Mizzou Arena greets Pujols

The loudest ovation at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday night didn’t come after a fancy dunk or a big block. It didn’t come from anything related to basketball.

At the first timeout, St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman Albert Pujols was introduced and he was shown on the jumbotron. The crowd burst into applause and a loud standing ovation ensued.

Mosley to turn pro

Missouri defensive lineman C.J. Mosley will forgo his senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, the team announced Tuesday.

Mosley had said he would return for his senior season before reconsidering and signing with National Sports Agency, a player representative firm in St. Louis. By hiring an agent, Mosley loses his NCAA eligibility and cannot return to Missouri.

Buffaloes extend Tigers’ skid

Sloppy play does not make a coach happy.

In fact, Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein thinks it was a bit ridiculous in a 56-51 loss to Colorado on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.

Columbia College hammers Hornets

Thirty-one points is a subpar total for a college basketball team. Thirty-two turnovers is an abnormally high total. For one team to post both stats probably means a lopsided victory for the other team.

The Columbia College Cougars defeated the Harris-Stowe State College Hornets 104-31 in a game where Harris-Stowe committed more turnovers than points scored.

Missouri faces another ‘do-or-die’ game

What concerned the media at the beginning of the season didn’t seem to bother Texas Tech’s Ronald Ross.

With the departure of Andre Emmett and his league-leading 20.6 points per game, reporters at the Big 12 Conference Media Days sought Ross’ insight about how the Red Raiders would compensate.

Virginia conquests earn Askren honor

Ben Askren, an All-American wrestler for Missouri in 2004, was named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for his performance in the Virginia Dual last week.

Askren, a sophomore, improved his season record to 25-0 and clocked the fastest pin of his career at 21 seconds. A co-captain of the No. 12 Tigers, the 174-pounder has 18 of his 25 victories this season in the form of a pin. Askren is one pin away from breaking the record of most falls in a season set in 1983 by Kevin Herron (18).

Colorado struggling with young roster

Colorado knows where it is.

“They have a sense that this is not their year,” Colorado coach Ceal Barry said. “They know it’s not their year.”

Better on the inside

It might seem surprising, but Columbia College men’s basketball coach Bob Burchard’s wasn’t pleased with the Cougars’ torrid first half 3-point shooting.

In Columbia College’s 77-56 victory against Lindenwood on Monday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex, the Cougars made eight first-half 3-pointers while opening up 49-29 halftime lead. But it was the decision by Burchard to force the ball to the post that kept the lead stable.

Homecourt edge

After a couple of weeks of conference play, the Big 12 Conference has shown much parity. A lot of credit belongs to the fans.

Most Big 12 coaches agree that conference venues are some of the toughest places to play in the nation. Big 12 fans have made it tougher than ever this year. For the first time, the Big 12’s nonconference record broke the .800 mark with 109 wins and 27 losses.

Tigers’ progression stalls at KSU

There are two kinds of losses.

There are the losses in which you improve and take positive signs from. Close losses to teams like No. 6 Oklahoma State or No. 1 Illinois are those kinds of losses.

Rams looked little like elite team of past in playoff defeat

ST. LOUIS — In the end, the St. Louis Rams looked more like a .500 team than a dangerous playoff spoiler.

The across-the-board spanking they absorbed in Saturday’s 47-17 playoff loss to the Falcons exposed so many problems that coach Mike Martz might not know where to start. It’s unfamiliar territory for a franchise accustomed to being near the top but one that endured a most dysfunctional season.

Patriots quiet Manning

FOXBORO, Mass. — The quintessential quarterback keeps running into the quintessential team.

For the second year in a row, the New England Patriots made MVP Peyton Manning look ordinary and his Indianapolis teammates inept, this time beating them 20-3 on Sunday behind Corey Dillon’s 144 yards rushing. The Pats held the ball nearly 38 minutes, leaving Manning hardly any time to work his magic.

Tigers outmaneuvered

MANHATTAN, Kan. —The major difference in Kansas State’s 74-54 stomping of Missouri was the free-throw line.

The Wildcats (11-3, 1-2) scored 25 points on 34 attempts from the line while Missouri had trouble getting to the line, hitting just 7-of-15.

Kewpie plays role in Wildcat win over Tigers

MANHATTAN, KAN. – Kansas State’s first two Big 12 Conference games were heartbreakers and sophomores Lance Harris and Cartier Martin weren’t about to endure another.

Harris and Martin made big plays late in the second half, negating an attempted Tigers rally and giving the Wildcats a 74-54 win Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

Missouri drives to Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Missouri men’s basketball team almost didn’t make it to its game against Kansas State on Saturday. After the 20-point beating it suffered at the Wildcats’ hands, the Tigers probably wished they hadn’t.

The Tigers had planned to fly to Manhattan on a charter flight, but the plane had mechanical problems while being serviced in Des Moines, Iowa, forcing the team to find an alternate means of transportation.

Missouri fades fast against Iowa State

The lead changed with 9:25 left.

It stayed close, just not close enough.

super SIZE ’em

Hulking masses of flesh, fat and muscle, linemen are relentless bulldozers in the trenches of football.

A block here or closing a gap there, their sometimes subtle work without the football creates their teammates’ opportunities, dictates the tempo of the game and yet, receives little fanfare. An unnoticed lineman is usually an effective one.

Recognition boosts Cyclones

Most coaches say their teams don’t pay attention to the rankings, but Iowa State’s Bill Fennelly said the Cyclones’ first appearance this season in the Associated Press poll this week at No. 24 was a thrill.

“Our kids were ecstatic,” Fennelly said. “We made a big deal. We put 24 on the scoreboard, we’re proud of it.”

Tigers, Wildcats improving

Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder said he thought his team gave away the game when Missouri lost 78-68 to Oklahoma State on Tuesday.

The Tigers collapsed in the final six minutes, allowing the Cowboys to score 10 straight points after leading Oklahoma State for much of the second half.

Receivers coming on strong for Rams

ST. LOUIS — Depth at wide receiver is bringing the St. Louis Rams closer to their glory days on offense.

The Atlanta Falcons’ secondary will have more than the 1-2 punch of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce to contend with on Saturday night. Kevin Curtis is coming off his first career 100-yard game and Shaun McDonald also has been a threat, giving Marc Bulger four speedy targets.