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MU softball set to begin home slate

The Missouri softball team will begin its home schedule today with a doubleheader against the UMKC Kangaroos.

Defying gravity

There’s a lot Missouri pole vaulter Brian Hancock has to deal with as he goes about his sport. First there’s the fiberglass pole. At 14 feet 6 inches long, it weighs about 40 pounds more than Hancock. He must hold the pole straight up in the air and sprint as fast as he can. Then, while still running, he must plant the pole so it lodges perfectly into a 12-inch wide, 8-inch deep metal box. Oh, and then he must propel himself over a 16-foot high bar and land safely on an 18- by 20-foot foam mat.

Cancellation adds flavor to district tournament

A month later, fans upset with the cancellation of the Jan. 24 Rock Bridge-Hickman girls basketball game might get some closure.

Chargers fire coach after 14-2 season

Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer was fired Monday night in a shocking move by team president Dean Spanos, who cited a “dysfunctional situation” between the coach and general manager A.J. Smith.

Stewart charms one-time rival fans

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Norm Stewart was named national coach of the year for 1993-94. His Missouri Tigers won 28 games, and nowadays, Stewart looks back on that season with pride.

Pitchers help MU remain unbeaten

The Missouri baseball team is 3-0 for the first time since the 1999 season, thanks to freshman Kyle Gibson, who pitched three perfect innings of relief Sunday against Florida International to secure a 3-2 victory and three-game sweep in Miami.

Tigers fall from perfection

In a flash, it was over.

Stephens’ swim team wins meet

The Stephens swimming team won its final meet of the season in its last meet of the regular season on Saturday at MacMurray College in Jacksonville,

Tigers’ driving privileges revoked

The first time Missouri and Kansas met this season on Jan. 15 in Lawrence, Kan., the Tigers kept the game close the entire way and even led throughout the second half before losing by three points.

Cards’ pitching unsettled

ST. LOUIS — So far, Jason Isringhausen has given the St. Louis Cardinals every reason to believe he’ll be ready for opening day.

Not in shouting distance

Winning a game against Kansas can salvage a Missouri men’s basketball season. As the fans rush the court to celebrate a win against the Jayhawks, the rest of the season seems to leave their minds.

Mixture of brawn, beauty a little overwhelming

When Smucker’s introduced Goober in 1968, it combined two favorites into one jar: peanut butter and jelly. For one low price, you could save yourself the unbearable hassle of walking all the way from the pantry for the P.B. to the fridge for the J.

MU hosts swim stars

Eight-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps and five-time medalist Natalie Coughlin are expected to headline a field of 21 former Olympians competing in the Missouri Grand Prix beginning Friday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

Stein holds tongue in loss

With 10 seconds left in Missouri’s women’s basketball game against Oklahoma State, coach Cindy Stein began walking to the Cowgirls’ bench to shake hands with coach Kurt Budke.

MU offense lifts Jamieson past milestone

Tim Jamieson’s 400th and 401st career victories as head coach of the MU baseball team couldn’t have been much stronger offensively than they were this weekend against Florida International in Miami: two games, 27 runs, 28 hits, two comfortable wins.

Cougars women’s basketball team wins ninth in AMC

The Columbia College women’s basketball team overcame a slow start to beat Missouri Baptist 93-89 on Saturday in St. Louis. The Cougars (21-4, 9-1 AMC) led just 46-45 at halftime but used 56 percent shooting in the second half to push past the Spartans (11-14, 2-8).

Tigers sweep field in unusual competition

Missouri did its best to produce a storybook event Friday night at Hearnes Center.

Beastly boys

Julian Wright has a special name for the kind of performance he had Saturday.

Bruins, Kewps send nine to state tourney

JEFFERSON CITY ­— The Class 4, District 3 wrestling meet Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City had its fair share of quality storylines for Hickman and Rock Bridge; The schools combined to bring nine state qualifeiers, Drae Cox earned his first trip to state after two near misses, and the Pescaglia familycontinued its dominance.. However, the smallest qualifier of the group had a unique story all his own. With his third place finish, Rock Bridge 103-pounder Will Evans was the first Bruins freshman to advance to the state tournament since Andy McVey in 1994.

Boone boosts Douglass

The basketball hoop is broken now.

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