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Thorpe leads Bruins in overtime thriller

It wasn’t at the buzzer, but Demond Thorpe’s final field goal was close enough to the end for Rock Bridge.

The Bruins defeated Camdenton 46-44 in overtime Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

Kewps mix good with bad in loss

A couple of experienced freshmen are undefeated, though wrestling for a winless team.

Helias, the defending Class 2 champion, defeated Hickman 41-26 on Tuesday at Hickman.

Rivalry heats up for Bears, Tigers

Missouri’s success against Southwest Missouri State is somewhat deceiving.

Although the Tigers have a 17-4 advantage in the series and beat the Lady Bears each of the past two seasons, SMS has a viable claim as the top women’s basketball program in the state.

Tigers undefeated but still uneasy

Missouri’s 3-0 start is not much of a surprise.

These Tigers, the Associated Press Poll says, are the No. 3 team in the country. Almost every preseason prognosticator picked Missouri to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Stoops rebuts on BCS

The sports world’s water-cooler debate of the year raged on Monday, making its way to the Big 12 Conference football coaches’ teleconference.

Criticism of college football’s Bowl Championship Series, which determines which teams will play for the national championship, has run rampant since its inception in 1998, but it reached its peak Sunday when top-ranked Southern California was snubbed in favor of Louisiana State and Oklahoma.

Cougars make admirable run

Melinda Wrye-Washington says she isn’t a miracle worker. After last weekend, that’s a little harder to believe.

Wrye-Washington, Columbia College’s fourth-year volleyball coach, took a battered Cougars team and orchestrated an improbable march through the NAIA National Tournament in San Diego that nearly ended with the program earning its fourth national title since 1998. The Cougars finished 44-7 and advanced to the finals before losing to Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 3-1.

As expected, Tigers head for Shreveport

It was the worst kept secret in Columbia.

Glen Krupica, executive director of the Independence Bowl, made official what many Missouri fans knew to be true for the past few weeks.

Missouri vs. Arkansas appealing matchup

Missouri against Arkansas is like Romeo and Juliet according to Missouri coach Gary Pinkel.

“It’s like a perfect match,” Pinkel said.

Eight Big 12 bowl teams emerge from scramble

As soon as everything seemed to be falling into place, it all changed.

Kansas State’s 35-7 upset against then-No. 1 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference title game Saturday muddied the bowl picture, but the bowl bids are set at last and the Big 12 is well represented.

Paulding struggling to reach top form

The slashing, explosive Rickey Paulding that Missouri fans have grown accustomed to has been conspicuously absent in the past two games.

After scoring 21 points in the season opener Nov. 29 against Oakland, Paulding’s output has dropped to seven and eight points in the past two games. His scoring has dropped to 12 points per game from last season’s 17.4, and he committed as many turnovers (seven) as he scored points against Coppin State on Tuesday.

Robinson lifts Gold past Black

The question was not if Missouri would win, but which Missouri would win.

Alisha Robinson led the Gold to a 191.4-191.175 win in the Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage Sunday at Hearnes Center.

Missouri rallies to remain perfect

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -– Scoreboards are menacing. For most of Missouri’s matchup against Indiana on Saturday, Assembly Hall’s old school scoreboard loomed over the Missouri basketball team with a taunting tally.

Despite trailing Indiana for all but three minutes, the No. 4 Tigers rallied for a 63-58 win. Missouri dodged an upset and earned its fourth straight 3-0 start.

Tigers learn bowl destination today

It’s about time for the Missouri football team to start making its holiday travel plans.

The Tigers will find out this afternoon where they are headed for their first bowl game since 1998. Missouri’s bowl destination will be announced today at a reception in the Tiger Lounge on the third floor of the Memorial Stadium press tower. The event is free and open to the public.

Wildcats surprise Sooners

By MAUREEN FULTON

sports@columbiamissourian.com

Weary Stars falter against Saints

A quick, aggressive team that thrives on points off turnovers can dominate if it faces a team without fresh legs.

The Maryville University Saints used their quickness on offense and defense to pull away from a tired Stephens Stars team, winning 105-50 on Saturday at Silverthorne Arena.

Cougars win thriller

If Aaron Edwards keeps this up, he might have a new best friend in Columbia College coach Bob Burchard.

Edwards hit his second winning and buzzer-beating shot in seven days to give the Cougars an 83-82 double-overtime victory against Bellevue University on Friday night.

Columbia College flat in loss

After an upset victory against Oklahoma Christian, the Columbia College women’s basketball team suffered an emotional letdown Saturday.

The Cougars were outhustled for the majority of the game and a late rally fell short as Ohio Dominican held on for an 89-79 win at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Hickman falls in first game

Jim Sutherland wasn’t sure what to expect.

After losing five seniors from last year’s team, the Hickman boys’ basketball coach entered the season with plenty of questions.

Hickman rallies to top Kickapoo

Lauren Harris, a senior forward, watched from the bench in the second quarter. That’s when she realized what it would take to win the game for the Hickman Kewpies.

“Defense wins games,” Harris said. “I knew it was time to D-up.”

Tigers ready to start season

There is no better way to start a season than against familiar competition.

The Missouri women’s gymnastics team has a Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage at 2 p.m. today in Hearnes Center. The event is open to the public and will be the first time this season Tigers gymnasts will compete in front of judges and fans.

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