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It’s a most unusual beginning. The Missouri Tigers kick off the 2013-14 basketball season without their head coach when they meet the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at 7 p.m. today at Mizzou Arena.
John Redmond wants to put Lincoln basketball back on the map. He believes he finally has the team to do it. “This is the first group I can honestly say I feel real confident about making some changes in Lincoln basketball,” the fifth-year men’s coach said. “I think they’re going to surprise a lot of people. The kids we have feel like they want to make a change, they want to get Lincoln basketball back where it’s supposed to be.”
E.J. Gaines is like most college football players — the Missouri senior wants to play in the NFL.
There’s a new man at the top.
It’s a luxury not many teams are afforded, not even in the mighty Southeastern Conference. “It’s very rare when your backup quarterback can play close to what the starter can play,” Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said Monday. But the Missouri Tigers have been blessed, as backup Maty Mauk has performed admirably while starter James Franklin has missed the last few weeks with a sprained right (throwing) shoulder.
Leads Missouri past Tennessee, 31-3
Maty Mauk eschewed efficiency in favor of effectiveness. Missouri’s redshirt freshman quarterback, making only his third collegiate start, completed just 12-of-25 attempts for 163 yards but tossed three of those completions for touchdowns as the No. 10 Tigers bounced back from their lone loss in style with a 31-3 victory against Tennessee on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 65,869 at Faurot Field.
There aren’t many firsts still available this late in the football season. But either the Lincoln Blue Tigers or Central Oklahoma Bronchos will notch a first when they meet at 2 p.m. today in Edmond, Okla.
The Tennessee Volunteers boast an accomplishment the Missouri Tigers can’t match.
A reversal of roles brought about the end of Jefferson City’s season.
Fancy seeing you again. Jefferson City and Rock Bridge will square off for the second consecutive week. There’s a little more on the line this time around. The third-seeded Jays (6-3) host the sixth-seeded Bruins (4-5) in the first round of the Class 6 District 3 Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday at Adkins Stadium.
Shane Ray wants to be better than Michael Sam. So does Kony Ealy, Markus Golden and the rest of the Missouri defensive line. That’s just the competitive nature of the Tigers’ best defensive unit, a group that has pushed Missouri near the top of the nation in a few major categories — sacks, tackles for a loss and rushing yards allowed.
There’s still plenty to play for. Sure, Missouri’s heartbreaking loss to South Carolina on Saturday ruined an undefeated season and likely killed any dreams of playing for a national championship. But as the No. 10 Tigers (7-1, 3-1 SEC) get set to host Tennessee (4-4, 1-3 SEC) at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN-TV) at Faurot Field, this season can still be one to remember.
Connor Shaw ruins Tigers' dream season
Missouri had one foot planted in Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference title game, holding a 17-point third-quarter lead. Then Connor Shaw happened, putting those plans on hold.
The Jays took care of business with a 31-21 victory against Rock Bridge at Wayne Sells Family Field, guaranteeing at least one playoff game at the friendly confines of Adkins Stadium.
Last two matchups have been oh so close
A combined five points have separated his Lincoln Blue Tigers from Fort Hays State in two meetings under Jones. Lincoln (1-6, 0-6 MIAA) looks to get over that hump when it hosts Fort Hays State (3-4, 2-4 MIAA) at 2:37 p.m. today at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
Are Tigers bound for Atlanta?
It wasn’t an unpopular opinion in 2012 that the Missouri Tigers didn’t belong in the Southeastern Conference. Fast forward to 2013, and those very same Tigers are just a win away from planting one foot in Atlanta for the SEC title game.
Frank Haith and Norm Stewart have shared conversations over the past couple years. Now the two will share the same court.
No. 9 Jefferson City (5-3) travels to Columbia to take on No. 10 Rock Bridge (4-4) at 7 p.m. Friday in a regular-season finale that has huge district seeding implications.
Best defensive lineman in the Southeastern Conference. Heisman Trophy candidate. No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Those are just a few of the superlatives that have been tossed around when it comes to Jadeveon Clowney, the imposing 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior defensive end for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
After 27 months of investigation, the NCAA finally levied its punishment against Missouri head basketball coach Frank Haith for his role in the University of Miami scandal.
Gary Pinkel just doesn’t care. Not about the quality of his football team. Just how outsiders view it. “For me honestly, I never looked at one poll,” the Missouri head coach said regarding his thoughts on the Tigers’ No. 5 ranking in both the BCS standings and the Associated Press poll. “I’ve got friends who throw texts at me. I don’t get caught up in it."
Missouri wasn’t supposed to do all of this. Not in the Southeastern Conference. Not against the league’s best defense. Not with a redshirt freshman making his first collegiate start at quarterback.
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What seemed beyond unfathomable just a couple weeks ago now seems a strong possibility. After consecutive wins against Georgia and Florida, the No. 14 Missouri Tigers are in the driver’s seat in the SEC East Division.
This one ranks right up there with the best of them. Another classic rivalry game between Jefferson City and Rockhurst ended with the Hawklets making that one extra play when it was most needed. After the No. 7 Jays stormed back from 10 points down at halftime to take a fourth-quarter lead, No. 8 Rockhurst scored a late touchdown to take a 20-16 decision Friday night at Adkins Stadium.
Mike Jones can finally breathe a sigh of relief. His Lincoln Blue Tigers just completed a stretch of three consecutive games against ranked opponents that now own a collective 18-0 record. The Blue Tigers were outscored by 110 points during that string of losses. Now Lincoln (1-5, 0-5 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) enters the softer portion of its schedule, beginning with today’s 1 p.m. contest at Nebraska-Kearney (1-5, 1-4 MIAA).
Today against Florida
Missouri announced itself as a legitimate Southeastern Conference East division contender with a statement victory against Georgia last Saturday. Now the No. 14 Tigers (6-0, 2-0 SEC) look to remain in the driver’s seat without their starting quarterback against No. 22 Florida (4-2, 3-1 SEC) today at Faurot Field (11:21 a.m., KMIZ-TV).
The Missouri Tigers hope this time around will be a little bit better.
Rockhurst, up there with Jefferson City as one of the most prestigious high-school football programs in Missouri, is mired in a down year by the nine-time state champions’ lofty standards. But don’t tell that to Jefferson City head coach Ted LePage, as his No. 7 Jays (5-2) host No. 8 Rockhurst (3-4) at 7 p.m. Friday at Adkins Stadium.
The Missouri Tigers showcased their talented group of newcomers during Tuesday night’s Black and Gold scrimmage at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri Tiger fans can back themselves off the collective ledge. Contrary to national media reports, Missouri starting quarterback James Franklin isn’t out for the season. The senior signal-caller will miss three to five weeks with a sprained right shoulder.
The Lincoln Blue Tigers are nearing the end of the gauntlet. Lincoln (1-4) faces its third ranked opponent in as many weeks as the Blue Tigers travel across the border to the west to take on No. 15 Washburn (5-0) at 1 p.m. today.
Sometimes the bounces just don’t go your way. The Calvary/Tolton soccer team found that out the hard way Thursday evening as the Lions dropped a 2-0 decision to the Southern Boone junior-varsity squad at the 63 Sports Complex.
The onus falls on the shoulders of Aaron Murray. Georgia’s senior quarterback looks to keep his Heisman Trophy aspirations and the Bulldogs’ national title hopes alive when they host Missouri in a matchup of ranked teams Saturday (11 a.m., ESPN-TV).
It’s a plight to which Missouri can certainly relate. After suffering a rash of injuries in their debut season in the Southeastern Conference a year ago, the Tigers know exactly how the banged-up Georgia Bulldogs are feeling heading into Saturday’s matchup of ranked teams (11 a.m., ESPN-TV).
The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons are ready for the postseason. That was certainly evident following their sweep of School of the Osage and Eugene on Tuesday night at the Falcon Athletic Complex. The two victories closed out a 20-4 regular season for the Lady Falcons, a campaign that saw Blair Oaks outscore its opponents by 175 runs. No, that’s not a typo.
David Harris wanted his Helias Lady Crusaders to accomplish a few goals Monday night. Pick up a Senior Night victory. Get Anna Murphy some playing time and finish injury-free. Give some younger girls a chance at their first varsity experience. Check, check and check.
St. Louis has never won a Stanley Cup, falling three straight times in the franchise’s first three seasons of existence (1967-68, 68-69 and 69-70). That even comes with an asterisk, as the Blues came out of the conference chock-full of expansion teams, which then matched up with the original conference in the finals.
Lincoln fumbled seven times, losing two, and turned the ball over five times in a 52-14 Homecoming loss to No. 24 Emporia State on Saturday.
A cursory glance might make Emporia State look one dimensional. The No. 24 Hornets (4-0) lead the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association by a wide margin in both passing yards and touchdown receptions. Take a deeper look, however, and you’ll see the Lincoln Blue Tigers’ (1-3) opponent today is far more than just a one-trick pony.
This one was for Jan MacLaughlin. The Calvary Lutheran Lady Lions dedicated their victory to MacLaughlin, the mother of a Calvary student who recently passed away due to complications from breast cancer. Her funeral was held Thursday.
Frank Haith is finally afforded a modicum of continuity on the Missouri Tigers’ basketball roster heading into the 2013-14 season. As strange as that sounds, considering the Tigers lost six players off last year’s squad and bring in nine newcomers, it’s indisputable the third-year Missouri head coach appreciates the familiarity.
The Lincoln Blue Tigers are on the move. Well, the football program, at least. The Lincoln football program will join the Great Lakes Valley Conference as an associate member starting with the 2014 season.
Performances like these don’t come around very often. It’s almost unheard of when it happens twice in the same contest. Blake Burks and Payton Staggs both delivered games to remember as the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons cruised to a 15-0 victory in four innings against Versailles on Wednesday evening at the American Legion Sports Complex.
Jordan Clarkson might not be at Missouri if it wasn’t for Phil Pressey.
The Pittsburg State senior wide receiver scored five touchdowns, racked up 294 all-purpose yards, broke one school record and tied three others as the No. 12 Gorillas came out on top of a shootout with the Lincoln Blue Tigers, taking a 59-38 victory Saturday afternoon at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
A powerful Pittsburg State team displayed plenty of offense in downing Lincoln 59-38 on Saturday afternoon in Jefferson City.
The Lincoln Blue Tigers finally host their home opener today. Their reward? A date with arguably the best football program in NCAA Division II history. At the very least, Pittsburg State is the winningest program in the Division II ranks, having racked up an astonishing 666 wins in its 105th year of football.
WESTPHALIA — Wheaties must have been on the breakfast menu for the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons on Thursday morning.
Helias brought the bats Wednesday night. They just couldn’t stack up with Hickman’s big hitters. Hickman launched three home runs to power the Lady Kewpies past Helias 11-5 at Duensing Field.
WARDSVILLE — It doesn’t matter what names are written on the Blair Oaks’ lineup card. Starters, bench players or junior-varsity athletes, there is almost an assumption each player will step up and hit. That proved true Tuesday night.