Tigers coach serves up literature

Under MU tennis coach Blake Starkey, required reading is part of being on the roster. The novel approach surprises many players, but it has helped make the Tigers a consistent threat in the Big 12.

Luetjens share a lifetime of Hickman football

Hickman quarterback Doug Luetjen has been involved with the Kewpies’ football team since his father started coaching there. The long-time association has brought the pair closer.

Sports briefs

MU coach wary of fans' enthusiasm at big game

If you feel the urge to run onto Faurot Field after Saturday’s Missouri football game against Nebraska, you might want to resist it.

Jocketty steps down as Cardinals GM

Walt Jocketty is out after 13 seasons as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, one year after the team won the World Series for the first time since 1982.

Blues have high hopes for new season

Signing Paul Kariya gave the St. Louis Blues instant box-office credibility. More importantly, the players believe they’re contenders.

Desperate Rams switching quarterbacks

One day after insisting he’d stick with Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan benched his banged-up quarterback.

Cougars volleyball team cruises at home

COLUMBIA — With road games against two top-10 teams looming for the Columbia College volleyball team, Wednesday night’s game at home against Illinois-Springfield could have been troublesome.

Columbia resident prepares to canoe the Colorado River

Chris Kelly, 60, has had a made boating his life-long hobby and now plans to canoe the Grand Canyon portion of the Colorado River.

Loss of a father causes loss of direction

Four months ago, Chris Wright, senior defenseback for the Columbia College soccer team, lost his father, making something he has loved since the day he could walk almost too hard to play.

Rucker returns to finish the job

Martin Rucker spurned the NFL draft to help expel a 10-year-old ghost from Faurot.

Rock Bridge golfers second at district tournament

The Rock Bridge girls golf team earned a berth at the state tournament Monday with a second-place finish at the Class 2 District 4 tournament at the Innsbrook Resort Golf Course in Foristell.

MU football team benefits from bye as upsets shake up Big 12

A weekend filled with upsets has the Missouri football team ranked among the Big 12 Conference’s elite heading into league play.

Sports briefs

Cardinals, La Russa pondering uncertain future

After a disappointing finish that has manager Tony La Russa questioning his future with the team, the St. Louis Cardinals look to find a new pitcher and a power-hitting outfielder this offseason.

Victory gives Chiefs encouraging outlook

Now that the Chiefs have won two in a row, they are tied for the lead in the AFC West and have a division road win in the bank.

Injuries mounting for Rams

After being blown out by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the St. Louis Rams, losers of four straight games to start the season, are dealing with even more injuries to their already battered squad.

Pinkel wins big with youth league before big game

Mere days from one of the most anticipated Missouri football games in years, coach Gary Pinkel took some time Monday to teach youth players lessons about football and life.

Early-season favorites fade in Big 12

Two of the Big 12 Conference's best hopes for BCS success, Texas and Oklahoma, both lost to unranked opponents on Saturday.

Schumaker lifts Cardinals in season finale

Skip Schumaker went 5-for-5 and drove in two runs to help the Cardinals win their fifth straight to end the season.