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MU vollyball hoping for another hit

With the best season in Missouri volleyball history now behind them, coach Wayne Kreklow’s Tigers are hoping 2006 will be just as memorable.

Getting good seats requires extra effort

It’s dark. And it’s drizzling. And it’s 5:45 a.m. But as MU juniors Andy Butler and Drew Minert get in Butler’s 1997 Nissan Altima to set out on their mission, none of that matters. It’s football season.

So far, Pinkel not so serious

As it turns out, Gary Pinkel just might have something in common with former French Queen Marie Antoinette.

Coach is keeping things lighter with team, media alike.

ST. LOUIS — Usually, Albert Pujols is the St. Louis hitter opposing teams worry about most. Right now the Cardinals’ most dangerous player may be Gary Bennett, a journeyman catcher playing for his seventh team in six seasons.

A fast start

Ashley Hamblin could only smile at her performance after the Missouri soccer team upset Illinois.

Missouri senior second at U.S. Amateur

As recently as 10 days ago, John Kelly was virtually a nobody in the world of golf. His only tournament victories were July’s Missouri State Stroke Play and a May tournament at Old Warston Country Club near St. Louis. Hardly impressive compared to his peers at the U.S. Amateur Championship. Now, Kelly, a Missouri senior, is the second-best amateur in the country and considered a force to be reckoned with during the upcoming NCAA season.

Hali part of Chiefs’ defensive rebound

KANSAS CITY — Tamba Hali, who missed the Chiefs’ first two preseason games because of sore ribs, sported a stunned smile after his first NFL game.

Bennett’s walk-off grand slam gives Cardinals breathing room

ST. LOUIS — Gary Bennett won a game for St. Louis with two outs in the ninth for the second straight day, hitting a grand slam Sunday night to give the Cardinals a 10-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Bruins soccer team looking for more goals

The Rock Bridge boys’ soccer team hopes to score more this year starting with it’s season opener at 5:30 p.m. today against O’Hara High School in the 13th annual Tiger/Bronco Soccer Classic in Lee’s Summit.

Females and football

Sports have a way of bonding people together. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Husband and wife.

MU golfer shoots for crown at Amateur

With a two-hole lead and a simple three-foot putt on the 16th green that would clinch the hole, the match and a berth in the finals of the U.S. Amateur, Missouri senior John Kelly committed one of his first mistakes of the entire week. He missed and had to wait another hole before he calmly drilled another three-footer on the 17th hole for a victory over Ryan Yip of Canada.

Columbia players return home

Fans applauded as soon as the MO-X bus pulled into the Broadway Shopping Center parking lot.

Earleywine takes over for Tigers

The past year was a disappointing time for the Missouri softball team. After entering the season ranked No. 18 in ESPN.com/USA Softball’s Collegiate Top 25 poll, the Tigers finished 26-27 and missed out on the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002. Then, on Aug. 3, coach Ty Singleton announced he was leaving MU after four years to take the head coaching position at the University of New Mexico.

Tigers excel in season opener

The offense and defense of the Missouri soccer team benefitted from each other Friday night.

Chiefs end skid against Rams

KANSAS CITY — Trent Green directed two scoring drives and the Kansas City Chiefs snapped an eight-game preseason losing streak Saturday night with a lackluster 16-12 victory over St. Louis.

Team bonding important for Kewpies, Bruins

The teams have been building close bonds since official practice began Aug. 7.

New Hickman coach brings his own style

New Hickman football head coach Jason Wright is focused on continuing a great football tradition, one that includes a state championship in 2004. But he is continuing that tradition with his own coaching style.

New Rock Bridge coach developing his players

It’s just after 5 p.m. Friday and the Rock Bridge Bruins softball team has just finished an intrasquad scrimmage, playing for a day off from practice Saturday. Thursday night the Bruinsshut out Marshall and won via the 10-run rule in their season opener.

Team-by-team breakdown

Coming off an Independence Bowl victory and the departure of quarterback Brad Smith, there are questions about what the Missouri program can do this season. With Chase Daniel at quarterback, a secondary with little

experience outside of safety David Overstreet but 17 starters returning,

the possibilities for this season are many. Keeping that in mind, the

Missourian is taking a look at Missouri’s opponents for the 2006 season.

Hernandez earns first shutout for Royals starter

TORONTO — Runelvys Hernandez picked a perfect time to throw Kansas City’s first shutout by a starter in more than two years.

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