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Friendship forgotten at kickoff

No. 2 Oklahoma is challenging for a national championship.

Kansas is competing to earn a bowl berth.

Tigers cope with tough road loss

AUSTIN, Texas -- One season after failing to win a Big 12 Conference road game, Missouri had its chance to win its second in a row and take the next step toward becoming a high level football team.

No. 8 Texas made enough plays to hold off the Tigers, though, winning 28-20 on Saturday.

Overpowered

HOUSTON — Julian Tavarez must have forgotten about Carlos Beltran when he said the St. Louis Cardinals didn’t think the Houston Astros were so special.

Beltran struck again Sunday, hitting a home run in a record fifth straight postseason game and lifting the Astros against Cardinals 6-5 to even the NL championship series at 2.

Rams hope to end Bucs’ dominance

ST. LOUIS — Of all times to be injured, Tyoka Jackson is about to miss playing against his biggest rivals.

Jackson a defensive lineman for the St. Louis Rams is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for whom he played for five seasons, because of a pulled left hamstring.

EXTRA POINTS: MU Soccer

Texas blew out the Missouri soccer team Sunday afternoon. The Tigers fell 6-0 in Austin, Texas just two days after defeating sixth-ranked Texas A&M in Lubbock.

Missouri (6-9-1, 3-5-0) opened on the offensive, controlling the ball for much of the first half, but Texas broke free for several long runs and shots gaining a 2-0 lead at the half. Five of the Longhorns six goals came after the 40-minute mark.

Cards in search of relief

HOUSTON — Suddenly, it’s the St. Louis Cardinals questioning the quality of their middle relief in the NL championship series.

After winning the first two games by knocking around the early men in Houston’s bullpen, the Cardinals saw their set-up guys fail to bail them out of trouble Sunday for the second straight game.

Benson Leads Stampede

AUSTIN, Texas – When Cedric Benson got finished with the Missouri football team, he had it in a furious mood.

Benson’s effort Saturday, especially in the second half, carried No. 9 Texas to a gritty 28-20 victory against Missouri on Saturday at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Pair of Texas scoring drives doom Tigers

AUSTIN, Texas – Missouri entered Saturday’s game at No. 9 Texas as the Big 12 Conference’s top defensive unit. Although the Tigers allowed 299 yards against the Longhorns after averaging 259.4 yards, the defense did its part in keeping Missouri close.

Texas marched 70 yards down the field on its opening possession and was ready to push the ball in the end zone when Missouri’s defense made its first big play of the day to keep the Tigers in the game.

Tigers forced to abandon running game

AUSTIN, Texas—A 28-yard completion by Missouri on the opening play Saturday caught Texas by surprise, but was not an indication of what would fuel a Tigers comeback late in the first half.

After beginning with an emphasis on passing, attempting 12 passes and rushing nine times in the first quarter, the Tigers went to their running game and finished the first half with 139 rushing yards on 24 tries.

Tennis: Saturday night fever helps Rock Bridge roll

JOPLIN — The Rock Bridge tennis team was in a dancing mood Saturday.

Playing with something extra, namely urgency, the Bruins raced through their two Class 2 sectional matches so they could return home to meet dinner reservations.

Catching a late flight

Margaret Ritter isn’t allowing age to get in the way of taking her life to new heights.

The 92-year-old great-great-grandmother didn’t hesitate when her family planned to send her on a trip 300 feet high in a basket beneath a balloon just for the thrill of it.

New look complements Missouri’s new arena

The first day of practice is always like a holiday for Jimmy McKinney, but this year he found a $75-million present under the tree.

McKinney and the Missouri men’s basketball team started the season Saturday with an early morning practice at Paige Arena, the Tigers’ new state-of-the-art home.

Rock Bridge 31, Helias 13

Sophomore Scott Concannon could get used to playing on his home field.

With a 14-0 lead and the ball on his own 1-yard line, Concannon took the hand -off from his quarterback, broke a few tackles, and ran 99 yards to the end zone.

Kewpies dominate Rams

On a cold October evening in front of half-empty stands, Hickman seemed to be on fire all night.

With district play creeping around the corner, the Kewpies went on the road and put together one of its most complete games of the season, shutting out Riverview Gardens 54-0.

Hickman (5-1) dominated the Rams from the outset, giving up just 84 yards on defense and totaling 366 offensive yards.

Top defense seeks to halt UT running

The word the Missouri football team has been using this week is, appropriately, “challenge.”

That word is a good choice with the Tigers facing No. 9 Texas in Austin.

Kendrick big in numbers

Don’t let Brandon Kendrick’s stature fool you.

The Hickman running back’s 5-foot-8, 165-pound frame is all that’s small.

Bruins expand pass options

Brandon Gerau, a sophomore wide receiver for the Bruins, said his surprising performance was a result of perseverance.

After making 14 receptions for one touchdown through the first five weeks of the season, Gerau had a breakout game last week against Francis Howell Central.

Bruins poised for perfection

From sideline to sideline, baseline to the net, the tennis player is alone covering the court. Professional tennis is as much of an individual sport as there is.

Not so in high school.

Variety part of Cougars’ rotation

The nationally ranked Cougars have perservered despite the numerous injuries of teamates this season. Cougars coach Melinda Wrye-Washington and the team have counteracted this hardship with optimism and a readiness for whatever comes, including various lineups. The teammates are ready for today's challenge at the Houston Baptist University Invitational today.

Bruins running up wins behind Keown

It was during the summer that Rock Bridge senior Jimmy Keown began realizing what might be in store for this year’s Bruins cross country team. He could feel the expectations of the upcoming season rising while running with other teammates.

“We hoped we could do our best,” Keown said, “and in the back of my mind, there was the possibility that maybe we could do this.”

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