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TIGER KICKOFF: 10 things you didn't know about Arkansas

Is there an Arkansas and Kansas connection? What's a "Spoofer's Stone?" What's with the mascot and the naughty live beasts that attend Arkansas' home football games? Answers to these questions and more about Missouri's new, so-called rivals. 

TIGER KICKOFF: New Arkansas, Missouri rivalry leaves some traditions behind

Missouri has lost Kansas. And Arkansas' annual matchup with LSU no longer happens during rivalry week.

TIGER KICKOFF: John Hardeman Walker and the attempt for 'Battle Line Rivalry' history

Along the battle line, as it will be known in the now annual Missouri-Arkansas rivalry game, is the bootheel. What does a man by the name of John Hardeman Walker have to do with it? Maybe a lot.

TIGER KICKOFF: The Battle Line: Manufacturing a rivalry

Is it possible to create and brand a rivalry game? Perhaps, but it's new territory for universities and sports marketers. Whether their efforts are successful rests in the in perceptions of fans.

TIGER KICKOFF: Toddlers to Tigers: Shane Ray took time to grow into his body

Once a "chunky monkey," Shane Ray took a while to grow into the 6-foot-3, 245-pound monster on Missouri's defensive line.

Missouri falls to Alabama in five sets on senior night

The Tigers (16-17, 7-11 SEC) won the first two sets on Senior Night, but Alabama seized the momentum in the third set. The Crimson Tide took the third and fourth sets and forced a decisive fifth frame.

Arkansas quarterback Allen returns to practice

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says quarterback Brandon Allen has returned to practice and is on schedule to return when the Razorbacks face No. 17 Missouri on Friday.

Rams' defense expects Chris Long back this week

Chris Long lobbied heavily for playing time last week. This week, the St. Louis Rams are likely to grant the defensive end's wish.

Bengals' Devon Still calls child support story "untruthful"

Still's 4-year-old daughter, Leah, has gained national attention for her fight against cancer. More than $1 million has been raised for cancer research and treatment from the sale of Still's jersey.

SEC schools have incentive beyond border conflicts

No. 17 Missouri (9-2, 6-1) will be shooting for its fifth conference division title in eight seasons, and a 10th win for the fifth time in Gary Pinkel's 14 seasons.

Jason Avant ready for fresh start in Kansas City

The veteran wide receiver signed with the Chiefs this week after getting released from the Panthers, hoping to prove that he still has something left. The Chiefs are just as hopeful that he can prove it considering how unproductive their group of pass-catchers has been this season.

Rivalry week will be last stand for some football coaches

The coaching carousel will start spinning fast when the regular season ends for many teams on Saturday. While you're keeping track of other rivalries and games with playoff implications, here are a few coaching hot spots to keep an eye on this weekend.

RG3 benched: Washington to start Colt McCoy vs. Indy

Washington will start Colt McCoy over Griffin on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, the latest development in a stunning tailspin for the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Battle students rally for football team

The Spartans will play for the state title on Friday at the Edward Jones Dome. This is the first year the team has been eligible to compete in the the playoffs.

Missouri basketball struggles to contain Purdue in Maui loss

Missouri's defense did not live up to coach Kim Anderson's standards Tuesday and allowed Purdue to shoot 43 free throws in the 82-61 loss. 

First-year Hickman coach Dan Pieper shakes off challenges before wrestling season

Dan Pieper is entering his first year as head coach of the Hickman wrestling team. And while the Kewpies' roster is short on experience, Pieper looks forward to the challenge.

Purdue throttles Missouri in Maui

Missouri (2-3) had no answer for Purdue's physical, aggressive defense in the first half while falling into a big hole. The Tigers played better over the game's final 10 minutes, but had no chance of finishing off the comeback from a deficit that climbed to 34 points in the second half.

Show-Me Bowl still planned to start Friday in St. Louis

After break-ins and burnings last night in and around St. Louis, the Missouri State High School Activities Association still plans to move forward with its seven state football championship games at the Edward Jones Dome.

Columbia College men's basketball wins seventh straight

The Cougars (7-0), ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll, defeated nonconference opponent Missouri Valley College (4-4) 56-52.

Hickman girls basketball topples Troy in home opener

Coach Tonya Mirts said her team executed well on offense, grabbing 11 offensive rebounds and turning the ball over only seven times.

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