Cards’ lead diminishes

ST. LOUIS — Things are going so well for the San Diego Padres’ final-month surge, they could afford to give Trevor Hoffman the day off.

Three MU teams in top 25

Missouri is one of five schools in the nation with top-25 teams in football, soccer and volleyball.

Tigers ranked for first time since 2004

For the first time since 2004, the Missouri football team is ranked.

Back in form

Midfielder Mo Redmond had yet to score a point heading into Missouri’s nonconference finale Sunday against Illinois State. However, after a Redbirds penalty seven minutes into overtime, Redmond sensed coach Bryan Blitz would be calling her name.

Storytelling good fit for Tigers junior

On most Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, Missouri soccer player Maddie Senkosky can be seen running up and down the pitch at Audrey J. Walton Stadium, trying to hold the opposition scoreless with community members and students cheering her and the Tigers on to another victory.

Warner’s errors give Rams sloppy victory

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Marc Bulger and Kurt Warner took turns trying to fumble the game away Sunday. Warner succeeded.

Still unbeaten

There’s a certain air of happiness surrounding Marcus Bacon that’s almost impossible to ignore. The same could be said for the calm personality and smoothness of Brian Smith.

Tigers spike ‘Horns

Jessica Vander Kooi and Na Yang struggled to fight back tears.

Ryder Cup all but decided

All the Americans can hope for now is a repeat of Brookline, the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history.

Flying under the radar

Smith’s performances against Nebraska in 2003 and 2005 are immortalized in poster-form at many bars in the city. Even though he used up his collegiate eligibility last season, Missouri football jerseys with his No. 16 are a common sight around town.

Buffs blow game late

ATHENS, Ga. — Freshman quarterback Joe Cox rescued No. 9 Georgia with two fourth quarter touchdown passes — the second a 20-yarder with 46 seconds left — and the Bulldogs beat winless Colorado 14-13 on Saturday.

Bruins’ backs shine

Rock Bridge running back Scott Concannon gets most of the team’s carries. But he’s happy to have company in the backfield.

Lures reel in collectors

Mike Jones, a young sales associate at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, stands among the legion of lures precisely placed in rows and columns. Fluorescent orange and neon green stickers characterize one piece as a “floater”, or announces that another “suspends.” Slogans challenge consumers to “entice your fish” or “set yourself apart.”

Missouri hoping to reverse slide

The No. 14 ranked Missouri Tiger soccer team will conclude its nonconference schedule today against the Illinois State Redbirds. The Tigers and Redbirds will be meeting for the first time. Illinois State’s (3-3-2, 0-0-0) match against the St. Louis University Billikens was postponed on Friday night because of lightning.

Final nonconference foe looms

It hasn’t happened yet. Saturday is the last test.

Game plan won’t vary after MU’s first loss

The Missouri soccer team had, by all accounts, overachieved in its first eight games of the season. After being picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 Conference in a preseason media poll, the Tigers earned a national ranking and won seven straight games.

Happy find

The newcomer knew the most dramatic way to introduce himself to the crowd.

Coaches want Heath to get touches

Rob Heath did not beg his mother to let him play football. She begged him to play.

Putting problems pain Bruins

The scores started coming in for Rock Bridge at the William Woods Tournament on Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Course, and coach Melissa Melahn was feeling good. Senior Anna Coil fired a 10-over-par 82 to tie for fourth place individually and Molly Ramsey carded a personal-best 95 to lead the Bruins. Danielle Kellar and Allison Coffelt also shot 95s, helping Rock Bridge to a team total of 367, one of the team’s better 18-hole scores of the season.

Starting fuels Fernandes

After mostly coming off the bench in the beginning of the season, Marcos Fernandes is back in the starting rotation and showing that he wants to stay there.