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Girls Basketball: Helias frosh in tourney

The Helias Lady Crusaders freshman teambeat the Linn JV 42-23 in the Blair Oaks JV Tournament on Saturday.

Wrestling: Falotico wins title

Frankie Falotico of Blair Oaks captured individual honors Saturday at the Brookfield Tournament.

Press Box: Torn about importance of deflated footballs

News Tribune Sports Commentary

The world will really do anything to avoid caring about the Pro Bowl, won’t it? Just hours after championship Sunday ran its course, the sports Internet started buzzing about the Patriots using deflated balls in their romp past the Colts to become AFC champions.

CFP trophy on display on Monday

The 2015 College Football Playoff trophy, which will be awarded to next season’s college football national champion, will be available for viewing Monday in Jefferson City.

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Youth archery tourney held

More than 400 archers from 15 schools participated Saturday in the Central Missouri Parochial Athletic League (PAL) tournament at St. Martins, Mo.

Youth Wrestling: Tri-Cap Club

The Tri-Cap Wrestling Club hosted its 27th annual tournament Saturday at Helias.

Youth Wrestling: Jays Kids Club

The Jays Kids Club took part in the Tri-Cap Tournament on Saturday at Helias.

Coach K goes for 1,000th career win vs. St. John’s

Mike Krzyzewski is on the verge of yet another coaching milestone.

Free reloading class from MDC

Reloading cartridges is a great way to enjoy your firearms. Now that factory ammunition costs have risen, it may be worth the time and effort to learn how to reload your own ammunition.

Selig says MLB could expand internationally

Bud Selig began his 8,173rd and final day in charge of baseball by waking up in a Manhattan hotel, having breakfast and working out. After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity, he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries.

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond

To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game. His teammates loved him, and his list of admirers ranged from Barack Obama to Pearl Jam to athletes all over the sports world.

Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'

Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.

Driftwood Outdoors: Litter cleanup offers great winter outdoors activity

Taking part in a community cleanup is a great way to spend time outdoors during winter, while meeting new people who share your dedication to living litter free.

Matt Kuchar stumbles in, gives away Humana Challenge lead

Matt Kuchar's ball crashed into the rocks at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains and shot sideways into the All-American Canal.

Weber's 108.5-mph blast gives him hardest shot at NHL skills

Not that they did before, but it's official now: No one wants to get in front of Shea Weber's shot. The Nashville Predators defenseman fired the hardest shot of 108.5 mph at the NHL All-Stars skills competition on Saturday night, taking advantage of five-time champion Zdeno Chara's absence.

Sharapova, Bouchard into quarterfinals at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard will meet in the Australian Open quarterfinals after advancing with contrasting wins on Sunday.

Action Express suffers setback in Rolex 24 at Daytona

Defending winner Action Express Racing suffered a setback one third of the way through the Rolex 24 at Daytona when the car lost fuel pressure with Joao Barbosa behind the wheel.

Ashley Wagner wins 3rd US title with record-setting scores

Ashley Wagner won her third U.S. title, bouncing back better than ever from last year's miserable performance.

Saturday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Jan. 24, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: Zach Randolph had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Green scored 18 as the Memphis Grizzlies coasted to a 101-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Jones, Bradley hold off Missouri St. for 61-59 win

Warren Jones scored 16 points, including a late 3-pointer, and Bradley withstood a second-half rally by Missouri State for a 61-59 win on Saturday night.