Rare Naismith papers found

CLAYTON — It’s settled. Basketball really did evolve from a childhood game called “Duck on a Rock.”

Kansas City’s Gonzalez out for Sunday

KANSAS CITY — Injuries to Pro Bowlers and key starters continued to mount for Kansas City on Monday when tight end Tony Gonzalez, having perhaps his finest season, was declared out this week and possibly longer.

Rams stress season not over

ST. LOUIS — “If the Steelers can do it, so can we.” That was what first-year St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan told his players, reeling after four straight losses, on Monday.

Ramirez, Verlander top rookies

NEW YORK — Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins won a tight race for National League Rookie of the Year, and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took home the American League award Monday.

Pushing the tempo

Missouri coach Mike Anderson has said his players will thank him one day for the amount of running they do in practice.

Bench key part of Tigers’ new plan

The Missouri women’s basketball team got its first taste of a challenge this season in its season opener Sunday at Southern Illinois.

Ultimate hospitality

Missouri loves company. Well, perhaps love is too strong of a word.

Grimes’ big play for MU leads to honors as MVP

KG for MVP.

You might expect to hear that in the NBA, with star Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Sunday, that meant Missouri center Kalen Grimes.

Non-MU game struggles to draw fans

Mark Whitehill didn’t think he would have any problem sitting near the floor.

Hickman senior Jones state diving champion

Hickman senior Dante Jones won the 1-meter diving event at the MSHSAA Boys State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday in St. Peter’s. Jones won with with 418.20 points after finishing second in last year’s event in February. Rock Bridge placed fifth at the championships the with 134 points. Hickman was 15th with 65.

Looking for bucks

The 7 mm Weatherby rifle rested upright, strategically placed between Sharon Brandkamp’s knees. Her eyes and head shifted in unison — left, right, left again — as she scanned the land. Temperatures in the low 30s assured that every breath she took was visible.

Tigers let early lead slip away, still prevail

Yet again, Stefhon Hannah was rolling. The junior guard was 5-of-5 in the first half, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, totaling 13 points in the Tigers’ 38-26 halftime lead.

Tigers from Illinois prepare for homecoming

EeTisha Riddle is recruiting. She’s sending out e-mails, making phone calls and bragging about her team. But the senior center on the Missouri women’s basketball team isn’t rounding up future players, she’s mobilizing fans.

Lawrence fights through tough Army

Matt Lawrence scored 37 points all of last season. So if North Carolina A&T coach Jerry Eaves forgot about him on Friday, maybe he could be forgiven. But after watching Lawrence score 27 points on Friday against Eaves’ Aggies, Army coach Jim Crews didn’t make the same mistake.

Gymnastics team starts season early

For a college gymnast, training is a year-round job.

MU fades against Longhorns

The Missouri volleyball team lost 31-29, 23-30, 27-30, 12-30 to No. 8 Texas on Saturday in Austin, Texas. The Tigers had swept the Longhorns on Sept. 23 in Columbia.

Challenge favors Cougars

With Columbia College leading 29-24 in the fourth game of its match against Missouri Baptist on Saturday, the Spartans’ hard hitter, Ana Mercado, unleashed one of her trademark blasts over the middle of the net where Cougars middle hitter Juliana Quadrado was waiting. Quadrado timed her jump perfectly and blocked the ball down hard into empty space on the other side of the net, giving the Cougars the game and the match.

Rage in the cage

The fading light brought with it the looming promise of the cage.

Time for big shots

With staggered feet, Brian Hughes bounces the ball just once. He bends at the knees and blocks out the symphony of bouncing balls, laughing children and squeaking shoes that is filling the Armory Sports & CommunityCenter. In one fluid motion, Hughes rises from his bent stance, hoists the ball at the ideal arc and finishes with a perfect follow-through, his right hand flexed forward.

Over-50 volleyball league offers many benefits

It’s Friday night at the Armory Sports & Community Center and, in a rare turn of events, 49-year-old Joan Smith is the youngest player on the court.