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Sykes helps Helias post victory against Battle

Isiah Sykes put the Helias Crusaders on his back. The junior point guard scored 15 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to help Helias rally for a 61-55 victory against Battle on Tuesday night in the Crusaders’ season opener at Rackers Gym.

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Record-setting Polowy scores 43 points for Lady Falcons in win

LeeAnn Polowy has always enjoyed shooting at the Blair Oaks gym. The Lady Falcons’ senior loved it Monday night.

Press Box: Exciting Missouri season another heartbreaker

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Missouri fans are used to heartbreak. Yet it never gets any easier. When the Cinderella story came to an end at 7:06 CST, it was just another kick in the pants. But what a ride it was.

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Missouri looks for validation in SEC championship game (VIDEO)

Aretha Franklin would be proud. That’s because respect is the tune the Missouri Tigers are singing. As in they’re not getting enough.

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UCLA, Missouri square off in battle of 8-0 teams

It’s time to see what the Missouri Tigers are really made of.

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Missouri’s defense good at times in win (VIDEO)

The Missouri defense is still a work in progress.

Missouri looks to contain Auburn’s run game

E.J. Gaines knows what Missouri needs to accomplish to win the Southeastern Conference title.

Lady Pintos back at National Guard Shootout

The Calfornia Lady Pintos are becoming regular participants in the Missouri National Guard Shootout. And they’d like to keep it that way.

National Guard Shootout adds pair of boys teams

As the Missouri National Guard Shootout enters its fourth incarnation, the event will be getting a bit of a makeover. That’s because two teams — Tipton and Belle — will be making their inaugural appearance in the boys portion of the event, and those two will actually square off with one another. They’ll become just the 13th and 14th different boys programs to take part in the Shootout.

Holiday Hoops Invitational features another strong field

One of the main goals of a basketball tournament is putting together a competitive field for the event. Organizers believe they’ve accomplished that for the annual holiday events in Jefferson City later this month.

Missouri hosts West Virginia tonight

Missouri gets a shot at a team from its old conference. And no, it’s not that blue and white team from across the border. The Tigers (7-0) take on West Virginia (6-2), a team that replaced Missouri in the Big 12, at 6 p.m. today (ESPN2-TV) at Mizzou Arena as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Missouri basketball has chance to get two quality wins this week (VIDEO)

The Tigers (7-0) have a chance to pick up a pair of resume-boosting wins this week as Missouri plays host to West Virginia and No. 18 UCLA at Mizzou Arena.

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Missouri needs win Saturday, then get some help (VIDEO)

While No. 5 Missouri (11-1) takes on No. 3 Auburn (11-1) in the Southeastern Conference championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday (KRCG-TV) in the Georgia Dome at Atlanta, it’s likely to take more than a Tiger victory to be able to compete for the ultimate prize.

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Missouri, Auburn unlikely SEC title opponents

Raise your hand if you picked this Southeastern Conference title matchup before the season began. If you raised your hand, please take a lie-detector test. It’s a championship game that pits two teams nobody could have predicted to reach this point.

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Tigers rebound all the way to Atlanta

Gary Pinkel didn’t listen to any Christmas music. L’Damian Washington didn’t watch any bowl games.

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Blair Oaks girls open season today

The dream was cut short. Now it’s time for another shot.

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Fatima kicks things off tonight

The Fatima Lady Comets are going to hassle you. They’re going to hound you. They’re going to create all sorts of havoc.

Press Box: Missouri will need more than just ‘Big Three’ to be successful

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SPORTS COMMENTARY: Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross have been just that for the Missouri basketball team this season.

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No. 5 Missouri downs Texas A&M, wins SEC East (VIDEO)

Henry Josey broke loose for the go-ahead score on a 57-yard run with 3:34 to go and No. 5 Missouri wrapped up the SEC East, riding a strong second half to a 28-21 victory over No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday night.

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Missouri hosts Texas A&M with SEC title game berth on the line (VIDEO)

The No. 8 Missouri Tigers are one win a way from a Southeastern Conference East Division title and a berth in the SEC championship game. This in a league that’s captured the last seven national championships. “The stakes are high, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Missouri senior offensive lineman Max Copeland said as Missouri (10-1, 6-1 SEC) hosts No. 19 Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC) at 6:45 today (ESPN-TV) at Faurot Field. “To be where we are right now is a blessing and we’re truly thankful for it.”

Manziel gets Tigers’ attention

There’s Johnny Manziel the football player — talented, flashy, elusive, breathtaking at times. Then there’s Johnny Manziel the person — polarizing, enigmatic, volatile, a sometimes distraction.

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Missouri looks to keep unlikely year going

The Missouri Tigers didn’t belong, couldn’t compete. The proof came in its inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference, as a battered and bruised Missouri team limped to a 5-7 record and mustered just two league wins. But here they are a year later, one game from an SEC East Division title. A trip to Atlanta for the SEC title game, a BCS bowl berth and a spot in the national championship game all remain legitimate possibilities.

Missouri back at it

There’s no time for rest.

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Missouri tops Gardner-Webb 72-63 (VIDEO)

Johnathan Williams III grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and Earnest Ross scored 17 points to lead Missouri past Gardner-Webb 72-63 on Saturday.

Lady Falcons find things out

Blair Oaks dropped games to Jefferson City, Helias and Fatima in a basketball jamboree Friday night at Helias. The Lady Falcons played two six-minute quarters against each opponent. “We have a

Lady Comets roll Friday

Fatima picked up three double-digit victories against Helias, Jefferson City and Blair Oaks at a basketball jamboree Friday night at Helias.

No. 8 Missouri hits the road to face No. 24 Mississippi (with PODCAST)

No. 8 Missouri (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) must win its final two games — starting with No. 24 Mississippi (7-3, 3-3 SEC) at 6:45 today (ESPN-TV) in Oxford, Miss., before a regular-season finale against No. 12 Texas A&M — to capture the SEC East division title and advance to the SEC championship Dec. 7 in Atlanta.

Basketball Tigers to host Gardner-Webb

The trend of tilts against unheralded opponents continues when Missouri (3-0) hosts Gardner-Webb (2-2) at 2:30 p.m. today at Mizzou Arena. The lack of fan interest certainly has reflected that light schedule, as the Tigers brought in just 14,720 combined fans for the first two home games.

Criswell gives Tigers a boost

It was the perfect remedy for an inexperienced frontcourt struggling to make its mark. The return of Missouri senior forward Tony Criswell gave the Tigers a much-needed boost during Saturday’s 92-80 victory against Hawaii in Kansas City. He had missed the first two games due to suspension after an unspecified violation of team rules.

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Mauk's freshman experience exceeds that of recent Tiger quarterbacks

Maty Mauk is a step ahead. Ahead of James Franklin. Ahead of Blaine Gabbert. Ahead of Chase Daniel. Missouri’s redshirt freshman quarterback earned valuable playing experience while starting four games for the No. 8 Tigers (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference), going 3-1 during that stretch. Mauk also closed out the Oct. 12 victory against Georgia.

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Franklin back at quarterback for MU

It’s James Franklin’s team again.

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Carthage tops Helias 4-0 in Class 2 soccer quarterfinal

Following a scoreless opening half, the Carthage Tigers broke the stalemate soon after the intermission. The flood gates then busted opened as fourth-ranked Carthage ousted 10th-ranked Helias 4-0 in a Class 2 state quarterfinal on Saturday afternoon at the 179 Soccer Park.

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MU backcourt expecting to log plenty of minutes today (VIDEO)

There’s no break on the horizon.

Helias, Carthage soccer teams renew rivalry

There’s just a bit more at stake today.

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Walker brothers to play baseball at Missouri State

Jake and Jackson Walker have played baseball together in Japan. In Florida. In Virginia. They’ve shared the diamond their whole lives. That’s not going to change when the twins at Jefferson City High School head off to college next year, as both signed a national letter of intent with Missouri State on Wednesday.

Tigers feature more than one point guard

The Missouri Tigers had one option last season. Missouri was forced to stick with the enigmatic Phil Pressey at point guard through good times and bad. Pressey, now plying his trade with the Boston Celtics, averaged a team-high 33.9 minutes per game in 2012-13 due to a lack of quality backups.

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Missouri guards propel Tigers past Salukis (VIDEO)

The Missouri Tigers eventually will have to get some scoring from their frontcourt. It just hasn’t become a necessity yet. Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross — a terrific trio of guards — can’t do it all alone every time out. But they were able to do it against the Southern Illinois Salukis, as the threesome combined for 59 points to carry Missouri to a 72-59 victory Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri hosts Southern Illinois tonight

The first game that counts is under the belt. So the nerves should start to fade away, right?

Jays get another shot at Rock Bridge

Rock Bridge now ranks among the state’s powerhouses in boys soccer. The Bruins have reached three straight Class 3 Final Fours.

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Led by Hill, Lady Indians win in Class 1 cross country

The Russellville Lady Indians are entering dynasty territory. Miranda Hill captured first-place individual honors to lead Russellville to its third Class 1 cross country title in four years Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center.

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Indians break through in Class 1 cross country

After the Russellville girls team captured its third Class 1 cross country title in four years, the boys squad followed with their first state title since 1985 and second in program history Saturday in the Missouri State High School Activities Association Cross Country Championships at the Oak Hills Golf Center.

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Blair Oaks girls finish sixth in Class 2 cross country

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons took sixth place in the Class 2 Missouri State High School Activities Association Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center.

Lady Jays 15th at cross country championships

Jefferson City placed 15th out of 16 teams at the Class 4 Missouri State High School Activities Association Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center.

Press Box: Counting down to an NCAA title

Sports Commentary: A look at the college basketball season

The 2013-14 college basketball season is a mere two days old, so it’s not too late for a little early-season prognostications.

Lincoln bids for MIAA win against Northeastern State

The Lincoln Blue Tigers have come so close lately. So close to picking up that first Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association victory of the 2013 season, only to see it slip just through their fingertips the past three games. Lincoln’s (1-8, 0-8 MIAA) best opportunities of the year come these next two weeks, starting with Northeastern State (1-8, 1-7 MIAA), out of Oklahoma, at 2 p.m. today at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.

Blair Oaks girls return in Class 2

A familiar face is back.

No. 9 Tigers vow not to look past 2-6 Wildcats

Missouri is giving Kentucky the benefit of the doubt.

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Lady Jays look for improvement

The Jefferson City Lady Jays want a better showing.

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Missouri cruises to 89-53 win over SE Louisiana

No Frank Haith, no problem.

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Coach likes look of LU men’s basketball team (VIDEO)

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.”