ST. LOUIS — During the first half Sunday, it looked like Joe Montana wouldn’t have been able to fix the St. Louis Rams’ anemic offense.
Then Marc Bulger came to life.
The crowd sat silent between intermittent cheers. Missouri’s Urska Juric and Illinois State’s Liina Suurvarik showed they deserved to be considered two of the nation’s best.
Juric, ranked No. 24 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, and Suurvarik, No. 30, captivated spectators Sunday at the Mizzou Four-Way Tournament at the Green Tennis Center in both singles and doubles play .
Three games into its season, the Missouri football team has made its mark on school history in several areas. Some are for the first time under third-year coach Gary Pinkel, and some are for the first time in decades.
The history is not lost on the players.
KANSAS CITY – Less than a minute into Sunday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Kansas City Chiefs were desperately seeking some inspiration.
Dante Hall’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the spark the Chiefs needed. They recovered from a miserable start to beat the Steelers 41-20 at Arrowhead Stadium.
It’s not always a good thing to finish what you start.
Missouri showed that Saturday, turning around a dismal offensive start to beat Eastern Illinois 37-0.
Among the results is the Tigers’ first 3-0 start since 1981 and their first shutout since 1998, leading to a combination of relief and elation among the players and the crowd of 44,490.
Brock Olivo, a star tailback for MU from 1994-97, was so glad to return to Columbia that he hugged almost everyone he recognized at the Missouri football game Saturday.
At practice a week ago, Missouri players each received a 3- by 5-inch note card listing two things they needed to improve upon from the Sept. 6 Ball State game.
Junior defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison’s card read, No. 1: Improve pass rush; No. 2: Force a turnover.
After Ball State blocked a Missouri punt in the Tigers’ second game, coach Gary Pinkel called it an indictment against him.
If special teams mistakes are an indictment against the coach, then Eastern Illinois coach Bob Spoo could be indicted on three counts of special teams blunders.
He is not pacing the court at Hearnes Center anymore, but Norm Stewart is doing his share of coaching.
More than a tournament title was at stake for Rock Bridge in Saturday afternoon’s championship game against Warrenton.
“We just knew we had to win it,” Bruins senior Ashley Selby said. “We had to keep our trophy here. (Coach Vicki Reimler) never really said it, like we didn’t go out to see the trophy case this year, but we knew we had to do it.”
By the time Cedric Alvis turned around to chase Park Hill South wide receiver R.J. Lawson as he sprinted for the end zone, Alvis had determined he wasn’t about to get beat again.
Solid defense in the second half helped the Hickman Kewpies defeat the Park Hill South Panthers 31-20 on Friday night at Preston Field in Kansas City.
It must have seemed like a truck hit Moberly. In this case it was a van – Van Alexander.
Alexander led Rock Bridge past Moberly 37-13 on Friday night at Rock Bridge Field.
Rock Bridge showed it can dominate more than Missouri tennis.
The Bruins, the defending state champions, defeated Blue Valley North, the defending Kansas state champion, 8-1 on Friday. The Bruins also defeated Joplin 9-0 at Bethel Park as part of the Missouri-Kansas Border War.
Missouri has had a successful start to its tennis season.
The Tigers won nine of 14 matches Saturday and seven of nine Friday in the Mizzou Four-Way Tournament at the Green Tennis Center.
KANSAS CITY — Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden said Thursday he was embarrassed and “ticked off” over controversy surrounding the university’s basketball program, but disputed reports of a rift between him and coach Quin Snyder.
In a speech before the Tiger Club of Kansas City, Alden said investigations that began after basketball player Ricky Clemons was charged with assaulting his then-girlfriend in January have “consumed” the athletic department for months.
Gary Pinkel’s memory serves him well. That’s why he isn’t sleeping well this week.
Pinkel knows all too well how easily an NCAA Division I-AA team can sneak up on a Division I team, and as he prepares for Missouri’s home opener against Eastern Illinois on Saturday, he has good reason to be nervous.
It should be closer than last year.
Tonight’s game at Rock Bridge between the Bruins and Moberly almost has to be closer than the 76-0 pounding Rock Bridge put on Moberly last year.
Rock Bridge goalkeeper Tanner Mills used more than his hands to help the Bruins earn a victory Thursday night.
High school tennis crosses borders today when two state champions meet for the fourth annual Missouri-Kansas Border War.
Rock Bridge (5-1), the defending state champion, is looking for its fourth victory against Blue Valley North High (4-1), the defending Kansas 6A champion.
As Rock Bridge prepares to host Osage, Tipton and Warrenton in its annual volleyball tournament Saturday, Bruins coach Vicki Reimler said her team will head into this weekend not quite sure what to expect.