri soccer team lost its first game of the year Sunday, falling 1-0 to the UW-Milwaukee Panthers at the Wisconsin Soccer Classic in Madison, Wisc. The Tigers, ranked No. 16 in the nation, dropped to 7-1. It was the first time that the Panthers (6-2-1) have defeated a ranked opponent since 1998. The next game for Missouri is Friday at home against Nebraska.

Loss lobos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Missouri’s defense led the Tigers to a 27-17 victory against New Mexico Saturday.

MU rally ends skid

Jessica Vander Kooi was not going to let her team lose again.

MU soccer still unbeaten

The Missouri soccer team remains unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over Wisconsin in the Wisconsin Soccer Classic. Senior Elyse Nikonchuk scored Missouri’s first goal in the final minute of the first half. Three minutes into the second half, Missouri freshman Kristin Andrighetto scored MU’s second goal. Meghan Pfeiffer got the assist.

Going the distance

When Garett Jeff­ries made the transition from being one of the best high school runners in the state to being just another talented runner on the Missouri cross country team, he knew he was getting a bigger chance to showcase what he enjoys.

Carpenter sharp again

ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter was dominant again, showing no mercy to a former teammate.

Five-run fourth propels Royals over Mariners

KANSAS CITY — Mike Hargrove is in his second season managing the Seattle Mariners and he’s still amazed by Ichiro Suzuki.

Kewpies look to game film for help

After a game that went so wrong for Hickman, Kewpies coach Jason Wright said remedying his team’s woes starts in the film room.

Lobos’ scheme tests Tigers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It knew what was coming. But Missouri’s offense found out on Saturday that having knowledge doesn’t necessarily mean you can apply it well.

Few limitations to New Mexico fans’ dedication to team

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cleo Hughes is the epitome of a New Mexico fan from his silver and cherry school color shoes to his truck.