Bruins freshman quietly makes big impact

Amaya Williams stretches in a circle with her teammates, counting slowly to 10 while she reaches for her right foot with legs split. She counts quietly, as is her nature. Williams is the kind of girl who speaks only when spoken to, and even when that happens, conversations begin and end quickly.

Smith will miss Sun Bowl

Brian Smith will not play in the Sun Bowl, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said after practice Friday.

Bowl location plus for Missouri

Missouri football coaches love playing in Texas.

In the fast lane

Bennett Clark says he didn’t expect to become one of the best short-distance swimmers in the country.

Bobcats cannot answer Riddle

When things went wrong for Ohio this week on the road, coach Sylvia Crawley didn’t get angry. She started snowball fights with her players.

Weight loss controlled in wrestling

For a wrestler, working out with a plastic trash bag over your body or turning up the thermostat in the weight room to resemble a sauna doesn’t seem strange. Dehydrating yourself to lose some weight works.

Generous gymnasts

Ashley Khederian labored to push the cart across the indoor track at Hearnes Center field house.

Manager invaluable to team

The life of a basketball manager isn’t an easy one. There’s laundry to wash, stats to take and balls to hand out to players. But Theresa Brown takes care of the Missouri women’s basketball team just about every day, and there’s nothing else she’d rather be doing.

New coach identifies with team

It was a tough day at the gym for Julie Abaray. Her stomach hurt, and the junior MU gymnast didn’t feel like competing, but now she had to do a balance beam routine in front of the team.

Missouri back to mat after tournament win

The past four days have brought individual and team recognition to the Missouri Tigers wrestlers.

Cougars start over — again

The noise was deafening. Cougars fans were in a state of delirium, clapping and stomping with such force that the stands on both sides of the court were shaking noticeably.

Shooting in spurts for Stars

It was a game of runs at Silverthorne Arena on Tuesday night.

Cougars’ home court inhospitable

At first glance, the Arena at Southwell Complex looks like a perfectly safe place to play basketball. The foundation feels sturdy, and the steel beams above look amply strong to support the roof. When the buzzer sounds and the Columbia College women’s basketball team takes the floor, however, four spots on the court become more dangerous than a pit full of rattlesnakes.

Cougars return home after layoff

When the Columbia College men’s basketball team faces Missouri Valley College at 7 tonight at Southwell Complex, the arena may seem as foreign to the Cougars as it does to their opponents.

Hard to overlook MU

If Missouri coach Mike Anderson had a vote in a national poll, he wouldn’t have put the Tigers on his ballot. There were, however, a few voters who disagreed.

Kansas rebounds vs. USC

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush had 13 points each and 12th-ranked Kansas rebounded from its second loss of the season with a 72-62 victory over Southern California on Monday night.

Chiefs’ playoff hopes take hit

KANSAS CITY — As the schedule shapes up today, Kansas City’s biggest stumbling blocks to a playoff berth figure to be the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets.

Rams attempt to regroup after Bulger’s harsh criticism

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan stopped short of backing Marc Bulger on Monday, a day after the quarterback accused some offensive players of not caring. He said he didn’t even address the issue at a team meeting.

‘Flat’ MU gets boost from Tiller

In some games, it’s been the outside shooting of Matt Lawrence. In other games, Stefhon Hannah has driven Missouri to victory. On Sunday, it was the energy of freshman guard J.T. Tiller.

Tigers put on shine for Sun Bowl

The event had the makings of a highly-anticipated announcement. The lights were low, news stations’ cameras were set up and ready to go and there was a quiet buzz in the cozy Clinton Club at Mizzou Arena. The only problem was that the season ticket holders, members of the football program and members of the media who were gathered knew the news: Missouri was going to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, to play Oregon State.