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Linebackers reach higher level

Dedrick Harrington admits to acting like a “dummy” this season.

Henry Sweat said Harrington and fellow newcomers Marcus Bacon and David Richard add athleticism to the linebacker corps, a group that Xzavie Jackson called one of the best units in the country.

Turning a new Paige

The men's basketball team outshined the opening of the new Paige Arena with a big win against Central Missouri State University. In their first full game at Paige Arena, the Tigers have started on the right foot in their new home. The 100-73 win against CMSU was witnessed by 10,328 attendees in the 15,000 seat arena.

Ekwerekwu building confidence

Patience is something not often talked about in football.

Speed, athleticism and emotion are all common attributes of good players, but patience is not necessarily a virtue in the fast-paced, high-contact sport.

Alumni support still positive

A day after the NCAA announced its sanctions against the Missouri men’s basketball program, the prevailing mood Thursday at the university was relief that the findings weren’t worse.

Although the NCAA found MU had committed numerous infractions, it did not find evidence to support some of the most serious charges, including academic dishonesty and cash payment of players.

A football player first

Roger and Sheri Hoenes only wanted to know the details and make sure all the questions had answers.

Otherwise, they would not have accompanied their son, Matt, to the local Marines recruitment office.

Snyder redefining backup QB

Bill Snyder is redefining the term backup quarterback this season at Kansas State.

Partly because of necessity and partly to give opposing defenses more to worry about, the Kansas State coach has played two quarterbacks in all but one game this season.

Top Kewpies develop close relationship

Hickman Kewps' cross-country runners Tim Cornell and Matt Richmond have been racing eachother since high school. Finishing first and second in both district and sectional meets, their competitive relationship is just what Hickman needs to capture this year's state title.

Soggy field keeps semifinals delayed

Wet field conditions Thursday postponed the semifinals of the Class 3 District 10 boys soccer tournament at Cosmopolitan Park for the second straight day.

MU shares and shares alike

The MU men's basketball team is working together like family, sharing plays and as a result, success. In the win against Central Missouri State, four players scored in the double digits. Men's basketball coach Quin Snyder has talked about how the Tigers were going to be like a family, and it was evident in the 100-73 win against Central Missouri State.

Rock Bridge seniors hope to triumph in finale

Rock Bridge linebacker Joe Whitener, like 14 other seniors on the roster, hopes to finish his football career on a high note. He, like the others, doesn't expect to play organized football again and plans to make to make this last game count. “There’s really no pressure,” he said. “Just go out there, have fun. Since it’s the last football game you play, just take it for what it’s worth and play as hard as you can.”

Hickman veterans lead stingy defense

For Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt, this season's defense is among the best in his 12 years of coaching football. Hickman (7-1) plays Jefferson City (6-3) in the Kewpies’ final District 6 game at 7 tonight at Adkins Stadium.

NCAA to Tigers: no traveling

The NCAA spared the MU men’s basketball program it’s most potent deterrent: the postseason ban.

Instead, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions decided to issue a punishment that fit the crime, announcing Wednesday that the MU athletic department has been placed on a three-year probation, and the basketball program will face restrictions on recruiting, scholarships and official visits.

Omboga not afraid of competition

Thomson Omboga never shies away from contact on the field or from talking about the role he plays on the Missouri football team.

After his best game of the season, an eight-catch performance for 96 yards on Saturday against Nebraska, Omboga, a senior wide receiver, spoke his mind.

Volleyball: KU takes hit against Tigers

In a match between rivals Kansas and Missouri, the Jayhawks threw the biggest elbow, right into the face of another Jayhawk.

The MU volleyball team beat Kansas 30-23, 30-26, 30-25 on Wednesday night at Hearnes Center. Early in the match, Josi Lima, Kansas’ All-Big 12 Conference outside hitter and team leader in kills, caught an elbow to the cheekbone during a collision with teammate Paula Caten.

Columbia College volleyball wins easily against William Woods

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington said her team’s match Wednesday night might have fooled some people.

“We like to see smooth games and tonight was a smooth game,” Wrye-Washington said. “But it’s going to look rougher than it was because (William Woods University) slowed us down and hesitated between serves and made us look worse than we played.”

Fans deal with sanctions

Many Tigers fans breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after hearing the penalties the NCAA imposed on the Missouri men’s basketball team.

At Harpo’s, a downtown Columbia bar, Missouri basketball fan Matt Hawkins discussed the situation with a friend.

Snyder’s future at MU secure

Quin Snyder isn’t going anywhere.

Not only will NCAA sanctions restrict the MU coach from leaving Columbia on recruiting visits, but Snyder’s job has apparently never been safer.

‘Big sisters’ carry Tigers into conference tourney

The MU women’s soccer team considers itself a family, and like any family about to embark on a road trip, the team is looking to its “big sisters” to help out.

After four years on the team, Lacey Moore and Melissa Peabody are comfortable in their roles as team leaders. Moore has been a captain since her sophomore season and leads on the defensive end of the field. Peabody is one of three seniors playing a major role in the Tiger offense.

Bruins roll into playoffs

Rock Bridge desperately needed a goal. The Bruins had less than a minute to score or they would lose an important game to district foe Jefferson City.

Adam Reed’s third shot in 10 seconds was blocked by Jays’ goalkeeper Dustin Dolce. Defeat seemed imminent.

Missouri offense looks to rebound

Losing three straight games and not scoring a touchdown in six consecutive quarters is a blow to any team’s confidence.

The Missouri football team is no different.

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