Braggin’ rights go to Illinois

ST. LOUIS — Dee Brown was supposed to be in the NBA. He had entered his name into the NBA draft pool and was committed to at least seeing what happened.

Grimes’ game inspired

ST. LOUIS — It’s hard to find many good things in Missouri’s 32-point loss to Illinois on Wednesday, but the play of sophomore Kalen Grimes offered some solace.

Pro Bowl returns bolster Pace, Holt

ST. LOUIS — Orlando Pace’s reward for another stellar season, a seventh straight Pro Bowl berth, eased the sting Wednesday of some critical comments directed at the St. Louis Rams’ entire offensive line by their interim coach.

Simpson suspended for big game

Things will be far quieter when Missouri’s defense takes the field for the Independence Bowl against South Carolina on Dec. 30.

Home for the holidays

Jimmy McKinney will play in front of a hometown crowd for the final time as a college basketball player tonight.

Loud, split crowd heightens atmosphere

Department store Santas have ‘ho ho ho,” Salvation Army ringers have their bells and carolers have “Jingle Bells.”

Brotherly competition leads Bruins to victory

Rock Bridge’s Chad Jones-Hicks caught up with Fort Zumwalt South’s Andre Thomas by the exit as the teams were leaving.

Tigers extend win streak to eight

The Missouri women’s basketball team might not have blown out Alabama State like they have previous opponents, but coach Cindy Stein said it might be the game from which they learn the most.

Better than expected

When Alex Austin started an extensive offseason training regimen, he just wanted to improve.

Chiefs’ vexing loss riles Vermeil

KANSAS CITY — The illustrious coaching career of Dick Vermeil may have only two games to go.

Rams’ linemen draw Vitt’s ire

ST. LOUIS — In their heyday, the St. Louis Rams made a habit of winning almost every game that was up for grabs.

Jayhawks get past shooting troubles

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Sasha Kaun had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Kansas used early and late double-digit runs to beat Pepperdine 63-43 on Monday night.

‘Rock’ makes crucial shots

If anyone ever wondered why Missouri captain Jimmy McKinney is called “Rock” by his teammates around the locker room, his play in the second half provided an answer.

Tigers streak hits seven

Cindy Stein feared her team might have a letdown after not playing for a week because of finals.

Young’s stingy play in the post silencing critics

This isn’t the Kevin Young that Missouri basketball fans knew the past three years.

Chiefs can’t stop Barber

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tiki Barber had no worries about playing behind a patchwork offensive line.

Unbalanced play in lane hurts MU

Perhaps the most revealing statistic of the Tigers’ basketball season is that guard Thomas Gardner is the second leading rebounder, averaging five a game.

Rams matchup lacks luster

ST. LOUIS — A few months ago, the St. Louis Rams would have been overjoyed to have the same record as the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles at this stage of the season.

Separate Identities

Ciara Tatum was born 30 seconds before her fraternal twin sister, Keiara Tatum. Or was it 35?

Kissane keeps students on the run

A phone call was all that kept Steve Kissane from backing down from his coaching dream.