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NCAA announces sanctions

The National Collegiate Athletics Association will announce this afternoon what sanctions it will impose on MU for violations on the men's basketball team. Those most intimately involved with the team knew sanctions were coming today.

MU sanctioned by NCAA over men's basketball violations

MU will be placed on probation for three years for violations committed by the

men's basketball program, the NCAA said Wednesday.

The sanctions will include limits on scholarships, recruiting and official visits

by coaches. Post-season play and television appearances will not be affected.

Tigers’ rushing stalled

One season after ranking sixth in the NCAA with 237.46 rushing yards per game, the Missouri football team’s rushing attack went flat with only 51 yards on 35 carries against Nebraska on Saturday.

That lack of production came after the suspension of the Tigers’ leading rusher, junior Damien Nash for disciplinary reasons following an Oct. 23 loss against Oklahoma State. Freshman Tony Temple played in his first collegiate game against Nebraksa, gaining only 13 yards on six carries. He left the contest in the fourth quarter with an injured left Achilles.

Kewps, Bruins eye new season

The high-pitched squeak of basketball shoes pivoting and shuffling filled the Hickman gym Monday night.

It didn’t feel like the first practice of the 2004-05 season for the Hickman girls’ basketball team.

Realism addicts video athletes

In their three years as a couple, Columbia’s Erica Ainge and Alvin Banks have gone through the same experience each fall.

To Banks, the annual August release of the best-selling “Madden” NFL videogame is like a national holiday.

Peterson running for Heisman

Adrian Peterson does not act or play like a freshman.

Perhaps that is why he is being mentioned as a possible Heisman Trophy winner with three games left in the regular season for No. 2 Oklahoma.

Extra Points: Cougars win season opener on road

The Columbia College women’s basketball team opened its season Monday night by beating Purdue-Calumet 74-51 in Hammond, Ind. Columbia College led the defending Chicagoland Conference champions by 13 at halftime and held on for an easy victory in the second half.

It was the seniors who led the No. 13 Cougars. Forward Mindy Mitchem led Columbia College on defense. She recorded 12 rebounds and six blocks. Four other seniors scored in double figures for the Cougars. Guard Tiffany Foote led the team with 18 points, and forward Charliss Ridley scored 15, followed by guard Lisa Kowalewski with 13 and forward Tilly Payne with 12.

Cardinals dismiss hitting coach

ST.LOUIS- The St. Louis Cardinals, fresh off their World Series loss, have dismissed their hitting coach because of an alcoholism problem, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Mitchell Page, the Cardinals’ hitting coach for 3 1/2 seasons, was informed of the team’s decision Thursday by general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Tony La Russa, according to STLtoday.com, the Web site of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Kewps’ Huckla tough in goal

Hickman’s Drew Huckla, at 5 feet, 10 inches and 190 pounds, looks more like a football team’s fullback than a soccer team’s goalkeeper.

Opposing strikers are finding out that Huckla brings the physicality of football to a sport known more for finesse and touch.

Shootout in K.C.

KANSAS CITY- On a day dominated by offense, it took a defensive back to settle things.

Indianapolis star Peyton Manning had thrown five touchdown passes when he lofted the ball into Kansas City’s end zone with just under 2 minutes left Sunday. This time, the catch in the end zone belonged to Chiefs safety Greg Wesley, who returned the ball 65 yards to seal Kansas City’s 45-35 victory.

Tigers’ defense shines despite ’Huskers’ win

LINCOLN, Neb. – As bad as it played against Nebraska, Missouri’s offense had chances to get back in the game.

With a little more than five minutes left Saturday, the Tigers had their best chance, a first-and-goal at the 8-yard line. Although the offense failed to score, it never would have had those chances without the defense’s continued stout play. The defense again proved itself and highlighted an otherwise disappointing 24-3 loss to the Cornhuskers.

Nebraska stays grounded

LINCOLN, Neb. — So much for the high-flying West Coast offense first-year Nebraska coach Bill Callahan had such high hopes for at the beginning of the season.

The combination of a staunch Missouri pass defense and a smattering of inaccurate throws by Nebraska quarterback Joe Dailey grounded any hopes the Cornhuskers had about turning Saturday’s Big 12 North contest into an aerial duel. Dailey finished with 26 yards passing on 18 attempts, but it didn’t matter much when the final seconds ran off the clock.

Oh, Shucks

LINCOLN, Neb. — Three straight losses and three straight missed opportunities put the Missouri football team at .500 for the first time since losing its second game of the season Sept. 9 to Troy.

The Tigers lost 24-3 to Nebraska at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, extending their losing streak to three games and getting their 14th consecutive loss in Lincoln. The win puts the Cornhuskers alone in first place in the Big 12 Conference-North Division and is their 36th-straight Homecoming win.

MU backs struggle without Nash

LINCOLN, Neb. – All the questions entering Saturday’s game at Nebraska centered on whether Missouri could replace Damien Nash’s impact in the rushing game.

In the 24-3 loss, the Tigers answered those questions with resounding disappointment, producing a season-low 51 yards on 35 carries and never establishing a consistent threat.

Kewpies gain momentum early

Hickman’s Cedric Alvis stole more than just the ball early in the first half Friday.

When Alvis intercepted Rock Bridge quarterback Logan Gray’s overthrown pass only two plays after a Kewpie touchdown, he took pretty much all the game’s momentum along with it.

Stein tests lineups

The public got its first look at the Missouri women’s basketball team Saturday morning during its Black and Gold scrimmage.

The Tigers took the court for seven simulated games that lasted 10 minutes a piece. Missouri coach Cindy Stein said the team uses these scrimmages to test different lineups and judge chemistry between teammates.

Hickman, Rock Bridge runners advance to state meet

For only the second time in 32 years, Rock Bridge’s boys’ cross country team is headed to the state meet.

The Bruins’ 97 points edged Kickapoo for fourth place at Saturday’s meet at Bethel Park. Hickman’s boys’ and girls’ teams also advanced with finishes of second and fourth, respectively. The top four teams and top 30 individuals advanced to state.

Stephens College swim team loses to Cottey College

Stephens College swimming coach Laura Wacker joked with her athletes after Saturday’s meet against Cottey College.

“I saw you girls talking to those Cottey College swimmers about coming here,” she said. “That was nice of you after they whooped your butts.”

Life cyclists

Brady Beckham doesn’t bike for the fame; his team is hardly noticed. He doesn’t do it for the fortune; he pays for almost all of the expenses out of his own pocket.

The junior competes on the MU cycling team for the same reason his 25 teammates do.

MU women's soccer defeats Alabama

The MU women's soccer team reached .500 by defeating Alabama A&M 5-2 on Friday at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex. The Tigers are 9-9-1 and 5-5 in the Big 12 going into the Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio, Texas next weekend.

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