Drivers take spotlight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The season started with Tony Stewart out front, only to fade at the end of the biggest race of the year. He recovered to close out the season on top, with a second championship and a spot among NASCAR’s elite.

Not bugged about losses

While she is on the court, Stephens College freshman Crystal Dominguez is entirely focused on the game. She rarely changes expression, though she will occasionally grimace if she makes a bad play or disagrees with an official’s call.

No excuses for Davis

He is there everyday at 3:30 p.m., doing the best he can, whatever he can, to better himself and his team. Stretching, hustling, lifting, whatever it takes to improve his moves.

Tigers volleyball team nets 15th Big 12 win

The Missouri volleyball team beat Kansas 30-25, 27-30, 30-16, 30-18 on Wednesday in Lawrence, Kan., to earn a school-record 15th Big 12 Conference victory this season.

Tigers to serve Thanksgiving dinner

The Tigers will serve Thanksgiving dinner today at Lou’s Palace at 1020 E. Walnut St. The team will begin serving at noon and will meet with local patrons and their families and talk about the upcoming basketball season.

A mother away from home

Wherever the Columbia College women’s basketball (3-2) team travels, Joan Fossum can be seen sitting in the stands, wearing a Columbia College sweatshirt and her gaze fixed on the action on the court.

Senior does it all in win

When Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein called a meeting with her players earlier this week, she wanted to define every player’s role on the team.

Coverage changes for UMKC game

Missouri’s men’s basketballgame against the University of Missouri-Kansas City has switched local television providers.

Tiger ties for 12th

Junior Shawn Jasper finished tied for 12th in the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso, Texas.

Scherzer and Mense named to award watch list

Juniors Max Scherzer and Hunter Mense were named to the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which awards the national player of the year honor.

Smith’s responsibilities grow

Forget about the scoring for a minute. Terrance Smith can’t think about the 17.3 points per game he scored for Columbia College last season at the moment.

Circle of trust

After nearly three hours of practice, a whistle sounds in Hickman’s gymnasium, prompting the girls’ basketball team to gather around the court’s center circle.

Playing with passion

Hearing the crack of one body smashing against another, followed by the whoosh of air that escapes the checked hockey player’s lips as they slowly slide face-first down the boards and onto the slush-covered ice is almost too much for some to bear.

Edwards takes third in Chase

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — It was awfully hard for Carl Edwards to be disappointed Sunday after finishing fourth in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Young comes ready to play

Missouri’s Kevin Young found a way to end a week full of question marks with an exclamation point.

Missouri stumbles down the stretch

It was easy to push aside the after-effects of the Missouri football team’s loss to Kansas State on Saturday. The day belonged to Wildcats coach Bill Snyder, marking the final time one of college football’s greatest coaches would man the sideline.

Wrestlers gain experience at Missouri Open

Although there was no team score kept, the Missouri wrestling team stood out as the big winners at the sixth annual Missouri Open on Sunday at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Yang’s top play worth the effort

Na Yang worked harder this week in practice and in the weight room.

Mistakes have Tigers playing the same tune

MANHATTAN, Kan.— If the Missouri football season were a CD player, it’s surely stuck on repeat.

Demons make unusual journey

The Missouri basketball team didn’t advance to Madison Square Garden for Wednesday and Friday’s NIT games, but if they had, its highly improbable that they would have traveled by train.