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Unproven Mizzou still confident in SEC football 


By The Associated Press

HOOVER, Ala. — Missouri made a surprising run to the top of the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division in just its second year in the league.

Staying on top might be even more of a challenge.

The Tigers lost a huge chunk of their team after finishing 12-2 last season, including 7-1 in the SEC. Only nine starters return, including just four on offense.

But new starting quarterback Maty Mauk was confident during Missouri’s appearance at SEC Media Days on Read more of this post

A midsummer’s look at Mizzou basketball’s newcomers

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Women’s basketball

Summer workouts continue as the Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team prepares for the 2014-2015 season. Coach Robin Pingeton’s club will try to improve on last year’s 17-14 record and second consecutive WNIT appearance. While Bri Kulas’ graduation leaves big shoes to fill, the Tigers welcome four new players to the team. One is a junior college transfer, another a transfer whose required year off the court is finished, and two are among the outstanding high school players from Missouri of the last few years. Here’s a look at the newest members of the team:

Juanita Robinson (junior college transfer) — 4-star recruit and ranked in top 100 nationally by ESPN out of high school. Originally signed with Ohio but ended up instead at Johnson County Community College, the same school as Bri Kulas. Junior College All-American, averaged 11 points Read more of this post

An SEC summer update

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Here’s a look around the conference about what’s happening with the SEC and some of Missouri’s upcoming football opponents.

Drawing the line
People ask me now and then why I don’t ever mention point spreads or betting lines on KBIA Sports. Mark Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald recently gave a perfect illustration as to why I’ve always ignored them. His column points out that Georgia is favored in every game in this upcoming season, as it was last season — in which the Dawgs went 8-5. Too many fans (and way too many in sports media, where folks should know better) still think the “Vegas Line” is some grand expert making a credible Read more of this post

SEC honors Mizzou football team for its support of Sam

By The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Missouri football team was named one of four winners of Southeastern Conference’s annual sportsmanship awards today. The other winners are the Tennessee men’s basketball team, Georgia’s equestrian team and the league’s women’s golf coaches.

Missouri was honored for its support of defensive end Michael Sam, who told teammates in August he was gay but didn’t come out to the public until after the season.

Tennessee was credited for supporting Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, whose son underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his thyroid before the Tennessee-Iowa NCAA tournament game.

A scoring error initially gave Georgia the SEC equestrian title that eventually went to South Carolina. Georgia’s captains asked to present South Carolina with the championship T-shirts they’d initially received.

Women’s golf coaches encouraged Auburn coach Kim Evans after her cancer diagnosis.

The winners were chosen by SEC athletic directors.

Men’s basketball coach Anderson set to make up to $2.45M

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — New Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson is getting a hefty raise at his alma mater after making the jump from Division II Central Missouri.

Anderson will receive a $300,000 base salary and $1.1 million in guaranteed money annually. He’ll get an additional $100,000 for each 20-win season that leads to an NCAA tournament berth; an extra $100,000 if named national coach Read more of this post

Stangel, three others leaving Mizzou softball team

By Austin Huguelet, Columbia Missourian

Casey Stangel pitched the five inning game against North Dakota State on Saturday. Missouri won 11-2.

Starting pitcher Casey Stangel has left the Missouri program.

COLUMBIA — Four Missouri softball players, including freshman starting pitcher Casey Stangel, are leaving the program, coach Ehren Earleywine said.

“I can confirm that Sarah Moore, Carlie Rose, Kelli Schkade and Casey Stangel are no longer members of our program,” he said in a statement released Wednesday. “We wish Sarah, Carlie, Kelly and Casey the best and thank them and their families for being a part of our program.”

The exact reasons for the four players’ transfers are not clear.

Stangel, a lefthander, posted a 15-10 record with a 3.27 ERA in her first season with the Tigers, including 14 complete games. Stangel was named MaxPreps’ player of the year her senior season for Lake City High School in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, after she compiled a .640 batting average and a perfect 28-0 record with a 0.73 ERA on the mound.

Stangel (15-10) threw seven innings and allowed eight runs, five of which were Read more of this post

Mizzou’s Memorial Stadium has seen steady growth over the years

By Philip Joens

As Memorial Stadium prepares for its 89th football season this fall by building a $45.5 million addition to its east side, KBIA Sports looks back at several previous additions to Memorial Stadium. The photos are courtesy of the Columbia Missourian. Length: 3:01.

East side addition latest change for Memorial Stadium

Story and video by Phil Joens
Photos by Karen Mitchell

Workers sign a steel beam marking the end of a major phase in construction at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The new seating and concession facilities should be finished in time for the first home game.

Workers sign a steel beam marking the end of a major phase in construction at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The new seating and concession facilities should be finished in time for the first home game.

Hundreds of workers signed the last steel beam to be laid in the expansion work at Memorial Stadium in a topping out ceremony on Friday. The ceremony is a construction industry tradition, marking ta milestone in the construction process. Tim Hickman, MU’s senior associate athletic director for operations, said it’s now a sprint to the finish with several hundred workers on site to finish the renovation.

Construction started last spring on new east side seating at Memorial Stadium, part of a $200 million master plan for upgrades and new construction to Missouri’s sports facilities. With just four months before Missouri’s football season kicks off against South Dakota State, the new stands are finally taking shape. KBIA’s Philip Joens takes us around the new addition.

Mizzou pulls out win over Bradely in extra inning, 6-5

Kansas upsets Nebraska in first game

Angela Randazzo (12) gets caught in a run-down as Corrin Genovese (16) watches from third base. Randazzo was put out on the play by catcher Bailiegh Basham, but Mackenzie Sykes was able to reach second.

Angela Randazzo (12) gets caught in a run-down as Corrin Genovese (16) watches from third base. Randazzo was put out on the play by catcher Bailiegh Basham, but Mackenzie Sykes was able to reach second.

Fans who arrived early and stayed late got their money’s worth in Friday’s NCAA regional softball action at University Field in Columbia.

The Kansas Jayhawks jumped out to a 3-run lead in the top of the first inning, a lead they ever gave up in their 3-1 win over Nebraska. Taylor Hatfield’s two-run home run was the highlight of the inning.

The second game, between Missouri and Bradley, went eight innings with Missouri coming out with the 6-5 win.

Missouri had the 4-0 lead after five innings but the Braves scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take the 5-4 Read more of this post

Mizzou predicted to win regional softball tournament

Play begins Friday at University Field

By Sam Hustis and Sam Richmond

COLUMBIA – Though the Missouri Tigers softball team enters the postseason tournament having lost three straight games, they remain the favorite to emerge from the regional they host beginning Friday.

Among the teams competing, No. 15 seed Missouri has the most wins, highest national rank and best RPI. Coach Ehren Earleywine’s squad will host Bradley, Kansas and Nebraska at University Field Friday through Sunday. This is the Read more of this post

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