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Girls Basketball: Helias girls open season with win against Blair Oaks

It was about what you’d expect from a season opener. For most of the first quarter Tuesday night, the Helias Lady Crusaders couldn’t stop fouling and the Blair Oaks couldn’t stop turning the ball over.

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Missouri heads to Arkansas looking for sixth victory

COLUMBIA — Last year, when the Missouri football team played Arkansas in a regular-season finale, it did so hoping to punch a ticket to a postseason game. This year, the same is true. That’s about all that hasn’t changed.

MU's Baggett still aiming for points record

COLUMBIA — At the beginning of the year, it looked as if the only thing that could stop Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett from setting the school scoring record was an injury. Or maybe a bad year.

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Area football players named to all-district list

Several area football players have been selected to the 2015 All-Central District team in their respective classes by the members of the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Prep Football: Predicting the championship games

We’re down to the Final 12.

This Week in the SEC for Nov. 27-28, 2015

Here's a preview of SEC football games scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27-28, 2015.

Boys Basketball: Tuscumbia downs Bunceton

TUSCUMBIA — The Tuscumbia Lions opened the season Tuesday with a 73-17 win against Bunceton.

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Cutler, Bears hold off Packers at rainy Lambeau Field

Jay Cutler threw for 200 yards and a score and the Chicago Bears held off the Green Bay Packers on fourth-and-goal from the 8 with 22 seconds left for a 17-13 victory Thursday night.

Blue Tigers nearly pull off the upset

KANSAS CITY — Lincoln put a scare into Division I foe UMKC on Wednesday night, but the Blue Tigers’ last-second shot attempt at the upset was just off the mark.

Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Nov. 26, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Kalani Brown scored 13 points and No. 5 Baylor played stifling defense to rout Cincinnati 72-34 in the opening game of the Junkanoo Jam on Thursday.

Thursday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Nov. 26, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Danuel House scored 19 points, and No. 25 Texas A&M edged No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61 on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

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Panthers still perfect, Romo hurt again in 33-14 Dallas loss

Cam Newton is still perfect this season. Tony Romo might be out for good with the same injury that sidelined him for seven games.

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Stafford throws 5 TD passes, Lions beat Eagles 45-14

Matthew Stafford dropped back and perfectly lofted the ball where only Calvin Johnson could catch it.

Thursday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Nov. 26, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott struggled to even-par 71s in the hot, windy opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday, leaving them five strokes behind leader Lincoln Tighe.

Pressure Cooker: SEC coaches face unyielding pressure to win

Coaching is a result-oriented business, and maybe more so than anywhere else in college football, pressure from Southeastern Conference fans and administrators is rooted in "What have you done for me lately?"

Chiefs keep grinding away with unheralded running backs

DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer

Just about anybody can carry the ball effectively for the Kansas City Chiefs these days. Even a 346-pound defensive tackle.

Case Keenum returns to practice for Rams, still not cleared

Case Keenum returned to St. Louis Rams practice on a limited basis after missing one workout because of a concussion.

Rams WR Bailey has surgery after being shot in Florida

Many St. Louis Rams players woke to the news that Stedman Bailey had been shot in the head. They were relieved to learn the wide receiver is expected to recover.

Redskins could play twice in London next season

Facing Bengals and Rams

The Washington Redskins could become the first NFL team to play two games in London in one season — in consecutive weeks, no less.

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Malkin scores in OT to lift Penguins over Blues 4-3

All is right with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby.