Making the jump

Rachel Witt needed to learn how to dive again.

A broken foot and a case of mononucleosis sidelined her for most of her senior year of high school in Illinois.

New England solid in all facets

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — New England’s third Super Bowl victory in four years came down to the most basic of football rules: The Patriots ran the ball and made sure the Eagles couldn’t.

So New England won 24-21, established itself as the team of the century (early though it is) and put Bill Belichick ahead of even the great Vince Lombardi with a 10-1 postseason record.

Tigers continue tailspin

There’s something about the Missouri men’s basketball team that seems to bring out the best in its opponents.

That was definitely the case Saturday, as Texas A&M played an impeccable second half to defeat the Tigers 91-63.

Extra Points

Missouri’s performance at the Meyo Classic this weekend at Notre Dame featured provisional qualifying marks to the NCAA indoor finals for six Tigers athletes.

Junior Tim Ross set an indoor record for the Tigers in the 3000-meter run at 8:04.86. Ross also holds the 5000-meter indoor record.

Kleiza needs to lead Tigers

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With his arms crossed in his lap, Linas Kleiza sat in the middle of the Missouri bench.

Solemn and silent, he would occasionally rest his chin on his fist to watch the game. He never removed his warm-up. He seldom stood up.

MU officials support Snyder

The University of Missouri left no question as to who would be the men’s basketball coach next season.

Athletic Director Mike Alden met privately with top university officials, including the governing Board of Curators, and unanimously agreed Friday that Missouri would retain Quin Snyder as coach.

Kowalewski sets scoring mark

The Columbia College women’s basketball team defeated Hannibal-LaGrange 90-66 on Saturday in Hannibal to improve to 8-0 in conference play.

Senior Lisa Kowalewski of St. Charles became Columbia College’s all-time leading scorer in men’s and women’s basketball early in the first half. Her 20 points put her 19 ahead of former record-holder Mike Kiehne, who played from 1990-1994. She has 1,887 points for her career.

Missouri stays winless on road

COLLEGE STATION, Texas –Yet again, Missouri failed to play a solid 40 minutes, and the Tigers lost their fourth straight.

The unfamiliar surroundings of an opposing court proved too ominous for the Tigers, and Texas A&M handed them a 91-63 beating. The loss dropped Missouri to 10-12 and 2-7 in the Big 12 Conference. While crushing to Missouri’s season, the game moved Texas A&M one step closer to the NCAA tournament.

Aggies spoil Watkins’ return to A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Before the game, the Texas A&M crowd applauded when Missouri assistant coach Melvin Watkins, who formerly coached the Aggies, was announced. But one gets the feeling Watkins is forgotten around College Station.

Twenty games into his tenure at Texas A&M, Billy Gilllispie is more successful than Watkins was in his six years at the Aggies’ helm.

Fan support, temperature ease Tigers

Some filed in after the Missouri women’s basketball game ended. Others were there from the first pitch until the final out.

But no matter how long they stayed Saturday afternoon, one thing was certain about Missouri softball fans: They were in midseason form.

High-scoring second half propels Kewpies

The Kewpies’ victory on Saturday was, in many ways, a rarity.

For the first time this season, the Hickman boys’ basketball team won two in a row, beating visiting Branson 65-54.

Jayhawks catch Tigers flat-footed

To call it a bad start would be an understatement.

“I think that any coach in America who got off to a jump like that might have been a little bit surprised,” Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said.

Children unaffected by loss, turn to Truman for good time

It was hard not to notice Tyler Lee.

The two-year-old, who was perfectly coordinated in his Missouri tracksuit, was after something.

Playing like they mean it

A player joked, “Did you see that shot? It was horrible.”

Players in RecSports’ new mens’ elite league are lighthearted and don’t take the game too seriously. Competition is fierce, but students are looking for a good time.

Kewps sloppily contain Wildcats

"Good, bad, ugly and won." That was Coach Jim Sutherland's breakdown of Hickman's game against the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats.

Lincoln County bests Douglass

The Douglass Bulldogs fell to 4-13 for the year after losing Friday night to the Lincoln County Raiders, 64-46.

Formidable freshmen

When Claire Schaeperkoetter’s team plays Andrea Seabaugh’s team, it is the game to watch.

Seabaugh dribbles circles around her defenders while casually chewing her gum. Schaeperkoetter moves the ball methodically on offense and then flips on the pressure switch on defense.

Tigers hope old room gets results

“Expect to win.”

That is the slogan on the wall of the new wrestling practice facility, which was officially opened Saturday afternoon. The new room is cleaner, with state-of-the-art equipment. It is also about three times the size of the old practice room.

MU recruits rate seventh in Big 12

With 23 official commitments from high school and junior college football players, Missouri ranks seventh in the Big 12 Conference and 38th in the nation according to

Quarterback Chase Daniel from Southlake, Texas is the Tigers’ standout recruit. rates him as the sixth best high school quarterback in the country.

Watkins stays focused on MU

To Melvin Watkins it’s just another conference game.

Sure, he will see some familiar faces and receive a few more phone calls than normal, but when he arrives at College Station, Texas, this evening he will have one thing on his mind.