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Fresh faces should give Tigers boost

Despite losing only three walk-ons from last year’s team, the Tigers have six new faces. Each of the newcomers, including an international star and a collegiate record-setter, arrived in Columbia in a different way. Their influences this season will vary, but these six Tigers are the future of the program.

The Steal

Pressure on the point

He hears the whispers. Skeptical stares burn through his jersey while he brings the ball down the ball down court.

“Jimmy McKinney isn’t a true point guard,” they said.

Splitting hairs

With another basketball season under way, some fans are talking about the players, the coaching and the chances the Missouri men’s team will make a Final Four run.

Others are talking about a subject that’s just a bit more hairy: coach Quin Snyder’s new ’do.

Coppin St. mines Philadelphia talent

The stretch of Interstate 95 from Baltimore to Philadelphia is a little more than 100 miles, and it’s a drive Coppin State coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell has made plenty of times.

Mitchell, who has coached the Eagles since 1986, got his start in coaching outside of Philadelphia at Gloucester Community College in Northern New Jersey. When Coppin State, which is in Baltimore, hired Mitchell, he didn’t forget the players of Philadelphia and instead took advantage of his past experiences, using the area as his main recruiting talent pool.

Kroenke saw Hearnes, Tigers grow

As the only Missouri basketball player who has been a part of coach Quin Snyder’s five teams, senior Josh Kroenke spent his share of time on Hearnes Center’s Norm Stewart Court.

For Kroenke, a Columbia kid who graduated from Rock Bridge High, Hearnes typified Missouri basketball long before he signed with the Tigers. He grew up watching the Tigers play at Hearnes, but being there as an athlete gave the arena a new significance.

Unrau complete team player

Evan Unrau came to Missouri as a scrappy post player. She will leave as one of the best all-around players in school history.

Unrau, a 6-foot-1 senior from Fort Collins, Colo., developed into one of the biggest offensive threats in the Big 12 Conference after switching from power forward to small forward after her freshman season.

Missouri awaits, debates bowl fate

There is some dissension among the Missouri football players.

It isn’t bickering over playing time or touches, and it isn’t anything personal, but many Tigers have differing opinions on where they want to spend their holidays. That kind of disagreement is probably fine with coach Gary Pinkel because it means his team is going to a bowl for the first time since 1998.

St. Louis silences Minnesota

ST. LOUIS — It had all the makings of a shootout, but when the second half began, St. Louis was the only team that kept firing.

The Rams dominated Minnesota in every facet in a 48-17 win Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis moved to 9-3 and strengthened its hold on first place in the NFC West Division. The Rams have won four straight and eight of their past nine. The Vikings dropped to 7-5 and hold a one-game lead on Green Bay in the NFC North.

Jitters affect Tigers

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Every team is allowed a few jitters in its first game, even No. 5 Missouri.

Jitters for the Tigers men’s basketball team came in a form that also was seen in the Tigers’ two exhibition games: turnovers.

Chiefs close on division title

SAN DIEGO — Clinching a playoff berth is a mere formality for the Kansas City Chiefs.

No one could be happier than Tony Gonzalez, the star tight end who has suffered through a long dry spell since the last time the Chiefs reached the postseason.

Bowling over Cyclones

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel knew his team’s motivation to play the worst team in the conference might not be at an optimum level.

So Pinkel thought of 13 reasons a win against Iowa State mattered. He announced the list to his players at a meeting Thanksgiving morning.

Record-setting day for Abron

Zack Abron’s wait is finally over.

After four years of dealing with coaching changes, injuries and competition, Abron became Missouri’s all-time rushing leader against Iowa State on Saturday. Abron finished with 46 yards on 11 carries, passing Brock Olivo’s record of 3,027 yards. Abron has 3,061 yards and can extend the record in Missouri’s bowl game.

Missouri tested in opener

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Most nonconference games against Mid-Continent Conference opponents are guaranteed victories.

Oakland University is not the average mid-major opponent, and Rawle Marshall and Mike Helms are not typical opponents.

Defense key in Tigers’ win

While the Missouri offense was fast asleep for most of the first half, the Tigers’ defense was wide awake.

The defense made the difference in MU’s 45-7 win against Iowa State on Saturday. The Tigers allowed 340 yards, but held the Cyclones to 162 passing yards and forced four turnovers.

Happy returns: James lands in record book

He wasn’t heavily recruited. He wasn’t supposed to make it at this level. He isn’t a big star.

Marcus James is used to taking his place in the background, so Saturday was nothing new.

Edwards, Amos lead Cougars

The underhanded shot has gone the way of the dinosaur, but Aaron Edwards’ unconventional tip-in as time expired gave Columbia College a victory against MidAmerican Nazarene on Saturday.

The Cougars defeated the Pioneers 71-69 in their second game of the Thanksgiving Classic at the Arena at Southwell Complex.

Paulding, Johnson at home vs.Grizzlies

ROCHESTER, Mich. –- For its season-opening game, Missouri’s schedule didn’t allow much time to work out any first-game jitters.

The Tigers not only played in Rochester, Mich., but they also faced a fierce opponent in Oakland University.

Missouri forwards produce top effort

ROCHESTER, Mich. –- Missouri’s power forwards turned in a powerful performance.

Solid play at the position from freshman Linas Kleiza and senior Travon Bryant helped the Tigers to a 90-85 win against Oakland University on Saturday.

Tigers beat Bears

Missouri has overcome adversity most of the season.

On Saturday, the Tigers overcame tightness to defeat Baylor 25-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-25 in a Big 12 Conference volleyball match at Hearnes Center.

MU rally fails

Missouri suffered its first loss of the season Saturday.

The Tigers lost to Wisconsin-Green Bay 74-66 in the championship of the Oneida Bingo and Casino Holiday Tournament at Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.

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