When Ronald Chislom enters the Heart of America Marathon, he doesn’t lose.
For the fourth time in as many races, Chislom won Columbia’s annual Labor Day race.
Joe Gianino and the rest of Missouri’s offensive line haven’t stopped to admire their work.
Two days after the Tigers’ 52-20 victory against Arkansas State in which the line cleared the way to 263 yards rushing, Gianino said they need to focus on what will probably be a more formidable task.
When I met my new editor, Mark Barnett, I told him I’m the biggest Missouri football fan in Columbia. I generally leave good first impressions on my bosses, but Mark clearly thought his new columnist was insane.
Mark’s main beef was my longevity. Fair enough, I thought, but if there really are bigger fans I want to meet them.
ST. LOUIS — Orlando Pace really cut it close this year.
The five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle will get four days of practice to prepare for the St. Louis Rams’ opener after signing a one-year contract for $7.02 million late Sunday night and hitting the field Monday.
ST. LOUIS — Homestands like the one Jim Edmonds just blitzed through, batting .455 with four home runs, five doubles and 13 RBIs in six games, are not all that uncommon for him.
What is unique about this season, though, is that the St. Louis Cardinals’ center fielder has been putting up those types of numbers for half of the season. Edmonds has long been known for building a season through a progression of highs and lows, but now he is sustaining the production.
Coaches live in a small world. Wins and losses are most important, along with how to correct problems from one game to the next.
As the Big 12 Conference coaches prepare for games this Saturday, the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, they still carry vivid memories of the tragedies and the importance of events outside the sports world.
At first glance, he doesn’t look like much.
It is sometimes hard to pinpoint weaknesses after a 32-point win, but Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said he would like to see improvement defensively after Saturday’s season opener.
The Tigers, who dropped a spot in the Associated Press poll to No. 19, could not stop Arkansas State’s passing attack in the 52-20 win, allowing 350 passing yards. Indians starting quarterback Nick Noce was 19-for-26 with 240 yards and two touchdowns before leaving in the third quarter with cramps in his calf muscle. Devin Hollins replaced Noce and also had success, going 7-for-11 for 110 yards.
In 1954, the stories were already great. At the MU baseball team’s 40-year reunion in 1994, they got a little bit better. Now, after 50 years, some have gained legendary status.
“The older you get, the better you were,” said pitcher Emil Kammer, who really did win eight games for the Tigers’ 1954 national champions. “I think all of us have gotten a lot better, all of us were 5-for-5 every game.”
About 140 runners will lace up their shoes this morning to run in the 45th annual Heart of America marathon, but Rick Roeber won’t be one of them. He plans on running the race barefoot.
“This will be my third marathon with no shoes,” Roeber said. “I started running barefoot about a year ago.”
It took 27 shots, but the Missouri soccer team finally connected with 3 minutes left to defeat Iowa 1-0 on Sunday in the last game of this year’s Nike Tiger Invitational.
The Missouri and Arkansas State offenses took different approaches Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
No. 18 Missouri featured a quick-strike approach while Arkansas State was methodical in the Tigers 52-20 win.
When senior quarterback Blake Tekotte went down with an injury early in the first quarter, junior Andrew Perkins knew he was prepared.
“Blake’s the man. We all expected Blake to lead the team,” Perkins said. “I’ve been (playing quarterback) all summer, and I was ready for it.”
MARSHALL – A scoreless and sloppy first half didn’t stop Rock Bridge from earning a season-opening win against Marshall on Friday night.
Quarterback Logan Gray threw two interceptions in the first half of his debut at Cecil Naylor Field in Marshall, but managed to get to half time with a scoreless tie.
A halftime pep talk couldn’t overcome a sluggish start for the MU soccer team Friday night.
The Tigers lost 2-1 to Wisconsin at the Nike Tiger Invitational, with junior Jennifer Nobis scoring her third goal of the season.
Dawn Erickson might have trouble deciding on the best part of her Saturday: turning 21 or helping her team win a tournament on her home court.
But she said it was the latter.
If Sean Coffey, a Missouri wide receiver, felt pressure going into Saturday’s game against Arkansas State, he hid it well.
After a disappointing 2003 season in which the Tigers finished 102nd in the country with 166 passing yards per game, Coffey led an aerial attack Saturday that kept pace with Missouri’s rushing offense. The Tigers passed for 243 yards and ran for 263.
Martin Rucker picked a great way to start his college career.
With 11:46 left in the first quarter Saturday, quarterback Brad Smith faked a handoff, rolled to his left and hit Rucker on the sideline inside the 10-yard line. Rucker, a tight end, carried his first college catch into the end zone for Missouri’s first touchdown.
After two days, 27 matches and a 10-year wait, the Rock Bridge tennis team claimed a Great Eight championship Saturday.
Kara Hickey beat Pembroke Hill’s Erin Bleakley in a 10-point tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets of their match to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory against the perennial Kansas City powerhouse.
Rock Bridge pitcher Kayla Turnbull did a little bit of everything Friday night, helping the Bruins beat St. Teresa's Academy 4-2 at Rock Bridge Field.
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