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Wrestling match offers both good and bad

What tasted sweet for some MU wrestlers left a bitter taste in the mouths of others at the Black and Gold match at Hearnes Center on Thursday night.

Gardner goes all-out

It was just one game, an exhibition one at that, but Thomas Gardner didn’t care if the win never shows up on this year’s record.

KU’s lead had Tigers panicking

It’s something Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is fond of saying: football games in the Big 12 Conference are almost always close. Both teams will have tough moments. The team that wins is usually the team that responds to them better.

Bruins hope momentum stays intact

After four straight wins, the Rock Bridge football team has all the momentum a team could want, but not the respect it feels it deserves. In the past two weeks, the Bruins have earned victories against Jefferson City and Hickman. Coach A.J. Ofodile called the victories “the first two big wins of this group’s career.” However, one final test remains. One final opportunity for all that momentum to disappear.

Tigers regain form, sweep Texas Tech

The Missouri volleyball team was determined not to beat itself twice in one week and against Texas Tech on Wednesday at Hearnes Center they returned to form, defeating the Red Raiders 30-18, 30-18, 30-19.

Nuggets activate Kleiza

Former Missouri player Linas Kleiza was activated by the Denver Nuggets prior to Wednesday’s game against Los Angeles. The move comes after Nuggets forward Nene suffered a season-ending knee injury during the season opener on Tuesday.

Area sports briefs

Father of two players hits basketball road

During college basketball season, Alvin Muse Sr. can be found traveling interstates throughout the Midwest. With two sons playing Division II basketball, he’s traveled to many schools.

Twins’ bond goes beyond soccer field

Early in the season, Josh McNutt searched for his brother, Ryan, who at 6 feet, 1 inch, is lanky with sandy-blond hair and a square jaw. Ryan looks just like Josh. They are twins.

Tigers mend after loss, turn attention to Colorado

The scene outside the Missouri football team’s locker room Saturday at Kansas’ Memorial Stadium could have easily been confused with a late-autumn funeral. Young men with red eyes shuffled toward the team bus. Noses pointed directly at the asphalt. Some of the recently concluded game’s participants struggled to put into words the flood of emotions.

Young Cougars falter

Losing one All-American player to graduation can be extremely challenging. Replacing three is difficult on an entirely new level. But that’s what the Columbia College women’s basketball team is facing this season. All-Americans Charliss Ridley, Tiffany Foote and Lisa Kowalewski have moved on.

Watkins all ready to get in game

When the Missouri men’s basketball team faces Bemidji State in its first exhibition game today, it will serve as a good opportunity for the team to retool and rebuild for the season opener. For junior guard Marcus Watkins, who sat out last season after transferring from Texas A&M, the game will be more about revival, a chance to shed his cushy seat on the bench for a spot on the court.

Bruins lose despite brothers’ coaching

Without knowing the Miller brothers, most fans sitting across from the Rock Bridge boys’ soccer team’s bench would be hard-pressed to identify the two Bruins assistant coaches as brothers. Mike, 23, is shorter and stockier, with red hair and bright blue eyes and a face that belies his age.. He played soccer at the University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors with a philosophy degree.

Kewpies upset Helias in physical contest

Tuesday night was a Blaise Parker kind of night. That much was evident after No. 4 seed Hickman finished celebrating a 1-0 victory over top seed Helias in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 10 tournament at 179 Soccer Park in Jefferson City. Senior forward Jordan Cox scored the winner in the 59th minute.

Simpson says broken finger not a concern

In case an upset loss to archrival Kansas wasn’t enough, Missouri senior safety Jason Simpson left Lawrence, Kan., Saturday with another reason for pain. Simpson said Monday he broke the fourth finger of his left hand in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 13-3 loss to the Jayhawks. The injured hand was in a cast and will remain so for three weeks, but Simpson said the injury wouldn’t keep him out or hinder his ability.

Colorado focuses game plan on Brad Smith

The Tigers (5-3 overall, 3-2 Big 12) play at Colorado at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Boulder, Colo., with the Big 12 North Division lead on the line. Colorado’s seniors called a team meeting Monday to start fixing what went wrong in a 23-20 victory at Kansas State in time to face the Tigers.

Tiger named to the All-Big 12

Junior midfielder Elyse Nikonchuk was named to the All-Big 12 second team Monday for the second straight year. Nikonchuk, who had one goal and one assist this season, started all 19 games for the Tigers (9-7-3, 3-5-2 Big 12). Eighth-seeded Missouri will play top-seeded Texas A&M (13-3-2, 7-2-1 Big 12) at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio. The Tigers lost to the Aggies on Sept. 23 at Walton Stadium, 3-2.

Golfing Tigers tie

The Tigers are in a three-way tie for ninth at the 16-team Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown after shooting a 299 Monday in the first round in Henderson, Nevada. Junior Stephanie Wavro led the No. 30 Tigers with a 1-over 73 and is in a tie for 24th place. Denise Munzlinger shot 74, Madde Augustsson had 75, and Kelli Strubinger and Chelsea Schriewer each had 77s. The tournament will continue through Wednesday.

MU wrestler wins in preseason tournament

Tigers freshman Max Askren went 4-0 to win the 197-pound division in a preseason tournament Saturday at Lindenwood University. Eight other wrestlers placed for No. 14 Missouri. John Olanowski, Dane Espinosa and Sean Connole earned seconds; Mark Ellis, Nick Marable and Joey Garrity had thirds; and Ryan Joyce and Andrew Sherry finished sixth. The Black and Gold match will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hearnes Center.

Edwards takes winning spin

HAMPTON, Ga. — Lap after lap, Carl Edwards flirted with the outside walls on his way to another victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. While just about everyone else in the 43-car field for Sunday’s NASCAR Nextel Cup race tried to run well below those unforgiving walls, Edwards purposely hugged the concrete at speeds approaching 200 mph.

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