Gardner ready to prove himself

Entering this past season, Thomas Gardner’s standing with the Missouri basketball team was in question.

Bruins get prepared

The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team has been waiting and weight lifting.

Ponson in rotation

JUPITER, Fla. — So far, Sidney Ponson’s comeback is a big success.

Royals would get All-Star game with stadium fixes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — First the Super Bowl, now the All-Star game.

Gardner opts for NBA

It was already going to be a tough rebuilding job, but Missouri’s next basketball coach’s task became a bit more daunting Tuesday.

Fatherly advice

Josh Barbo’s father is still coaching him. But now, Josh doesn’t have to listen.

Hunter ready for Team USA tour

After her senior season as setter on the Missouri Tigers’ volleyball team, Lindsey Hunter had originally planned to finish out her final semester at the University before moving to Colorado Springs to live and train with the national team at the Olympic Training Center.

Central Methodist signs Kewpies

One Kewpie and one former Kewpie signed letters of intent to play football next year at Central Methodist University.

Extra points

Rain and snowstorms in Springfield forced the Tigers’ game today at Missouri State to be postponed indefinitely. The Tigers are set to play at 2 p.m. Wednesday at home against Southern Illinois.

Tagliabue announces retirement

NEW YORK — Paul Tagliabue is retiring as commissioner of the NFL, a league that evolved during his 16-year tenure into the nation’s richest and most powerful sports empire.

Texas dominant in Dallas region

DALLAS — Let the other first-round sites gush about big upsets and close calls.

Missouri done after round one

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The tears started flowing with about seven minutes left.

Bishop baffles Tigers’ batters

For the second straight day, Missouri starting pitcher Jen Bruck refused to give credit to her counterpart, Louisville pitcher Catherine Bishop.

Calm Kewps net pair of home wins

With fans bundled up under layers of coats and blankets and huddled over steaming cups of coffee, the Hickman boys’ lacrosse team capped a three-game homestand Sunday with an 8-6 victory over Kirkwood at Cosmopolitan Park.

Early setbacks don’t fluster Edwards entering Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. — Columbia native Carl Edwards is a victim of expectations, including his own.

Extra points

Trevor Helms’ RBI single in the sixth broke a scoreless tie, and Missouri shut out host Texas A&M 3-0 on Sunday to sweep the three-game series.

Champion at last

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ben Askren is the first national champion in Missouri wrestling history. He claimed the 174-pound title dominating No. 2-seed Jake Herbert 14-2 Saturday evening at the NCAA championships.

Rumors fly about Missouri’s next coach

The return of Missouri basketball.

Extra points

When the Hickman football team won the 2004 Class 6 state championship, the Kewpies’ defense allowed only 54.1 yards and 8.1 points per game. The man in charge of that unit was defensive coordinator Jason Wright.

Tigers not looking past Hokies

Two balanced, athletic teams. Two senior point guards to lead. Two teams that expected to be where they are. And two teams trying not to focus on No. 2 seed Connecticut.