Cougars top Prairie Stars

Terrance Smith had 24 points to help Columbia College beat host Illinois-Springfield 93-68 on Thursday to improve to 13-10.

Smith was 9-for-13 from the field and 5-for-6 from beyond the 3-point line. Nahowan Saxon finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Aaron Edwards, Andreas Jakobsen and Tim Melz also scored in double figures.

Roby, Buffs sink Tigers

BOULDER, Colo — Missouri had a chance to take the lead in the closing seconds but things didn’t go the Tigers’ way.

Colorado walked away with a 64-62 victory against Missouri on Wednesday night in a game that came down to the last seconds.

Thin air leaves MU gasping

BOULDER, COLO. – To Jason Horton the notion is purely mental and might as well be a myth.

Having played in Colorado Springs, Colo., during his prep career, Horton, Missouri’s freshman point guard, wasn’t going to let the excuse of playing at a higher altitude influence his game Wednesday at Coors Event Center.

Defense powers Kewpies

Hickman girls’ basketball coach Tonya Mirts said she wanted her team to focus on defense against Rock Bridge on Wednesday night.

The Kewpies responded in a big way.

Rock Bridge to forfeit 2 games for violations

The Missouri State High School Activities Association’s board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday to place sanctions on the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team for a rules violation.

Rock Bridge will forfeit games won during the California Tournament, hold coach Kevin Giese out of two regular season games this year and hold four players out of this season’s district tournament.

NBA scouts take in ugly game at CU

Missouri was far from impressive during its 64-62 loss to Colorado on Wednesday, a fact not lost on the NBA scouts in attendance.

Mike Evans, of the Toronto Raptors, and Stu Lash, of the Denver Nuggets were sitting in the front row at Coors Events Center.

Tigers lose sixth straight contest

The Missouri women’s basketball team looked worn out and overmatched in its 75-45 loss to No. 13 Texas Tech on Wednesday night in Lubbock.

The Tigers (7-11,1-6 Big 12 Conference) are on a six-game losing skid.

Tigers face Sharp road test

Winning an elusive national championship is why college basketball coaches coach and players play.

It can be the pinnacle of a career or a brutal absence on a college resume.

Tigers head to Boulder

The last time Linas Kleiza traveled to Boulder, Colo., he returned to Columbia with a loss and a season-ending injury.

Almost one year ago, with 52 seconds left in the game, Kleiza dislocated his right shoulder while coming down over Colorado center David Harrison. Kleiza walked off the court holding his arm to his chest. The rest of the Tigers walked off with an 83-70 loss.

Rested Kewpies set for Bruins

Hickman girls’ basketball coach Tonya Mirts is trying to make the best out of an unfavorable schedule situation.

Mirts said a scheduling conflict forced Hickman to move a game against Parkway South from last Saturday to December 16, which created a nine-day layoff for the Kewpies.

Jays squash Bruins’ hopes early

Rock Bridge coach John Kopnisky said his team needed more heart.

Tuesday night, the Rock Bridge Bruins went out onto the mat with a lack of effort, losing 60-9 to Jefferson City. Seven of the 13 Rock Bridge wrestlers lost by fall or technical fall.

Cougars cruise by Prairie Stars

The Columbia College women’s basketball team maintained their pefect record in conference play with a 95-74 victory against the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Charliss Ridley, the American Midwest Conference Player of the Week, scored 25 points to lead the Cougars (18-5, 5-0).

MSHSAA eyes Rock Bridge

The Rock Bridge athletic department is on the agenda for Wednesday’s Missouri State High School Activities Association’s Board of Directors meeting.

The school’s girls’ basketball team might have violated player participation rules.

Rams pick DBs coach

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams on Monday hired Kurt Schottenheimer as their new secondary coach.

Schottenheimer replaces Perry Fewell, who left the Rams last week to work for the Chicago Bears. That move reunited Fewell with Bears coach Lovie Smith, who was the Rams’ defensive coordinator from 2001 to 2003. Fewell joined the Rams in 2003 after spending the previous five seasons coaching defensive backs in Jacksonville.

Bulldogs run toward improving their play

The Douglass boys’ basketball team was exhausted. They puffed and panted with their heads down and their hands on their knees.

Bulldogs coach Lynn Allen had added conditioning drills to the end of his practice Monday.

Growing up faster

On paper and in the classroom Richard Roby is considered a freshman. But when he takes to the basketball court he doesn’t feel like one.

That’s the way Colorado coach Ricardo Patton prefers it.

Tigers turn it around with solid defense

When the basketball reached Kevin Young’s hands his eyes got as big as a child’s on Christmas morning.

Who could blame him, it’s not too often a 6-foot-9, 263-pound center gets to lead a fast break.

Pats, Eagles advance

PHILADELPHIA — Fireworks soared and a blizzard of glitter swirled in the bitterly cold breeze. Fans toasted their team and each other with beers and hugs.

It was a Super-sized celebration four years in the making. And quite a relief, too.

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, was second Saturday at the 12-team Hickman Tournament. He fell 4-2 to Jamie Luckett of St. Charles West.