Cougars’ schedule among toughest

The Columbia College softball team is making its mark on the NAIA national scene by taking on the country’s best.

The No. 7 Cougars have beaten two top-20 teams. The team took third in the Gulf Coast Invitational in Orange Beach, Ala., losing to the teams that finished first and second. The tournament was an invitational for the top 25 teams in the nation.

Distance runners well represented

Ten members of the MU track and field team will participate in the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday and Saturday after being accepted by the NCAA Track and Field Committee on Tuesday. Representing MU will be the men’s and women’s distance medley teams, shot putter Conrad Woolsey, heptathlete Hans Uldal and 800-meter runner Ashley Patten.

Jimmie Jones, Neville Miller, Marcus Mayes and Ryan Hampton constitute the men’s distance medley team. Patten, Whitney Stuart, Trisa Nickoley and Amanda Bales are on the women’s distance team.

Conference crown motivates Cougars

The Columbia College women’s basketball team gathered at center court at the Arena of Southwell Complex to receive its tournament championship trophy. After posing for a few photos, the Cougars took turns ascending the ladder to cut down the nets.

They plan to keep their scissors sharp.

Snyder targets defensive effort as key to victory

All season long Missouri coach Quin Snyder urged his players to create a defensive identity.

It’s better late than never.

Tigers looking for better results

Two words describe the last time the Kansas and Missouri women‘s basketball teams met: ugly and embarrassing.

The Tigers will play the Jayhawks for the third time this season today in the opening round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament,.

Big 12 title game won’t affect seeds

All the Big 12 Conference Tournament games are important to help determine NCAA Tournament seeds.

All the games except the championship.

Pujols’ hitting powers St. Louis

Even after two home runs and a hard double against Los Angeles on Monday, Albert Pujols said he still isn’t quite prepared for regular season play.

“My body is not ready for the season,” the Cardinals’ first baseman said, “and my swing is not ready.”

Scott’s first-round 68 boosts Missouri golfers

Ben Scott, a junior on the Missouri men’s golf team, is leading the field with a four-under 68 after the first round of the Louisiana Classics on Monday.

Scott’s performance help put Missouri into a four-way tie for fourth place with a four-over 292 at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La.

Student-athletes of the week

Glen Dandridge, a freshman on the Missouri men’s basketball team, and Erika Josbena, a sophomore on the tennis team, were named Lathrop and Gage student-athletes of the week.

Dandridge (3.23 GPA) and Josbena (3.45) are undecided in their majors.

Not in this house

There was drama, emotion and a wild finish, just what one would expect from the MU-KU rivalry. But this time, there was a novel twist: The Tigers won.

For the first time in four years, Missouri successfully defended its home court against Kansas, winning 72-68 Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

No place like home

Missouri coach Quin Snyder had just one word of advice for his team before the Tigers’ game against Kansas. He wrote it on the dry erase board on the way out of the locker room: “Believe.”

The Tigers played as though they believed, and they earned an unlikely 72-68 upset win against rival Kansas on Sunday in front of 15,061, the first sell-out crowd ever at Mizzou Arena.

Sprain benches Langford

Kansas’ Keith Langford looked poised to be a real handful for the Tigers, but it all changed in an instant.

Just three minutes into the game, Langford drove to the basket. He drew contact, made the basket and got the foul. However, he wasn’t the one who took the free throw.

‘Silk’ uses hoops to soften the street

His real name is Andre Poole, but in the world of street basketball, he is referred to only as Silk.

“It’s because my moves are so smooth,” he said.

McKinney lets loose

For a player who was named to the Academic All Big 12 team, it seemed like an unorthodox approach.

But with all the thinking Jimmy McKinney has done throughout this season, Jason Conley knew McKinney needed to give his mind a rest.

Tigers stroll by wild Eagles

With sunny skies and temperatures near 70 degrees, Sunday afternoon was a fine day to take a walk in Columbia.

The Eastern Michigan baseball team seemed to agree.

Extra Points

Aaron Cawlfield is staying close to home.

On Sunday the Hickman High School junior linebacker announced his commitment to Missouri for the 2006 football season.

Decision Day

It all comes down to this.

One team is playing for it all. The other is playing for survival.

Antlers nearing their 30-year anniversary at Missouri

For many founding members, being an Antler is a lifelong sport.

MU 6th at Big 12 indoor meet

Missouri’s track and softball teams made themselves at home on the road this week with strong showings.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams finished sixth at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb.

Tigers’ woes continue

There was good news and bad news for both Missouri basketball teams Wednesday.

The men and women both dropped games to conference foes. The men lost 67-49 at Iowa State, dropping their record to