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Tigers avoid distractions while preparing for Volunteers

For most teams, the days leading into a storied coach’s final home game would be ripe for distraction. For Missouri, they’ve been practically dull.

Blair Oaks falls to John Burroughs in Class 3 football semis

John Burroughs defeated Blair Oaks 31-18 in Saturday's Class 3 semifinal football game.

Rams' Long, Quinn both listed as questionable for Sunday

Defensive end Chris Long is optimistic about returning to action after being out since Oct. 11 with a broken bone in his right knee.

NCAA denies appeal of 1-year suspension for Florida's Grier

No. 8 Florida says the NCAA has denied quarterback Will Grier’s appeal of a one-year suspension for failing a drug test. Grier was suspended in mid-October, six games into the season, for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. The suspension is one calendar year and Grier was hoping to have it reduced.

Scott, Havlicek highlight 2015 College Basketball Hall of Fame class

It never occurred to Charlie Scott he would make history when he accepted a scholarship offer from Dean Smith to play basketball at North Carolina in the late 1960s.

Duke women's transfer attends road games in year off

Former Maryland point guard Lexie Brown is settling in at Duke, and the school has decided to make an unusual investment to help her transition. Brown, who led the Terrapins to the Final Four in her first two seasons, transferred to the Durham, N.C., school this summer to be closer to her home in Georgia.

College programs using headsets to simulate on-field environment

College football teams have been using virtual reality as a training tool, putting players in an interactive 360-degree environment without having to be on the field. A handful of programs are using it for a new purpose: Recruiting.

Corbett father, son officiate a Division I game together

Ed Corbett has officiated hundreds, maybe a thousand, college basketball games. From games that are played in front of hundreds of fans to the sport’s biggest stage — the Final Four. On Thursday night, Ed Corbett worked a game unlike any other for him: His son, Ed Jr., was assigned to officiate with him.

Comets learning from losses in Jamboree

The points weren’t there for the Fatima Comets in Friday night’s Jamboree at Helias, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic.

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Lady Falcons fall in Jamboree contests

It was a rough start to the season for the Blair Oaks girls basketball team Friday. But the Lady Falcons showed an ability to double down, even if it wasn’t quite enough.

Jays cruise to wins at Jamboree

If Friday night is any indication, the Jefferson City Jays are itching to get the basketball season started.

Bunch stars for Fatima at Jamboree

Fatima head coach Matt Baker knows what senior Sammey Bunch means to this season’s team. Fatima went 1-2 in Friday’s Jamboree held at Helias. Their lone triumph was a 19-14 win against Blair Oaks in the final scrimmage of the evening.

Lady Crusaders get Eagan era off on right foot

Helias coach Sarah Eagan couldn’t have asked for a much better start to her run as the Lady Crusaders basketball coach. Helias won all three of its 12-minute scrimmages in Friday’s Jamboree at Helias.

Blair Oaks plays in Jamboree with less than full roster

Missing 80 percent of its starting lineup, it’s safe to say the Blair Oaks boys basketball team will look quite different in a few weeks than it did Friday night in the Jamboree at Helias.

Lady Jays start strong in Jamboree

The Jefferson City Lady Jays started strong in the annual Jamboree event Friday night at Helias. The Lady Jays jumped out to a combined 27-2 start in their first two contests against Blair Oaks and Fatima.

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Helias offense shines at Jamboree

Friday night’s Jamboree hosted by Helias gave the home team a little bit of a surprise.

Friday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Nov. 20, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: Anthony Davis had 20 points and 18 rebounds in his return from a sore shoulder, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs 104-90 on Friday night for their second victory of the season.

Friday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Nov. 20, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Tyler Ulis scored a career-high 21 points, and No. 2 Kentucky beat Wright State 78-63 on Friday night.

Friday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Nov. 20, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Jeff Petry had his first two-goal game and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Friday night in goalie Carey Price's return from a lower-body injury.

Missouri freshman DT Beckner out for year with knee injury

Missouri freshman defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. will miss the rest of the season with torn ACL and MCL ligaments to his right knee.