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Schilling, Sox force Game 7

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Gritting his teeth and grimacing throughout, Curt Schilling willed away the pain in his right ankle and the Boston Red Sox got the benefit of two reversed calls to move within one win of the most shocking comeback in baseball postseason history.

Garner tabs Munro for Game 6

ST. LOUIS — Roger Clemens can relax. For now, Pete Munro is the Houston Astros’ pick to pitch them into the World Series.

Simpson helps MU mature into elite defense

After Missouri’s 28-20 loss at Texas on Saturday, there wasn’t a Tiger angrier than Jason Simpson.

Despite leading the Tigers with five solo tackles and a forced fumble, Simpson, a junior safety, dwelled on the fact that the Tigers failed to recover more than one of the four fumbles they forced. If the Tigers had recovered some or all of those, it could have been a different outcome, he said.

SOCCER: Bruins return to form after layoff

The Bruins haven’t forgotten how to win.

After a 10-day absence from soccer competition, a 7-0 win against Marshall at Cosmopolitan Park proved that Tuesday night.

SOCCER: Scoring slump has Hickman reeling

The Kewpies are on a losing streak at the worst possible time.

The Helias Crusaders beat Hickman 1-0 at Hickman Stadium on Tuesday night. Eddie Mulholland’s header provided the lone goal, in the 17th minute.

VOLLEYBALL: Williams exploits defense’s weakness

Kendra Williams might not have been looking for holes in the California defense, but she found them anyway.

Williams had a season-high 10 kills in the Hickman’s 25-12, 25-16 victory against the Pintos at Hickman as the Kewpies improved to 19-8-2.

Strubinger leads MU to fourth place

Missouri placed fourth in the Lady Razorback Invitational with a team total of 921 on Tuesday.

Kelli Strubinger gave her best performance of the season, finishing with a 2-under par 70 in the final round of the tournament.

Scandal drags on for Tiger faithful

Much has changed for the Missouri men’s basketball team since this time last year.

Gone are four lettermen and Final Four expectations.

Duel a dud for St. Louis

HOUSTON — Only when Brandon Backe and Woody Williams were done did the hitters have any chance.

That’s when Jeff Kent stepped up and put the Houston Astros only one win away from the World Series.

Missouri’s defense meeting expectations

Keeping the No. 8 team in the nation below all its season averages on offense is one way to prove you are a legitimate defense.

That is what the Missouri defense did against Texas on Saturday, holding the No. 16 offense in the nation to 299 yards of offense in the 28-20 loss. That total was well below the Longhorns’ season average of 442.2 yards.

Friendship forgotten at kickoff

No. 2 Oklahoma is challenging for a national championship.

Kansas is competing to earn a bowl berth.

Tigers cope with tough road loss

AUSTIN, Texas -- One season after failing to win a Big 12 Conference road game, Missouri had its chance to win its second in a row and take the next step toward becoming a high level football team.

No. 8 Texas made enough plays to hold off the Tigers, though, winning 28-20 on Saturday.

Overpowered

HOUSTON — Julian Tavarez must have forgotten about Carlos Beltran when he said the St. Louis Cardinals didn’t think the Houston Astros were so special.

Beltran struck again Sunday, hitting a home run in a record fifth straight postseason game and lifting the Astros against Cardinals 6-5 to even the NL championship series at 2.

Rams hope to end Bucs’ dominance

ST. LOUIS — Of all times to be injured, Tyoka Jackson is about to miss playing against his biggest rivals.

Jackson a defensive lineman for the St. Louis Rams is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for whom he played for five seasons, because of a pulled left hamstring.

EXTRA POINTS: MU Soccer

Texas blew out the Missouri soccer team Sunday afternoon. The Tigers fell 6-0 in Austin, Texas just two days after defeating sixth-ranked Texas A&M in Lubbock.

Missouri (6-9-1, 3-5-0) opened on the offensive, controlling the ball for much of the first half, but Texas broke free for several long runs and shots gaining a 2-0 lead at the half. Five of the Longhorns six goals came after the 40-minute mark.

Cards in search of relief

HOUSTON — Suddenly, it’s the St. Louis Cardinals questioning the quality of their middle relief in the NL championship series.

After winning the first two games by knocking around the early men in Houston’s bullpen, the Cardinals saw their set-up guys fail to bail them out of trouble Sunday for the second straight game.

Benson Leads Stampede

AUSTIN, Texas – When Cedric Benson got finished with the Missouri football team, he had it in a furious mood.

Benson’s effort Saturday, especially in the second half, carried No. 9 Texas to a gritty 28-20 victory against Missouri on Saturday at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Pair of Texas scoring drives doom Tigers

AUSTIN, Texas – Missouri entered Saturday’s game at No. 9 Texas as the Big 12 Conference’s top defensive unit. Although the Tigers allowed 299 yards against the Longhorns after averaging 259.4 yards, the defense did its part in keeping Missouri close.

Texas marched 70 yards down the field on its opening possession and was ready to push the ball in the end zone when Missouri’s defense made its first big play of the day to keep the Tigers in the game.

Tigers forced to abandon running game

AUSTIN, Texas—A 28-yard completion by Missouri on the opening play Saturday caught Texas by surprise, but was not an indication of what would fuel a Tigers comeback late in the first half.

After beginning with an emphasis on passing, attempting 12 passes and rushing nine times in the first quarter, the Tigers went to their running game and finished the first half with 139 rushing yards on 24 tries.

Tennis: Saturday night fever helps Rock Bridge roll

JOPLIN — The Rock Bridge tennis team was in a dancing mood Saturday.

Playing with something extra, namely urgency, the Bruins raced through their two Class 2 sectional matches so they could return home to meet dinner reservations.

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