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BYU seeing if Clemons cheated

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Brigham Young University is reviewing correspondence courses taken by former Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons, after allegations by the athlete’s former girlfriend that he received improper academic help, a spokeswoman for the Utah institution said Thursday.

Clemons accumulated nine credit hours by taking three correspondence courses from Brigham Young while he was enrolled during summer 2002 at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan.

MTSU tougher than it looks

With Big 12 Conference play and a matchup with Kansas a week away, it would be easy for the Missouri football team to look past Middle Tennessee State.

At first glance, the Blue Raiders are on the same level as Ball State and Eastern Illinois, teams the No. 23 Tigers defeated handily. Middle Tennessee State is 0-3 and plays in the Sun Belt Conference. The Blue Raiders’ losses, however, haven’t been to teams like Eastern Illinois, but to two of the nation’s more recognized programs.

Hickman hosts early challenge

Home-field advantage is a luxury the Hickman Kewpies football team has been able to live without, but with the No. 1 team in Missouri coming into town, the Kewpies are hoping it can’t hurt.

The Kewpies (2-0) welcome the Blue Springs Wildcats (2-0) to Hickman for the Kewpies’ first home game of the season at 7 tonight. The Wildcats, the top-ranked team in Class 6, will present coach Greg Nesbitt’s team with an early challenge.

Tigers’ option to challenge Bruins

The first few plays of practice went quietly. Then the offense gained yards, and the coaching staff started working.

The Rock Bridge football team focused on defense in preparation for tonight’s game at Kirksville at 7.

Turnovers cost Kewpies

Hickman coach Greg Nesbitt knows why his team lost Friday night.

“Turnovers,” Nesbitt said. “Period.”

Abron rushing to records

Zack Abron can’t fathom how far his legs have carried him in his football career, but it’s not for lack of trying.

Tigers swimmers seeking more success

Even though the Missouri swimming and diving team is coming off a record season and is a year and a half away from moving into a new facility, Rebecca Wolfe, a Tigers senior, says she wants more.

Wolfe won a Big 12 Conference championship last season in the 200-yard butterfly and holds the school record in the event. Finishing 24th in the event in the preliminaries of last year’s NCAA Championships disappoints her, though. It was the second time she swam in the meet.

Loeb reaches 400 victories

Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb reached a milestone Tuesday at Jefferson City.

The Bruins defeated the Jays 9-0 for Loeb’s 400th tennis win in his 15th year in coaching.

Missouri looks to shake off early rust

Gary Pinkel has no problem waking up. Most nights he doesn’t make it past 3 a.m. before he wakes up. His offense, though, has made a habit of sleeping in.

Missouri has had few problems winning its past two games, but a lack of early game offense has given Pinkel some tense moments.

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.

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