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Recruiters, foes try to keep up with Thorpe

Demond Thorpe clearly remembers the first time he received a letter from a college recruiter.

With several teammates gathered around him before a practice last season, coach A.J. Ofodile approached Thorpe with an envelope.

Missouri foes start to mimic Smith’s style

Missouri quarterback Brad Smith developed into a Heisman Trophy contender with two seasons of dazzling runs through the heart of defenses.

On Saturday, however, it was Oklahoma State quarterback Donovan Woods who did damage running through the Missouri defense. He faked a handoff to Cowboys running back Vernand Morency and headed in the opposite direction. That counter play is a staple of the Tigers’ offense.

Cougars crush another conference foe

Columbia College defeated American Midwest Conference rival Hannibal-LaGrange on Tuesday, 30-12, 30-9 and 30-8.

Doris Wafwafwa finished with 15 kills, seven digs and three blocks. Shana Aubrey added 12 kills, six digs and five aces. The team totaled 16 service aces on the night.

Bruins pounce on Jaguars

Rock Bridge’s quick offense made the Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars look anything but catlike.

The Bruins beat the Jaguars 23-25, 25-21, 25-15 Tuesday night at Hickman. The Bruins advance to the semifinals of the Class 4 District 8 tournament, where they will face Hickman at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

MEET A FAN

When it comes to Power Rangers or Pokemon cards, Ron Graves doesn’t see eye to eye with his 5-year-old son Matthew.

But father and son do share the bond of baseball, and it’s growing stronger during this year’s postseason play.

Nash out indefinitely

Missouri suspended running back Damien Nash indefinitely for disciplinary reasons, coach Gary Pinkelsaid Monday.

Pinkel would not elaborate further on Nash’s suspension.

Leagues not short on eager bowlers

Let’s face it, bowling isn’t the world’s most fast-paced, spectator-friendly sport.

In fact, many participants spend more time drinking beer and smoking than actually bowling.

Excitement about Kewps football peaking

Do-or-die district play has arrived for Hickman’s football team, and the buzz won’t confine itself to the field.

“It’s going to be crazy,” Hickman student Kale Davis said. “People are going to be running around the hallways yelling about how we’re in districts. It’s just what they do. It’s districts.”

Southern domination

This difference isn’t hard to spot. It is clear at first glance at the Big 12 Conference standings.

The disparity between the North and South divisions can be seen at the top. In the South, No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 16 Texas A&M lead with 4-0 records. In the North, nobody has a record above .500. Missouri and Nebraska lead with 2-2 records.

Cougars give coach restful night

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington said her team finally gave her a good night’s sleep.

The Cougars defeated Illinois-Springfield 30-13, 30-16, 30-13 on Monday at the Arena of Southwell Complex, clinching the program’s 12th consecutive American Midwest Conference regular season title.

Bruins look past struggles

The Rock Bridge volleyball team has had bigger struggles then trying to kill the ball at the end of a long rally.

Its struggle to disprove the label of a young, inexperienced team in a rebuilding season has been a far greater challenge than facing any 6-foot middle blocker.

Former Tiger faces charges

Former Missouri quarterback Darrell Jackson was charged Monday with five counts of statutory rape according to a report.

He is accused of molesting an elementary school girl while he was a student at Webster Groves High School, the report on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Web site said.

Red Sox wary of relaxing

ST. LOUIS — Curt Schilling and the pitchers are clicking. Little Mark Bellhorn and the hitters are delivering. Manager Terry Francona is making all the right moves.

Despite a defense that can’t quite seem to catch the ball, the Boston Red Sox are halfway to capturing something that has slipped out of reach since 1918: the World Series trophy.

Sesay, Rucker silent in second

A successful first half receiving for the tight ends that included a Rucker touchdown catch did not continue when the teams returned from the locker room. Missouri (4-3, 2-2) fizzled in the 20-17 loss to No. 20 Oklahoma State and compiled just 87 yards of offense in the second half, including 31 passing yards.

The silent 10-yard struggle

FULTON — On both sidelines of the football field, the coaches waved and signed furiously to their players. They hoped to catch someone’s attention before the center gave the signal for the play to start.

“It is hard to get their attention,” said Michael Eldred, offensive coach at Missouri School for the Deaf. “You have to wave your arms to get eye contact.”

An ankle and a prayer

The bloody sock is now the symbol of these Red Sox, a rallying cry in the shape of a stitched-up right ankle.

Pitching again through so much pain it put his start in doubt, Curt Schilling helped Boston move halfway to snaring its most elusive prize: a first World Series championship since 1918.

Notebook: Cards hitters humbled in Boston

BOSTON — The National League’s best offense is off to a feeble start in the World Series, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ chances are going along with it.

A lineup that featured three MVP candidates in Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds was hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position Sunday night, failing to capitalize on the second straight four-error game by the Boston Red Sox defense.

Extra Points: Peabody’s late goal powers MU

The Missouri soccer team defeated Baylor 3-2 in Waco, Texas on Sunday. The Tigers improved to 8-9-1 (5-5 in the Big 12 Conference) with the win.

The Tigers were down 2-1 with only 20 minutes left when senior Shea Swoboda recovered a Kristen Heil header off the Baylor goalpost and tapped the ball in to tie. Senior Melissa Peabody’s goal off a corner kick in the 80th minute put the Tigers up for good.

Tigers shut out in second half

After dominating most of the first half on Saturday, Missouri allowed a late score, and Oklahoma State used the change in momentum to dominate the second half at Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys scored in the final minute to defeat Missouri 20-17.

Trailing 17-0 with 0:54 left in the first half and having gained only 32 yards, No. 22 Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1) marched 80 yards in 50 seconds to close within 17-7.

OSU’s rushing wears down MU

The lapse in Oklahoma State’s ability to run the ball lasted for only the first 29 minutes of Saturday’s game.

The Cowboys entered Saturday‘s game against Missouri with the nation’s fourth-best rushing attack, averaging 268 yards per game. They also had the nation’s second-leading rusher, tailback Vernand Morency, who gained 163.3 yards per game before Saturday.

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