McCants eager to be hero for Heels

ST. LOUIS- Choosing a go-to guy on most college basketball teams can be a difficult task.

In an NCAA tournament filled with desperation threes and overtime magic, there’s been ample opportunity for many players to taste heroism.

Mizzou gives waterskiing old college try

LAKE OZARK — The wooden deck at the Alhonna Resort is warm to the touch. College students lie on their backs and listen to the sounds of Jimmy Buffet.

Once in awhile, they turn their glances from the clear blue sky overhead to the glittering Lake of the Ozarks.

Alumni still competitive

ST. LOUIS – Certain things just don’t change.

Norm Stewart knew as much. After all, he is the one who recruited all 17 of them.

Mizzou offense betters defense

The Missouri football team’s offense had an extra spring in its step Saturday.

Offense dominated the team’s first spring scrimmage.

Tigers’ present and future star in relays

It was common to find schools making their third consecutive appearances at the Missouri Relays on Friday and Saturday.

What was a little unusual was to see a high school team from Wisconsin making such an appearance.

Missouri keeps lead in Big 12

A night after Max Scherzer and Michael Cole threw Missouri’s first no-hitter in 24 years, Nathan Culp knew he wasn’t going to repeat the act.

He just wanted to help the Tigers set some history of a different kind.

Late-inning outburst dooms delayed Tigers

Steve McCown emerged from the umpires’ locker room and sauntered out onto University Field.

He took his position a few feet behind third base, his legs straddling the baseline. McCown adjusted his cap and slid his feet across the dirt.

Cole, Scherzer pitch no-hitter for Tigers

When Missouri relief pitcher Michael Cole entered the game Friday night in the eighth inning, he knew Missouri starting pitcher Max Scherzer had pitched a solid seven innings.

It wasn't until Cole completed the final two innings that he realized he and Scherzer had just combined on a no-hitter.

Hickman baseball continues to dominate

The Hickman baseball team continued its recent dominance with an all-parts sound 10-0 home win against Camdenton on Friday.

Kewpies shut out Moberly

For the second game in a row, the Hickman goalkeepers were very lonely.

The Hickman offense kept the ball on the offensive side of the field for the majority of its 5-0 win against the Moberly Spartans at Cosmopolitan Park Friday night. Superior speed, footwork and passing vaulted the Kewpies (3-1) past their tired opponents.

MU foes swinging the blues

Normal circumstances don’t call for the Linda Ronstadt song “Blue Bayou” to be played on the public address system at University Field.

But Missouri softball assistant coach Tom Royder does.

Starting strong

It was a fall evening late in 2003, and Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson and his assistants were holding a routine meeting about the Tigers’ pitching staff.

One of the items on the agenda that night was Max Scherzer, the freshman with a blazing fastball, a nasty slider and a tricky change-up.

Hickman hurlers keep hot streak alive in win

Players on the Hickman baseball team might have been wondering if they would ever surrender another hit.

After Kewpies pitchers threw back-to-back no-hitters, junior pitcher Casey McIntosh had spectators thinking perfection midway through Hickman’s 12-4 win against Mexico.

Globetrotters awe Mizzou Arena fans

As soon as an opposing player missed a free throw, Kevin “Special K” Daley of the Harlem Globetrotters was there to point and laugh in his face.

Laughing hysterically, he yanked down the pants of one shooter and sprinted to the half court line. To the delight of the crowd, the victimized player chased after Daley and forcefully pulled down his shorts, revealing an identical pair underneath.

Run support fails Cougars

It seemed as if seniors Monica Mueller and Kerri Gapka pitched for different teams on Thursday.

Mueller, an All-American, pitched the first game of Columbia College’s doubleheader against fellow Region 5 member Central Methodist and was supported with six runs.

Water-skiers set to compete

All the snow has melted in Mid-Missouri, but there’s no need to travel to Colorado to catch some great skiing action.

Waterskiing has started on Missouri’s lakes.

Veteran Kewps tee off season with windy win

Hickman’s experience showed Wednesday at its season-opening meet.

The Kewpies, who tied for fifth in the Class 4 state championship last season, didn’t falter in the face of a stiff wind on the front nine at L.A. Nickell golf course.

Golfer’s familiarity breeds success

Kyle Kovar had a familiar feeling walking into the clubhouse at gusty LA Nickell Golf Course on Wednesday.

Kovar, a junior on the Hickman golf team, grew up playing this course.

Rams welcome former lineman

ST. LOUIS — Defensive end Jay Williams, an 11-year player who broke in with the then-Los Angeles Rams in 1994, is returning to the franchise.

The Rams announced Wednesday they have signed Williams, 33, to a three-year, $2.65 million contract. The deal includes a $300,000 signing bonus.

St. Louis readies for NCAA crowds

ST. LOUIS — Expecting thousands of guests in town for college basketball’s premier event, police say they will keep their guard up for any trouble without applying a stifling press on revelers in the city’s first Final Four in a quarter century.

About a year in the planning, security downtown during the next several days, including Saturday’s Division I semifinals and Monday’s title game, will be measured, not as smothering as some complained things were when Pope John Paul II visited St. Louis six years ago.