Brandon Coleman trying his hands at wide receiver

After three years as a backup to senior quarterback Brad Smith, junior Brandon Coleman is finally ready to see some action.

Freshman adjusts to new demands

Rachel Henderson is one of nine freshmen on the Stephens College basketball team, so she is not the only Stars player still adjusting to the increased level of competition in college basketball. But she is making a bigger jump than her teammates.

MU volleyball defeats Hawaii

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The No. 10-seed Missouri volleyball team defeated No. 7-seeded Hawaii 30-26, 26-30, 30-27, 30-22 in the region semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Shootout showcases Budinger’s versatility

ST. LOUIS — La Costa Canyon senior Chase Budinger may not have been dressed for the weather, but he was certainly ready to play basketball.

Downed at Davidson

For Quin Snyder, Melvin and Marcus Watkins, it was a homecoming.

Askren keeps dominating

Dominating is the best way to describe the first 16 matches of MU wrestler Ben Askren’s junior season. In each of those matches, Askren has completely controlled his opponent and earned a victory.

McKinney hopes to beat a foul problem

Senior Jimmy McKinney has found himself in unfamiliar territory this season.

Tough brotherly love

When MU senior wrestler Chris McCormick was in his sophomore season for the Tigers, his brother Tyler was at home in Kansas, wrestling an undefeated senior season in high school.

Bruins put wraps on Camdenton

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team burst through the double doors Tuesday to Jay-Z rapping the words “Bring ‘Em Out,” and into the roar of the standing crowd.

Shooting problems damage Cougars

In 2004-05, Columbia College women’s basketball player Laura Elliot averaged less than six points a game, playing as a reserve behind All-American senior Lisa Kowelewski after transferring from Southwest Illinois Community College.

A working man’s coach

Two distinctly different pictures emerge from the Hickman sidelines during the Kewpies’ home wrestling meets.

Bruins, Kewpies named all-state

Hickman and Rock Bridge both had successful football seasons this year and it showed Tuesday when the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association announced its all-state teams.

MU swim team savors record-breaking meet

With the final stroke of the anchor leg of the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay, it was over.

Roughed up Rams regroup

ST. LOUIS — Ryan Fitzpatrick will get his second start for the St. Louis Rams, even though the rookie quarterback from Harvard struggled in his first one.

Chiefs hope calls stay in their favor against Cowboys

KANSAS CITY — Challenges won and penalties against opponents are two obscure stats that all year long have been lopsided in favor of Kansas City’s rivals.

Wildcats introduce Prince as new coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. — New Kansas State coach Ron Prince acknowledged the significance of his hiring but said he hoped to be remembered for his achievements.

Another shot in Shreveport

Gary Pinkel’s Tigers are bound for Shreveport and a showdown with Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks on Dec. 30. It’s a chance to erase the bitter memory of the last bowl, when MU went to Louisiana in 2003 and lost to Arkansas. The game will be on ESPN. If you want to go, you can buy a ticket as early as 8 a.m. today. For more on tickets and travel arrangements, see below.

Return trip

There were no dramatic twists, no last-minute changes or surprises. Just the announcement everyone was expecting: Missouri will play in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., for the second time in three years.

MU seniors prepared to win in second trip to Shreveport

Jason Simpson has long been considered Missouri’s unofficial player spokesman; the man to talk for an anecdote or analysis, an obscenity or an outburst.

MU honored to face South Carolina’s Spurrier-led squad

Missouri’s Independence Bowl foe won’t be the famed Florida Gators as anticipated the past few weeks, but the Tigers will take on Steve Spurrier, one of the greatest coaches in Florida football history.