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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.

Tigers eager to begin new season

The wait is almost over.

After 42 days of practice, two scrimmages and two exhibitions, the Missouri men’s basketball team hasn’t played a game that matters. That changes Saturday when the No. 5 Tigers face Oakland University at 5 p.m. in Rochester, Mich.

ISU not what it used to be

The Iowa State Cyclones are hoping someone will look past them.

When Iowa State (2-9, 0-7 Big 12 Conference) plays Missouri at noon Saturday at Memorial Stadium, it will try to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Cyclones won their first two games against Northern Iowa and Ohio, and it is an understatement to say they have struggled since.

Crown on Tigers’ wish list

Missouri coach Cindy Stein likes to win, especially championships.

That is what Missouri will try to do starting today at the Oneida Bingo and Casino Holiday Tournament in Green Bay, Wis.

Ballard coming into own

Khamari Ballard’s basketball career has been a series of adjustments.

He was enrolled in four colleges before signing with Columbia College as a junior.

Bound for home

For most of the Missouri basketball team and its fans, the Tigers’ road to their season-opening game against Oakland University on Saturday is a long and unfamiliar one.

The 675 miles from Hearnes Center to Auburn Hills, Mich., feels like home to seniors and Detroit natives Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson.

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