Roney approaches the end

An essential portion of her life’s time, effort and focus is coming to an end.

The game clock began for her in third grade. But with every dribble, steal or block the clock ticks closer to the final buzzer.

Contest gets out of hand

AMES, Iowa — One team played like it wanted the postseason more than anything Wednesday night. But it wasn’t the Tigers.

Iowa State destroyed Missouri at Hilton Coliseum in a 67-49 rout and made a statement to the selection committee that would be hard not to hear.

Cyclones legend calls final game

AMES, Iowa – Wednesday marked the end of an era for Iowa State.

Gary Thompson called his last game for Iowa State, when the Cyclones defeated Missouri 67-49 at Hilton Coliseum. He is retiring after almost 40 years in sports broadcasting.

Missouri falters, watches lead evaporate vs. K-State

There were 10 minutes left. The scoreboard at Mizzou Arena showed Kansas State’s Twiggy McIntyre, who had just driven through the lane untouched for an easy basket. Then, the screen flashed to Missouri coach Cindy Stein, who wore an expression of confusion, frustration and disgust.

It’s been an all-too familiar face this season for Stein, whose Tigers were in the process of losing another Big 12 Conference game at home.

Lynx teammates rekindle rivalry

Two special guests attended Wednesday’s game between Missouri and Kansas State: former Tiger Amanda Lassiter and former Wildcat Nicole Ohlde.

“It was so good (to be back),” Lassiter said. “It was disappointing that we lost, but it was still good to come back and see everybody, see what’s going on with the team.”

Homan impressive in his Ames finale

AMES, Iowa — When Iowa State’s Jared Homan walks on the court, his size alone makes him stand out.

Leave it to the 6-foot-10 center to make an even bigger statement before his final career game.

Team demolition

Within a four-hour period, an orange 1983 Mercury Zephyr was reduced to scrap metal on the MU campus Tuesday.

The first dent made to the Zephyr came at about 10 a.m. at MU’s Speaker’s Circle, and left a mark in the word “chickenhawk” spray-painted on its side. The car was in decent shape when it arrived, but by noon, it was obliterated.

MU faces determined Cyclones

When Missouri plays Iowa State tonight, there more at stake than just a basketball game.

Both teams are trying to keep postseason hopes alive.

Cougars pound AMC foe

Maybe they shouldn’t have bothered to show up at all.

The Harris-Stowe State College women’s basketball team arrived at Columbia College at 7:05 p.m. to play No. 11 Columbia College in the first round of the American Midwest Conference tournament.

Wildcats pose big challenge

It’s not done quite yet.

Some Missouri women’s basketball fans may have been wishing for this season to come to an end after a disappointing 9-16 record.

Academic results sub par in Big 12

More than half of Division I schools were caught napping in class, and it showed when report cards came out.

Now, punishments might be right around the corner.

Trout anglers face new limit

The conservation agents’ camouflage Tuesday was flawless.

Unknown to most of the anglers at Maramec Spring Park, six undercover agents were keeping an eye on the proceedings on the opening day of trout season in Missouri.

Priority shift for Mirts

Tonya Mirts has decided to trade in her coach’s whistle for the full-time title of mom.

Mirts resigned as the Hickman girls’ basketball coach Thursday after 11 seasons of coaching, deciding to focus her extra time on her children.

Finding their rhythm

Kira Montuori loves gymnastics. She has passion, intensity and hope for its future.

As an assistant coach in her fifth season at Missouri, she uses her many strengths to help the athletes she is close to and the sport she wants to see succeed.

Missouri will open in K.C.

Almost a year later than they had hoped, the Tigers will play in Kansas City.

Missouri will begin its 2005 season at Arrowhead Stadium, the site of last season’s Big 12 Championship. Missouri had hoped to reach that game but failed to do so following a 5-6 season.

Company helps athletes plan for future

Julie Dorn-McBride knew it the day it happened. She knew she would have to move on.

Why couldn’t she be seven years old again, just starting out in gymnastics? Julie loved the sport and would later depend on it for emotional sustenance. The thought of giving it up made her tremble.

Texas A&M on brink of NCAA invite

Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie likes simple math and in college basketball that’s not always easy to practice.

With the start of the NCAA tournament two weeks away and 11 of the Big 12 Conference’s teams at .500 or better, speculation about which teams are vying for postseason berths is increasing, as is the discussion of Ratings Percentage Index and win-loss records.

La Russa says timing key to Series loss

JUPITER, Fla. — Tony La Russa’s standard line when asked about the Cardinals’ four-game collapse in the World Series is, “No excuses, Boston was the better team.” But he concedes Boston’s extra day off was an advantage.

The Red Sox lost the first three games of the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees, then became the first team ever to rally from such a deficit and win a series.

Spring training make or break for George

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Left-hander Chris George was once projected to be a cornerstone of future Kansas City Royals’ rotations, but this spring he is fighting long odds to even make the staff.

George was the 31st player drafted in 1998, when he went 15-0 with a 1.15 earned run average for Klein High School in Texas, where he was named high school player of the year. He turned down a scholarship to Rice to sign with the Royals and played on the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in Sydney.

Go Fish!

MONTAUK — The trout were a little confused.

Wendy McElfresh opened the drains of her truck’s fish tank, releasing the remaining one hundred or so trout she was carrying into the clear, cold water of the Roubidoux.