Team demolition

Within a four-hour period, an orange 1983 Mercury Zephyr was reduced to scrap metal on the MU campus Tuesday.

The first dent made to the Zephyr came at about 10 a.m. at MU’s Speaker’s Circle, and left a mark in the word “chickenhawk” spray-painted on its side. The car was in decent shape when it arrived, but by noon, it was obliterated.

MU faces determined Cyclones

When Missouri plays Iowa State tonight, there more at stake than just a basketball game.

Both teams are trying to keep postseason hopes alive.

Cougars pound AMC foe

Maybe they shouldn’t have bothered to show up at all.

The Harris-Stowe State College women’s basketball team arrived at Columbia College at 7:05 p.m. to play No. 11 Columbia College in the first round of the American Midwest Conference tournament.

Wildcats pose big challenge

It’s not done quite yet.

Some Missouri women’s basketball fans may have been wishing for this season to come to an end after a disappointing 9-16 record.

Academic results sub par in Big 12

More than half of Division I schools were caught napping in class, and it showed when report cards came out.

Now, punishments might be right around the corner.

Trout anglers face new limit

The conservation agents’ camouflage Tuesday was flawless.

Unknown to most of the anglers at Maramec Spring Park, six undercover agents were keeping an eye on the proceedings on the opening day of trout season in Missouri.

Priority shift for Mirts

Tonya Mirts has decided to trade in her coach’s whistle for the full-time title of mom.

Mirts resigned as the Hickman girls’ basketball coach Thursday after 11 seasons of coaching, deciding to focus her extra time on her children.

Finding their rhythm

Kira Montuori loves gymnastics. She has passion, intensity and hope for its future.

As an assistant coach in her fifth season at Missouri, she uses her many strengths to help the athletes she is close to and the sport she wants to see succeed.

Missouri will open in K.C.

Almost a year later than they had hoped, the Tigers will play in Kansas City.

Missouri will begin its 2005 season at Arrowhead Stadium, the site of last season’s Big 12 Championship. Missouri had hoped to reach that game but failed to do so following a 5-6 season.

Company helps athletes plan for future

Julie Dorn-McBride knew it the day it happened. She knew she would have to move on.

Why couldn’t she be seven years old again, just starting out in gymnastics? Julie loved the sport and would later depend on it for emotional sustenance. The thought of giving it up made her tremble.

Texas A&M on brink of NCAA invite

Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie likes simple math and in college basketball that’s not always easy to practice.

With the start of the NCAA tournament two weeks away and 11 of the Big 12 Conference’s teams at .500 or better, speculation about which teams are vying for postseason berths is increasing, as is the discussion of Ratings Percentage Index and win-loss records.

La Russa says timing key to Series loss

JUPITER, Fla. — Tony La Russa’s standard line when asked about the Cardinals’ four-game collapse in the World Series is, “No excuses, Boston was the better team.” But he concedes Boston’s extra day off was an advantage.

The Red Sox lost the first three games of the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees, then became the first team ever to rally from such a deficit and win a series.

Spring training make or break for George

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Left-hander Chris George was once projected to be a cornerstone of future Kansas City Royals’ rotations, but this spring he is fighting long odds to even make the staff.

George was the 31st player drafted in 1998, when he went 15-0 with a 1.15 earned run average for Klein High School in Texas, where he was named high school player of the year. He turned down a scholarship to Rice to sign with the Royals and played on the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in Sydney.

Go Fish!

MONTAUK — The trout were a little confused.

Wendy McElfresh opened the drains of her truck’s fish tank, releasing the remaining one hundred or so trout she was carrying into the clear, cold water of the Roubidoux.

Bulldogs seeking an upset

Most coaches run through the same list when they address their teams on the eve of a big game.

Eat balanced meals. Get a good night’s rest. Be on time for the team bus.

Tigers cannot face up to Barnes, Longhorns

Forgive Missouri men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder if he sees Texas coach Rick Barnes in his nightmares this week.

Snyder saw Barnes everywhere he looked on Saturday at the Erwin Center, literally.

Home run rescues Tigers softball team

The Missouri softball team outlasted Iowa 3-1 in extra innings on Sunday to tie for the best record at the Louisville Red & Black Classic.

Redshirt freshman Micaela Minner hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning, her sixth of the season. The No. 24 Tigers improved to 11-2.

Missouri scores season-low 51 in loss

AUSTIN, Texas – The second-half magic that helped Missouri to a four-game winning streak abandoned the Tigers in a 63-51 loss to Texas on Saturday.

The Longhorns hit their first six shots of the second half and used a 13-0 run to turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 37-25 lead. Reserve guard Kenny Taylor helped quash any thoughts of a Missouri comeback, scoring 15 of his 20 in the final 20 minutes, including a crucial 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 1:53 left.

Doing a body good

Ken McRae and Kathleen Knipp had the perfect jobs.

They were doing what they loved, had a peace of mind and a feeling of wholeness.

NBA departure not part of Kleiza’s future

AUSTIN, Tex.— Scouts from the San Antonio Spurs were in attendance when Missouri played Texas on Saturday, and rumors have long been circulating that Tiger sophomore Linas Kleiza might be contemplating making the jump to the NBA after this season.

According to Kleiza, nothing could be further from the truth.