Young Mizzou women’s basketball team hopeful for better season

Darren Hellwege logoThe start of Missouri basketball seasons is less than two weeks away and expectations are high, as they are at the start of every season. The women’s team finished the season 17-14 overall and 6-10 in the Southeastern Conference.

The team is still young, having just two seniors, only one of whom is a starter.

KBIA’s Darren Hellwege talks with Morgan Eye, one of the key players on the MU women’s basketball team. Already the all-time leader in 3-point shots for Missouri, the senior has a chance to set the all-time NCAA record, currently Read more of this post

Revived Mizzou football team beats Florida 42-13

By The Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Marcus Murphy scored three touchdowns, including two on special teams, and Missouri embarrassed Florida 42-13 Saturday night.

The Tigers (5-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return. They managed just seven first downs and 119 yards of offense, including 20 passing, and essentially let the Gators self-destruct in nearly every way imaginable.

And they did.

Missouri bounced back from a shutout loss at home to Georgia, remained in the hunt in the muddled Eastern Division Read more of this post

Missouri Football Media Day Notes

Missouri offense tries to rebound, White expected to play, Steward still out, Defense prepares for two Florida quarterbacks

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — Maty Mauk and his receivers were awake into the wee hours of the morning Monday following a 34-0 drubbing against Georgia on Saturday.

Still smarting from what senior wideout Bud Sasser called a “pathetic” performance, the sophomore and his pass Read more of this post

Georgia’s Gurley suspended indefinitely, likely big impact for game against Mizzou

By The Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely on Thursday while the school investigates an alleged violation of NCAA rules.

The stunning announcement came two days before the No. 13 Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) face No. 23 Missouri (4-1, 1-0) in a crucial Eastern Division game, a huge blow to both the team and Gurley’s Heisman Trophy Read more of this post

Georgia preview update: On paper, Mizzou could win this one

By Darren Hellwege

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Prior to the 2014 season, I went through each of the Tigers scheduled opponents to preview each. With Saturday’s game against Georgia being a key game and many changes since we last looked into Georgia, let’s update a few things, and see what I got right, and what I got wrong…sometimes very wrong.


I get plus grades for quarterback discussion, sort of. I said Hutson Mason looked good, but to watch for young guys. The good news from a Georgia fan’s perspective is I was right, the young guys have looked good. The bad news? Rather than pick one, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt is splitting time between not two but three QBs: Mason, redshirt freshman Brice Read more of this post

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.

Length: 12:23

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.

Length: 14:57


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.

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, 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


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