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Pinkel’s fate should not mirror Onofrio’s

This statement might be hard for MU students to believe, but once upon a time, Missouri football fans and the university’s administrators were arguably spoiled by success.

During the 1960s, Missouri was a legitimate football power. The Tigers were 77-22-6 in the decade, including wins in the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl and two Big Eight Conference championships.

Postseason pressure not new experience for Columbia College

In the language of postseason play, experience is a bit of a paradox.

To win, many people believe a team needs to have played far into the postseason before, but to gain that experience, a team must win.

Martz says his players at fault for Rams' woes

ST. LOUIS — Consecutive dispiriting losses have left the St. Louis Rams at .500 and their coach near the boiling point.

A day after a 40-22 loss to the New England Patriots, Mike Martz said Monday he is tired of taking the heat for the team’s failures. He said it is time for Rams players to stand up and be counted.

Dangerous reputations

Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson is a one-man nightmare for Big 12 Conference coaches.

When opposing coaches begin to game plan for the No. 6 Longhorns, it begins with how to keep the senior playmaker from disrupting their offense. Although, like Kansas coach Mark Mangino said during the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference Monday, that is “easier said than done.”

Sproles continues dominance of MU

The Missouri defense pursued Darren Sproles as he sprinted toward the right sideline at Memorial Stadium in the third quarter. The Tigers desperately needed to contain Kansas State’s star running back to preserve a lead that could help save their disappointing season.

With a wave of black shirts blocking his path to the sideline, Sproles abruptly came to a stop, cutting back through a hole in the defense, blazing past the secondary for a 74-yard touchdown run that pulled the Wildcats within a touchdown and highlighted Missouri’s inability to make plays in key situations.

New England kicker uses accurate arm to beat Rams

ST. LOUIS — Adam Vinatieri beat the St. Louis Rams with his leg in the 2002 Super Bowl. This time, he used his leg and his arm.

New England’s place-kicker hit a season-best four field goals, then threw his first career touchdown pass on a fake to Troy Brown to help the Patriots bounce back from their only loss with a 40-22 victory Sunday.

Bucs overpower Chiefs

TAMPA, Fla. — All week long, Jon Gruden kept telling his offense it could keep pace with the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs.

It turns out the Tampa Bay coach was right.

Cougar goalkeeper earns MVP honors

Steve Williams, a senior goalkeeper for the Columbia College soccer team, earned the American Midwest Conference’ Most Valuable Player Award. Williams has allowed 12 goals in 16 games and has six shutouts for the Cougars, who enter NAIA Region V tournament play Wednesday.

John Klein, who has led Columbia College to a 14-3-1 regular season record for the top seed in the tournament, was named Coach of the Year for the third time in five seasons at the school.

PURPLE REIGN

The lofty goals, the great prognostications, the tremendous praise: All of it has vanished, and it all vanished in a familiar fashion.

A crippling 35-24 loss to Kansas State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium pushes the Tigers to the brink of missing a bowl and greatly damages their chances to play in the Big 12 Conference Championship. Missouri, which lost its 12th in a row to the Wildcats, has lost four straight for the first time since 2000.

Wildcats’ Webb makes right connections at QB

Kansas State might have answered its quarterback questions in the second half of its 35-24 win against Missouri on Saturday.

Backup quarterback Alan Webb, who has started three games this season, came in for the Wildcats in the second half and combined with tailback Darren Sproles to provide the offensive energy that erased a 21-point deficit.

Turnovers catch up to Tigers late

For a half, Missouri was able to overcome its own mistakes.

In the end, though, the Tigers committed one turnover too many and it cost them a fourth consecutive game, 35-24.

Cornell repeats as state champ

JEFFERSON CITY — Hickman senior Tim Cornell had one goal on his mind when he approached the starting line Saturday morning at the Class 4 State Cross Country Championship: to repeat as champion.

Sixteen minutes and 21 seconds later, Cornell accomplished his goal, winning his second straight state title and seventh race in a row.

Swimming: Tigers end year-long dual meet drought

Streaks have been ending in bunches of late.

The New England Patriots’ winning streak is finished. The World Series drought for the Boston Red Sox is done, too.

Threes please Bruins

It’s hard to beat a team three times in one season.

Rock Bridge made it look easy in a 3-0 victory against Hickman in the District 10 final at Cosmopolitan Park.

A life in motion

Race-walking has kept Larry Young’s life in motion. Young is a former two-time Olympic bronze medalist and the only American to win a medal in long-distance race-walking at the Olympic Games.

Young was inducted into the Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 8.

Bruins end season on high note

Tanner Mills arrived at Rock Bridge Field in time.

Mills, a senior who also plays goaltender for the Rock Bridge soccer team, missed most of the first half Friday night playing in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 10 soccer tournament at Cosmopolitan Park. He earned a 2-0 shutout against Jefferson City.

Second half vaults Kewpies into playoffs

Jefferson City — Hickman’s football team huddled in the end zone minutes before the second half began Friday.

What was said in that huddle belongs to the Kewpies. What was done afterwards sealed Hickman’s postseason fate.

Bruins advance to district final

Rock Bridge looked ready to play Friday at Cosmopolitan Park. After three weather postponements, the Bruins (20-1-2) finally got to take the field against Jefferson City and got a 2-0 win.

They wasted no time as Michael Ferguson headed in David Hilderbrand's cross three minutes in.

Kewpies survive and advance to finals

The Kewpies soccer team picked the perfect time to start a winning streak.

Kewpies football finish undefeated in district play,

Behind a 27-7 win on the road against Jefferson City Friday night, Hickman advanced to the state quarterfinals.

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