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.

Learning to dive

Small children sometimes hold their noses when leaping off the edge of a diving board and into the waters of a pool. NCAA National-qualifying divers do not.

Loss to KU doesn’t ruin Tigers’ division title hopes

It might seem like the same old Missouri football team. For the third straight year, the Tigers fell to that “basketball school” from Lawrence, Kan. Quarterback Brad Smith and the Missouri offense couldn’t elude the Jayhawks defenders who must have looked like deadly birds of prey to the Tigers in their 13-3 loss. So it’s time to put away that Brad Smith jersey for the winter and head over to Mizzou Arena to see if the basketball team can fair any better, right?

Untroubled Watters

When Missouri diver Evan Watters confidently hoists himself up the slick, wet, ladder to the 1-meter springboard, he is not thinking about how he was a 2001 Nationals qualifier as a senior in high school. When he walks to the end of the sky blue springboard, feels the wet sandpaper-like surface under his wrinkled bare feet, and balances himself precariously on the balls of his feet, he is not thinking about how he was a two-time Big 12 Diver of the Month as a Missouri freshman.

Kansas silences Missouri offense

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Three measly points. No one could have expected this kind of output from a Missouri offense that, a week earlier, was pumping out points against the nation’s No. 1 rush defense.

Players speechless after tough defeat

LAWRENCE, Kan. — This was too hard to put into words, so most of the Missouri football players didn’t try. It was a sad sight to see them, filing out of the visiting locker room of Kansas’ Memorial Stadium, hushed and red-eyed. For three years they had tried to shake this beast of a Kansas team. For three years they had done their best to regain the edge in the annual Border Showdown. For three years they had tried and for three years they had failed, this time in an emotional 13-3 loss.