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K.C. also hoping for Final Four

KANSAS CITY — Mayor Kay Barnes said Wednesday she is “very optimistic” Kansas City could get a Final Four if voters approve tax measures to fund renovations and a rolling roof at the Truman Sports Complex.

Terms of Anderson pact released

New Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson’s contract won’t pay him as much as the departed Quin Snyder, but it does offer several interesting, broad guidelines to his off-the-court leadership.

Butler still on fence about MU

Derrick Butler’s phone has been ringing off the hook lately, so much that his full voice mailbox is no longer accepting messages.

Askren given top collegiate wrestler award

Ben Askren is the 2006 Dan Hodge Trophy recipient, and Dan Hodge, 74, is glad.

Hickman posts its fourth shutout of the season

In its first home game of the season, the Hickman girls’ soccer team recorded its fourth shutout in five games with a 3-0 win against Pembroke Hill on Tuesday night.

Kewpies’ late rally seals win

Trailing Apollo high school of Owensboro, Kent. 4-0 through five innings, the Hickman Kewpies were six outs away from falling to 1-3 on the season. Eight runs later and one inning later, the Kewpies were back at .500.

Privilege argued in O’Neal photo case

Opposing counsels in the Aaron O’Neal wrongful death suit banded together in a Boone County courtroom Monday in an attempt to obtain more than 600 photos from a Columbia Daily Tribune photographer.

Third seed for Tigers in Georgia regional

There was no doubt the Missouri women’s gymnastics team would qualify for regionals. The only questions were who it would be facing and where.

Extra points

Junior Ben Askren, Missouri’s first NCAA Wrestling Champion, was named the 2006 recipient of the Dan Hodge Trophy on Monday. Wrestling’s version of the Heisman Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding collegiate wrestler of the year by the International Wrestling Institute and Museum and WIN Magazine.

Anderson era begins at MU

Fans dotted the south side stands in Mizzou Arena. Truman roamed, searching for someone to return the excitement of his high-fives, with limited takers. The cheerleaders sat back in their chairs, presumably formulating chants in their heads to fight what looked like an urge to nod off to sleep.

A new face

After Quin Snyder resigned as Missouri men’s basketball coach, Jason Horton said he was unsure about his own future with the Tigers.

With ace out of action, MU bullpen steps up

Missouri’s top pitcher, junior Max Scherzer, practiced in the bullpen before Missouri’s 6-3 win over Kansas State at Taylor Stadium. But he never made it onto Simmons Field on Sunday.

Wendte confirms he’s old self again

Plastic wrap and ice bound senior Travis Wendte’s pitching arm after he allowed only two hits during a career-high 4.1 innings against Kansas State on Saturday. He hadn’t spent nearly that long on the mound since his freshman year when he pitched four innings against Arkansas State.

Extra points

The Missouri softball team racked up a season-high 15 hits to defeat Oklahoma 9-6 on Sunday in the second game of a two-game series in Norman, Okla.

O’Neal family and MU make case to get photos

Opposing attorneys in the MU football player Aaron O’Neal wrongful death suit banded together in a Boone County courtroom today in an attempt to obtain more than 600 photos taken during the pre-season training last July where O’Neal collapsed and later died.

Tigers to blaze ahead?

Six weeks of waiting might turn into “40 Minutes of Hell.”

Mense beginning to settle in at plate

Up on the hill where Taylor Stadium sits, the Missouri baseball team has run a gamut of emotions this season: confidence, worry, relief, disappointment and, above all, frustration.

MU gymnastics earns disappointing fourth

LINCOLN, Neb. — As the teams marched into Nebraska’s Bob Devaney Sports Center during Saturday’s Big 12 Conference women’s gymnastics championship, red was everywhere.

Extra points

The Missouri softball team opened its Big 12 Conference season with an 8-6 victory over No. 15 Oklahoma on Saturday in Norman, Okla. The win snaps Missouri’s three-game losing streak. Freshman shortstop Andee Allen hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to put the Tigers ahead 6-2, but the Sooners responded with a three-run home run from third baseman Traci Dickenson. Missouri (16-11) added two more runs in the seventh and Oklahoma (23-9-1) scored once in the bottom of the frame.Tigers sophomore pitcher Jen Bruck, who hit a leadoff home run in the fourth, struck out seven to improve to to 14-8.

A reason to smile

It’s easy to spot Joe Brown. He’s the one smiling widely in the back row of the picture.

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