Pujols’ hitting powers St. Louis

Even after two home runs and a hard double against Los Angeles on Monday, Albert Pujols said he still isn’t quite prepared for regular season play.

“My body is not ready for the season,” the Cardinals’ first baseman said, “and my swing is not ready.”

Scott’s first-round 68 boosts Missouri golfers

Ben Scott, a junior on the Missouri men’s golf team, is leading the field with a four-under 68 after the first round of the Louisiana Classics on Monday.

Scott’s performance help put Missouri into a four-way tie for fourth place with a four-over 292 at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La.

Student-athletes of the week

Glen Dandridge, a freshman on the Missouri men’s basketball team, and Erika Josbena, a sophomore on the tennis team, were named Lathrop and Gage student-athletes of the week.

Dandridge (3.23 GPA) and Josbena (3.45) are undecided in their majors.

Not in this house

There was drama, emotion and a wild finish, just what one would expect from the MU-KU rivalry. But this time, there was a novel twist: The Tigers won.

For the first time in four years, Missouri successfully defended its home court against Kansas, winning 72-68 Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

No place like home

Missouri coach Quin Snyder had just one word of advice for his team before the Tigers’ game against Kansas. He wrote it on the dry erase board on the way out of the locker room: “Believe.”

The Tigers played as though they believed, and they earned an unlikely 72-68 upset win against rival Kansas on Sunday in front of 15,061, the first sell-out crowd ever at Mizzou Arena.

Sprain benches Langford

Kansas’ Keith Langford looked poised to be a real handful for the Tigers, but it all changed in an instant.

Just three minutes into the game, Langford drove to the basket. He drew contact, made the basket and got the foul. However, he wasn’t the one who took the free throw.

‘Silk’ uses hoops to soften the street

His real name is Andre Poole, but in the world of street basketball, he is referred to only as Silk.

“It’s because my moves are so smooth,” he said.

McKinney lets loose

For a player who was named to the Academic All Big 12 team, it seemed like an unorthodox approach.

But with all the thinking Jimmy McKinney has done throughout this season, Jason Conley knew McKinney needed to give his mind a rest.

Tigers stroll by wild Eagles

With sunny skies and temperatures near 70 degrees, Sunday afternoon was a fine day to take a walk in Columbia.

The Eastern Michigan baseball team seemed to agree.

Extra Points

Aaron Cawlfield is staying close to home.

On Sunday the Hickman High School junior linebacker announced his commitment to Missouri for the 2006 football season.

Decision Day

It all comes down to this.

One team is playing for it all. The other is playing for survival.

Antlers nearing their 30-year anniversary at Missouri

For many founding members, being an Antler is a lifelong sport.

MU 6th at Big 12 indoor meet

Missouri’s track and softball teams made themselves at home on the road this week with strong showings.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams finished sixth at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb.

Tigers’ woes continue

There was good news and bad news for both Missouri basketball teams Wednesday.

The men and women both dropped games to conference foes. The men lost 67-49 at Iowa State, dropping their record to

Hitting vanishes after hot start

Something strange happened between games of the doubleheader Saturday at Taylor Stadium. It almost seemed as if Missouri and Eastern Michigan had switched uniforms.

After pounding five Eastern Michigan pitchers for 18 hits in an 18-2 blowout in the first game, the Tigers went hitless through the first five innings of the nightcap while the Eagles were scoring runs. The Tigers (8-4) came back but couldn’t entirely make up the lost ground and fell 7-6.

Cougars’ scoring stalls in crucial final possession

The Columbia College men’s basketball team suffered one of the most improbable scoring droughts in recent memory en route to an exciting finish in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference Tournament at the Arena at Southwell Complex.

After dominating nearly every facet of play for most of Saturday’s 63-62 loss to McKendree (Ill.), the Cougars (21-13) scored just one point in the game’s final six minutes, including a last-second scoring opportunity that never took flight.

Superfan helps pull Cougars out of tight spot

During basketball season, Karen Harris has 21 extra sons and daughters.

Harris, a faithful and loud presence at all Columbia College basketball games, said she feels like all the players are her children.

Colorful matchup kicks off season

Although the teams receive separate scores, Rock Bridge and Hickman girls’ swimming and diving teams operate as one.

The teams compete and practice together, and John Hamilton coaches both.

Cowboys round up Tigers in finals

The Oklahoma State Cowboys left little doubt that they are the best team in the country heading into the NCAA Championships on March 17-19 in St. Louis.

The No. 1 Cowboys won a record seven individual championships, including three against Missouri wrestlers, to win the 2005 Big 12 Conference Championship. It is their 39th conference title.

Tigers’ doubles play sets tone for match

The weekend couldn’t have gone better for the Missouri tennis team.

After beating Louisville 5-2 on Friday, the Tigers remained unbeaten at home by defeating Ohio State 5-2 on Saturday. The Tigers are 9-2 and 7-0 at Green Tennis Center.