Bruins edge Pirates

The Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team is learning how to win. Thursday night’s 42-41 victory against No. 6 Boonville, though, could be the Bruins’ toughest lesson so far.

Clutch shooting by Rock Bridge standout Ashley Dressler and a missed last-second shot by Boonville’s Lisa Simmons combined to give Rock Bridge its third consecutive win against a ranked opponent. The home victory moved Rock Bridge to 13-2 overall and 1-0 in District 10 after last season’s 6-20 record.

Gymnasts compete for cancer research

Sophomore Whitney Crater has a special interest in tonight’s gymnastics meet.

When she was 6, she lost her grandmother to breast cancer and now, through her team’s collaboration with University of Missouri Health Care, she can contribute to research for the disease.

Tigers in a confidence game

Nebraska assistant coach Doug Novsek said a close loss to Kansas on Wednesday helped boost the Cornhuskers’ confidence and he hopes the momentum will stay with the team in its game Saturday against Missouri.

The day after a 59-57 loss to No. 2 Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., the Cornhuskers went right to work to prepare for the Tigers, who face Nebraska at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Rivalry new to KU coach

Tiger and Jayhawk fans know about the rivalry between their schools, but one important person was clueless.

“I wasn’t aware when I took the job,” Kansas women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “I anticipated that (the big rival) would be Kansas State and not that it’s not, but I didn’t realize the intensity of the Missouri rivalry, but I do now.

Indians’ defense dogs Douglass

Simon Shavers-Hall screamed at himself in frustration. The Douglass basketball team’s leading scorer was having an off night.

His three first-quarter field goal attempts had rattled in and out of the basket. The opposition was intercepting his usually crisp passes.

Cougars’ rally not enough

The Columbia College men’s basketball team showed Thursday why it will continue to be a force in the American Midwest Conference.

Its fight.

Tech-nical Difficulties

No doctor was needed.

After some self-examination, the Missouri men’s basketball team had no trouble finding the diagnosis for its 78-62 loss to Texas Tech on Wednesday at Mizzou Arena in front 11,691 fans.

Calm Knight at Mizzou Arena

Fans who went to Wednesday’s game to see Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight throw one of his infamous temper tantrums were sorely disappointed.

Not a single player was choked. Not a single chair was thrown. No punted basketballs went sailing through the air at Mizzou Arena.

Cougars to face tough challenge from McKendree

The Columbia College men’s basketball team can take an important step toward repeating as American Midwest Conference champions at 7 tonight when the Cougars play host to a good McKendree Bearcats team.

“That’s going to be a big game and that’s going to tell us how we are,” senior forward Craig Bryan said. “If we can play like we can then we can beat McKendree.”

Mizzou Arena greets Pujols

The loudest ovation at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday night didn’t come after a fancy dunk or a big block. It didn’t come from anything related to basketball.

At the first timeout, St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman Albert Pujols was introduced and he was shown on the jumbotron. The crowd burst into applause and a loud standing ovation ensued.

Mosley to turn pro

Missouri defensive lineman C.J. Mosley will forgo his senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, the team announced Tuesday.

Mosley had said he would return for his senior season before reconsidering and signing with National Sports Agency, a player representative firm in St. Louis. By hiring an agent, Mosley loses his NCAA eligibility and cannot return to Missouri.

Buffaloes extend Tigers’ skid

Sloppy play does not make a coach happy.

In fact, Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein thinks it was a bit ridiculous in a 56-51 loss to Colorado on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.

Columbia College hammers Hornets

Thirty-one points is a subpar total for a college basketball team. Thirty-two turnovers is an abnormally high total. For one team to post both stats probably means a lopsided victory for the other team.

The Columbia College Cougars defeated the Harris-Stowe State College Hornets 104-31 in a game where Harris-Stowe committed more turnovers than points scored.

Missouri faces another ‘do-or-die’ game

What concerned the media at the beginning of the season didn’t seem to bother Texas Tech’s Ronald Ross.

With the departure of Andre Emmett and his league-leading 20.6 points per game, reporters at the Big 12 Conference Media Days sought Ross’ insight about how the Red Raiders would compensate.

Virginia conquests earn Askren honor

Ben Askren, an All-American wrestler for Missouri in 2004, was named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for his performance in the Virginia Dual last week.

Askren, a sophomore, improved his season record to 25-0 and clocked the fastest pin of his career at 21 seconds. A co-captain of the No. 12 Tigers, the 174-pounder has 18 of his 25 victories this season in the form of a pin. Askren is one pin away from breaking the record of most falls in a season set in 1983 by Kevin Herron (18).

Colorado struggling with young roster

Colorado knows where it is.

“They have a sense that this is not their year,” Colorado coach Ceal Barry said. “They know it’s not their year.”

Better on the inside

It might seem surprising, but Columbia College men’s basketball coach Bob Burchard’s wasn’t pleased with the Cougars’ torrid first half 3-point shooting.

In Columbia College’s 77-56 victory against Lindenwood on Monday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex, the Cougars made eight first-half 3-pointers while opening up 49-29 halftime lead. But it was the decision by Burchard to force the ball to the post that kept the lead stable.

Homecourt edge

After a couple of weeks of conference play, the Big 12 Conference has shown much parity. A lot of credit belongs to the fans.

Most Big 12 coaches agree that conference venues are some of the toughest places to play in the nation. Big 12 fans have made it tougher than ever this year. For the first time, the Big 12’s nonconference record broke the .800 mark with 109 wins and 27 losses.

Tigers’ progression stalls at KSU

There are two kinds of losses.

There are the losses in which you improve and take positive signs from. Close losses to teams like No. 6 Oklahoma State or No. 1 Illinois are those kinds of losses.

Rams looked little like elite team of past in playoff defeat

ST. LOUIS — In the end, the St. Louis Rams looked more like a .500 team than a dangerous playoff spoiler.

The across-the-board spanking they absorbed in Saturday’s 47-17 playoff loss to the Falcons exposed so many problems that coach Mike Martz might not know where to start. It’s unfamiliar territory for a franchise accustomed to being near the top but one that endured a most dysfunctional season.