KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 22 Jan 2018 HH:01:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Drew Lock to return to Mizzou football for senior year http://www.komu.com/news/drew-lock-to-return-to-mizzou-football-for-senior-year/ http://www.komu.com/news/drew-lock-to-return-to-mizzou-football-for-senior-year/ Sports Tue, 9 Jan 2018 5:38:12 PM Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director Drew Lock to return to Mizzou football for senior year

COLUMBIA - Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock is putting the NFL on hold, despite having a record-breaking junior year.

He announced his return by tweeting a video saying "proud to be a true son."

Lock considered early entry into the NFL draft but, according to a statement from Mizzou Athletics, decided to stay with the black and gold after consulting with family and coaches.

Lock said there were a lot of factors that went into the decision, including
"a feeling of responsibility and loyalty to my coaches and teammates at Mizzou" and "of course, getting my degree."

Lock, a sport management major at Mizzou, is scheduled to graduate in December.

The star quarterback had a breakout junior year and led the nation with an SEC-record 44 touchdown passes. He led the Tigers to seven wins, earning the school's first bowl game since 2014.

Lock offered thanks to head coach Barry Odom and said he's also looking forward to working with new offensive coordinator Derek Dooley.

Odom said, “I’m proud of Drew and his family for how they approached this decision and how they handled themselves during the process.” 

He said he expects Lock to have "an unbelievable approach in his preparation and practice habits to lead our program."

Lock said he's "looking forward to exciting things to come."

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Tigers fall to Gators in SEC home opener http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-fall-to-gators-in-sec-home-opener/ http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-fall-to-gators-in-sec-home-opener/ Sports Sat, 6 Jan 2018 2:02:18 PM Evan Lachnit, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Tigers fall to Gators in SEC home opener

COLUMBIA - In a game Missouri led most of the way, the Tigers fell to Florida in dramatic fashion in the teams SEC home opener. 

Chris Chiozza’s steal and lay up in the final seconds of the game propelled Florida to victory. 

"He is an older guard and he just happen to sniff it out," said Florida head coach Mike White on Chiozza's game winning play. "It was a gamble and it paid off." 

Florida ended the game on a 7-0 run in the final minute and 10 seconds of the game. 

"I mean there is not a lot of talking in that situation. The pain will take care of itself, there is no point in me talking for hours. Let's learn from it and push forward," Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said after the game. "We know we have a good team, we also know and understand there are a lot of things we could have done better." 

Jordan Barnett led the Tigers with 28 points and nine rebounds on the afternoon. Barnett had 15 of those points mid-way through the first half. 

"I don't remember a guy, I may be mistaken, I don't remember a guy making this big of a jump in a year," White said of Barnett. "This guy was a good player last year and this year he is terrific." 

White said he could not think of a more improved player in the SEC. 

"We have to figure out how to finish games," Barnett said. "There have been a lot of situations this season where we have had leads late and we just lose them, just almost collapse, so still a work in progress." 

Officiating was also a topic of conversation after the game. 

"It was very, very tough for me, very tough for me if you know what I am saying. It was probably one of the toughest I have ever been apart of," Martin said, clearly talking about the officiating of the game. "I'm not a complainer, I respect all, but it was hard." 

Jeremiah Tilmon’s struggles with foul trouble continued. Tilmon played limited time after picking up two early fouls and three total in the first half. 

He finished with eight points and one rebound. 

"Everybody involved has to find a way to let Jeremiah Tilmon play basketball," Martin said. "I just hope he doesn't get a reputation because he is doing the right things and he plays hard." 

Tigers fall to 11-4 overall, 1-1 in SEC play  

Missouri’s next game is Wednesday, January 10th at home against Georgia. 

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Point guard Blake Harris transferring from Mizzou http://www.komu.com/news/point-guard-blake-harris-transferring-from-mizzou/ http://www.komu.com/news/point-guard-blake-harris-transferring-from-mizzou/ Sports Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:58:17 AM Kevin Ko, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Point guard Blake Harris transferring from Mizzou

COLUMBIA - Blake Harris is leaving Missouri to return closer to home.

Reports surfaced, one of which he reposted on his twitter account, Wednesday that the former Tigers point guard will transfer to North Carolina State.

Harris announced his release and intention to transfer Jan. 5. He said then that he would prefer to be close to his home in North Carolina.

Cuonzo Martin, the Tigers head coach, released a statement confirming the transfer.

Harris scored 3.8 points, 3.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1 steal in 13.9 minutes of play. He was in starting lineup towards the latter part of the season.

It's the second freshman guard the Tigers have lost due to transfers. Redshirt freshman C.J. Roberts also left Mizzou earlier this season.

Harris left a goodbye message to Tigers fans.

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Former Mizzou football star arrested for DWI http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-football-star-arrested-for-dwi/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-football-star-arrested-for-dwi/ Sports Sat, 30 Dec 2017 12:27:44 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Former Mizzou football star arrested for DWI

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Former Mizzou football player Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested at 2:59 a.m. Saturday morning in Greene County.

He was charged on suspicion of DWI, failure to display plates and a window tint violation. He was later released.

While at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Green-Beckham set the national receiving yards record. He spent two seasons at Mizzou from 2012-2013, totaling 87 catches, 1278 yards and 17 touchdowns in 25 games.

Green-Beckham, 24, was arrested twice for marijuana offenses while at MU. He was also arrested for alleged violence against a woman. Those charges were dropped, but he was dismissed from the Mizzou football program shortly after.

Once in the NFL, Green-Beckham was most recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles prior to this season. He spent time with the Eagles and the Tennessee Titans, who selected him in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He had 32 receptions for 549 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season.

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Mizzou football falls to Longhorns in Texas Bowl http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-football-falls-to-longhorns-in-texas-bowl/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-football-falls-to-longhorns-in-texas-bowl/ Sports Thu, 28 Dec 2017 12:05:28 PM Kevin Ko, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou football falls to Longhorns in Texas Bowl

HOUSTON - Missouri (7-6) cooled down from its hot finish to the regular season by losing to the University of Texas (7-6) in the Texas Bowl, 33-16.

Turnovers played a key factor in the loss for the Tigers. The team finished the game with three fumbles and an interception, while the Longhorns had zero. Two of those turnovers resulted in two touchdowns by the Texas defense.

"You can't walk away from an evenly matched game and be minus four in the turnover margin," Tigers Head Coach Barry Odom said.

Tigers quarterback Drew Lock threw 18/34 for 269 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Lock also had the largest scoring play of the game: a 79 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Johnathon Johnson.

This was the Tigers first game without former offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who left the team after accepting a head coaching position at the University of Central Florida.

The Longhorns were the first .500 or better team Missouri faced since they lost to Georgia, 53-28, on October 14.

The loss is the first for Missouri in its last seven games. The Tigers became just the 14th team in college football history to start a season 1-5 and qualify for a bowl game.

"I wanted more than anything to get those guys a win and I couldn't do it," Odom said.

Texas punter Michael Dickson was the Texas Bowl MVP, becoming just the second punter in history to be named MVP of a bowl game. Dickson finished the game with 452 yards and 10/11 punts were placed inside the Tigers 15-yard line.

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LIVE BLOG: Missouri takes on Texas in Texas Bowl http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-missouri-takes-on-texas-in-texas-bowl/ http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-missouri-takes-on-texas-in-texas-bowl/ Sports Wed, 27 Dec 2017 3:11:03 PM Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter LIVE BLOG: Missouri takes on Texas in Texas Bowl

HOUSTON - The Missouri football team (7-5) looks for a seventh straight win as the Tigers take on old Big 12 rival Texas in the Texas Bowl.

The Longhorns (6-6) are the first .500 or better team Missouri has faced since Georgia on October 14th. 

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J'Mon Moore returns home to Texas for final college game http://www.komu.com/news/j-mon-moore-returns-home-to-texas-for-final-college-game/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-mon-moore-returns-home-to-texas-for-final-college-game/ Sports Wed, 27 Dec 2017 1:07:30 PM Chelsea Haynes, KOMU 8 Reporter J'Mon Moore returns home to Texas for final college game

HOUSTON - From Missouri City to Mizzou-rah, Houston native J’Mon Moore returned home to play his final collegiate football game for the Texas Bowl at NRG stadium.

Moore said Houston is where he got his start, and “this is where I’m going to finish it.”

“It’s a blessing for me to be able to be in my hometown and play in front of all of my family and my friends for my last game in that Missouri uniform," he said. "I’ll be able to talk about that for the rest of my life.”

His mother, Betty Jones, said she is overjoyed she gets to see Moore take the field in black and gold one more time.

Jones remembers her son's signing day.

“Oh my gosh. He was just so excited," she said. "He had the little tiger-striped socks on, the bow-tie, the cap. He was suited. You couldn’t tell him anything, and he was finally off to begin his journey.”

Jones dropped Moore off to school, leaving him on his own for the first time. She said he was so young, and she wasn’t ready to let go. Now, she said, she’s proud of how far he’s come, and is looking forward to his final game.

Just a few months ago, Moore’s family and the entire city of Houston was underwater after being hit by Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm.

Moore took to the stadium with the Texas flag the following Saturday, running across Faurot Field in support of his hometown.

Moore said he was overjoyed by the opportunity to represent the people back home with the flag, and that it was his way of letting Houstonians know he was there with them in spirit.

Moore said he’s proud of his city and was truly thankful to see its people work together in the disaster.

“You don’t see people coming together the way Texans did. Us Texans, we just looked out for each other and, even though you know it got bad, I’m glad that everyone looked out for each other," Moore said. "Running out with that flag was just, a great feeling. It was a blessing,"

He’s said he's thankful for the opportunity his teammates gave him to represent his state, but his mother said it meant more to her than it did to him.

“God, I cried when I saw him with the flag,” Jones said.

She recalls the days after Hurricane Harvey hit when Moore called her to check-in.

She said he asked, “Do I need to come home and take care of things?” 

Jones said she is thankful for the experiences Mizzou provided her son.

Moore said leaving Texas forced him to grow up in ways that his mother couldn’t help him with because she couldn’t give him the same experiences.

“It’s helped me to grow into a player, as a person, and has shaped me into being a more responsible young man,” Moore said.

His former high school football coach, Dennis Brantley, said Moore was one of his favorite athletes. Brantley said he encouraged discipline and sportsmanship in Moore, on and off of the football field.

Brantley said his job wasn’t just to win championships, but to develop young men, and he believed he succeeded with Moore.

“When you see a kid develop from a knucklehead freshman and a hard-head sophomore and then become what he is today as a leader on the team, that performed at a very high level, as well as getting his degree, makes him very proud.”

Brantley said Moore has matured significantly.

“He’s the exact version of the young man I always knew he could be,” Brantley said.

Moore said he thinks he has found his purpose.

“I feel like my purpose is to play this sport," he said. "To play football, to do what I love doing.”

Pat Ivey, the former director of athletic performance said Moore has the skill set for professional ball.

“J’Mon definitely has the potential to play in the NFL,” he said. 

Moore said he has league dreams, and his mother said, after the bowl game, she and her son will be working together to move towards preparation for the NFL.

But Moore said, when the lights go off and the jersey’s hung up, he wants to be remembered for more than just football.

“Once I’m gone and when people bring up my name, I want them to be able to say good things about me, outside of football,” he said.

Moore said he wants people to take note of his leadership and work ethic, someone who worked hard and the team loved being around, who brought light to the team.

“I want to be known as a positive person all around, in and outside of football,” he said.

Moore said he’s ecstatic about his final collegiate game in his black and gold gear, and is looking forward to re-living the joy he experienced running across the field with the Texas flag.

He'll be doing that one last time Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at NRG Stadium.

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Tiger fans bring in bowl game eve http://www.komu.com/news/tiger-fans-bring-in-bowl-game-eve/ http://www.komu.com/news/tiger-fans-bring-in-bowl-game-eve/ Sports Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:22:54 AM Chelsea Haynes, KOMU 8 Reporter Tiger fans bring in bowl game eve
HOUSTON- Mizzou fans from across the country gathered at a downtown Houston bar on Tuesday night for the official pre-game bowl party.
Houston resident Dennis Oetting said, "I'm so excited for Mizzou's presence in the great state of Texas. We recruit a lot of great football players and we're going to make a statement tomorrow! M-I-Z!"

The Houston Texas Tigers Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association hosted the event and welcomed over 100 current students and alumni. Alumus Steve Labac helped organize it.
The family of the TIgers' #19, Kaleb Prewett, went to Houston from Kansas City to offer their support. They said their excited for the game and feel like they are outshining all the other Mizzou supporters in town.
"We're the sexiest family in Houston right now," they said.

The official Mizzou Alumni Association tailgate will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday In front of Hall E, at the NRG Center.

The Tigers will take on the Texas Longhorns at NRG Stadium at 8 p.m. 

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Tigers set for a not-so-neutral site game http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-set-for-a-not-so-neutral-game-site/ http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-set-for-a-not-so-neutral-game-site/ Sports Tue, 26 Dec 2017 6:12:20 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Tigers set for a not-so-neutral site game

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Missouri football will have to fight against a home field advantage in what should a neutral site game Wednesday night at the Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas Bowl.

The Tigers are taking on the Texas Longhorns at NRG Stadium in Houston. That means Mizzou, which had to travel over 800 miles to get to the game, will be taking on a team that had to travel fewer than 200.

Some Texas fans didn't even leave until the day of the game.

"We're going to get up in the morning, probably leave around 10:00, get there mid-afternoon," Texas Alum Tommy Mathis said.

Mathis's son Tucker, a freshman at Texas, said there will be a strong UT student presence at NRG Stadium.

"A lot of people I know live in Houston already. So it'll be a short commute for them to the game, and I know most of them are going to the game," Mathis said.

The Tigers are aware the fan balance may not be on their side.

"I know well enough on where we are geographically on how many people are going to be in the stands and what colors they are wearing," Head Coach Barry Odom said.

Junior Offensive Lineman Paul Adams added "I like away games, so if we consider this an away game I'm totally fine with it. Those are the most fun games by far."

Kickoff at the Texas Bowl is set for 8:00 p.m.

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Looking back: Missouri football gets set for Texas Bowl http://www.komu.com/news/looking-back-missouri-football-gets-set-for-texas-bowl/ http://www.komu.com/news/looking-back-missouri-football-gets-set-for-texas-bowl/ Sports Mon, 25 Dec 2017 6:21:35 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Looking back: Missouri football gets set for Texas Bowl

HOUSTON - The Missouri football team took an unlikely path to its first bowl game since the 2014-2015 season.

The Tigers will take on Texas in the Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas Bowl on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

Making a bowl didn't look likely for Mizzou halfway through the season. The Tigers started the year 1-5, with their only win coming in a back-and-forth encounter against in-state rival Missouri State, an FCS team.

Three of those five losses were by at least 25 points, and the only one of those that was actually a game was Missouri's six-point loss to Kentucky in early October. 

Right when it seemed like the Tigers would have to make some coaching changes in the off-season, things started to turn around. Mizzou won all of its last six games, beating conference and non-conference opponents by an average of 30 points per game. 

Two of those wins were the last games two Southeastern Conference head coaches coached with their respective programs. Tennessee fired Butch Jones a day after Missouri's 50-17 win over the Volunteers, and Arkansas fired Bret Bielema just minutes after his Razorbacks fell to Mizzou, 48-45. 

Missouri's six game winning streak, which the Tigers will take into Wednesday's game, helped them join Ole Miss as the only two schools in the history of the SEC to make a bowl after starting the season 1-5.

Two Tigers made their own history as well. Junior quarterback Drew Lock broke the SEC single season passing touchdown record, and freshman tight end Albert Okwuegbunam broke Jeremy Maclin's school freshman record for most receiving touchdowns in a single season. 

Lock takes 42 passing touchdowns, and Okwuegbunam takes 11 receiving touchdowns into Wednesday's game.

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LIVE BLOG: Braggin' Rights Missouri vs. Illinois basketball http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-braggin-rights-missouri-vs-illinois-basketball/ http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-braggin-rights-missouri-vs-illinois-basketball/ Sports Sat, 23 Dec 2017 7:32:21 PM Joey Schneider and Evan Lachnit, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters LIVE BLOG: Braggin' Rights Missouri vs. Illinois basketball

ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Tigers basketball team rides a five-game winning streak into its its final regular season non-conference game against the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Saturday marks the 37th annual Braggin' Rights competition between the cross-state rivals. Illinois is 24-12 in Braggin' Rights games against Mizzou, and the Fighting Illini lead the all-time series 31-16.

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2H :28 | Game coming down to wire, as Jeremiah Tilmon helps Mizzou move within two-possession game. 66-60, Illinois.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

2H 1:56 | Points moving back-and-forth, but Mizzou having trouble reducing deficit beyond two scores. 66-58, Illinois.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

2H 2:49 | Time running out for Mizzou, who once moved within seven points of a tie game. Tigers trailing 62-53.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

2H 7:40 | Mizzou is 15-19 on free throws, including two just made from Blake Harris. Illinois leading 56-48.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

2H 11:27 | Kassius Robertson with 10 second-half points. Mizzou slowly reducing deficit, but still trails Illinois, 52-40.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

2H 15:54 | Mizzou off to a 8-2 run to start the new half. Illinois still up, 44-30.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

Halftime stats via the first-year Scottrade Center scoreboard. Mizzou's Jordan Barnett leads all players with 14 points. Illinois' Leron Black leads team with 13 points. pic.twitter.com/WMDzsxC43p

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

1H 3:53 | Illinois with a 5-0 run. Illinois' Smith and Black with a combined 17 points, as Mizzou trails 28-16.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

1H 6:59 | STL native Jordan Barnett leading the Mizzou attack with 9 points. Mizzou trailing Illinois, 23-14.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

1H 13:40 | Illinois Leron Black and Mark Smith both with five points a piece. The whole Mizzou team has combined for five points. Illinois leading, 17-5.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

1H 13:40 | Illinois Leron Black and Mark Smith both with five points a piece. The whole Mizzou team has combined for five points. Illinois leading, 17-5.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

1Q 15:58 | Mizzou opened with a Jeremiah Tilmon bucket, which has since been followed by ten straight unanswered points. Illinois leads, 10-2.

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

Braggin' Rights starting lineups:
Mizzou- Robertson, Barnett, Tilmon, Puryear, Harris
Illinois- Lucas, Black, Smith, Alstork, Finke

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

Nearly half an hour from Braggin' Rights tipoff at Scottrade Center. Mizzou looking for first win against Illinois since 2012. @KOMUsports pic.twitter.com/cyDWrkByH9

— Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) December 24, 2017

Here in St. Louis for the Braggin’ Rights Game this evening. I will have coverage tonight with @joeyschneider95 for @KOMUsports pic.twitter.com/PO90OMF9Fo

— Evan Lachnit (@Evan_lachnit96) December 24, 2017

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Mizzou basketball player starts nonprofit for Columbia kids http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-player-starts-nonprofit-for-columbia-kids/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-player-starts-nonprofit-for-columbia-kids/ Sports Fri, 15 Dec 2017 8:15:38 AM Matt Schmittdiel, KOMU 8 Reporter Mizzou basketball player starts nonprofit for Columbia kids

COLUMBIA - A Missouri basketball player and a former Mizzou student have teamed up to start a nonprofit aimed at helping local children.

Junior guard Terrence Phillips and MU graduate Ashley Reed started "Beyond The Ball" in 2017 to help enrich the lives of children in Columbia.

"It was a way for me to give back to the community to someplace that I have called home for the past three years here, that has shown me so much love and support," Phillips said.

The non-profit is currently hosting a toy drive that will end Friday evening. All of the collected toys will be given to kids at "Beyond The Ball's" first ever Christmas celebration on Sunday.

"Beyond The Ball" is asking for new and unwrapped gifts. They have a wish list online detailing what kind of toys to buy. The deadline for drop off toys is Friday evening, but "Beyond The Ball" will still accept donations online through a GoFundMe.

Donation boxes are located at:

  • Jimmy's Steakhouse
  • Truman's Bar & Grill
  • Willie's / Fieldhouse
  • Flipz USA Gymnastics
  • Rise on 9th

Phillips said being able to provide gifts during this holiday season is a great opportunity to help, but said he is looking forward to meeting and interacting with the kids at Sunday's celebration even more.

"Everyone always talks about having a 'why,' why you do something. These kids are my 'why:' why I keep playing basketball, why I wake up every morning to go to school, you know wake up and work hard in basketball and practice like that. They are my 'why,'" Phillips said. "This is why I keep going. Having that interaction with them is going to go a long way not just for them, but for me too."

Reed said their initial goal for the organization was to have a flagship back-to-school backpack and school supply drive, but said they didn't have enough time to get it ready.

"We started with that idea so late, probably around three weeks before school started, which is not enough time to get donation and set the event up," Reed said. "We still wanted to do something for the community, so we were thinking what else could we do and we came up with the toy drive."

Reed said the original goal to raise for the toy drive was $2,500, but said they went past their initial goal and now are looking to hit the $5,000 mark. 

As of Friday morning "Beyond The Ball" said they had around 250 toys and said they hope to reach 500 by Sunday. Phillips said he is excited to see how the kids react to some of his favorite toys from the drive.

"My all-time favorite would have to probably be this Batman mask right here. One because I’m a big Batman fan, like I’ve probably seen all the movies, and one because it lights up and everything," Phillips said. "It also has a voice changer, like I’m super excited about this. I might have to actually buy one myself, just so I can keep it in the house."

Reed and Phillips have spent hours baking cookies leading up to the Christmas celebration where kids can decorate their own sugar cookie.

The Christmas celebration will be December 17 from 5-6:30 PM at 210 St. James St.

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Kevin Roy scores twice, Ducks down Blues 3-1 http://www.komu.com/news/kevin-roy-scores-twice-ducks-down-blues-3-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/kevin-roy-scores-twice-ducks-down-blues-3-1/ Sports Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:20:39 PM The Associated Press Kevin Roy scores twice, Ducks down Blues 3-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kevin Roy scored twice and John Gibson made 29 saves as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Thursday night.

Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, which has won three of four.

Patrik Berglund scored for the Blues, who have lost two in a row.

Gibson earned his second victory at St. Louis in the last 16 days. He stopped 37 of 39 shots in a 3-2 win on Nov. 29.

Roy scored twice in a span of 2:45 in the third period to push the lead to 3-0. He pounced on the rebound off a shot by Cam Fowler at 5:43 for a 2-0 advantage.

Roy was called up on Tuesday following an injury to Corey Perry.

Cogliano stuffed a loose puck past Jake Allen from close range in the second period for his fourth goal of the season. It was his first since Oct. 26, a span of 22 games.

Gibson, who improved to 10-10-3, stopped Joel Edmundson on a breakaway in the second.

Berglund broke the shutout with 5:53 left. It was the Blues' first goal in 114:07.

St. Louis failed on four power play attempts.

The Ducks, who have earned at least one point in their last six games, were playing the first of six successive road games.

Allen made 15 saves in falling to 17-8-2.

NOTES: Anaheim RW Corey Perry is listed as week to week with a knee injury sustained in the first period of a 3-2 win over Carolina on Monday. ... Allen has started the Blues' last seven games. ... St. Louis D Alex Pietrangelo missed his third consecutive game with a lower-body injury. ... The Ducks will play 11 of their next 14 games on the road.


Ducks: Play at Washington on Saturday in the second stop on their six-game road trip.

Blues: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday in the first of back-to-back games between the teams. St. Louis plays at Winnipeg on Sunday.

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Cardinals land Ozuna from Marlins http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-land-ozuna-from-marlins/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-land-ozuna-from-marlins/ Sports Wed, 13 Dec 2017 9:41:24 PM Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals land Ozuna from Marlins

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired outfielder Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins. The deal is pending a physical. 

The Cardinals' quest to find an impact bat has been completed after coming up empty-handed in the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes. 

Ozuna clubbed 37 home runs and knocked in 124 RBIs last season, good for a .924 OPS, a .548 slugging percentage and a Silver Slugger Award. 

The two-time All-Star is also solid defensively, having won his first gold glove in 2017. 

Ozuna, who earned $3.5 million last season, is eligible for arbitration this offseason, but will not become a free agent until 2020 at the earliest. 

According to the Miami Herald, the Marlins will receive right-handed pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara, outfielder Magneuris Sierra, right-handed pitcher Zac Gallen and left-handed pitcher Daniel Castano. 

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Tolton girls basketball features father/son coaching duo http://www.komu.com/news/tolton-girls-basketball-features-father-son-coaching-duo/ http://www.komu.com/news/tolton-girls-basketball-features-father-son-coaching-duo/ Sports Tue, 12 Dec 2017 3:31:16 PM Lindsay Hornecker and Erin Reynolds, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Tolton girls basketball features father/son coaching duo

COLUMBIA - Cory Riley always wanted to coach basketball and follow in his father's footsteps, and that dream became a reality last basketball season.

Riley joined his father, Curt Riley, as a coach for the Tolton girls basketball team last season. He's said it's been a dream.

"He's basically been what I want to be when I grow up... It's just a dream coaching basketball with my dad and at Tolton,"Cory said. 

However, Cory had to make a difficult decision before joining the program. He was playing baseball at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. and would not be able to do both. He made his decision last season and said he made the right choice.

Curt Riley began Linn County when he graduated college. He was the head girls basketball coach in Kirksville when Cory was born.

"It's horrible at times I mean I've missed so much of his stuff, which gets me teary-eyed, and you do not get those days back. So him being here makes up for lost time, and it's pretty awesome," Curt said. 

However, there is another member of the family who does not get to see the two very often during season: Sheryl Riley.

"My mom always says 'Oh, basketball season's here I guess I'll see you guys two hours a day' because we are always here, with our second family," Cory said. 

Curt said there are times where Sheryl will not allow the two to talk about basketball.

 Cory said he likes the environment of coaching in a private school, but hopes to expand his career to the collegiate level in the future.

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Nation's largest Special Olympics campus could open in Jefferson City by late next fall http://www.komu.com/news/nation-s-largest-special-olympics-campus-could-open-in-jefferson-city-by-late-next-fall/ http://www.komu.com/news/nation-s-largest-special-olympics-campus-could-open-in-jefferson-city-by-late-next-fall/ Sports Mon, 11 Dec 2017 7:12:13 PM Joey Schneider, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Nation's largest Special Olympics campus could open in Jefferson City by late next fall

JEFFERSON CITY- A Special Olympics Missouri plan nearly a decade in the making could become a reality as soon as next fall.

Construction broke ground on the organization’s Training For Life Campus in May. The 34,000 square-foot campus will hold the nation’s largest Special Olympics venue in the United States.

“It’s an opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to come to this campus and train in the sport they love, or find a new sport that they never heard of because maybe it’s not even offered in their area,” said Brandon Schatsiek, Special Olympics Missouri Athlete Leadership Manager.

Special Olympics Missouri athletes have the opportunity to participate in 21 sports, nearly half that will have a designated practice area in the new campus. 

“We’re the first in the nation to even have this opportunity to offer all these sports under one roof, said Special Olympics Missouri Competition Director Susan Shaffer. “Being able to bring kids and adults from the state of Missouri into one place to learn and teach them, that’s the unique part.”

In recent years, Special Olympics used space in various Mid-Missouri schools to host an annual Athlete Leadership Program and summer camps. The Training For Life campus will allow the organization to increase these opportunities.

“Instead of having that camp once a year, we can have that camp on a smaller scale maybe 20 to 30 times a year,” Schatsiek said.

More than 15,000 Special Olympics Missouri Athletes will have an opportunity to use the campus for practices and competitions. Some athletes are looking forward to easier commutes and larger social opportunities that come with the facility.

“It gives me an opportunity to be closer to my hometown,” Special Olympics Missouri athlete Becca Tincknell said. “You have new opportunities, you meet new mentors and help them out.”

As of early December, Special Olympics Missouri has already raised 96 percent of its fundraising goal for the Training For Life campus. Until December 15, the Centene Charitable Foundation will match donations toward the new facility dollar-for-dollar.


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Jefferson City head football coach resigns http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-head-football-coach-resigns/ http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-head-football-coach-resigns/ Sports Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:55:45 PM Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Jefferson City head football coach resigns

COLUMBIA - Ted Le Page has resigned as Head Football Coach for the Jefferson City Jays.

Le Page, the former Missouri Tiger defensive back, struggled this season as head coach for the Jays. They finished with a 3-7 record this season.

Sources tell KOMU Sports that Jefferson City will likely replace Le Page with Terry Walker.  Walker, a Jefferson City Graduate and Linebacker for the Tigers, has coached Blair Oaks High School to three consecutive undefeated regular seasons.

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Geist leads Missouri past Green Bay 100-77 http://www.komu.com/news/geist-leads-missouri-past-green-bay-100-77/ http://www.komu.com/news/geist-leads-missouri-past-green-bay-100-77/ Sports Sun, 10 Dec 2017 9:39:48 AM The Associated Press Geist leads Missouri past Green Bay 100-77

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Geist, a role player known most for his scrappy style, scored 28 points Saturday night to help Missouri beat Green Bay 100-77.

Geist, a reserve guard who entered the game averaging 5.2 points, turned into a scoring machine, exceeding his previous career high by 10. Geist had 18 points at halftime on 7-of-8 shooting. He continued his efficient play in the second half, finishing 11 of 14 from the field. He even dunked — sort of, as the ball got a bit of the rim — on a breakaway after a steal.

Green Bay (3-5) hit five of its first seven shots and opened a 13-4 lead. Missouri's Kevin Puryear tied it at 21 with a driving layup with 11:30 left before halftime, and Jordan Barnett's 3-pointer a few minutes later gave the Tigers a 29-21 lead. It only got worse for the Phoenix, who couldn't stop penetration by Missouri's guards. By halftime, the Tigers led 60-40.

Turnovers have been a problem for Missouri (8-2) early in the season, but it only had eight against Green Bay. Barnett finished with 19 points, Jeremiah Tilmon added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jontay Porter finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Walk-on Adam Wolf, a fan favorite, got the Tigers to the 100-point mark with a 3-pointer in the final minute.

David Jesperson made 5 of 6 3-pointers and led the Phoenix with 17 points. Khalil Small added 12, Will Chevalier scored 11 and Hunter Crist finished with 10.


Green Bay: Saturday's game was a reunion for Phoenix coach Linc Darner. He was a teammate of Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin at Purdue from 1992-95. Darner scored 437 career points for the Boilermakers, while Martin racked up 1,666 career points.

Missouri: Coach Martin announced Friday that freshman C.J. Roberts plans to transfer. Roberts, 6-foot point guard from Irving, Texas, was expected to redshirt this season. The Tigers usually play three point guards, and none of them are seniors, so prospects for future playing time were cloudy. "We wish him nothing but the best, and we will assist him in any way possible," Martin said.


Green Bay: The Phoenix will visit Indiana State (4-5) on Tuesday.

Missouri: The Tigers have the week off for final exams and return to court Saturday with a home game against North Florida (3-7).

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Columbia eSports team prepares for the new season http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-esports-team-prepares-for-the-new-season/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-esports-team-prepares-for-the-new-season/ Sports Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:09:35 PM Sana Moore, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia eSports team prepares for the new season

COLUMBIA - Columbia College is just days away from starting its eSports season, which will be its second.

ESports is competitive video gaming.

Columbia College is one of the two schools in Missouri to incorporate eSports into its athletic department.

Player Jonathan Song said, just like anything competitive, the team has techniques to prepare for competitions.

“We look at videos, we study how the professional players play, and we keep track, and we actually take notes on our own game play. Ya know, call us crazy, but we take our own notes and we have to look at it later. Ya know, like why did we, where did we mess up, ya know, can we improve this for a later game,” Song said.

Fellow player Zachary Lapham said eSports is more than just playing a video game, it is physical too.

“We have physical training and we workout as a team. It builds energy and relieves stress,” he said.

Coach Drake Porter said he believes the Cougars will most likely be in first or second place in 2018.

“I think we are going to have a really strong season and this is likely our best chance of coming first in the country,” he said.

Porter said he coaches the team to follow the three P’s.

“We need to out-practice our opponents. We have to out-plan our opponents and we have to outperform our opponents.” Porter said

He said the team will spend approximately 800 hours this season training and playing the League of Legend. That includes individual and team practicing.

Porter said eSports, like traditional sports, help with player development.

“Sports are meant to help keep positive learning skills and, well, positive competition skills to kids. I think eSports kinda does the same thing. But it's really starting to challenge what games can do and what video games can do and the types of positive values they can help implement into students,” he said.

The season will begin in January and games will be streamed online for free.

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Mizzou OC Heupel takes job at Central Florida http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-oc-heupel-takes-job-at-central-florida/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-oc-heupel-takes-job-at-central-florida/ Sports Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:59:34 AM Evan Lachnit, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Mizzou OC Heupel takes job at Central Florida

COLUMBIA - The University of Central Florida announced Tuesday morning that Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel would be the school's new head football coach. 

Heupel was in his second year in charge of the Mizzou offense. He also served as the team's quarterbacks coach. 

Heupel replaces Scott Frost at UCF. Frost recently accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater Nebraska. Frost led to Knights to an 12-0, undefeated season in 2017. They will face off with Auburn in the Peach Bowl on January 1st. 

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to represent UCF. What makes this opportunity so unique is the vision of the leadership from President John Hitt, Provost Dale Whitaker and Director of Athletics Danny White. Their vision for this becoming one of the premier programs in the country makes this an exciting opportunity. That vision, the amazing campus, along with the recruiting base not only allows you to have immediate success but sustained success. I'm very excited to get a staff together and get to work with our wonderful student-athletes," Heupel said in a press release from UCF. 

In just two years, Heupel turned the Missouri offense into one of the best units in the nation. 

In 2015, the Missouri offense was one of the worst in the country, averaging just 280 yards per game and 13.6 points per game, second worst in all of the FBS. 

This season, led by junior QB Drew Lock, the Missouri offense was 7th in the nation averaging 512 yards per game and 10th in the nation averaging 39.3 points per game. 

The Tigers now will look for a new offensive coordinator as the intrigue around Lock's decision whether to stay at Mizzou or enter the NFL Draft now grow. 

Heupel will officially be introduced as UCF's head coach at a press conference this afternoon at 2pm eastern/ 1pm central. 

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