In busy life, a dash of fun

You might not have known it, but Columbia has a championship cross country team and no, it’s not the Tigers, Bruins or Kewpies.

Stephens coach ready to push young, talented squad

Dane Pavlovich stands pensively outside the door to his tiny office next to the men’s restroom in Silverthorne Arena. A pair of Little League teams are doing battle on Stephens College’s home hardwood, though turnovers far outnumber points in the contest, and the atmosphere falls somewhat short of intense. The young girls on the floor are participating in an activity that might be called basketball, one where benevolent referees ignore traveling violations as if Michael Jordan committed them. The 10-foot-tall rim may as well measure 50 feet.

Lawrence looks ready

Maybe freshman guard Keon Lawrence should be believed when he speaks.

Tigers play for bowl and pride

The Nebraska footballl team’s win on Saturday against Texas A&M clinched the Big 12 Conference North title for the Huskers. Missouri was frustrated when the team’s goal of winning the division title disappeared, but the Tigers are still playing for something this season.

Rare Naismith papers found

CLAYTON — It’s settled. Basketball really did evolve from a childhood game called “Duck on a Rock.”

Kansas City’s Gonzalez out for Sunday

KANSAS CITY — Injuries to Pro Bowlers and key starters continued to mount for Kansas City on Monday when tight end Tony Gonzalez, having perhaps his finest season, was declared out this week and possibly longer.

Rams stress season not over

ST. LOUIS — “If the Steelers can do it, so can we.” That was what first-year St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan told his players, reeling after four straight losses, on Monday.

Ramirez, Verlander top rookies

NEW YORK — Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins won a tight race for National League Rookie of the Year, and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took home the American League award Monday.

Pushing the tempo

Missouri coach Mike Anderson has said his players will thank him one day for the amount of running they do in practice.

Bench key part of Tigers’ new plan

The Missouri women’s basketball team got its first taste of a challenge this season in its season opener Sunday at Southern Illinois.

Ultimate hospitality

Missouri loves company. Well, perhaps love is too strong of a word.

Grimes’ big play for MU leads to honors as MVP

KG for MVP.

You might expect to hear that in the NBA, with star Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Sunday, that meant Missouri center Kalen Grimes.

Non-MU game struggles to draw fans

Mark Whitehill didn’t think he would have any problem sitting near the floor.

Hickman senior Jones state diving champion

Hickman senior Dante Jones won the 1-meter diving event at the MSHSAA Boys State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday in St. Peter’s. Jones won with with 418.20 points after finishing second in last year’s event in February. Rock Bridge placed fifth at the championships the with 134 points. Hickman was 15th with 65.

Looking for bucks

The 7 mm Weatherby rifle rested upright, strategically placed between Sharon Brandkamp’s knees. Her eyes and head shifted in unison — left, right, left again — as she scanned the land. Temperatures in the low 30s assured that every breath she took was visible.

Tigers let early lead slip away, still prevail

Yet again, Stefhon Hannah was rolling. The junior guard was 5-of-5 in the first half, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, totaling 13 points in the Tigers’ 38-26 halftime lead.

Tigers from Illinois prepare for homecoming

EeTisha Riddle is recruiting. She’s sending out e-mails, making phone calls and bragging about her team. But the senior center on the Missouri women’s basketball team isn’t rounding up future players, she’s mobilizing fans.

Lawrence fights through tough Army

Matt Lawrence scored 37 points all of last season. So if North Carolina A&T coach Jerry Eaves forgot about him on Friday, maybe he could be forgiven. But after watching Lawrence score 27 points on Friday against Eaves’ Aggies, Army coach Jim Crews didn’t make the same mistake.

Gymnastics team starts season early

For a college gymnast, training is a year-round job.

MU fades against Longhorns

The Missouri volleyball team lost 31-29, 23-30, 27-30, 12-30 to No. 8 Texas on Saturday in Austin, Texas. The Tigers had swept the Longhorns on Sept. 23 in Columbia.