KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 24 Oct 2017 HH:10:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Mizzou Softball and Baseball battle for charity http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-and-baseball-battle-for-charity/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-and-baseball-battle-for-charity/ Sports Mon, 23 Oct 2017 6:38:34 PM Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Mizzou Softball and Baseball battle for charity

 

 

COLUMBIA – Mizzou Softball Stadium is in its 8th month of action. The venue has hosted 22 games already including four wins for Mizzou Softball over top-10 opponents. On October 14th, however, the stadium played host to something never before seen at Mizzou: a matchup between the baseball and softball teams.

 

The event was organized to raise money and donations for the Tiger Pantry, an organization that provides food to those involved with the University including fellow students.

 

While both teams were happy to play for such a good cause, they were also excited for the chance to play and beat their counterparts.

 

“The speed of the ball is definitely different. It’s coming from a different angle. They said it was going to be hard and it was hard,” said Mizzou Baseball outfielder Trey Harris.

 

Harris learned just how difficult softball can be as he struck out on his first at-bat in three pitches.

 

Softball players handled the pitching duties for both sides to remove the inequality of baseball players needing to learn a different pitch style. The game went five innings with both sides showing strengths in certain areas.

 

For the baseball team, it was swinging with power. While they only scored two runs in the game, both came from solo home runs. Kameron Misner and Harris were responsible for those runs, but when they were not going over the fence they were striking out.

 

“Honestly, we just kind of winged it. Obviously you could tell by our hundred K’s today, but we had fun and that’s all that matters.,” said Harris.

 

As for the softball team, the Tigers used their understanding of their sport to their advantage. Small ball was the name of the game as they stole bases, walked in runs and hit a few into play.

 

Rylee Pierce led the way with a two-run triple in the third and a grand slam in the fourth to help seal the victory for her team, 7-2.

 

“It was a team win. We’re pumped that we beat them and we have the bragging rights now.”

 

The event helped raise more than 300 pounds of donations for the Tiger Pantry. Both teams and coaches said they hope the event continues into the future.

 

“This is my last year, but I hope they keep it going. It was a blast,” Harris said.


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Okwuegbunam Named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/okwuegbunam-named-sec-co-freshman-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/okwuegbunam-named-sec-co-freshman-of-the-week/ Sports Mon, 23 Oct 2017 4:55:42 PM Logan Ball, KOMU 8 Sports Okwuegbunam Named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week

 

Columbia – After tying the school record for Most Touchdowns by a Tight End with three, Albert Okwuegbunam (pronounced Oh-coo-way-boo-nahm) was named the SEC Co-Freshman of the Week.

 

Okwuegbunam, a redshirt freshman from Springfield, Illinois, put up 57 yards on four receptions (second-best on the day). The 57 yards and three touchdowns against Idaho were the most of the young Tiger’s career. The second-string tight end played a crucial role in the 68-21 victory over the Vandals on Saturday and improved the Mizzou’s record to a seldom 2-5.

 

The three touchdowns all came in the first quarter of Saturday’s game and those catches tied Mizzou greats Chase Coffman and Swayne Blakely for the Mizzou single-game record.

 

Okwuegbunam has seen more snaps each week as the future for the Tigers’ tight end core looks to replace senior Jason Reese next season.

 

With his 6 foot 5 inch height and weighing in at 260 pounds, Okwuegbunam can contribute well both in the passing and run game as a blocker. He was a three-star recruit at Sacred Heart Griffin and his improvement shows after a redshirt in 2016 as he has now put on 43 pounds to fill into his new role in Division-1 football.

 

Okwuegbunam will look to build on that performance as the Tigers head into their last non-conference game against the UConn Huskies on Saturday, Oct 28 at 5:30 PM on the CBS Sports Network.


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2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 10 http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-10/ http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-10/ Sports Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:51:03 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer 2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 10

COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Nine Play of the Week! This week's nominees are from Helias High School, North Callaway High School and Blair Oaks High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.


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Mizzou-KU battle for hurricane relief http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-ku-battle-for-hurricane-relief/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-ku-battle-for-hurricane-relief/ Sports Sat, 21 Oct 2017 3:27:54 PM Aaron K. Ladd, KOMU 8 Reporter Mizzou-KU battle for hurricane relief

COLUMBIA- Missouri and Kansas will play a friendly version of their 'Border War' rivalry for the first time since 2012.

The teams will meet at the Sprint Center in Kansas City for an exhibition game with all proceeds going towards hurricane relief. 

Coach Martin spoke at SEC Tip-off in Nashville about his team's attitude towards the game.

"Once the ball is tipped, it's going to be a real game," he said. "The opportunity to use the platform of college basketball to help so many people in need is the most important aspect of this event."

The Tigers and Jayhawks have not met since 2012 when Missouri left the Big 12 conference for the SEC. Some tiger fans are anxious to see what the new-look squad will look like after a offseason full of changes.  

"Obviously to the big name is Michael Porter Jr," said fan Adrian Webb. "But the whole squad really is interesting and new. We're excited to see them build some chemistry."

Proceeds from the 'Showdown for Relief' will benefit the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Peurto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Both schools announced Friday that fans can watch via pay-per-view stream on ShowdownForRelief.com for $40.


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KOMU Sports Podcast Episode 2 http://www.komu.com/news/komu-sports-podcast-episode-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/komu-sports-podcast-episode-2/ Sports Fri, 20 Oct 2017 3:42:04 PM Matt Vereen and John Saltzman KOMU Sports Podcast Episode 2

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Mizzou athletics parts ways with longtime radio analyst http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-athletics-parts-ways-with-longtime-radio-analyst/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-athletics-parts-ways-with-longtime-radio-analyst/ Sports Fri, 20 Oct 2017 5:13:49 AM Emily Hannemann, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou athletics parts ways with longtime radio analyst

COLUMBIA - MU has parted ways with longtime basketball radio analyst Gary Link. Link had been the team's color commentator for more than 20 years. 

“Gary Link has been relieved of his duties with Mizzou Athletics, however, it would be inappropriate to comment further on a personnel matter,” department spokesperson Nick Joos said in a statement released Thursday. “The athletic department will work with Mizzou Sports Properties to identify a replacement for Gary on our radio broadcasts.”

The news comes just days before MU is scheduled to play a sold-out game against the University of Kansas on Sunday at the Sprint Center.

Prior to serving the team as color commentator, Link had played for the Tigers from 1970-1974. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.


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Jaden Schwartz has hat trick, Blues beat Blackhawks 5-2 http://www.komu.com/news/jaden-schwartz-has-hat-trick-blues-beat-blackhawks-5-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/jaden-schwartz-has-hat-trick-blues-beat-blackhawks-5-2/ Sports Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:06:59 PM The Associated Press Jaden Schwartz has hat trick, Blues beat Blackhawks 5-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz had his third career hat trick to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Schwartz has four goals and six assists this season and has at least one point in six of the Blues' first seven games. It was his 51st career multi-point game and fourth this season.

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, Kyle Brodziak also scored, and Jake Allen made 22 saves. The Blues snapped a two-game losing streak.

Duncan Keith and Ryan Hartman had late goals for the Blackhawks, and Corey Crawford made 28 saves.

Schwartz opened the scoring at 4:46 of the first period, tucking in a backhander off Tarasenko's feed.

Schwartz left the game eight minutes later after going awkwardly head-first into the boards after getting tangled with Richard Panik on a partial short-handed break.

Schwartz returned in the second period, and gave the Blues a 2-0 lead at 5:59. Allen's outlet pass off the boards created a 2-on-1 with Schwartz and Sammy Blais. It was Allen's fourth career assist.

Tarasenko made it 3-0 two minutes later, scoring his fifth of the season by stripping Artem Anisimov in front of the Chicago net.

St. Louis outshot Chicago 26-8 in the first two periods, including 17-4 in the second. The four shots in each of the first two periods were a season low for the Blackhawks in a period.

Brodziak scored at 7:01 of the third. It was the first time this season the Blues' third or fourth line scored.

After Keith and Hartman scored for Chicago, Schwartz completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal.

NOTES: Blackhawks television analyst Eddie Olczyk, who is battling colon cancer, received a standing ovation from the crowd of 18,752 after being recognized late in the first period. Olczyk was back in the booth for the first time since his diagnosis in August. ... Blues F Alexander Steen (broken left hand) was activated from injured reserve and made his season debut. To make room, the Blues waived F Wade Megan. ... Blues F Paul Stastny is one point shy of 600 for his career. ... Blackhawks C Nick Schmaltz (upper body) returned after missing four games.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Host Edmonton on Thursday night.

Blues: Travel to Colorado on Thursday night.


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2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 9 http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-9/ http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-9/ Sports Sun, 15 Oct 2017 6:53:25 PM Erin Reynolds and John Saltzman, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producers 2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 9

COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Nine Play of the Week! This week's nominees are from Rock Bridge High School, Southern Boone County High School and Father Tolton High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Week 9 Play of the Week poll has been corrected to note Southern Boone's Jackson Sartain's TD run. We apologize for an incorrect name published earlier.]


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Helias QB Daniel Rhea looks to build upon brother's legacy http://www.komu.com/news/helias-qb-daniel-rhea-looks-to-build-upon-brother-s-legacy/ http://www.komu.com/news/helias-qb-daniel-rhea-looks-to-build-upon-brother-s-legacy/ Sports Sun, 15 Oct 2017 2:27:25 PM Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Helias QB Daniel Rhea looks to build upon brother's legacy

JEFFERSON CITY –  On October 5, 2013, Helias Catholic High School cornerback John Rhea had the game of his life.

“I remember just the game against Rock Bridge, getting an interception. I remember just running as fast as I could, my visor fogged up, I couldn’t see anything, the adrenaline was just rushing so much,” Rhea said. “You feel like a god out there.”

Helias won the game, and later advanced to a second straight state championship game in 2013. The moment left quite the impression on John’s younger brother, Daniel.

“I just remember him going crazy. I was just like, I wish I have that one day,” Daniel said. “I literally thought of him as like a celebrity. I just really wanted to be like him at that moment.”

Now four years later the Rhea legacy lives on. Not through John, but Daniel. Who’s now the Helias starting quarterback.

Five years separates the two, with John now a senior at the University of Missouri and Daniel a junior at Helias. But the brother’s bond goes far beyond the Friday night lights.

“We like the same things, we did the same things, there was never a time where I was like, ugh my brothers John. He was my best friend growing up and I miss those times,” Daniel said.

“Whatever his older brother was doing that’s what he wanted to do,” John said. “It’s pretty cool to see that looking back now.” 

“He’s been my biggest role model my entire life. I've always looked up to him, he's still my idol as to that's how that's how I want to live my life,” Daniel said. “I hope I'm half the man that my brother is and just keep striving for what he's all accomplished and what he's known for. All the happiness that he’s gotten, I want to have that feeling too.”

The Rhea name has been known throughout Jefferson City for many years, dating back to when Daniel and John’s father played football at Jefferson City high school.

“The bar so high and might think that that might aggravate me, but honestly I love that. I like being known as that,” Daniel said.

But dealing with how to fill a big brother’s, big shoes, is no small task.

“I mean, it’s tough to fill the shoes that he put down for me. But it's a good path I guess you could say. I enjoy being that person that he's set the tone for me to be,” Daniel said.

“I guess I have set the bar pretty high, but I don't really think he thinks that way. I think he kind of thinks of it as this is my shot to leave my legacy,” John said. “Not that he owes it to anybody, he should just be the best that you can be because that's honestly how you how you leave your mark, that’s how you'll be remembered.”

It’s a legacy that Daniel doesn’t take lightly, one that’s always on his mind.

“That’s always in the back of my mind just to always leave a mark as good as my brother did,” Daniel said. “Anytime my brother’s name is brought up, it’s a good trademark, and that’s what I want.”

Helias starts its district playoffs on Friday.


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No. 4 Georgia finds running game, beats Missouri 53-28 http://www.komu.com/news/no-4-georgia-finds-running-game-beats-missouri-53-28/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-4-georgia-finds-running-game-beats-missouri-53-28/ Sports Sun, 15 Oct 2017 8:46:25 AM The Associated Press and Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer No. 4 Georgia finds running game, beats Missouri 53-28

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — No. 4 Georgia found its running game after a slow start and took control with 26 unanswered points to beat Missouri 53-28 on Saturday night.

Georgia (7-0, 4-0 SEC) recovered from an early scare by gaining 696 total yards, including 370 on the ground. Missouri (1-5, 0-4 SEC) suffered its fifth straight loss as it faded following a 21-all tie in the second quarter.

Georgia's Mecole Hardman scored on a 35-yard run in the first quarter and a 59-yard catch from Jake Fromm in the fourth quarter.

Missouri showed the big-play potential in its passing game on Emanuel Hall's two 63-yard touchdown catches in the first half. Drew Lock also threw a 4-yard scoring pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam.

Lock threw for 253 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

The Tigers stacked their defense against the run and gave up only 45 yards on the ground in the first quarter. The strategy put pressure on Fromm, the freshman.

Missouri linebacker Cale Garrett's interception in the first quarter set up Lock's scoring pass to Okwuegbunam.

D'Andre Swift ran for 94 yards, including a 71-yarder, Michel had 86 yards and Nick Chubb added 70 yards to lead Georgia's deep ground attack. Fromm threw for 326 yards with two touchdowns and added a 4-yard scoring run.

Georgia allowed a combined 17 points in its first three SEC wins, a total topped by the Tigers in the first half.

Following the last tie at 21-all, Georgia scored the final 13 points of the half and the first 13 points of the second half.

The first half was a painful reality check for Georgia's defense, which ranked second in the nation with its average of 10 points allowed per game and led the SEC with its average of 118.3 yards passing allowed in conference games.

Missouri linebacker Tavon Ross was ejected after his head-first hit on Hardman, who was returning a kickoff, in the fourth quarter. The targeting call followed a video review.

THE TAKEAWAY

Missouri: An abysmal defense allowing 40 points per game couldn't slow the Bulldogs. Missouri gave up 407 yards in the first half.

Georgia: The test against the best passing game Georgia has faced uncovered problems in the Bulldogs' defense. Georgia's secondary was torched by on the two long scoring catches by Hall. The Bulldogs' pass rush also had difficult putting pressure on Lock at times. Ultimately, Georgia turned to its strength — the running game — to put the game away.

INJURIES

Missouri running back Damarea Crockett suffered a right shoulder injury and missed the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Missouri: The Tigers will take a break from their SEC schedule when they host Idaho on Saturday.


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LIVE BLOG: Missouri at No. 4 Georgia Football http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-missouri-at-no-4-georgia-football/ http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-missouri-at-no-4-georgia-football/ Sports Sat, 14 Oct 2017 4:20:58 PM Joey Schneider and Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters LIVE BLOG: Missouri at No. 4 Georgia Football

ATHENS, Ga. - Just one week removed from their own homecoming, the Missouri Tigers (1-4, 0-3 SEC) travel to Sanford Stadium to take on the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 SEC) in their homecoming matchup.

Mizzou has lost their last three games against Georgia with just one victory against the Bulldogs since moving to the SEC in 2012. Georgia leads the all-time series 5-1, with the only other win coming in 1960.

The Tigers are coming off a 40-34 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats. Mizzou's last road conference win came in November 2014 when they defeated the Tennessee Volunteers, 29-21.

Tweets in this live blog will appear with the newest posts first. Follow KOMU 8 reporters Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) and Ben Burke (@Ben_J_Burke) following the game for postgame coverage.


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FNF Week 9: North Callaway team takes advantage of four-day school week http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-north-callaway-team-takes-advantage-of-four-day-school-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-north-callaway-team-takes-advantage-of-four-day-school-week/ Sports Fri, 13 Oct 2017 3:43:29 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter FNF Week 9: North Callaway team takes advantage of four-day school week

KINGDOM CITY - Time formerly spent in the classroom is now being spent in the film room.

No, players on the North Callaway football team aren't playing hooky. They're just taking advantage of having Mondays off from school - every week.

"I think they enjoy that time on Monday," said North Callaway's head football coach Kevin O'Neal. "We get to spend a little more time in film, we're not rushed or anything and I think it has paid off this year having a successful year. I think the kids have adapted to it well."

The North Callaway School District adopted a four-day school week earlier this year, and this is the first season the Thunderbirds have not had class on Mondays.

"I think the kids enjoy having the three days off. The days are a little bit longer that we are here, but I think classroom time and the kids' response in the classroom has been great," O'Neal said.

The added work time on Mondays allow both the players and coaches to have more free time over the weekend.

"In the old days when I coached football, the staff would have to spend Sundays at my house and we worked all day," North Callaway Activities Director Michael Emmons said. "Now our coaches get Sunday off."

For O'Neal, the extra day gives him more time to spend with his two sons.

"During football season they don't get to see me a whole lot, so I try to make it a point to give Saturday and Sunday to those guys," he said.

North Callaway has dropped only one game this season, an opening night loss to Southern Boone. Since then it has won seven in a row.

O'Neal credits the team's success to the hard work of its seniors.

"That class has worked hard. They worked hard in the offseason. It's no mistake why we're having the success we're having, it's because of the work they put in and hopefully they remember that hard work does pay off and it's paying off for them this year," he said.

The Thunderbirds play Montgomery County on Friday to close out the regular season.


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A Border War skirmish: Mizzou-KU to play for hurricane relief http://www.komu.com/news/a-border-war-skirmish-mizzou-ku-to-play-for-hurricane-relief/ http://www.komu.com/news/a-border-war-skirmish-mizzou-ku-to-play-for-hurricane-relief/ Sports Fri, 13 Oct 2017 2:59:53 PM Annie Hammock, KOMU Interactive Director A Border War skirmish: Mizzou-KU to play for hurricane relief

COLUMBIA - Mizzou and KU are briefly resuming the Border War to benefit hurricane victims.

University of Missouri and the University of Kansas men's basketball teams will hit the hardwoods for a charity event called Showdown for Relief on Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. at Kansas City's Sprint Center.

Proceeds will go to the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"The opportunity to use the platform of college basketball to help so many people in need is the most important aspect of this event," Mizzou head coach Cuonzo Martin said.

MU and KU together got a waiver from the NCAA to play the extra exhibition game.

"We both felt that this would be a great opportunity to impact others," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

The goal is to sell out the Sprint Center, which could yield approximately $1 million to distribute among the five charities.

Each school will get about 9,000 seats to sell.

Members of the Tiger Scholarship Fund will have the opportunity to purchase tickets from the Mizzou allotment first based on donor rank. A limited number of tickets for Mizzou students will be available to purchase starting on Oct. 17.

Any remaining tickets from Mizzou's allotment will go on sale online only through www.sprintcenter.com starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18.

Martin said, "Buy tickets to this game, but also please donate if you are able to, as there are people in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who need our support."


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KOMU Sports Podcast Episode 1 http://www.komu.com/news/komu-sports-podcast-episode-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/komu-sports-podcast-episode-1/ Sports Fri, 13 Oct 2017 2:57:11 PM John Saltzman and Matt Vereen KOMU 8 reporters KOMU Sports Podcast Episode 1

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Missouri Wrestling Earns High Preseason Honors http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-wrestling-earns-high-preseason-honors/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-wrestling-earns-high-preseason-honors/ Sports Wed, 11 Oct 2017 7:46:29 PM Logan Ball, KOMU 8 Sports Missouri Wrestling Earns High Preseason Honors

COLUMBIA - A season after their fifth consecutive Mid-American Conference Championship, the Missouri Wrestling team was ranked atop the MAC in the preseason poll.

 

Mizzou received 29 points in the poll, followed by Central Michigan with 18 and the University of Buffalo with 16 points.

 

In addition to the high team praise, the Tigers can boast five wrestlers as the preseason favorites in their respective weight classes. Redshirt-junior John Erneste (133-pounds), redshirt sophomore Jayden Eierman (141-pounds), redshirt senior Joey Lavallee (174-pounds), redshirt junior Daniel Lewis (174-pounders) and redshirt senior Willie Miklus (197-pounds) all took home first place honors.

 

Miklus has moved up to the 197-pound class with the loss of three-time national champion J’den Cox. The redshirt senior from Altoona, Iowa was a two-time NCAA All-American (2015,2016) in the 184-pound weight class but sat out a majority of the 2017 campaign with a knee injury.

 

Second place honors were handed to redshirt sophomore Connor Flynn (165-pounds), who has yet to wrestle on the mat for the Tigers. Flynn, transfer from West Virginia University, sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules. As a Mountaineer however, he placed fourth in the 165-pound weight class in the Big 12 tournament and collected three major decisions and three technical falls.

 

After an extremely successful 2017 season in which the team finished fifth in the NCAA champions in St. Louis and head coach Brian Smith was named the 2017 NWCA Coach of the Year, expectations are extremely high for the Tigers again.


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2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 8 http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-8/ http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-8/ Sports Sun, 8 Oct 2017 11:02:24 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer 2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 8

COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Eight Play of the Week! This week's nominees are from Rock Bridge High School, Blair Oaks High School and Fayette High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.


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Offensive surge not enough, Mizzou falls at Kentucky http://www.komu.com/news/offensive-surge-not-enough-mizzou-falls-at-kentucky/ http://www.komu.com/news/offensive-surge-not-enough-mizzou-falls-at-kentucky/ Sports Sun, 8 Oct 2017 9:45:54 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Offensive surge not enough, Mizzou falls at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mizzou Football lost its fourth straight game Saturday night, 40-34, despite scoring its most points since week one against Missouri St.

The 34 points scored by the Tigers (1-4, 0-3 SEC) were more than the total from the previous three games against South Carolina, Purdue and Auburn combined (30). 

Missouri outgained Kentucky 568-486. Junior quarterback Drew Lock threw TD passes of 50, 58 and 75 yards. Lock also added a 48-yard completion to set up a 1-yard TD run, his first of the season.

Lock finished 22-of-42 for 355 yards and the four scores.

Kentucky (5-1, 2-1 SEC) scored on four straight first-half drives and led by double digits three times, but allowed Missouri to eventually tie the game at 27 late in the third quarter and 34 early in the fourth.

Austin MacGinnis' 53-yard field goal with 9:40 remaining proved to be the difference. Later in the fourth, Lonnie Johnson blocked Tucker McCann's 45-yard field goal attempt, setting up MacGinnis' 20-yard kick with 1:48 left that gave the Wildcats breathing room.

Turnovers did in the Tigers, as two fumbles led to two touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Kentucky senior quarterback Stephen Johnson finished 22-of-36 for 298 yards and threw touchdown passes of 14 and 64 yards. Running back Benny Snell Jr. contributed two touchdowns as well.

Missouri will need to win five of the final seven games to qualify for a bowl game. They visit No. 5 Georgia next week.


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FNF Live Blog Week 8: High school football photos and videos http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-live-blog-week-8-high-school-football-photos-and-videos-90160/ http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-live-blog-week-8-high-school-football-photos-and-videos-90160/ Sports Fri, 6 Oct 2017 6:54:02 PM Danielle Katz and Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producers FNF Live Blog Week 8: High school football photos and videos

COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri high school football teams are kicking off the eighth week of Friday Night Fever. In our FNF Game of the Week, Battle is looking to continue a winning streak in Jefferson City. Jefferson City returns home after playing away for two weeks, and they're looking to recover from losing its last four games. Battle has won three games in a row, leaving Hickman and Truman scoreless in two of them. 

Tweet your game photos to @komunews or @komusports.

This live blog will feature photos and videos from games around mid-Missouri. Items are in reverse chronological order, with the newest on top.


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FNF Week 8: Jefferson City honors 1977 state championship team http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-8-jefferson-city-honors-1977-state-championship-team/ http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-8-jefferson-city-honors-1977-state-championship-team/ Sports Fri, 6 Oct 2017 3:39:55 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter FNF Week 8: Jefferson City honors 1977 state championship team

JEFFERSON CITY - Forty years later, a lot has changed for members of the 1977 Jefferson City football team.

They live in different places, their lives have taken different turns, but they all still remember every detail from that magical season.

"We were able to achieve more as a team than we could have ever achieved individually," said former Jays' left guard and nose guard George Sitterley.

"We were a team of people like me, this size," he said, pointing to himself, "and yet we won a state championship."

That 1977 team completed a 13-0 season that culminated in a 20-11 win over Hazelwood Central to give Jefferson City a Class 4A state championship.

Most of the players on that team, however, credit their success to their coach.

"The biggest difference probably was a guy named Pete Adkins," said former Jays' quarterback Keith Wilson. "I don't know how many games we would have won without him."

Adkins coached the Jays for 36 seasons from 1958 to 1993. The 1977 state title is just one of eight on the Missouri Sports Hall of Famer's resume.

"Pete was a great leader and he set the example and in life, you look at leaders and mentors and he was one of those," said former Jefferson City linebacker Greg Allen.

Now, years later, the players still make time to see each other at their annual golf outing at the Redfield Golf Club in Eugene.

"These are great guys," Allen said. "They're great friends and if I had something that I needed in life, I could give them a call and they would be there in a second. We all love each other and respect each other. It's a great time."

The city still remembers them too, and they will be honored at Friday's homecoming game against Battle.

Sitterley said, "I still have relatives that live here and they keep saying, 'I saw your name in the program,' and I'm like, 'It's 40 years ago guys. Life goes on.' It's kind of cool but in a way it's kind of embarrassing."

The '77 Jays have no reason to be embarrassed, though. Forty years later, they remain an integral part of the storied history of Jefferson City football.


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Pietrangelo gives Blues 5-4 overtime victory over Penguins http://www.komu.com/news/pietrangelo-gives-blues-5-4-overtime-victory-over-penguins/ http://www.komu.com/news/pietrangelo-gives-blues-5-4-overtime-victory-over-penguins/ Sports Wed, 4 Oct 2017 10:30:29 PM The Associated Press Pietrangelo gives Blues 5-4 overtime victory over Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Pietrangelo beat Matt Murray 1:15 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.

The Blues recovered after letting a two-goal third-period lead slip away when Pietrangelo's shot from the slot hit Murray and slipped under the crossbar for his second goal of the game.

Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for the Blues; Brayden Schenn and Colton Parayko also scored, and Jake Allen finished with 34 saves.

Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary scored 54 seconds apart in the third to tie it, but the Penguins couldn't complete the comeback on a night the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions raised the franchise's fifth Cup banner to the rafters at PPG Paints Arena. Justin Schultz and Olli Maatta also scored for the Penguins. Murray stopped 28 shots.

Just 115 days after finishing off a heated challenge from Nashville in the finals, the Penguins began the quest for the first three-peat in 35 years with one last nod to the franchise's fifth championship.

The players received their commemorative bling during a private ceremony on Tuesday night, coming together to pose with their respective nine-carat rings that feature nearly 400 diamonds and come engraved with coach Mike Sullivan's mantra "play the right way." On Wednesday the party grew considerably larger, with the 485th consecutive home sellout roaring during an electric pregame ceremony that included Crosby skating to mid-ice with the Cup held aloft and the 2017 banner making its way to the rafters to join the four that came before it.

Then the puck dropped, the adrenaline faded and the reality Pittsburgh faces at it chases history hit. The Penguins were able to keep the roster nearly intact following their 2016 title. This time around they'll be forced to go without Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Cullen, Chris Kunitz, Nick Bonino and Trevor Daley, all of whom moved on over the summer.

Finding out how the new pieces fit together will take time. The proof came during three uneven periods against the Blues, who wasted little time putting a damper on the party-like atmosphere.

Schultz opened the scoring with a shot from the point that sailed through traffic to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

The advantage lasted less than two minutes. Schenn redirected Carl Gunnarsson's pass off his skate and by Murray to tie it. Parayko put the Blues in front with 2:15 left in the first with a laser from the high slot. Maatta's goal — a near carbon copy of Schultz's — evened things just past the midway point but St. Louis kept on coming.

Pietrangelo worked himself free in the high slot and beat Murray high with 4:23 left in the second. When Stastny ripped a shot past Murray's blocker 3:38 into the third, St. Louis was in firm control.

Or so it seemed. Robert Bortuzzo and Schenn were hit with penalties 16 seconds apart with less than 8 minutes to go, and the Penguins pounced. Crosby jammed home a rebound, and Sheary finished off a crossing pass from Greg McKegg to knot it at 4.

UP NEXT

Blues: Host Dallas on Saturday night.

Penguins: At Chicago on Thursday night.


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