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Catching fire

An improving sophomore who finished 2006 strong and a star recruit ready to make his long-awaited debut are ready to add two more weapons to a Missouri offense already filled with them.

Missouri’s bats lead big comeback

The Missouri baseball team had to change its style to defeat Baylor on Saturday night. The Tigers have grown accustomed to quality starts from their pitching rotation in support of its largely inconsistent offense. Saturday, it was Missouri’s bats that secured the team’s 14-11 win over the Bears.

Strange play sets up Missouri victory

In a game that started with a 15-minute delay because of an over-watered field, it was only fitting that Missouri’s 5-0 win over No. 5 Texas A&M Saturday at University Field hinged on a bizarre play.

Huddling up again

John Kadlec, former Missouri football coach and current radio announcer, milled around the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex. He was never alone, always telling a story or shaking a hand.

U.S., Virginia Tech left wondering, ‘What if?’

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The student slouched into his chair, his face wrapped in sunglasses, the brim of his baseball cap pulled down so low his eyes were almost lost. The Virginia Tech professor who took a seat across from him did so because there didn’t really seem to be any other option.

Runner Marcus Mayes growing up at Missouri

The Tigers are Marcus Mayes’ first team.

Mayes competed for Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Okla., but was the only consistent runner all four years. Mayes didn’t have a high school coach, either. Alvin Mayes, his father, coached him all four years.

We're #1!!

As an undergrad at Texas Tech, a friend approached me after a big win by the football team.

Jones sixth MU signee named to state award

Shakara Jones, a forward from St. Charles who has signed to play for the Missouri women’s basketball team, was named 2007 Miss Show-Me Basketball by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. She is the sixth winner of the award to play for the Tigers.

Hood set for next step

Ziggy Hood’s importance to the Missouri football team goes beyond his large frame.

Josbena a bright spot for Tigers

Playing aggressively at the net is something senior Erika Josbena has been comfortable doing since she was a freshman on the Missouri women’s tennis team.

Franklin to honor Nash

After the defense blocked Jeff Wolfert’s 55­—yard field goal attempt during Tuesday’s scrimmage in preparation for the Black and Gold game, momentary chaos reigned on Faurot Field.

Va. Tech football team cancels spring football

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Frank Beamer grew up about an hour from Blacksburg, played football for Virginia Tech and has become the very familiar face of the university as the man who built the Hokies into one of the nation’s elite football programs.

Hickman's heads-up player

JEFFERSON CITY — When a hitter who represents the final out of the game is faced with a two-strike count, his mind-set isn’t always the most stable.

Bruins, Kewps in top three

The Rock Bridge Bruins boys golf team was second and the Hickman Kewpies were third at the 14-team Helias Invitational on Monday in New Bloomfield.

Columbia runners brave Boston’s harsh weather

Coming down with hypothermia Monday at the 111th Boston Marathon was an adventure that Stacy Reed will remember.

Council approves construction of two new baseball fields

Baseball was a hot topic of the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

MU can’t get started

There haven’t been many occasions this season for the Missouri baseball team to lack confidence. With a 14-game winning streak, a winning record in Big 12 Conference play, and a perfect 6-0 record in three-game series, the Tigers have had plenty of reasons to feel good about themselves.

Bruck improving along with competition

After the 2006 season for the MU softball team, expectations were high for starting pitcher Jen Bruck. After all, she was the workhorse of the staff, pitching 260 innings and winning 24 games. She also carried the Tigers at the plate, leading the team in nine statistical categories. To top off her season, Bruck was named All-Big 12 Conference.

Cards slam Sheets

ST. LOUIS — Now that his April drought is over, Albert Pujols says he was never worried about the unsightly numbers next to his name.

Burton passes Kenseth for Texas repeat

FORT WORTH, Texas — When Jeff Burton won for the first time in the inaugural race in Texas, he was a young driver still trying to prove himself.

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