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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.

MU savors win against Huskers

At Cold Stone Creamery on Saturday night, Carlynn Savant ordered a Diet Coke while her teammates all ordered ice cream.

MU in prime position to take tournament

After winning its first two tournament games of the weekend, the Missouri baseball team is in position to win the Coca-Cola Classic today inSurprise, Ariz. But, before it can claim its first trophy of the season, the team will face a challenging final test: the defending national champions of Oregon State.

Starting over

Last year at this time, Carl Edwards was a media darling, gracing the cover of numerous NASCAR preview magazines, and was chosen by The Sporting News to win the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.

2007 Cup season kicks off with changes, including new automaker, type of car

The 2007 Nextel Cup season will introduce numerous changes to the sport, including a new type of car, new automaker and a change to the current points structure. Here’s a brief overview of what will be different in the Nextel Cup in 2007.

Scoring scholar

Her teammates knew she was approaching a milestone. Her coaches knew. Her parents were even aware of it. It seemed like everyone knew that senior Lauren Nolke was approaching 1,000 points for her high school career.

One word means plenty to Rock Bridge

For the second straight time, the Rock Bridge girls basketball team finished its regular season at 22-2. The Bruins, ranked No. 4 in the state, duplicated the mark with a 44-35 win against Helias on Thursday. However, to Bruins coach Jill Nagel, this season was much different than the previous one.

Ranked foes just sneaking by Tigers

The three Big 12 Conference wins by the Missouri women’s basketball team aren’t really anything to brag about when compared with the four-game losing streaks that separate them.

Big men maul Missouri with high scoring, rebounding

When Texas standout freshman Kevin Durant scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against Missouri a month ago, nobody thought much of it. After all, Durant is averaging nearly 25 points per game this season.

First-round results good for wrestlers

Both Hickman and Rock Bridge each ended Thursday’s session of the state wrestling meet having had only one wrestler eliminated. That was where the similarities stopped.

Flying high: Douglass’ star center leads by example

When Douglass senior Anthony Massengale tried to recall his favorite basketball memory after Thursday’s 78-33 rout of the visiting Jamestown Eagles, words escaped him.

Coughlin’s golden career

On August 16, 2004 in Athens, Greece, Natalie Coughlin lived out her lifelong dream. Swimming in the finals of the 100-meter backstroke at the Olympic Games, Coughlin touched the wall at the end of the race just ahead of Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry. She had won her first gold medal.

Perry a beaming success

Dressed in a furry white robe adorned with pink and red hearts and a red bow tied around her ponytail, sophomore Missouri gymnast Adrianne Perry came to practice on Wednesday in the Valentine’s Day spirit.

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