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Runner changes pace

At this point in last year’s Missouri cross country season, Dan Hedgecock could only watch as his teammates raced. And he waited for his opportunity to contribute.

Staying in the game

In high school, most baseball teams play around 30 games per season, depending on the weather and its success in the playoffs. An average college team will play around 50 games in the NCAA season, while professional teams go through a 162-game journey, not including spring training and the postseason.

Staying afloat

Don’t be confused when Andrew Withington tells you he’s the hole man. Though he says it with pride, it’s no brag about his golf game. Withington plays the nastiest position in a nasty sport, one that requires the strength and size of a low-post bulldozer, the speed of a top-flight sprinter and the hands of a marquee wideout.

Cougars sweep Harris-Stowe

After missing more than a month with mononucleosis, Jeanie Meyers is working herself back into the Columbia College volleyball team’s rotation at right outside hitter. That’s where she started in the Columbia College volleyball team’s 30-9, 30-11, 30-14 sweep of Harris-Stowe State University in the quarterfinals of the American Midwest Conference Tournament on Tuesday at Southwell Complex.

Players will use week off for rest

The Missouri football team’s bye week brings mixed feelings for players.

A tall order

Through two preseason games, little about the Missouri Tigers is known.

Season of optimism for Tigers

The big boss is coming.

Extra points

The Columbia College Cougars (2-2) beat Central Bible College (0-3) 82-54 Tuesday night in Springfield, Mo.

MU guards mesh well

Marshall Brown and Stefhon Hannah have only been teammates for two games, but they’ve already developed chemistry.

Volkus feels right at home

One name stands out as a connection between Lithuania and the Missouri men’s basketball team: former Tigers big man Linas Kleiza, who is now playing with the Denver Nuggets. But junior forward Vaidotas Volkus of Panevezys, Lithuania, is hoping to add his name to the list.

Buzzer-beater gives Cougars thrilling victory

The crowd mobbed the court. But the coach wasn’t sure his team had won at the buzzer.

Coaches aware sidelines hold hidden dangers

Joe Paterno’s injuries as a result of being hit by players during a game Saturday served as a reminder to Big 12 Conference coaches of the dangers of standing on the sidelines.

Pressure pins down Stephens College

All it takes is one grunt from the bench, and the Yellow Jackets take off. Graceland coach Opie Butler makes a sound slightly resembling the word “go,” and Iesha Randall, his speedy junior point guard, puts her head down and totes the ball effortlessly from rim to rim, scoring yet another easy layup.

Ball bounces right direction for Columbia College

With the Columbia College soccer team ahead of Lindenwood by one in overtime penalty kicks, Lindenwood’s Gerardo Panting launched a shot high near the middle of the goal above Cougars goalie Zach Clem’s outstretched hand. The ball clanged off the crossbar and fell straight to the ground and bounced away from the goal, giving the Cougars a dramatic victory in the opening round of the Region V Tournament on Monday at R. Marvin Owens Stadium.

Distance swimmers dig deep

Imagine swimming the last part of a 40-lap, 1,000-yard race. Your legs feel like they’re full of cement, and your body feels like it’s on fire. It’s not over yet, though. There’s still another race to swim later.

Fishing clinic designed to lure children to sport

An enthusiastic army of children equipped with fishing poles lined the south bank of Cosmo-Bethel Park Lake on Sunday afternoon to participate in a fishing clinic sponsored by the Mid-Missouri Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Tigers focused on fitness

Center Kalen Grimes said it’s at about 65 to 70 percent. Forward Marshall Brown said it’s at about 80 to 85 percent. After Friday night’s game, coach Mike Anderson cautiously assessed his team’s fitness.

Walk-on kicker boots big

Driving down the field against Nebraska on Saturday, the Missouri football team looked to cut into the Huskers’ 24-point lead before halftime.

Johnson, Chiefs run past Rams in I-70 matchup

ST. LOUIS — After backing up pregame braggadocio about dealing out the hits rather than taking them, Larry Johnson had a lot more to say.

Loss offers few positives for MU

LINCOLN, Neb. — Whether the problem was consistency, execution, a lack of star players making plays, or turnovers, Missouri players and coaches know the team didn’t play its best offensive game of the year.

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