No. 13 Missouri softball takes both games in a double-header against Northern Iowa

The effort by the Missouri Tigers softball team in their doubleheader sweep did not satisfy coach Ehren Earleywine. While the Tigers were expected to have beaten a team like Northern Iowa handily, they instead struggled with their mid-week non-conference opponents.

A Missouri-centric guide to the NFL draft

Off-field incidents and combine performances have sent Missouri players up and down the draft boards, but at least four former Tigers can expect to hear their names called by Saturday.

Chemistry between pitcher and catcher leads Cougars to AMC Tournament semifinal

Paxton Welch and Taylor Atwood work together every day in practice.  Their chemistry helped Welch throw 14 innings Wednesday, earning two wins as Columbia College advanced to the semifinal of the American Midwest Conference tournament.

Hickman track competes in season's last home meet

Five track and field teams competed in the Hickman Relays on Tuesday. The Kewpie boys' distance relay team won two out of their three relays, and the team expects even better results at districts.

Stephens College adds fifth player to 2015 basketball recruiting class

Stephens College basketball announced the signing of its fifth in-state player to its 2015 class. This time Stephens College adds a player from Joplin.

Escobar plunked in Royals' 7-5 loss to Indians

An inside pitch to Alcides Escobar hit the Royals' shortstop on the left side of the helmet. Escobar was on the ground for several moments and walked off the field with help from two Royals trainers.

Orioles, White Sox play before a crowd of zero at Camden Yards

It was believed to be the only time in Major League Baseball's 145-season history that a game went on without fans. Neither the Baseball Hall of Fame nor John Thorn, Major League Baseball's official historian, could find record of a major league game being played behind closed doors amid the worst outbreak of rioting in Baltimore since 1968.

How will red flags factor into NFL draft?

The NFL comes off a year marked by domestic abuse cases that placed the names Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy in the spotlight for their off-field misbehavior, not their on-field skills. The last thing the NFL wants or needs now is a slew of prospects with character issues being selected high in the draft.

Mayweather-Pacquiao draws big bucks for both

The frenzy for the boxing's biggest event of the century continued to build Wednesday, even if the two fighters themselves were very subdued. They appeared at a final prefight press conference with nothing bad to say about each other, and couldn't even bring themselves to scowl for pictures.

Kentucky Derby contenders draw starting posts, odds

American Pharoah was made the early 5-2 favorite Wednesday for the 141st Kentucky Derby, with Dortmund the second choice in the full field of 20 horses, giving trainer Bob Baffert the top two choices on the morning line.

Teams hope they don't draft next big bust

The Associated Press compiled a list of the top five draft busts by position this century. Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is on it.

Shane Ray's NFL draft stock tumbling after marijuana arrest

Former Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was pulled over early Monday for a traffic violation and a Highway Patrol trooper found a "personal amount" of pot in a compartment in his car. That sent the NFL draft universe into a tizzy.

Missouri baseball drops fifth straight, loses to No. 20 Missouri State

The Bears unleashed 13 runs on 16 hits against six Missouri pitchers.

Columbia softball’s NAIA hopes on the line in upcoming AMC tournament

Columbia College will most likely need to win the AMC tournament if it is to make it to the NAIA Tournament.


Underclassmen of Tolton girls soccer step up to beat Newburg

Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School's girls soccer team won 5-0 over Newburg High School at its home game Tuesday. The Trailblazers managed their victory without their seven seniors and switched up positions throughout the game. 

Columbia womens golf finishes 4th in AMC tournament

The Columbia College women's golf team placed fourth Tuesday at the American Midwest Conference championship.

Rams have options, but fewer picks, ahead of NFL draft

The Rams have the 10th overall pick and six selections overall, five fewer than last season when the haul included five starters.

Blues reflect on another sour end to their season

Captain David Backes said it was puzzling why the Blues weren't "red-lining for every game" in the playoffs. They peaked in Game 4, a 6-1 win in Minnesota, and then tapered off.

St. Louis Cardinals pound Phillies 11-5; Michael Wacha stays unbeaten

Wacha drove in two runs and pitched 5 2/3 innings to win for the fourth time in four starts. Every player in the Cardinals' starting lineup finished with at least a hit, run or RBI.


Kansas City Royals overtake Cleveland Indians 11-5

The Royals fell behind in the sixth inning, but they bounced back with a six-run seventh.