Bulldogs run toward improving their play

The Douglass boys’ basketball team was exhausted. They puffed and panted with their heads down and their hands on their knees.

Bulldogs coach Lynn Allen had added conditioning drills to the end of his practice Monday.

Growing up faster

On paper and in the classroom Richard Roby is considered a freshman. But when he takes to the basketball court he doesn’t feel like one.

That’s the way Colorado coach Ricardo Patton prefers it.

Tigers turn it around with solid defense

When the basketball reached Kevin Young’s hands his eyes got as big as a child’s on Christmas morning.

Who could blame him, it’s not too often a 6-foot-9, 263-pound center gets to lead a fast break.

Pats, Eagles advance

PHILADELPHIA — Fireworks soared and a blizzard of glitter swirled in the bitterly cold breeze. Fans toasted their team and each other with beers and hugs.

It was a Super-sized celebration four years in the making. And quite a relief, too.

Patriots early favorites to solidify dynasty

The Philadelphia Eagles finally have their NFC title.

Beating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in two weeks will be an entirely different matter.

Kewpies wrestler enjoys riding time

Rodeo and wrestling seem like drastically different sports. For Hickman's Zach Arnold they're his two passions.

Arnold, ranked third in state at 189 pounds by, was second Saturday at the 12-team Hickman Tournament. He fell 4-2 to Jamie Luckett of St. Charles West.

Seven Rock Bridge wrestlers place at meet

Justin Davis has never had it easy in his wrestling career. Ever since he was a freshman, Davis has battled injuries ranging from problems with his knees to shoulder surgery. Davis never seemed to catch a break during wrestling season.

Davis, a 103-pounder who transferred from Hickman to Rock Bridge this year, hopes to wrestle injury free this season.

Second grade basketball team enjoys game from arena suite

Usually the fans in the luxury suites at Mizzou Arena can be found sipping Coke and reclining in the plush seating.

On Saturday, one of the 26 suites had a little more life, thanks to 10 second graders.

Tigers paint NU red

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Missouri men’s basketball team.

When the Tigers lost three straight in non-conference play, they were down.

Post play rekindles Kleiza

Missouri’s Linas Kleiza is a mismatch because he is as dangerous behind the 3-point line as he is under the basket.

But he didn’t need the arc to post a career high against Nebraska.

Guards, defense lead Cougars win

With a key starter forced to miss Saturday’s game and facing the conference’s leading scorer, the Columbia College men’s basketball team showed it takes more than one player to win.

Guided by guards Aaron Edwards and Terrance Smith, the Cougars beat Williams Baptist 75-52 on Saturday in American Midwest Conference action at the Arena at the Southwell Complex.

Bruins defeat Liberty in OT

Bouncing back from tough games is a sign of maturity in an athlete.

Claire Schaeperkoetter, a freshman on the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team, continued her maturation Saturday, coming up big when her team needed her the most.

Old swimming hole hosts one last win

The ceiling is so low that you can touch it on a particularly high dive.

The air is so humid that inexperienced swimmers sometimes become dehydrated.

Jayhawks nudge past Tigers late

LAWRENCE, Kan. —- Six times, everything was even.

Every basket held the weight of victory. Both teams countered shot-for-shot, with 18 lead changes in all.

Rock Bridge 64, Hillcrest 47

The Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team improved its record to 14-2 with a 64-47 home win over Hillcrest on Friday.

The Bruins took advantage of several early fouls by Hillcrest in the first half, and were able to add 14 points from the free-throw line.

Douglass succumbs to Bulldogs

For the second consecutive game the Douglass basketball team succumbed to an explosive opposing offense. Silex High School blew out the Bulldogs 83-35 Friday night at Silex, Mo.

MU gymnasts open season with "Pink Out"

The Hearnes Center was a little bit rosier through the eyes of gymnastics fans Friday night. The Missouri gymnastics team opened its home season with a "Pink Out" to honor breast cancer research and awareness.

Bruins edge Pirates

The Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team is learning how to win. Thursday night’s 42-41 victory against No. 6 Boonville, though, could be the Bruins’ toughest lesson so far.

Clutch shooting by Rock Bridge standout Ashley Dressler and a missed last-second shot by Boonville’s Lisa Simmons combined to give Rock Bridge its third consecutive win against a ranked opponent. The home victory moved Rock Bridge to 13-2 overall and 1-0 in District 10 after last season’s 6-20 record.

Gymnasts compete for cancer research

Sophomore Whitney Crater has a special interest in tonight’s gymnastics meet.

When she was 6, she lost her grandmother to breast cancer and now, through her team’s collaboration with University of Missouri Health Care, she can contribute to research for the disease.

Tigers in a confidence game

Nebraska assistant coach Doug Novsek said a close loss to Kansas on Wednesday helped boost the Cornhuskers’ confidence and he hopes the momentum will stay with the team in its game Saturday against Missouri.

The day after a 59-57 loss to No. 2 Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., the Cornhuskers went right to work to prepare for the Tigers, who face Nebraska at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.