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Gage catches on in NFL

Justin Gage always knew he could play in the National Football League.

One thing he didn’t know was that it would happen this fast and with this much success. Gage, a former Missouri receiver and small forward on the Tigers’ basketball team, enters today’s game against the Rams at Soldier Field as Chicago’s newest big-play threat.

Smith overshadows McNeal

What was supposed to be a showdown between similar quarterbacks turned into a no contest.

Missouri quarterback Brad Smith held up his end of the bargain, but his counterpart, Texas A&M’s Reggie McNeal struggled before giving way to backup Dustin Long in Missouri’s 45-22 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Abron tops list for TDs, scoring

When senior tailback Zack Abron carries the ball, 1-yard runs often become 3- or 4-yard gains. On Saturday, Abron got two for one.

With a 2-yard run in the first quarter, Abron broke Missouri’s all-time scoring record and touchdown record. Abron has scored 234 points in his career, passing Corby Jones’ 228. Abron also passed Jones on the touchdown list, scoring his 39th.

Cougars advance to AMC final

The Cougars advanced in the American Midwest Conference Tournament. Columbia College beat the Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars 30-17, 30-20, 30-17 in the semifinals Thursday at Southwell Arena.

Quarterbacks mirror images

After a steady diet of dropback passers such as Jason White, B.J. Symons and Joel Klatt, the Missouri defense will see a quarterback reminiscent of Brad Smith on Saturday.

Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M’s athletic sophomore quarterback, presents the Tigers with a challenge they usually see only in practice: a quarterback with the ability to run and pass.

Tekotte focused on team

Throughout the season, the hype and excitement surrounding Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton might have overshadowed the Hickman Kewpies, specifically quarterback Blake Tekotte.

By the end of the season, though, Tekotte and the Kewpies dominated their district opponents and earned their first trip to the playoffs since 2000.

Klein reaches Region V title match

The game had stood in Columbia College’s way for too long.

For the first time in John Klein’s four-year coaching tenure, the Cougars won in the NAIA Region V semifinal, defeating Baker 1-0 on Thursday at Owens Soccer Stadium.

MU lineup almost set

Replacing Kerensa Barr at point guard was the priority for the Missouri women’s basketball team in the offseason.

Barr, who has the Missouri record with 489 assists, was the Tigers undisputed floor leader the past three seasons. She is the only starter from last year’s team not returning and her graduation last spring left many wondering who could fill her shoes.

Semifinal crucial step to Cougars

For Columbia College, the Region V semifinal has been the showstopper.

John Klein, in his fourth season as Cougars men’s soccer coach, has three conference titles and has never lost more than eight games in a season. Ultimately, he says he wants to send the team to the national tournament, but for three straight seasons his team’s hopes have abruptly ended in the semifinal.

Jaguars hope to avoid turnovers

Turnovers cost teams wins, and perhaps nobody can echo that sentiment more than Paul Day.

Day, Fort Zumwalt West’s coach, has seen his team commit 30 turnovers. The Jaguars (4-6) improved dramatically in Class 6 District 5 play when they committed four.The Jaguars, who are minus 13 in turnovers, will try to hold on to the ball when they play Hickman (7-3) in the Class 6 quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Four Kewps make choices

Head over to the MU Student Recreation Center and you are likely to find Hickman guards Jodi and Amy Bolerjack shooting around as their father, Paul Bolerjack, stands under the basket and feeds the ball back to his daughters.

Jodi and Amy Bolerjack each make 1,200 shots a day. On weekends, the twins will spend up to four hours shooting around. Adding in a few misses here and there, Jodi estimates she probably shoots 1,500 shots each day.

Missouri counting on recruits

Signing day took on more importance than usual for the Missouri women’s basketball team Tuesday.

With five seniors, including four expected to be mainstays in the starting lineup, the Tigers began to look to the future by securing letters of intent from three high school seniors.

Cougars maintain intensity

There was no slow start or early jitters. The Columbia College men’s basketball team was good from start to finish on Wednesday.

The Cougars defeated Missouri Valley 83-63 in their home opener at Southwell Gymnasium.

Preseason awards praise Paulding

The buzz surrounding Ricky Paulding is growing louder every day.

Named to the Wooden and Naismith Award watch lists, the Missouri guard is on everyone’s radar screen for player of the year honors. On Wednesday, Paulding earned a spot on the Associated Press preseason All-American list.

Missouri can’t stop Wildcats

As a young team, Missouri is learning how to finish matches off. It still has a ways to go.

Kansas State rallied to defeat Missouri 27-30, 19-30, 31-29, 30-20, 15-9 at Hearnes Center. No. 5 Kansas St. leads the Big 12 Conference and has won seven straight matches against Missouri (16-9, 9-7).

Setting favors Tigers

Two factors favor the Missouri football team against Texas A&M this weekend. The Tigers have no ranking in front of their name, and they are playing on Faurot Field.

MU is 1-3 when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and 0-3 against Big 12 Conference teams on the road.

Tigers’ recruits Grimes, Horton sign

Wednesday marked the beginning of the early signing period for college recruits, and two of Missouri coach Quin Snyder’s four recruits have signed on.

Kalen Grimes, a power forward from Hazelwood Central High in St. Louis, signed with the Tigers at a press conference at the school Wednesday morning. Guard Jason Horton signed at Cedar Hill High in surburban Dallas.

Nash dances from critics

When Damien Nash reached the end zone after dancing his way through the Colorado defense for a 48-yard touchdown reception Saturday, he breathed a sigh of relief.

“It felt good,” Nash said. “It felt like me back again. I just felt like myself again. It felt really good.”

Ford nearly perfect in Cougars’ victory

Tuesday night’s American Midwest Conference quarterfinal featured possibly the most nerve-racking 29-point game in the history of college volleyball.

Late in the second game of Columbia College’s 30-10, 30-1, 30-2 victory against Harris-Stowe at Southwell Arena, Cougars outside hitter Tracie Ford stood behind the service line, the same spot she had been since the game’s first serve. Ford had served all of Columbia College’s 29 points, and with one more she would have a perfect game.

Leadership key for Tigers

Eager for the comfort of game time, the Missouri men’s basketball team got its first taste of competition Monday night. The Tigers left feeling anything but satisfied.

After touting the Tigers’ newfound depth throughout the preseason, Missouri coach Quin Snyder said this year’s team wouldn’t face the same leadership questions it has in years past.

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