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The 7 mm Weatherby rifle rested upright, strategically placed between Sharon Brandkamp’s knees. Her eyes and head shifted in unison — left, right, left again — as she scanned the land. Temperatures in the low 30s assured that every breath she took was visible.

Tigers let early lead slip away, still prevail

Yet again, Stefhon Hannah was rolling. The junior guard was 5-of-5 in the first half, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, totaling 13 points in the Tigers’ 38-26 halftime lead.

Tigers from Illinois prepare for homecoming

EeTisha Riddle is recruiting. She’s sending out e-mails, making phone calls and bragging about her team. But the senior center on the Missouri women’s basketball team isn’t rounding up future players, she’s mobilizing fans.

Lawrence fights through tough Army

Matt Lawrence scored 37 points all of last season. So if North Carolina A&T coach Jerry Eaves forgot about him on Friday, maybe he could be forgiven. But after watching Lawrence score 27 points on Friday against Eaves’ Aggies, Army coach Jim Crews didn’t make the same mistake.

Gymnastics team starts season early

For a college gymnast, training is a year-round job.

MU fades against Longhorns

The Missouri volleyball team lost 31-29, 23-30, 27-30, 12-30 to No. 8 Texas on Saturday in Austin, Texas. The Tigers had swept the Longhorns on Sept. 23 in Columbia.

Challenge favors Cougars

With Columbia College leading 29-24 in the fourth game of its match against Missouri Baptist on Saturday, the Spartans’ hard hitter, Ana Mercado, unleashed one of her trademark blasts over the middle of the net where Cougars middle hitter Juliana Quadrado was waiting. Quadrado timed her jump perfectly and blocked the ball down hard into empty space on the other side of the net, giving the Cougars the game and the match.

Rage in the cage

The fading light brought with it the looming promise of the cage.

Time for big shots

With staggered feet, Brian Hughes bounces the ball just once. He bends at the knees and blocks out the symphony of bouncing balls, laughing children and squeaking shoes that is filling the Armory Sports & CommunityCenter. In one fluid motion, Hughes rises from his bent stance, hoists the ball at the ideal arc and finishes with a perfect follow-through, his right hand flexed forward.

Over-50 volleyball league offers many benefits

It’s Friday night at the Armory Sports & Community Center and, in a rare turn of events, 49-year-old Joan Smith is the youngest player on the court.

Postseason probabilities

One of the most important football games in Missouri’s season might be one it doesn’t play.

Big 12 shares bowl money

Last bowl season, it was a game that couldn’t be missed. Undefeated No. 1 USC playing undefeated No. 2 Texas for the national championship at the Rose Bowl.

Cougars survive late struggles

When the Columbia College volleyball team dropped the third game of its match against Illinois-Springfield, then fell behind in the fourth 7-3, it could have used a leader to spark the team to a victory.

Missouri sees future in top-rated new recruits

Most of the seven seniors on Missouri’s 2006-2007 women’s basketball team are expected to see ample playing time. That could mean good things for this season, but it also means that next season, Tigers’ coach Cindy Stein has to find replacements for this season’s key players.

MU announces alliance with new golf course

The MU Athletic Department plans to announce a partnership with the Old Hawthorne Golf Course in a news conference at 11:30 a.m. today. The new course is approximately three miles east of Columbia on Route WW and is set to open in the spring, athletic department spokesman Josh Murray said.

A fresh start

They’ve been booed by the fans. They’ve been ripped by the media. They even saw their former coach get popcorn dumped on his head. But they’re still here.

A quick look at the rest of the Big 12

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Sisters savor time together

Nicole Wilson gets emotional when she thinks about what the next few weeks will bring.

Tigers eager to play opener

If anybody is ready to get the basketball season started, it’s Missouri coach Mike Anderson, who said he has been waiting for this since he signed on to be the Tigers’ coach.

Coach fires up Cougars squad

In one of the more memorable scenes from the 1986 classic “Hoosiers,” Hickory basketball coach Norman Dale asks a referee for a technical foul during a pivotal game. The ref abides, tosses him from the game, and the Huskers come back for a memorable victory.

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