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Cougars in foul mood in win

It was an aggressive night for the Columbia College soccer team.

In a game littered with fouls, the Cougars defeated Benedictine 5-1 on Tuesday at Owens Soccer Stadium.

Delaney silences Hickman hitters

The Kewpies got two hits and one runner to third base in a 4-0 loss to Helias on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Outfielder Shana White reached third in the first inning, but she was stranded, and Helias pitcher Lauren Delaney took over. Delaney, a sophomore, had 16 strikeouts and one walk.

Bunts hurt Bruins in loss

Bad starts are difficult to overcome, whether it’s giving up early runs or leaving the umpire with a bad first impression.

The Rock Bridge softball team did a little of both in its 6-4 loss to Fulton on Tuesday night at Rock Bridge.

Kewps 3rd, Bruins 7th at Classic

Hickman finished third and Rock Bridge finished seventh in the Smith-Cotton Classic at Sedalia on Tuesday.

Notre Dame (Kansas City), the defending Class 2 state champion, led the field of 23 teams with a 339. Hickman shot a 361 and the Bruins shot a 383.

Bruins score early, often

David Graham told his Rock Bridge soccer team to start quickly.

It listened, and it did.

Kewps’ Pleimann victorious again

Payge Pleimann is going to need a longer string.Pleimann won medalist on Tuesday at L.A. Nickell Golf Course, adding another bead to her string, which is close to full.

It’s the fourth straight match Pleimann has led the field. The Kewpies shot 172 to win the triangular meet. Rock Bridge finished second with a 182, and Mexico shot a 278.

Pinkel won’t be caught in the hype

Gary Pinkel doesn’t care much for rankings, even when his team is in them.

It would be an understatement to say Pinkel played down his Missouri football team’s No. 23 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 released on Sunday.

Pesky Bruins fall to Class 2 powerhouse

Some nights, even a team’s best effort isn’t enough.

That was the case on Monday night at Rock Bridge as defending state volleyball champion and perennial powerhouse Hermann rolled to a 25-17, 25-18 victory against the Bruins.

Kewpies overcome slow start

A sick player and another slow start could not stop Hickman from continuing its winning streak.

The Kewpies fell behind early and overcame Paige Ely’s departure to defeat Cole Camp 25-17, 25-20 on Monday at Hickman.

Arena slowly taking shape

The University of Missouri’s new arena looks like something between a giant hole in the ground and an abandoned interpretation of the Coliseum.

The concourse looks down into a mud hole. Steel trusses jut in different directions. Ladders are the only connection between levels. Wood beams support and divide the club level from the main concourse level from the suite level.

Bruins capitalize on Bearcat errors

Catching the softball is just as important as hitting it. Rock Bridge’s play Monday night bolsters that theory.

The Bruins (4-6) defeated Hermann 8-0 at Rock Bridge despite being outhit 8-6. Half of Rock Bridge’s runs were unearned thanks to three errors and several other defensive miscues by the Bearcats.

A special victory for Bruins’ Loeb

Rock Bridge's win Monday against Helias was typicial in many ways, except one.

The defending state champion Bruins sweep the match 9-0, but it was the fifth shutout for them this season. It was special for coach Ben Loeb, though, who earned his 399th victory in Columbia with the win. Loeb goes for his 400th win today at Jefferson City.

Grounding it out

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.

Juric tested at tournament

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 .

Tigers joining school’s best at many levels

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.

Return gets KC going

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.

Pointed turnaround

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.

Olivo thrilled to be honored

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.

Shutout boosts Tigers’ defense

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.

Hibbets makes two special plays

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.

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