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Amateurs get crack at creating Super Bowl ads

NEW YORK — With “American Idol” turning everyday singers into pop stars and YouTube bringing acclaim to wannabe filmmakers, it seems only fitting that Super Bowl advertisers would be the latest to embrace the trend of giving amateurs a shot at the big time.

Extra Points

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team defeated Smith Cotton 59-28 Monday night in Sedalia to improve to 13-2. The Bruins were in control from the start, leading 17-2 at the end of the first quarter and 33-11 at halftime.

Super showdown

Two good friends who happen to be NFL coaches are already front-and-center in this Super Bowl, and kickoff is still two weeks away.

Scherzer waiting to finalize pro deal

Seven months after being selected 11th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2006 Major League Baseball draft, former Missouri pitcher Max Scherzer has yet to finalize a contract with the team. All but a handful of the players selected in the first round signed with their respective teams by August, but Scherzer said he remains on good terms with the Diamondbacks organization and is hopeful a deal can be made before the start of spring training on March 1.

MU hoping for changes

With five losses in the Big 12 Conference and four straight in the past two weeks, something’s got to change for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

Friends Smith, Dungy make Super Bowl history on same day

CHICAGO — It took 41 years for a black head coach to make it all the way to the Super Bowl.

Manning passes big test

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning had a mountain to climb and little more than two minutes to do it.

Spirit can’t lift Missouri from rocky first half

It was time for one of those Rocky-inspired comebacks, according to the Missouri women’s basketball coaching staff Saturday in the game against Nebraska.

Race walking

Nate Rucker remembers sitting on the bus with his University of Dubuque track and field teammates waiting for their coach to give them the green light.

Against the odds

The case sits inconspicuously in the back corner of the foyer of Larry Young’s Columbia home. Young comments on how one of the gold medals needs to be shined. The National Track and Field Hall of Fame says there should be 30 of them, but Young can only find 25, each denoting a national title that he captured.

Missouri professor hopes to compete in her 15th Masters Championship

Gayle Johnson was never one to mock racewalkers. Actually, she had always found a sort of intrigue in the sport.

Moving past the laughter

When Patrick Stroupe showed up at the Central Methodist University track in Fayette as a freshman in 2003, he saw then-junior Beth Lewis walking around the track and started laughing.

Cougars run record to 16-3

The Columbia College women’s basketball team improved to 16-3 Saturday night. It defeated the University of Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars 65-53.

Stars fade in last part of Classic

The Stephens College women’s basketball team hosted the Stephens College Classic on Friday and Saturday at Silverthorne Arena in Columbia. The Stars started off the Stephens Classic by outscoring Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 54-16 in the first half of Friday night’s game, on the way to an 89-39 victory.

Contributing factor

Kalen Grimes never experienced the kind of success he achieved the first few weeks of this season.

Missouri helps Team Big 12 win

Missouri Track and Field athletes ran over the competition to help secure Team Big 12 a 223-114 victory over Team Mountain West at the Conference Challenge held in Lincoln, Neb. The Tigers had many outstanding performances, including four first-place finishers, and a record-breaking effort in the triple jump.

Lawrence adapts to Big 12 play

Playing basketball in the Big 12 Conference has been a relatively new experience for Matt Lawrence. Although he is a sophomore, Lawrence didn’t get much playing time in conference play last year.

Admirers meet Royalty

For sports fans in Columbia, if you’re yearning to see a good baseball team, or even just a 30-pound hunk of brass and pewter, you’ll need to drive a ways to find it.

Kansas City players optimistic about roster additions, new season

Nine-year-old Hayden Johnson, clad in an oversized blue John Buck Kansas City Royals jersey, and his 11-year-old brother Riley waited anxiously, baseballs bearing old autographs in their hands. After going through the line three times, gathering autographs of catcher John Buck, pitcher Luke Hudson and former Royals pitcher Dennis Leonard, the brothers offered their prediction for the 2007 season.

Competitive practices make Tigers tougher

A team is a unit. Each part, each player is only as strong as the whole.

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