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Scrappy Kewpies lose in 1st round

The Hickman girls’ basketball team lost to Blue Valley (Kan.) North 51-35 in the opening round of the Blue Springs/Blue Springs South McDonald’s Tournament. The Kewpies trailed 20-15 at halftime, but Blue Valley North pulled away in the second half. Lauren Nolke led the Kewpies (2-5) with 10 points.

MU quells Arkansas’ fast start

Arkansas started quickly in its first game at Mizzou Arena.

The Razorbacks jumped to a 6-0 lead. After scoring their first basket of the game, the Razorbacks used a full-court press to get two straight turnovers and converted both.

Sluggish start dooms Cougars

If the Columbia College men’s basketball team could somehow bypass the first five minutes of each game, things might be looking much brighter.

Instead, it was business as usual Tuesday, as Belleview University used an early run to deflate the Cougars en route to a 70-60 win at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Growing into leader’s role

It might be hard to picture wrestling as beautiful, but that is what Rock Bridge senior Cam Purcell calls it.

Purcell, the Bruins’ lone returning state qualifier this season, said the sportsmanship in wrestling makes it beautiful, not the grappling between two sweat-soaked athletes.

Heated rivalry renewed

It might not approach the fervor of the Missouri-Kansas rivalry, but there is no love lost between the Tigers and Arkansas.

The Missouri men’s basketball team will play host to the Razorbacks at 7 tonight at Mizzou Arena.

Hunting popular, but tough to classify

During the winter, outdoor sports in Mid-Missouri are hard to come by.

That is, unless you consider hunting a sport.

Kewpies’ late rally falls short

The Hickman boys’ basketball team lost 75-71 to William Chrisman in the Blue Springs South Tournament on Monday.

Hickman coach Jim Sutherland said his team led William Chrisman at the half but let the Bears take a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter. The Kewpies fought back to within three, but turned the ball over on their only chance to tie the game.

Able replacement

ST. LOUIS — Together, the oldest player and the youngest player on the St. Louis roster came through.

The Rams’ best call in a 16-6 victory against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday was backup quarterback Chris Chandler, 39, handing off to Steven Jackson, 21.

Green shakes injury, Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. — Trent Green played a nearly-perfect half, tender ribs and all, to lead the Chiefs to an important comeback win.

Green completed 14-of-15 passes after halftime for 229 of his 340 yards and hit Eddie Kennison for a winning 70-yard touchdown with 2:04 left in Kansas City’s 34-27 victory against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Losing leads getting old for Tigers

It’s an all too familiar storyline. One that drives senior Jason Conley crazy. One that has been replayed several times this season.

Missouri builds up a lead, lets it dwindle and sneaks by with a close win.

Auburn left out of championship

This season, Auburn knows what it’s like to be the odd team out, a feeling Southern California knew too well last year.

USC and Oklahoma finished atop the final Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday and will meet in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4 in a title game that, again, might not end the argument about who is No. 1.

Kids compete by bike an foot

It all looks like something out of an Olympic highlight video.

Luke Sabulsky thrusts his arms into the air then lets them flop to his sides in exhaustion as he breaks the finish line. Nathan Keown stumbles in, three seconds behind him.

SWEET SIXTEEN OUT OF REACH

In a volleyball match filled with great plays, mindless errors, clutch kills and nervous mistakes, Louisville ended Missouri’s shot at making the its first Sweet Sixteen in school history.

The Cardinals beat the No. 16-seeded Tigers 30-26, 22-30, 30-25, 30-25 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Streaky Tigers hang on at home

The Tigers found themselves in an unfamiliar position Saturday: They held a commanding lead.

The Missouri men’s basketball team used strong defense to hold off Oakland for a 70-61 victory at Mizzou Arena. The early jump in the game came from a fiery start by senior guard Jason Conley.

Point guard tandem works together

Double Vision: With sophomore Spencer Laurie back in the lineup after missing three games with a high right ankle sprain, the Tigers decided to be a little unconventional Saturday. Laurie and freshman Jason Horton, who have been competing for playing time at point guard, were on the floor for Missouri at the same time. For eight minutes in the first half, the Tigers ran an offensive set with two point guards.

“We’d tried that a little bit in practice this week,” Laurie said. “I like playing with Jason because he understands the game so well. We think alike, so when we’re out there, we know what each other is going to do.”

Tiger trio shuts down Marshall

They shared the work load. A senior, a sophomore and a freshman all took on one task: guard Oakland’s Rawle Marshall.

The numbers on the scoreboard after Missouri’s game against the Grizzlies showed they completed their mission. The Tigers’ trio of Jason Conley, Thomas Gardner and Marshall Brown played sound defense on Oakland’s leading scorer en route to a 70-61 victory Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Eagles top MU on free throw

It came down to a last-minute scramble, but Missouri could not match its opponent’s inspired play.

Eastern Michigan defeated the Tigers 60-59 on Saturday in the championship of the State Farm Tiger Classic at Mizzou Arena. It was the Eagles’ (6-0) third-straight tournament victory of the season.

Columbia teams prevail at Shootout

Lisa Kowalewski could not find her shot Saturday.

Kowalewski, the leading scorer in Columbia College women’s basketball history, shot only 25 percent from the field but had a big game defensively as the Cougars defeated William Penn 76-49 at the Columbia College Shootout at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

New spirit squad cheers for Cougars

A winning athletic program shouldn’t have problems packing in fans at home games. But Columbia College is proving that’s not always the case.

Last year, all five teams at Columbia College made it to NAIA national tournaments. But attendance at Cougars sporting events this season is still low. Sophomores Roz Johnson and Leah Buretta said they are hoping to change that trend. This year they formed the Cougar Spirit Squad.

Tigers overcome nerves to advance to second round

The Missouri volleyball team battled nerves, a tough Arkansas team and what coach Susan Kreklow called "not our best overall performance" to win its second ever NCAA Tournament game Friday night at Hearnes Center.

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