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Woods jukes jitters

Marcus Woods said he has gotten rid of the redshirt-freshman jitters that caused him to struggle early this season.

The tailback had an inauspicious start on his first college carry in the Tigers’ season opener Sept. 4 against Arkansas State. With Missouri leading 21-10 in the second quarter, Woods fumbled the ball on a rush up the middle, giving the Indians possession in Tiger territory and a chance to stop Missouri from putting the game out of reach.

Missouri’s defense set for Purify, Buffaloes

Moments after Missouri’s 48-0 win against Ball State on Sept. 18, Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said the level of competition would rise 15 notches when Big 12 Conference play begins.

When Missouri (2-1) plays Colorado (3-0) on Saturday, the Tigers will face better athletes and the defense will see their first complete offensive opponent.

Fine line trips up Kewpies

The theoretical fine line between victory and defeat on the volleyball court took on an all-too-literal meaning Tuesday night for the Hickman Kewpies.

That line was the backline on the court at the Hickman High School gym.

Senior rediscovers soccer success

Before this season, senior forward Michael Washington had never even seen a Hickman boys’ soccer game.

But 12 games into the Kewpies’ season, the 5-foot-10 inch forward is leading the team in scoring with six goals.

Double duty no problem for Mills

Tanner Mills practices sliding across the goal mouth.

“This stuff is really slippery,” the Rock Bridge goalkeeper tells backup Adam Andrews.

Mills is referring to the artificial turf at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in St. Louis, where he is getting ready for one of the biggest games in his career.

The opponent is the Christian Brothers College Cadets, a St. Louis team that heads into the game ranked No. 1 in the nation by studentsports.com and No. 2 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

McCrary joins MU swimmers

Three years ago Chris McCrary did what many high school graduates have done. He got as far away from home as possible.

McCrary, a St. Louis native, had just finished a swimming career at Fort Zumwalt South High School where he won eight Missouri state championships. He remains the state record holder in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

MU gives Stein third extension

Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein agreed to a two-year contract extension, Athletic Director Mike Alden said Tuesday.

The extension will last through the 2007-08 season and increase Stein’s base salary from $165,000 to $180,000.

Tigers’ starter suspended

Missouri linebacker David Richard is suspended for disciplinary reasons for Saturday’s game against Colorado, coach Gary Pinkel announced Monday at his weekly press conference.

Richard, 21, was arrested at 2:40 a.m. Sept. 11 on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Richard was not listed on the depth chart released Monday. Marcus Bacon will start in his place.

Drama still thrills Columbia WWE fans

Imagine if every confrontation culminated in a last-second shot, a 3-2 pitch or a fourth-quarter comeback.

Picture a world where competition is always personal, good and evil are clearly defined and the drama of sports is cranked to a feverish pitch.

Bruins rebound against Tigers

The Rock Bridge soccer team erased any negativity that might have lingered after its first loss of the season.

The Bruins beat Smith-Cotton 5-0 on Monday at Cosmopolitan Park, scoring three goals in the first 18 minutes.

Defensive mistakes hamper Hickman

With five games to play, Hickman is still trying to work out the kinks.

The Kewpies lost to Pilot Grove 10-8 on Monday at Cosmopolitan Park in a game that included six Kewpie errors.

Tech looks for fast start

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach didn’t really enjoy talking about his team’s record-breaking comebacks the past two weeks, but he will take the wins.

The Red Raiders’ second-half comebacks became a topic of discussion during the Big 12 Conference coaches’ teleconference on Monday.

Bruins no match for Crusaders

Two days after its first loss of the season, the Helias softball team decided to take out its frustration on Rock Bridge.

The Bruins suffered their worst loss of the season Monday, falling 18-1 to the defending Class 4 state champions at Rock Bridge Field.

Focused Stars get fifth win

Dane Pavlovich, the Stephens College volleyball coach, knew visiting Messenger College would put up a fight.

“We knew they were going to be scrappy,” Pavlovich said. “We definitely didn’t take them for granted.”

Rams get boot in OT

ST. LOUIS — Even without Deuce McAllister, the New Orleans Saints’ running game is in good hands.

Perturbed after being described as a journeyman, fill-in Aaron Stecker responded with his first career 100-yard day in the Saints’ 28-25 overtime victory against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Texans keep Kansas City winless

KANSAS CITY — Marcus Coleman made the interception and the long return. Andre Johnson and Derick Armstrong made the catches.

Finally, Kris Brown made the kick that kept the Kansas City Chiefs winless.

Real season set to start for Big 12 Conference

Now every game counts in the Big 12 Conference.

No more padding the record with wins against lower-division teams. No more weekend strolls for the big boys. Well, maybe one.

Extra Points: Oklahoma State overpowers Tigers

The Missouri soccer team lost to Oklahoma State 3-1 on Sunday in Stillwater, Okla.

The Cowgirls took an early 1-0 lead when Jolene Schweitzer beat Tiger goalkeeper Laura Buehrig in the 14th minute.

On board and online

Even the most avid MU sports fans may have never heard of David Reid and Nick Witthaus.

They’re not the latest blue chip recruits. And neither has competed in organized athletics for years.

Volleyball: K-State torments Missouri

An impressive rally fell short. A back-and-forth game turned on an unlucky tip of the net. A career game from an outside hitter went for naught.

No matter what the Missouri volleyball team does, it can’t beat Kansas State.

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