Playing with pain: It’s just part of the game for offensive linemen like Gatti

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk (7) scrambles out of the pocket as offensive lineman Anthony Gatti (70) blocks Central Florida’s Deondre Barnett (43) on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Columbia. (Karen Mitchell, KBIA Sports)

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk (7) scrambles out of the pocket as offensive lineman Anthony Gatti (70) blocks Central Florida’s Deondre Barnett (43) on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Columbia. (Karen Mitchell, KBIA Sports)

Darren Hellwege logoAt perhaps no other position does toughness and the ability to play through pain become part of the game of football than it does with the offensive line. After suffering an ankle injury early in the game against Central Florida, Missouri guard Anthony Gatti continued to play. KBIA’s Darren Hellwege talked with Gatti and other members of the Tiger offensive line about that toughness, and the mindset of playing on the line.

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Mizzou soccer prevails in battle of the Tigers

Missouri’s Reagan Russell (6) dribbles by Louisiana State’s Megan Lee (13) as Summer Clarke (4, in white) and Brittany Conley (5, in gold) watch the action on Friday, Sept.19, 2014 at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. Russell scored two goals (51st, 90th) in Missouri’s 3-1 victory over LSU.

Missouri’s Reagan Russell (6) dribbles by Louisiana State’s Megan Lee (13) as Summer Clarke (4, in white) and Brittany Conley (5, in gold) watch the action on Friday, Sept.19, 2014 at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. Russell scored two goals (51st, 90th) in Missouri’s 3-1 victory over LSU.

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Missouri defeated Louisiana State 3-1 Friday night at Walton Stadium to open Southeastern Conference play. Missouri never trailed and controlled possession throughout the game. Missouri (6-1-2) has won four consecutive matches,

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scoring 11 goals during that span.

Junior Reagan Russell had two goals, and freshman Kaitlyn Clark scored her first collegiate goal to put Missouri ahead in the 60th minute. Clark also assisted Russell’s first goal. Missouri held a 21-8 shot advantage over LSU, boosted by a barrage of attempts early in the second half. After a scoreless first period, Missouri managed 12 shots after halftime. Three found the back of the net, and Missouri pushed its unbeaten streak to seven games.

Missouri continues SEC play when it faces South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina at 5 p.m.

Tigers softball rolls to start the fall season

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors on Tuesday including Freshman Player of the Year.

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors in 2014, including Freshman Player of the Year.

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

The Missouri softball team began its fall season with a doubleheader against Crowder and Heartland Community College at University Field on Friday. The Tigers absolutely dominated all areas of the game as they beat Crowder 11-2 and Heartland 15-5.

Freshman Paige Lowary, who won Gatorade’s Softball Player of the Year in Iowa this past year, started the first game for the Tigers. She overpowered Crowder all afternoon, pitching five no-hit innings while striking out 10 batters. She walked two batters in the second inning, but quickly managed her way out of the jam.

Offensively, the Tigers were lead by catcher Sami Fagan, first baseman Kelsea Roth and utility player Natalie Fleming. Fagan and Fleming each had three runs batted in, while Roth lead the team with four. The Tigers had 11 hits to go with their 11 runs, including home runs from Roth and third baseman Alyssa Cousins.

The second game of the doubleheader provided similar results as the first. Sophomore pitcher Tori Finucane allowed one hit and no runs over five innings of work. Her strikeout total, while not as impressive as Lowary’s, was still solid at six.

The Tigers had offensive output by everyone in their second game. Nine Missouri players had at least one hit in the contest. The offense racked up 18 hits and had home runs from third baseman Amanda Sanchez and catcher Kirsten Mack.

The only struggling performer for Missouri was Cheyenne Baxter. Baxter pitched two innings, one in each game, and allowed all seven of the runs the Tigers allowed on the day. All seven runs were earned runs, but not detrimental to Missouri’s chances to win either game.

The Tigers will continue their fall season with another doubleheader against North Central Missouri College and Highland Community College on Friday, Sept. 26 at University Field at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

What to watch for as Missouri faces Indiana

Starting quarterback Maty Mauk has thrown for 12 touchdowns this season.

Starting quarterback Maty Mauk has thrown for 12 touchdowns this season.

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

The Indiana Hoosiers (1-1) travel to Columbia, Missouri on Saturday to take on the No. 18 ranked Missouri Tigers (3-0). Here’s what to watch for.

  1. Indiana will run, run and run some more: The Indiana offense is predicated on a dominant run game. Junior running back Tevin Coleman is the fifth leading rusher in the country, rushing for more than 400 yards in Indiana’s first two games of the season. Missouri’s defense has struggled against the run at times early this year, ranking 44th nationally in rushing yards allowed per game. Indiana will try to exploit that weakness, and Coleman has the potential to break a long run if Missouri’s defense isn’t careful. The junior running back ran for at least 10 yards on 13 of his 44 total carries this season. Missouri needs to slow down Indiana’s dynamic rushing attack to win the football game.
  2. Tigers defensive ends have impressed: Despite Missouri losing Kony Ealy and Michael Sam, two 2013 All-SEC defensive ends, to the NFL, the pass rush has still been a strength for the Tiger defense. Missouri is tied for the sixth most sacks in the country with 12 sacks through the first three games. Maybe even more impressive than the total number of sacks is the fact that Markus Golden and Shane Ray, the defensive ends that replaced Ealy and Sam, have combined for nine of those sacks. Going up against Indiana will be a good test for the Tigers pass rushers, though. The veteran Indiana offensive line has only given up two sacks on the year.
  3. Dark-horse Heisman Candidate: Sports Illustrated listed Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk as a dark-horse Heisman Trophy candidate before the season. Through three games, the redshirt sophomore quarterback has not disappointed. Mauk is tied for the most passing touchdowns in the nation, and his 176.6 passer rating places him among the top 20 nationally in the statistic. Mauk has a chance to add to his eye-popping numbers against a shaky Indiana pass defense. The Hoosiers allowed 395 yards passing in their 45-42 loss to Bowling Green last week.
  4. Gone Streaking: It’s the gift that keeps on giving for Missouri; the Tigers have forced a turnover in 47 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation. Missouri forced nine turnovers during its first three games, while Indiana has a negative turnover differential on the year.

Saturday Sports: Can Indiana’s defense get it together against Mizzou?

Darren Hellwege logoAs the Tigers prepare to host the Big Ten’s Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday, Darren previews the team with beat writer David Woods, who covers Indiana Football for the Indianapolis Star.

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Mizzou basketball players freshmen Gant, Allen suspended

By The Associated Press

D'Angelo Allen

D’Angelo Allen

Jakeenan Gant

Jakeenan Gant

COLUMBIA — Missouri freshmen basketball players Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen have been suspended after getting arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor third-degree assault.

Coach Kim Anderson said in a statement that the players would not participate in team activities while the school gathers information.

According to published reports, Michael James Martin was also arrested along with the players after reports of an assault early Sunday.

The 6-foot-8 Gant was Mr. Basketball in Georgia his senior season and was among 21 players selected to participate in USA Basketball’s U18 National Team training camp.

The 6-foot-7 Allen, of Dallas, signed with Missouri soon after Anderson was hired in April.

Mizzou football’s Week 4 media day: Efficient Maty Mauk leading way for Missouri offense

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk was once again devastatingly efficient in the Tigers’ 38-10 thrashing of Central Florida at home on Saturday.

The redshirt sophomore signal caller — who finished the day 14 of 24 for 144 yards and four touchdowns — managed to find a receiver in the end zone once every six times he attempted a pass.

Mauk’s four-touchdown day came one week after he accounted for six touchdowns — five passing, one rushing — in a road win over Toledo. He is currently tied for the national lead in touchdown passes at 12, despite attempting less than half the number of passes as his two co-leaders.

Listed at 6-foot and 195 pounds, Mauk is not exactly your traditional pocket passer; Read more of this post

Missouri RBs Hansbrough, Murphy expected to play, Copelin dismissed

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Running backs Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy are expected to play when No. 18 Missouri hosts Indiana on Saturday.

Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Hansbrough left the Tigers’ 38-10 win against Central Florida on Saturday on the first play in the fourth quarter after feeling “dizzy.” Murphy didn’t play the final five minutes due to a mild ankle strain.

Pinkel said both players could have re-entered but didn’t because of Missouri’s lead.

The duo has combined for 462 of the team’s 570 yards rushing this season and both are listed atop the depth chart.

Pinkel also announced the dismissal of receiver Levi Copelin for an undisclosed reason. The sophomore was previously suspended for the season after failing an NCAA-administered drug test.

Ray named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

Missouri’s Shane Ray (56) works against Central Florida’s offensive lineman Torrian Wilson (72) on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Columbia. Ray had seven tackles in the Missouri 38-10 victory and today was named Defensive Player of the Week by the SEC.

Missouri’s Shane Ray (56) works against Central Florida’s offensive lineman Torrian Wilson (72) on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Columbia. Ray had seven tackles in the Missouri 38-10 victory and today was named Defensive Player of the Week by the SEC.

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week two days after his monster effort helped his team defeat Central Florida 38-10.

In helping No. 18 Missouri improve to 3-0, Ray recorded seven tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. Ray’s four tackles behind the line of scrimmage backed the Knights up a grand total of 26 yards — only seven less than starting UCF tailback William Stanback managed on the ground all day.

“Shane was everywhere,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said after the game. “I mean (defensive end Markus Golden) Read more of this post

Grant Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week

Missouri’s (18) Taylor Grant puts a shot on goal in the second half against CSUN. Grant scored with a header on a corner kick in the 55th minute that gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

Missouri’s (18) Taylor Grant puts a shot on goal in the second half against CSUN. Grant scored with a header on a corner kick in the 55th minute that gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

The Southeastern Conference announced Missouri’s Taylor Grant as its Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Grant scored game-winning goals in victories over Montana and Cal State-Northridge on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The senior forward from The Colony, Texas has set a career best this season with six goals scored.

Grant has been one of the Tigers’ most consistent offensive threats this year. She totaled 10 shots with five on goal during Missouri’s two wins this past week. In Missouri’s comeback victory over Montana on Friday, the Tigers scored three unanswered goals after falling behind 3-1. Clark buried a shot in the 105th minute to give her team the win and coach Bryan Blitz his 200th career victory at Missouri. Grant struck again Sunday against CSUN in the 55th minute on an assist from fellow-senior Kaysie Clark.

The weekly award is the first for Grant, and she is tied for second in the SEC in goals scored this season. Grant and the Tigers (5-1-2) are third in the SEC’s Eastern Division standings, trailing only Georgia and South Carolina.

Missouri opens SEC play Friday when it hosts LSU at 6:30 p.m.

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