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Patriots early favorites to solidify dynasty

The Philadelphia Eagles finally have their NFC title.

Beating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in two weeks will be an entirely different matter.

Kewpies wrestler enjoys riding time

Rodeo and wrestling seem like drastically different sports. For Hickman's Zach Arnold they're his two passions.

Arnold, ranked third in state at 189 pounds by missouriwrestling.com, was second Saturday at the 12-team Hickman Tournament. He fell 4-2 to Jamie Luckett of St. Charles West.

Seven Rock Bridge wrestlers place at meet

Justin Davis has never had it easy in his wrestling career. Ever since he was a freshman, Davis has battled injuries ranging from problems with his knees to shoulder surgery. Davis never seemed to catch a break during wrestling season.

Davis, a 103-pounder who transferred from Hickman to Rock Bridge this year, hopes to wrestle injury free this season.

Second grade basketball team enjoys game from arena suite

Usually the fans in the luxury suites at Mizzou Arena can be found sipping Coke and reclining in the plush seating.

On Saturday, one of the 26 suites had a little more life, thanks to 10 second graders.

Tigers paint NU red

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Missouri men’s basketball team.

When the Tigers lost three straight in non-conference play, they were down.

Post play rekindles Kleiza

Missouri’s Linas Kleiza is a mismatch because he is as dangerous behind the 3-point line as he is under the basket.

But he didn’t need the arc to post a career high against Nebraska.

Guards, defense lead Cougars win

With a key starter forced to miss Saturday’s game and facing the conference’s leading scorer, the Columbia College men’s basketball team showed it takes more than one player to win.

Guided by guards Aaron Edwards and Terrance Smith, the Cougars beat Williams Baptist 75-52 on Saturday in American Midwest Conference action at the Arena at the Southwell Complex.

Bruins defeat Liberty in OT

Bouncing back from tough games is a sign of maturity in an athlete.

Claire Schaeperkoetter, a freshman on the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team, continued her maturation Saturday, coming up big when her team needed her the most.

Old swimming hole hosts one last win

The ceiling is so low that you can touch it on a particularly high dive.

The air is so humid that inexperienced swimmers sometimes become dehydrated.

Jayhawks nudge past Tigers late

LAWRENCE, Kan. —- Six times, everything was even.

Every basket held the weight of victory. Both teams countered shot-for-shot, with 18 lead changes in all.

Rock Bridge 64, Hillcrest 47

The Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team improved its record to 14-2 with a 64-47 home win over Hillcrest on Friday.

The Bruins took advantage of several early fouls by Hillcrest in the first half, and were able to add 14 points from the free-throw line.

Douglass succumbs to Bulldogs

For the second consecutive game the Douglass basketball team succumbed to an explosive opposing offense. Silex High School blew out the Bulldogs 83-35 Friday night at Silex, Mo.

MU gymnasts open season with "Pink Out"

The Hearnes Center was a little bit rosier through the eyes of gymnastics fans Friday night. The Missouri gymnastics team opened its home season with a "Pink Out" to honor breast cancer research and awareness.

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.

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