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For the third straight year, the Missouri-Kansas matchup will end the regular season of both basketball teams, but it may not be the best matchup on Missouri’s 2003-04 schedule.

Worley key in Kewps’ win

Hickman’s Stefani Worley called her pitching performance against Smith-Cotton on Wednesday her worst of the season. Fortunately for the Kewpies, her worst was still good enough to win.

“(My) pitching was weaker than usual,” she said. “We’re going to have those. My offense really came through for me today.”

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The Missouri women’s soccer team entered the national ratings this week at No. 25 in the NSCAA/Adidas poll. Missouri (4-0) came close to making the SoccerTimes.com top-25 listing, ranked No. 26 with 31 votes. Missouri is the No. 5 ranked team in the NSCAA/Adidas Central Region rankings.

Kristen Heil is the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Heil, a junior forward, received the accolade after winning MVP of the Tiger Invitational last weekend. Heil has three goals and six points on the year.

Daly quits job as Mavs GM

Pat Daly, the Maverick's general manager and vice president, resigned Tuesday. The resignation becomes effective Sept. 22.

Tigers’ defense looking to force turnover issue

According to Nino Williams, he should have sat out the Missouri football team’s win against Ball State on Saturday.

Although Williams, a junior free safety, led the Tigers with nine tackles, the defense forced one fumble but did not recover it.

Kewpies swing by Eagles

During the summer, Hickman girls’ golf coach Doug Steinhoff asked his team if it wanted to have fun or work hard to earn a state berth. Six matches into the season, the Kewpies are proving they can have both.

The Kewpies beat the Southern Boone County Eagles 165-223 on Tuesday at L.A. Nickell.

New-look Bruins defeat Bulldogs

Coach Ben Loeb got a look at his future Rock Bridge tennis team.

Four Bruins, including three freshmen, moved up from the junior varsity and helped the Bruins defeat Mexico 9-0 on Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

Early goal helps Kewpies roll

Hickman’s fluke goal early in the first half got the momentum going in its direction.

The rest of the game was anything but a fluke as Hickman went on to beat Smith-Cotton 5-0 at Cosmopolitan Park on Tuesday.

Discretion over valor

Sophomore quarterback Brad Smith doesn’t remember what happened in the first half of Missouri’s win against Ball State, but he might have learned an important lesson from it.

MU coach Gary Pinkel will not comment on injuries, but Smith is expected to play Saturday against Eastern Illinois in the Tigers’ home opener.

Tarpoff given probation

Nick Tarpoff, a former Missouri defensive lineman, will serve no jail time for his felony conviction and is continuing his football career this season at a Division II school in Texas.

Judge Gene Hamilton suspended the imposition of Tarpoff’s sentence in Boone County Circuit Court on Monday, and Tarpoff received five years of supervised probation for possession of an illegal weapon.

Stoops works another fake

Nobody will call Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops’ a conservative coach any time soon.

Stoops made sure of that Saturday when he called for a fake punt on fourth-and-10 from the Sooners’ 31 against Alabama. The Sooners, leading 13-10, converted when punter Blake Ferguson hit Michael Thompson on a 22-yard pass play. On the next play, quarterback Jason White threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jones, and Oklahoma went on to win 20-13.

Tigers gaining momentum

The Missouri’s women’s soccer team asserted its dominance early and never looked back.

The Tigers defeated the Arizona Wildcats 3-1 on Sunday to clinch the championship of the Tiger Invitational. Missouri beat the Purdue Boilermakers 2-1 on Friday night giving them two wins this weekend to improve to 4-0.

MU’s one and only turnover: attitude

MUNCIE, Ind. — After a relatively easy win against Ball State on Saturday, Missouri receiver Darius Outlaw sounded quite familiar. Outlaw was his usual, jovial self, but the serious tone of what he was saying sounded much like MU coach Gary Pinkel.

Attitudes are changing around the Tigers, and each week it becomes more evident. Missouri improved to 2-0 with its 35-7 rout, and for the first time since 1975 opened the season with consecutive road wins. Most teams would be thrilled to start the season with a pair of wins and a legitimate chance to start the season 5-0,but not this team.

Holmes shines in return

KANSAS CITY – Lamar Hunt, the Kansas City Chiefs’ owner, got the game ball Sunday, and he earned it.

The Chiefs’ offseason moves, re-signing running back Priest Holmes and adding defensive end Vonnie Holliday and linebacker Shawn Barber, paid off.

Missouri golfers seven off lead

The Missouri women’s golf team is second after the first day of the Illinois State Redbird Fall Classic on Sunday, seven shots behind Illinois State. The Tigers shot a 302 in both rounds, trailing the Redbirds, who tallied a 292 and a 305 to finish at 597.

Junior Maria Ohlsson and sophomore Denise Knaebel led MU with 149s, leaving them tied for third in the individual standings. Laura Cross of Southern Methodist University leads the field with a 143.

Tigers stay ‘Sonny’ in win

MUNCIE, Ind. –- Brad Smith had one of the best halves of his career Saturday. It’s too bad for him he doesn’t remember it.

Smith, Missouri’s “Heisman Trophy Candidate quarterback” according to Ball State’s public address announcer, suffered a mild concussion late in the second quarter of the Tigers’ 35-7 victory and did not play the rest of the game.

Riccio eases concerns

MUNCIE, Ind. — It was every Missouri fan’s biggest fear. What happens if Brad Smith gets hurt?

The questions aren’t fully answered, but the Tigers got a good idea of what they can do without No. 16 behind center on Saturday.

Rock Bridge can’t handle St. Joseph’s

This time Rock Bridge couldn’t match St. Joseph’s Academy’s abundance of talent.

Despite making it to the finals of the Great 8 Tennis Tournament for the first time on Saturday, the Bruins fell to St. Joe’s 8-1 once they got there.

Cardinals run into Tigers’ wall

MUNCIE, Ind. — The Missouri defense heard the whispers about its inability to stop the run after Illinois tailback Ibrahim Halsey torched the Tigers for 139 yards in the season opener.

Missouri made it a priority to turn the whispers into silence against Ball State on Saturday.

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