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.

Missouri topples Cal State Northridge, 3-1

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports
CORRECTIONS: A Cal State Northridge player was misidentified in a photo. The correct player is Hayley Greep, not Kendall Moskal. Also, Missouri’s Savannah Trujillo was misidentified as Melanie Donaldson in a photo. KBIA regrets these errors. 

Missouri’s Kaysie Clark (9) gets a shot on goal as she avoids Cal State Northridge defender Kendall Moskal (12) on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. Clark now has a team-high eighth assists on the year.

Missouri’s Kaysie Clark (9) gets a shot on goal as she avoids Cal State Northridge defender Hayley Greep (27) on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. Clark now has a team-high eight assists on the year.

Missouri closed its non-conference schedule Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over Cal State Northridge at Walton Stadium. The Tigers dug themselves Read more of this post

Ray, Missouri defensive line dominate in 38-10 rout

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports
Photos by Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray finished the day with wo sacks and four tackles for loss.

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray finished the day with wo sacks and four tackles for loss.

By his own admission, Shane Ray was the chubby kid growing up. The grade school kid who was slow, clumsy — the last pick in schoolyard games.

Things were so bad that Ray quit football all together in fifth grade.

“I hadn’t really bloomed into being an athlete, so I didn’t really want to play,” Ray said during Monday’s media session.

After watching Ray repeatedly terrorize Central Florida quarterback Justin Holman and a number of Knights running backs to the tune of two sacks and four tackles for a loss Saturday at Faurot Field, it’s difficult to imagine a time when Ray wasn’t a dominant force. The Tigers junior defensive end spearheaded a Missouri defensive unit that harassed UCF into four second-half turnovers in No. 20 Missouri’s 38-10 win.

“Shane was everywhere,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said after the game. “I mean (defensive end Markus Golden) certainly did some good things — we had a lot of defensive linemen doing great things — but Shane’s a great player.”

Ray was consistent throughout the game, registering two tackles for a loss in the first half to go along with the two tackles for loss and two sacks he posted during the final 30 minutes of play. But for many of his fellow teammates, Read more of this post

Mizzou get Blitz his 200th win in comeback fashion

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Focus.

That was the key word from Missouri players and coaches. The Tigers roared to a 4-3 win double overtime win over Montana after trailing by two goals late in the second half Friday night.

“We were focused,” said junior defender Candace Johnson. “We’ve been working together. We knew that we could do Read more of this post

What to look for as No. 20 Mizzou hosts Central Florida

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

No. 20 Missouri (2-0) hosts Central Florida (0-1) Saturday at Faurot Field. Here are five things to know before the Tigers and Knights kick off at 11 a.m.

  1. Holman gets nod at QB: Trailing Penn State 10-3 at halftime on Aug. 30, Central Florida coach George O’Leary inserted Justin Holman at quarterback in place of the ineffective Pete DiNovo. The sophomore seized the moment, throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown, in addition to running for two more scores. Holman’s last 6-yard run and the ensuing extra point pushed UCF ahead of Penn State 24-23 with 1:13 remaining in regulation. Nittany Lions kicker Sam Ficken foiled the comeback, though, knocking a 36-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired. Although UCF lost its season opener, they might have found a permanent solution at quarterback. Holman will make the first start of his collegiate career Saturday.
  2. Tigers’ ends dominant: Missouri defensive ends Markus Golden and Shane Ray will welcome the Knights’ newly named starting quarterback to Columbia. Through two games, Golden has racked up five tackles for a loss and 2 ½ sacks while Ray has 3 ½ tackles for a loss and three sacks. After playing in reserve roles last year both men are seemingly living in their opponent’s backfield so far this season.
  3. Round 2: This is just the second time Missouri and UCF have squared off. Missouri narrowly escaped the 2012 matchup with a 21-16 victory at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida. With a win Saturday the Tigers would head into their last non-conference game against Indiana with a perfect slate and have started a season 3-0 for the seventh time in the last nine years.

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Inconsistencies and errors contribute to Missouri’s loss to Saint Louis

Story by Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports
Photos by Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

Emily Thater (2) winds up for a spike as coach Wayne Kreklow and the Missouri bench watch during Missouri’s matchup against Saint Louis University on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri. Thater had 11 kills and led the team in hitting percentage of .333.

Emily Thater (2) winds up for a spike as coach Wayne Kreklow and the Missouri bench watches during Missouri’s matchup against Saint Louis University on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri. Thater had 11 kills and led the team with a hitting percentage of .333.

Missouri’s inconsistencies in maintaining runs and winning sets in Tuesday’s night game against Saint Louis University paints an accurate picture of their fickle season so far.

The Tigers lost to the Saint Louis Billikens 3-2 (25-27, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 11-15) at the Hearnes Center. They are now 4-4 for the season.

Similar to the past six games, the Tigers failed to win the first set, despite an early 17-10 score. The Billikens climbed Read more of this post

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