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Tigers searching for leadership

After a spirited performance to beat Colorado 55-53 on Wednesday, a question remains for Missouri women’s basketball fans. Which team will show up for the rest of the season? The one that beat Colorado with heart or the one that passively accepted a 60-42 thrashing by Kansas at Mizzou Arena?

Against Colorado, the Tigers came out with fire in their eyes. Associate head coach Betsy Yonkman, who served as head coach in Cindy Stein’s absence Wednesday, said she thought the team came out and played hard for 40 minutes.

Wrestlers take new path to state meet

The Hickman and Rock Bridge wrestling teams will be competing in one less postseason tournament.

With the Missouri State High School Athletic Association expanding wrestling from three to four classes this year, the sectional tournament has been replaced by a longer district tournament.

Bruins, Kewpies attack state meet

John Hamilton doesn’t know what to expect from his swimmers at this weekend’s state boys’ swimming and diving championships. He just hopes they have fun.

“I told the swimmers there is no pressure,” said Hamilton, who coaches the Hickman and Rock Bridge teams.

MU baseball wins opener

The Missouri baseball team won its season opener 8-3 against Portland at the Oakland A’s Spring Training Camp in Phoenix.

Senior pitcher Erik Dessau started and threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and picking up the win. Junior shortstop Greg O’Neill had two hits, including a triple, and sophomore right-fielder Hunter Mense also had two hits.

Reversal of fortunes

Last weekend was one the Missouri wrestling team would like to forget.

After falling to No. 1 Oklahoma State 31-9 on Friday, the No. 13 Tigers lost again a mere 14 hours later to No. 6 Oklahoma 18-14.

Tigers find house wins in Vegas

Maybe Missouri should stay on the floor at halftime instead of going into the locker room

It seems the team that walks off the court at the break isn’t the same team that returns to finish the game.

Backup to Backstop

Cosme Caballero is not considered one of the Missouri baseball team’s returning starters this season, but by no means is he a rookie.

As a back-up to senior Brad Flanders last season, Caballero wasn’t expected to see much playing time. But when Flanders was injured a third of the way through the conference season, playing time hit Caballero squarely in the nose. He started 14 games in Flanders’ absence, including 11 Big 12 Conference games.

Four letters fire up young Douglass

Douglass basketball coach Lynn Allen has four letters that he sometimes uses in practice.

“MTXE” — Mental Toughness and Extra Effort — a phrase former Wichita State coach Gene Smithson used often, has since been adopted by Allen.

Meeting Expectations

At the beginning of the season, the Columbia College men’s basketball players thought success was inevitable. Now the Cougars are finally forcing their competition to think that too.“It was destined to happen,” Cougars guard Terrance Smith said. “We just had to figure out what we had to do on a consistent basis.”

The Cougars (16-10, 5-1) have won 10 of 12 since returning from winter break Jan. 4 and have re-established the team’s competitiveness in the American Midwest Conference.

Jays beat press, Kewpies

The Hickman and Jefferson City girls’ basketball teams have faced each other twice in the past seven days.

Both games ended the same way.

Tigers go to CU without Stein

Missouri will miss her presence, stalking the sideline and demanding order from her players.

The Tigers must face Colorado without coach Cindy Stein.

Cougars defeat Spartans

Seeing the score, 87-59, it looked like a routine night for the Columbia College women’s basketball team.

It was just another game, another 28-point victory for the Cougars, who have won nine in a row.

Missouri travels to Las Vegas in search of first road victory

Missouri could play in Timbuktu for all Quin Snyder cares.

At this point, it doesn’t matter that his team is traveling almost 1,500 miles to play because all he knows is the Tigers are struggling on the road, regardless of the location.

Turner, Austin lead Bruins past Mexico

The Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team defeated the Mexico Bulldogs 66-36 on the road Tuesday night to pick up its fifth straight victory.

Senior Terrell Turner led the Bruins (20-3) with 18 points, and junior Alex Austin scored 11. Brett Gifford, a 6-9 center, dominated on the defensive end, pulling down nine rebounds and collecting seven blocks.

Speedy victory

Rock Bridge just keeps on rolling.

The Bruins (19-3) used solid defense and balanced offense to win their fourth straight, beating Smith Cotton 70-38 on Monday at Rock Bridge.

Stephens’ season of change critical to athletic future

For a two-week span this season, the Stephens College basketball team wore unique jerseys at practice.

Coach Dane Pavlovich gave his team white T-shirts and told them to design their own practice uniforms.

Red Raiders shadowing Big 12’s elite

For the past four years there has been little disparity among the top teams in the Big 12 Conference.

Since the 2001-02 season, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have all jockeyed for the top spot, with the Cowboys winning the regular season title last season and Kansas the two seasons before.

Pizza blitz

Some of the central figures of Super Bowl Sunday had the speed of Terrell Owens and the sure-shot delivery of Tom Brady, but they weren’t on the field. They weren’t cheering in the stands or in front of their TV sets. And they certainly weren’t in Jacksonville.

Still, they managed to deliver some of the most sizzling, memorable moments of the day. They delivered the pizzas — lots of pizzas.

TRI-UMPH

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Dynasty? Definitely. The New England Patriots don’t have to proclaim greatness. The NFL record book does it for them.

The Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years Sunday, 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles, and now they are challenging history.

Making the jump

Rachel Witt needed to learn how to dive again.

A broken foot and a case of mononucleosis sidelined her for most of her senior year of high school in Illinois.

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