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Extra Points: Women's basketball

Kassie Drew scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Missouri women’s basketball team to a 81-48 victory against Providence on Saturday in the consolation game of the Airport University Thanksgiving Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.

Drew, a freshman guard, also had five rebounds, three steals and a block for the Tigers (2-2).

Extra points: Hickman boys' basketball

McCluer North beat Hickman 87-77 in Washington, Mo., on Saturday. The win gave McCluer third place in the Gold Division of the St. Francis Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament.

Michael Washington led the Kewpies (2-1) with 21 points. Torres Roundtree scored 25 for the Stars (1-2).

Change of pace

Linas Kleiza is getting used to defenders swarming him.

He isn’t as used to starting the game on the bench.

Late misses doom Cougars

The Columbia College men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a hot shooting night from Central Methodist University, falling 68-66 inSaturday’s second round of the KMIZ/Best Western Thanksgiving Classic at the Southwell Complex.

The Eagles shot 61 percent from the field, including 74 percent in the second half, and held Columbia College to 37 percent and only 14 percent from 3-point range.

Rams try to salvage playoff hopes

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brett Favre, who starts his 200th straight regular-season game Monday night against the St. Louis Rams, always figured he’d be a major league baseball player growing up.

“That was my better sport,” confessed the Green Bay Packers’ star quarterback, who went to Southern Mississippi to play both football and baseball, but hung up his glove for good after winning the starting quarterback job as a freshman.

Basketball skills help Gonzalez

KANSAS CITY — Anyone looking for a good tight end might be smart to scout the NCAA basketball tournament.

The sport of basketball, where big guys learn to jump, maneuver in tight spaces and use their bodies to block out, has been breeding some great tight ends of late.

Strong finish fuels Missouri

AMES, Iowa – Missouri had no reason to show up, but it did.

Playing with pride and a desire to stop a losing string as its only motivations, the Tigers produced their best 60-minute effort since October. It yielded a 17-14 overtime win at Iowa State on Saturday.

Woods comes to life in season finale

AMES, Iowa – Marcus Woods began the season with comparisons to Kansas State’s diminutive star back Darren Sproles and Hall-of-Fame back Barry Sanders.

Entering Missouri’s final game, it appeared his redshirt freshman season would end as a major disappointment. Woods had gained only 347 yards in 10 games and in the Tigers’ home finale, he finished with one carry for 3 yards.

Tigers spoil ISU’s shot at Big 12 title

AMES, Iowa—After opponents had overcome huge deficits and made big plays all season on Missouri, a Tiger cornerback running out of the end zone with the ball in overtime was a reversal of fortune.

A.J. Kincade streaked down the sideline after intercepting a Bret Meyer pass to seal the 17-14 win for Missouri over Iowa State, ending a five-game losing streak and giving the Tigers their first win since Oct. 9 against Baylor.

LONG-AWAITED RETURN

ST. LOUIS – Just when Hickman thought it had possibly shut the door on its first state championship in 30 years, Hazelwood East managed to put its foot in the way.

With time running out in the second quarter, Spartans quarterback Carl Wood found Gerald Fulton streaking across the middle of the field around the Kewpies’ five-yard line.

Kendrick sixth on Hickman rush list

ST. LOUIS – Nothing could prevent Brandon Kendrick from smiling on Friday night.

His grin didn’t shrink when he learned he failed to reach fifth in Hickman’s record books for the most rushing yards in a single season. He fell 19 yards short.

Tekotte relishes Kewpies’ victory

ST. LOUIS – You’ve heard it before: You can’t win if you don’t play.

Whoever thought of that catch phrase didn’t meet Blake Tekotte.

Football families prepare for final

Some families spend the day after Thanksgiving shopping, starting to decorate for the holidays, and maybe even watching a little football on television.

The families and fans of the Hickman High School football team will spend today watching their team battle for the state title.

Missouri’s last stand

Two teams going in opposite directions will meet in Ames, Iowa, for their final game of the regular season Saturday.

Missouri (4-6, 2-5 Big 12 Conference) plays Iowa State (6-3, 4-3) in a game that means everything for the Cyclones and nothing for the Tigers.

Nesbitt a father in two worlds

Gregg Nesbitt has two families.

One is at home with his wife and children, while the other is the Hickman football program.

Stats don’t tell senior’s value

If Wayne Kreklow, the associate coach of the Missouri volleyball team, tried to figure the most valuable member of his No. 24 Tigers, he would have several choices.

He could pick setter Lindsey Hunter, who is fifth nationally with 14.38 assists per game, or middle blocker Lisa Boyd, who leads the Big 12 Conference in hitting percentage with .404, or even freshman Tatum Ailes, whose 4.15 digs per game is third-best in the Big 12.

Shooting at classic woefully inadequate

It’s no secret that the shots have stopped falling for the Missouri basketball team.

That was painfully obvious to everyone in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday. The Tigers lost to Houston 57-55. The question is what to do now.

Strong defense helps, hinders women’s team

Being defensive has its pros and cons.

Missouri women’s basketball Coach Cindy Stein has preached the importance of defense, and in the past two games her team has reacted. Unfortunately, it may not be the defense Stein had in mind.

Colts trample Lions; Manning breaks record

DETROIT — Peyton Manning broke one of Dan Marino’s records, took a big step toward another and didn’t even have to play the whole game to do it.

Manning threw for six touchdowns in less than three quarters and raised his season total to 41 scoring passes to lead the Indianapolis Colts past the Detroit Lions 41-9 Thursday.

Jones’ stellar effort drives Dallas

IRVING, Texas — Drew Henson will have to wait before he is the star of the Dallas Cowboys offense. Right now, the youngster turning heads is rookie running back Julius Jones.

Jones burst up the middle for a 33-yard touchdown on Dallas’ first drive and was still going strong at the end, scoring again from the 4 midway through the fourth quarter to help the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 21-7 on Thursday.

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