The ins and outs of the playoff races

Week 17 will be filled with teams jockeying for position.

Kentucky men unanimous No. 1; Big 12 has 7 ranked

The Wildcats (12-0) got every first-place vote for the third week in a row Monday, the latest balloting coming two days after their 83-44 romp over UCLA.

Rivers saves Chargers season with comeback win

The Chargers still won't say how severe quarterback Philip Rivers' injuries are. He's reportedly battling a bulging disc in his back.

2014 provides plenty of eye candy for sports fans

Odell Beckham Jr., James Rodriguez, Richard Sherman and Aaron Harrison were among those who put their distinctive stamp on sports in 2014 with shots, catches and plays that nearly broke the Internet and led off all the highlight shows.

Defense sparks Tennessee past Mercer

Tennessee's Devon Baulkman scored a career-high 22 points off the bench Monday as Tennessee held Mercer without a basket for an 11-minute stretch in the Volunteers' 64-54 victory.

Records detail allegations against Ray McDonald

In court documents unsealed Monday, a woman said that former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her after a night of drinking and after she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool.

Battle boys basketball looking for leadership

In its second season, Battle basketball is trying to find its rhythm.

WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Late-night protest shuts down Broadway; marijuana legalization leader sets sights on Missouri

Other top stories included a two-story fall by a student during a house party and the Columbia City Council's vote to raise the purchase age for tobacco products.

Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 8: Hickman celebrates 100 years of Kewpie mascot

Since 1914, Hickman (then called Columbia High School) has used the Kewpie, a smiling naked baby doll, as its mascot. Sure, a tiger or an eagle would be more likely to evoke fear in opponents, but Hickman's sports teams have used the naked baby as a symbol of pride in its 100-year history.

Chiefs playoff hopes dim in 20-12 loss to Steelers

While Pittsburgh is heading to the postseason after a two-year absence, Kansas City  needs to beat San Diego next week and hope for plenty of help to salvage a playoff berth.

Rams cornerback Gaines carted off after collision with teammate

Gaines, a former Missouri Tiger, was sidelined with a left shoulder injury earlier in the first quarter, but returned in the second quarter. The Rams were examining him for a concussion after the second injury.

Rookie Beckham leads Giants past Rams 37-27

New York won handily despite committing 12 penalties for 141 yards — 96 of them in the first half.

Missouri basketball deals with last-second loss to Illinois

An Illinois buzzer-beater sunk Wes Clark and Missouri.


Tigers lose Braggin' Rights at buzzer to Rayvonte Rice and Illinois

The most complete game the Tigers have played all season ended in agony, thanks to a last-second fadeaway 3-pointer from Illinois' Rayvonte Rice.

Rock Bridge, Hickman swimmers win in Independence

Bruins, Kewpies finish first and second.

Missouri women's basketball gets big road win

The Missouri women's basketball team went on the road to beat Wake Forest 79-64.

Columbia women's team wins final game of 2014

The Columbia women's basketball team won by 18 over Lindenwood University-Belleville.

Mizzou divers wrap up U.S. nationals

Missouri divers Lauren Callin and Kendra Kieser ended the team's competition at USA Diving Winter Nationals in the finals of the 3-meter springboard.

Stakes high for Pittsburgh and Kansas City in Sunday matchup

If Pittsburgh loses, the Steelers (9-5) will be home in January yet again. But at least they have some wiggle room. If it loses, Kansas City (8-6) will need a victory over San Diego in the regular season finale and plenty of help.

Rams prepare to contend with Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Rams (6-8) have not allowed a touchdown in three straight games, a franchise record. After consecutive shutouts against the Raiders and Redskins, they surrendered four field goals in a 12-6 loss to NFC West-leading Arizona last week.

Of course they're confident.