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Norton leads Pintos past Bearcats

At Missouri National Guard Shootout

Drew Norton scored 13 points in the first 10 minutes, helping the California Pintos get off to a quick lead and hang on for a 61-44 victory over Hermann Saturday in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse.

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Blair Oaks girls post win against Harrisburg

Macyn Wilbers bounced back emphatically on Saturday, putting up a double-double in the Lady Falcons’ 56-53 defeat of Harrisburg in the Missouri National Guard Shootout.

Jamestown tops Calvary in OT

At Missouri National Guard Shootout

Jamestown let a 12-point lead slip through its fingers in the final five minutes of regulation, but regrouped in overtime and squeaked out a 52-50 win against the Calvary Lutheran Lions at Fleming Fieldhouse.

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California girls down Hermann

At Missouri National Guard Shootout

California held Hermann scoreless in the second quarter Saturday on its way to a 49-39 win in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse.

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New Bloomfield girls overpower Jamestown

At Missouri National Guard Shootout

New Bloomfield used its height to its advantage and placed three players in double figures as the Lady Wildcats claimed a 54-40 win Saturday against Jamestown in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse.

Jays have four champs at wrestling tourney

The Jefferson City Jays had four individual champions and took second as a team in the Cape Girardeau Central Tiger Classic that concluded Saturday.

Blair Oaks takes 13th in wrestling tourney

Frankie Falotico captured individual honors as the Blair Oaks Falcons finished 13th in the team standings in the Battle of Lexington Tournament that concluded Saturday.

Press Box: Parents of players in college football semifinals should sacrifice

News Tribune Sports Commentary

It seems as if these parents are upset about the fact that instead of having to go to one bowl game this season, they may have to go to two if their son’s team wins its semifinal game and advances to the championship game.

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Burns gives Sharks 3-2 win over Blues in OT

Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 4:22 into overtime after Thornton assisted on San Jose's tying tally, and the Sharks rallied past the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Saturday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Defending funding for MDC

Before the 2015 Missouri Legislative Session could even begin, bills were pre-filed to repeal the conservation sales tax and to eliminate fees for fishing, hunting and trapping permits.

Missouri wide receiver to miss Citrus Bowl

Missouri wide receiver Jimmie Hunt will undergo surgery for a left shoulder injury and miss the Citrus Bowl.

Late-peaking Rams, Giants meet first time since 2011

Odell Beckham Jr. has been virtually unstoppable. The St. Louis Rams could just be the team to hold down the prolific New York Giants rookie.

Steelers look to lock up playoff spot vs. Chiefs

Ben Roethlisberger doesn't need to bother with the math, not matter how simple the equation. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback understands a win over Kansas City on Sunday sends his team back to the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Saturday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

NBA ROUNDUP: Monta Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, to spark a late rally as the Dallas Mavericks beat the depleted San Antonio Spurs 99-93 Saturday in Rajon Rondo's debut with the Mavericks.

Lincoln teams split against Nebraska-Kearney

Lizzie Nessling posted her first career double-double Saturday and the Lincoln Blue Tigers picked up their first Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association victory this season after claiming a 90-68 win against Nebraska-Kearney at Jason Gym. Meanwhile, the Lincoln men posted its highest point total this season, but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Tigers suffered a 95-85 loss to Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday.

Portis' 24 leads Arkansas past SE Missouri 84-67

Bobby Portis made the most of his homecoming to central Arkansas.

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

Eastern Michigan holds on to beat Missouri State 77-65

Karrington Ward scored 18 points and led his team with nine rebounds as Eastern Michigan held on to beat Missouri State 77-65 on Saturday.

Saturday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

NHL ROUNDUP: Derrick Pouliot scored in his NHL debut and Sidney Crosby ended his drought with a third-period goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

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Novak's 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ers

Philip Rivers prevailed through a balky back and a sore chest to keep San Diego's slim playoff chances alive. Those three interceptions in the season's second-to-last week will all but be forgotten if this improbable comeback somehow leads the Chargers into the postseason.