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Nash quits football team after tumultuous season

The Missouri football team’s lost season took another hit Monday when leading rusher Damien Nash quit the team.

The team announced Nash’s decision in a release which included a statement from coach Gary Pinkel.

Tigers get time to improve play

After finally ending a three-game losing streak, the Tigers could use some time off.

For the first time since the season began for the Missouri men’s basketball team, coach Quin Snyder and his team are getting an extended break. The Tigers played six games in a two-week span, twice playing games on consecutive nights in the Guardians Classic. The strain of a hectic schedule has taken a toll according to Snyder, who said little time to make corrections has been a problem.

Sports one way to fight social ills

It never ceases to amaze me how the sports world can bring the real world’s biggest problems to the forefront.

Take racism, for instance.

Sooners eye strong finish

There is no room for mistakes this year for Oklahoma.

The No. 2 Sooners (11-0, 8-0 Big 12 Conference) lost in embarrassing fashion in the Big 12 championship game last year, falling 35-7 to Kansas State. The game meant little, though, with Oklahoma guaranteed to play in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship regardless of the outcome.

Tigers’ size trouble for Aces

It might take considerable time and patience before the Missouri women’s basketball team works out all of its early season kinks.

Coming off of a bumpy four-game stretch, the team hopes to right itself today in a 7 p.m. home opener against Evansville at Mizzou Arena.

Tigers end skid

Heart has been widely discussed among the Missouri basketball players during the past week.

After the Tigers lost consecutive games to Davidson, Creighton and Houston, Missouri coach Quin Snyder said the losses had as much to do with lack of effort as lack of ability.

Missouri’s season ends on high note

AMES, Iowa – When Thomson Omboga fumbled in the fourth quarter Saturday, no one on the Missouri football team’s sideline felt comfortable.

“It was pretty deflating,” Scott Paffrath, a senior offensive lineman, said. “Everything was going our way, and we had overcome a couple penalties.”

McKinney’s strong play key late in game

Jimmy McKinney was having one of the worst games of his career. His team was losing and his shots wouldn’t fall. Then, with about five minutes left, something clicked and a lackluster game turned into one he won’t soon forget.

McKinney, a junior guard, helped the Tigers cap a late comeback to beat Murray State 59-55 on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

Tigers at home for NCAA Tournament

When Missouri’s name flashed on the TV screen as a regional host and national No. 16 seed in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament, it disappeared so fast that Jenny Duitsman didn’t believe it at first.

“I was looking as fast as I could, and I saw ‘Missouri’ and then it went off,” the senior said. “So I’m like, ‘Hey, we’re in,’ (the tournament field) but I didn’t know anything else. Everyone were like, ‘I think we’re here,’ and I was like, ‘No, don’t joke with me.’ Then it was true.”

Extra Points: Women's basketball

Kassie Drew scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Missouri women’s basketball team to a 81-48 victory against Providence on Saturday in the consolation game of the Airport University Thanksgiving Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.

Drew, a freshman guard, also had five rebounds, three steals and a block for the Tigers (2-2).

Extra points: Hickman boys' basketball

McCluer North beat Hickman 87-77 in Washington, Mo., on Saturday. The win gave McCluer third place in the Gold Division of the St. Francis Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament.

Michael Washington led the Kewpies (2-1) with 21 points. Torres Roundtree scored 25 for the Stars (1-2).

Change of pace

Linas Kleiza is getting used to defenders swarming him.

He isn’t as used to starting the game on the bench.

Late misses doom Cougars

The Columbia College men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a hot shooting night from Central Methodist University, falling 68-66 inSaturday’s second round of the KMIZ/Best Western Thanksgiving Classic at the Southwell Complex.

The Eagles shot 61 percent from the field, including 74 percent in the second half, and held Columbia College to 37 percent and only 14 percent from 3-point range.

Rams try to salvage playoff hopes

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brett Favre, who starts his 200th straight regular-season game Monday night against the St. Louis Rams, always figured he’d be a major league baseball player growing up.

“That was my better sport,” confessed the Green Bay Packers’ star quarterback, who went to Southern Mississippi to play both football and baseball, but hung up his glove for good after winning the starting quarterback job as a freshman.

Basketball skills help Gonzalez

KANSAS CITY — Anyone looking for a good tight end might be smart to scout the NCAA basketball tournament.

The sport of basketball, where big guys learn to jump, maneuver in tight spaces and use their bodies to block out, has been breeding some great tight ends of late.

Strong finish fuels Missouri

AMES, Iowa – Missouri had no reason to show up, but it did.

Playing with pride and a desire to stop a losing string as its only motivations, the Tigers produced their best 60-minute effort since October. It yielded a 17-14 overtime win at Iowa State on Saturday.

Woods comes to life in season finale

AMES, Iowa – Marcus Woods began the season with comparisons to Kansas State’s diminutive star back Darren Sproles and Hall-of-Fame back Barry Sanders.

Entering Missouri’s final game, it appeared his redshirt freshman season would end as a major disappointment. Woods had gained only 347 yards in 10 games and in the Tigers’ home finale, he finished with one carry for 3 yards.

Tigers spoil ISU’s shot at Big 12 title

AMES, Iowa—After opponents had overcome huge deficits and made big plays all season on Missouri, a Tiger cornerback running out of the end zone with the ball in overtime was a reversal of fortune.

A.J. Kincade streaked down the sideline after intercepting a Bret Meyer pass to seal the 17-14 win for Missouri over Iowa State, ending a five-game losing streak and giving the Tigers their first win since Oct. 9 against Baylor.

LONG-AWAITED RETURN

ST. LOUIS – Just when Hickman thought it had possibly shut the door on its first state championship in 30 years, Hazelwood East managed to put its foot in the way.

With time running out in the second quarter, Spartans quarterback Carl Wood found Gerald Fulton streaking across the middle of the field around the Kewpies’ five-yard line.

Kendrick sixth on Hickman rush list

ST. LOUIS – Nothing could prevent Brandon Kendrick from smiling on Friday night.

His grin didn’t shrink when he learned he failed to reach fifth in Hickman’s record books for the most rushing yards in a single season. He fell 19 yards short.

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