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Johnson diverse in roles off Tigers’ bench

Jessra Johnson isn’t known for her defense. In fact, the freshman forward for the Missouri women’s basketball team is almost known for her lack of it.

Lawrence finishes off OU

Stefhon Hannah stuck his head into the doorway to peek out at the reporters waiting for him after Missouri’s win against Oklahoma. For Hannah, it’s been a custom of his to duck back into the hallway to act as if he’s hiding from the reporters.

Lyons brings extra intensity to Oklahoma game

It’s not one that is consistently dependable. But every Lyons jumper isn’t a waste of a Missouri possession either. When Lyons is making his jump shots, he’s even tougher for opposing big men to guard, players who usually aren’t as quick as he is.

Bruins take new focus into district

When the Rock Bridge girls basketball team takes the court tonight at 7:30, Bruin senior Ashley Dressler will be focused.

Extra points: Hickman dominant in first round

No. 3 seed Hickman won its first round game in the Class 5 District 10 Tournament with a 57-27 rout of Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tuesday night in Jefferson City.

Past ugly for OU coach

Mike Anderson doesn’t have a relationship with many of the coaches in the Big 12 yet. But he does have one with Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel.

Elite club preparing for Beijing

Ann Arbor, Mich., is home to Club Wolverine, one of the most prominent swim clubs in the world. Five members of this elite squad competed in the Missouri Grand Prix at the Mizzou Aquatic Center this weekend. Four Olympians, plus Davis Tarwater, a member of the U.S National team who hasn’t competed in the Olympics, swam in Columbia.

Dominance in Little Apple

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Freshman reserve Sherron Collins scored 20 points and led a key second-half run, and No. 6 Kansas beat Kansas State 71-62 Monday night to extend its winning streak in Manhattan to 24 games.

Legendary fielders get recognition

ST. LOUIS — Brooks Robinson turns 70 in May and has made just one concession to age. At Baltimore Orioles fantasy camps these days, the ground balls get lost in his glove at first base so he doesn’t have to bounce any throws across the diamond.

Not a typical teen

At 15, most teenagers worry about passing their drivers test or finishing their algebra homework.

Tigers fall to defending CWS champions

The Missouri baseball team lost the final game of the Coca-Cola Classic to No. 10 Oregon State 9-2 on Sunday in Surprise, Ariz.

Added chances fuel guard’s resurgence

When Missouri coach Mike Anderson put Keon Lawrence into his starting lineup four games ago, he probably expected an offensive contribution from his 6-foot-2 freshman guard.

MU suffers sickening end to regular season

Before any wrestlers took the mat Sunday, Missouri had no chance to win its dual against Tennessee-Chattanooga. With most of their wrestlers unable to compete because of the flu that has spread through the team, the Tigers forfeited matches at five of the 10 weight classes, spotting the Mocs 30 points. The best-case scenario for Missouri would be to get pins in all five matches contested, in order to have the dual end in a 30-30 tie. That unlikely possibility ended when the Tigers’ Dane Espinoza, making the first start of his career, lost 11-2 to Jake Yost at 157 pounds in the first contested match of the day. Yost’s win clinched the dual victory for the Mocs, who went on to win 40-8.

Colorful character

Wearing mismatched soccer socks pulled to the knees while playing basketball would seem stylistically awkward and uncomfortable to many. But Stephens Stars sophomore starting point guard Crystal “Bug” Dominguez, is used to wearing knee-high socks.

Cowboys silenced

When he isn’t shooting well, Matt Lawrence says he tries to play more of a “complete game.” That means he has to rebound, play smart defense, and try to set up his teammates for easier shots.

Phelps seeks major change

Winning six gold medals in 2004 hasn’t satisfied Michael Phelps. It doesn’t take long to figure that out. Phelps, in Columbia this weekend for the Missouri Grand Prix, follows a grander theme.

Finding their balance

A four-inch wide balance beam doesn’t leave much room for error, and the Missouri women’s gymnastics team has learned that all too well this season.

Flu continues to be trouble for Missouri wrestlers

It’s anyone’s guess who will be in the Missouri wrestling team’s lineup today for their regular-season-ending dual with Tennessee-Chattanooga. The team’s strategy may depend more on what doctors and trainers have to say than coach Brian Smith.

No joke, Pescaglia repeats

As a two-time state wrestling champion and a nationally-ranked wrestler, Hickman senior K.C. Pescaglia has competed in his fair share of high-pressure matches. Each time, he used a familiar tool to deal with the pressure: humor. Prior to his state championship match, Pescaglia was seen smiling and laughing with the Hickman coaching staff before assuming his business-like demeanor upon exiting the tunnel into the arena.

Phelps sets world record at Grand Prix

Eight-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps was four body lengths ahead of the second-place finisher as he kicked off the wall, catapulting into the last leg of the 200-meter butterfly. Those inside the Mizzou Aquatic Center on Saturday night at the Missouri Grand Prix rose to their feet as the announcer boomed over the loudspeaker, telling the crowd that Phelps was on a record-setting pace, causing a frenzy among the onlookers.

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