MU gets kick out of win

Ty Singleton was having flashbacks to April 1985.

Singelton, Missouri’s softball coach, could not get the image of Sidd Finch, a fictitious New York Mets pitching prospect, out of his head.

Tiger gymnasts upend No. 15 Razorbacks

The Missouri women’s gymnastics team recorded its highest road score of the season in Fayetteville, Ark. on Sunday. The No. 32 Tigers defeated No. 15 Arkansas 196.050-195.575.

Senior Alisha Robinson won the all-around title, scoring a 39.300; Ashley Khederian finished fourth with a 38.275.

Two Tigers dive into nationals

Evan Watters and Nicole Frazier accomplished something over the weekend that no Missouri diver had in two decades.

Watters and Frazier, juniors on the Missouri swimming and diving team, qualified for the NCAA championships, becoming the first Tiger divers to do so since Denise Buchheister in 1982.

Tigers hoping for NIT bid

The teams playing in the National Invitation Tournament won’t be selected until tonight, but that hasn’t stopped Missouri from preparing for it.

A first-round win in the Big 12 Conference tournament against Nebraksa on Thursday secured a record of .500 or better for the Tigers (16-16) and eligibility for the NIT.

Missouri’s Big 12 story still remains untitled

The date was April 26, 1997. The Big 12 Conference was a mere nine months old, and Missouri softball pitcher Barb Wright had just led her Tigers to a doubleheader sweep of Kansas and the school’s first Big 12 championship.

A week later, Mary Babb hit two home runs to help the Tigers win the Big 12 tournament title, making MU’s early tally of Big 12 championships two.

Fans vent frustration

Throughout Mizzou Arena, a sparse crowd awaited a game between the Missouri (12-3) and Baylor (9-12) on Feb. 16.

MU fans have gotten used to watching mediocre teams since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. But even most fans didn’t know MU had won only two Big 12 titles in 20 sports.

It’s not whether you win or lose the game ...

Above the neon beer signs of Harpo’s Bar and Grill, high on a mantle, are pieces of wood and metal that represent the lifespan of a Missouri sports tradition.

After a big football victory, fans tear down Faurot Field’s goalposts and march them more than a mile through campus to Harpo’s, on the corner of Tenth and Cherry Streets.

Tigers cruise, avenge 2004 defeat

Youngstown State’s Justin Thomas had shut down Missouri before, and Tigers coach Tim Jamieson was ready to scrap for every run he could get.

As it turned out, he didn’t have to.

Tigers keep winning with hard hitting

Micaela Minner hit her 10th home run of the season Saturday.

But she couldn’t have told you that. She doesn’t keep track.

Extra Points:MU tennis shuts out two,extends home win streak

Missouri women’s tennis fans had a lot to cheer about on Saturday.

The Tigers shut out both Air Force and Eastern Illinois at Green Tennis Center without losing a set.

Blase pilots state’s smooth-sailing championships

As fans hopped over rails and raced for the best seats in Mizzou Arena, George Blase sat calmly at a table on the court, waiting.

There was still about an hour until the first game of the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s state basketball championships started Friday morning, and Blase had been through this process many times in the past.

Matching Interests

Danny Todd stands on one side of the table-tennis table. His 18-year-old son, Will, is on the other. Both are undefeated on the night.

“I’ve got to admit I’m tired,” Danny Todd says as he volleys with his son to warm up.

What might have been

If you closed your eyes this weekend and listened to the crowd noise at Mizzou Arena, you could almost picture him in black and gold.

McDonald’s All-American and North Carolina recruit Tyler Hansbrough spent the weekend in Columbia trying to lead Poplar Bluff to its second consecutive state championship.

Hansbrough, Poplar Bluff steamroll nation’s top team

The Mules were thundering Saturday night, and Tyler Hansbrough was the lead stallion.

Poplar Bluff won its second consecutive Class 5 boys’ basketball championship with a 72-56 romp over Vashon, the top-ranked team in the country.

Ball bounces Tigers’ way

KANSAS CITY — From Jason Conley’s viewpoint, there was no question it was going in. Almost everyone else in Kemper Arena agreed.

“As soon as I looked up it was straight on line and I went, ‘Oh, my God,’” Conley, Missouri’s senior guard, said.

Kleiza too much for ‘Huskers again

KANSAS CITY — Nebraska hasn’t found a way to stop Linas Kleiza.

Kleiza tied his second-best effort of the season to help the Tigers earn a 70-67 victory at Kemper Arena in Kansas City on Thursday. He scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds to propel Missouri into the second round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

New home greets state tournament

The best high school basketball teams in Missouri are in Columbia again.

Arndt comes through when needed

It’s no secret that Missouri’s offense has been dominant this year.

The Tigers (10-4) have scored more than 10 runs in eight of their 14 games. James Boone, a junior, and freshman Jacob Priday have combined for seven home runs and 42 RBIs in the middle of the lineup. MU has hit 14 home runs as a team, double the total of its opponents.

Focus on big prep contest

KANSAS CITY — Sophomore Spencer Laurie and junior Jimmy McKinney will be on the same side when the Tigers take on Oklahoma in the second round of the Big 12 Conference tournament today, but the Missouri guards have divided allegiances.

McKinney’s former team, Vashon, will play Laurie’s former team, Kickapoo, at 6:05 tonight in the Missouri State High School championship semifinals at Mizzou Arena.

Never Satisfied, Always Working

When Lauren Grice began her Missouri soccer career in 2003, Tigers coach Bryan Blitz had a vague idea how Grice might help his team.

“We knew that Lauren would play here one day,” Blitz said. “We didn’t know when. We thought it might be her junior year she started to get a lot of time.”