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Girls Basketball: Iberia 45, St. Elizabeth 36

Iberia used a huge third quarter to capture a 45-36 win against St. Elizabeth on Monday.

Girls Basketball: Richland 66, Vienna 51

The Richland Lady Bears snagged a 66-51 win against Vienna on Monday night.

Boys Basketball: Prairie Home 74, Calvary 68

Prairie Home rallied from a first-quarter deficit to claim a 74-68 win against Calvary Lutheran in boys basketball action Monday.

Blair Oaks sophs, frosh win

The Blair Oaks sophomore and freshman teams both captured wins against Southern Boone on Monday night.

Girls Basketball: Russellville 44, Linn 39

The Russellville Lady Indians used a balanced attack to capture a 44-39 win against Linn on Monday night.

California girls top Versailles

Heading into Monday night’s game against Versailles, the California Lady Pintos had lost four straight games since upsetting then-No. 1 in Class 4 Carl Junction in the Eldon Tournament semifinals Jan. 29.

Girls Basketball: Fatima 68, Tuscumbia 63

Sparked by a big game from Courtney Wolfe, the Fatima Lady Comets captured a 68-63 win against Tuscumbia on Monday night.

Wilde goes 14-of-14 on free throws in Blair Oaks win

Sydney Wilde pumped in 23 points, including a perfect 14-of-14 effort from the free-throw line, to lead Blair Oaks to a 61-50 win against Hallsville on Monday.

UConn women top South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — UConn coach Gene Auriemma smiled at his three senior starters, savoring the latest virtuoso performance on the big stage by Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson — and fretting about their departure next season.

Falcons cut Moore, Durant

The Atlanta Falcons have released a pair of defensive starters in longtime safety William Moore and linebacker Justin Durant.

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Anderson holding Missouri players accountable

COLUMBIA — The disciplinary issues that plagued the Missouri men’s basketball team during Kim Anderson’s first season as head coach seemed to have subsided for most of his second go-round.

Oklahoma tops Texas

Buddy Hield’s 3-pointer from the corner with 1.3 seconds remaining lifted No. 3 Oklahoma to a 63-60 victory against No. 24 Texas on Monday night.

Will Osweiler step in as Manning steps out in Denver?

SAN FRANCISCO — One of the biggest winners from the Super Bowl didn’t even take a snap. Brock Osweiler is a free agent the Broncos probably can’t afford to lose if Peyton Manning retires. And judging by how much the five-time NFL MVP’s game has deteriorated through age and injury, a decision to do anything but leave pro football as a champion would be foolhardy.

Super Bowl a big day for Las Vegas

So you thought the Panthers and Broncos would put up a lot more points in Super Bowl 50, that Carolina quarterback Cam Newton would score at least once and probably be named the game’s most valuable player? So did a lot of people, and that had Nevada sportsbooks smiling a day after they took in a record $132.5 million in wagers on the big game.

Budweiser didn’t pay for Manning’s shout out

LOS ANGELES — No, Anheuser-Busch didn’t pay Peyton Manning to say he’d be drinking a lot of Budweiser after winning the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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Manning spoils his fans again with title No. 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Everyone got spoiled. During two decades of watching Peyton Manning play on the biggest stages, fans became numb to all he could do — the way he dissected defenses with clinical precision, the way he rewrote the record book, even the way he came back from a neck injury that was supposed to be career-ending. Then this.

Blues place Pietrangelo on IR

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has been placed on injured reserve with a right knee injury the team said will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

College Basketball: Cougars nab win

The Columbia College Cougars posted a 79-54 win against the Hannibal-LaGrange Trojans on Saturday.

Bower takes third in pole vault

Missouri Southern’s Melanie Bower placed third in the pole vault in the Missouri Southern Invitational that took place Friday and Saturday.

Offbeat humor and upbeat messages dominate Super Bowl 50 ads

From a strange creature called “Puppymonkeybaby” to a tear-inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages.