Competitive practices make Tigers tougher

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

Hickman welcomes top-ranked wrestlers

Hickman kicks off its 12-team wrestling tournament tonight with redemption on its mind.

Cougars knew what was coming

The Columbia College women’s basketball team knew they were going to see Missouri Baptist’s full-court press a lot.

Bruins beat Smith-Cotton

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team continued their winning ways Thursday night, beating Smith-Cotton 77-30.

Streaking Cougars mixing in new players during turnaround

The Columbia College men’s basketball team added to its win streak Thursday night, pulling away in the second half to post a 87-75 victory against Missouri Baptist for its fourth straight victory overall and third consecutive in conference.

Kewpies advance in tournament

The Hickman boys basketball team defeated Blue Springs South 67-56 on Wednesday to advance in the Culver’s Shootout at Lee’s Summit High School. The win improved the Kewpies to 9-7. Hickman will play the winner of the Raytown-Lee’s Summit game tonight at 7.

Preparing for playoffs

DALLAS — A few games ago, Avery Johnson turned to one of his assistant coaches and asked what the Dallas Mavericks’ record was.

Tigers’ skid continues

Missouri has never beaten Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. The most recent time the two teams played there, Jan. 26, 2005, the Tigers lost by 30 points.

First round of Boggan-Durant was true classic

When Kevin Durant plays, he is usually the best player on the court. And for the past two weeks, Durant has been recognized as the Big 12 Conference’s best.

Gordon eyes jump straight to Kansas City

OMAHA, Neb. — Alex Gordon says he is ready for the big leagues.

Bruins wrestlers work hard for victory

The Rock Bridge wrestling team defeated visiting Helias, 40-16, on Wednesday night. The Bruins said the victory, their second in a row over Helias, was also their third victory against the Crusaders in 20 years.

No moral victory for Tigers

Almost winning a game at Allen Fieldhouse may be considered an accomplishment, especially for a team that hasn’t won there since 1999. And coming within three points of upsetting the No. 5 team in the country could be something to be proud of for a team that hasn’t won a conference game.

Jackson expands game for Missouri

Tamika Jackson wasn’t really taught how to play basketball when she first started in seventh grade. She didn’t learn fundamentals on dribbling and setting screens. She was tall, so she only learned to post up.

Curators to review MU sports

COLUMBIA — When University of Missouri curators meet next week in St. Louis, finding a replacement for departing system President Elson Floyd is certain to top their agenda.

Bush honors Cardinals for title

WASHINGTON — President Bush said Tuesday that even in a losing streak, it is possible to win by sticking with your goal and showing character no matter what the doubters say about you.

St. Louis to host All-Star Game

ST. LOUIS — Busch Stadium in St. Louis will host baseball’s All-Star game in 2009.

Just out of reach

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Saying that toughness is a valuable quality in sports is obvious. But sometimes, the obvious needs to be emphasized.

Grimes leads Tigers’ surprising rebounding effort vs. Jayhawks.

LAWRENCE, Kan. — With Missouri coming in to Lawrence, Kan., ranked last in the Big 12 Conference in rebounding in its first three games and the Jayhawks leading the conference in the category, the advantage was seemingly obvious for Kansas.

Writers honor Pujols at St. Louis dinner

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols was honored as St. Louis baseball man of the year Monday at a dinner also featuring Ryan Howard of the Phillies, the player who beat him out for the NL MVP.

Phoenix puts St. Louis win streak on ice

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two teams that went from bad to a whole lot better in recent weeks squared off on Monday.