KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Tiger Talk Tiger Talk en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:02:30 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Mizzou boosts receiving core with addition of Alabama transfer http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-boosts-receiving-core-with-addition-of-alabama-transfer/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-boosts-receiving-core-with-addition-of-alabama-transfer/ Tiger Talk Mon, 1 Feb 2016 5:57:20 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou boosts receiving core with addition of Alabama transfer

COLUMBIA – Mizzou football announced former University of Alabama wide receiver Chris Black will transfer to the program with immediate eligibility.

Black ended his career with the Crimson Tide with 25 catches for 290 yards and two touchdowns. Most of his Alabama career involved the four-star prospect playing behind the likes of Amari Cooper, Christion Jones and DeAndrew White, all of whom are playing in the NFL.

Coming out of high school in Jacksonville, Florida, Black was ranked among the top-50 players nationally.

Already a graduate of Alabama, Black will continue his studies as a post-graduate, fifth-year senior at MU. He has one year of football eligibility remaining.

Black and junior college transfer Dominic Collins, who announced his decision to join the Tigers last week, are among the most experienced receivers on the team.

Juniors Nate Brown and J’Mon Moore are the only other upperclassmen who are part of the Tigers’ receiving core.

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Mizzou Tennis signs two top-50 recruits http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-tennis-signs-two-top-50-recruits/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-tennis-signs-two-top-50-recruits/ Tiger Talk Mon, 1 Feb 2016 4:39:07 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Tennis signs two top-50 recruits

COLUMBIA – Mizzou Tennis signed two top-50 recruits for the fall season Monday. The 2016 Winter Rankings by TennisRecruiting.net named Mizzou as the No. 22-ranked recruiting class in the nation.

Tate Schroeder and Mackenzy Middlebrooks are the new Tiger commits and both received five-star rankings among the top high school tennis players.

Schroeder, ranked No. 32 by TennisRecruiting.net, won a state championship in Colorado before joining the IMG Academy in Florida. She is 6-2 against fellow five-star recruits.

Middlebrooks is ranked No. 41 in the recruiting list and holds a 9-0 record against other four-star recruits this year. The Florida native is 21-15 in all competitions this season.

The new signings will team up with former top-50 recruits in sophomore Clare Raley and freshman Turner Yates. Raley was Missouri’s first ever top-50 recruit. Raley and Yates are 2-0 in doubles matches so far this season and have helped Mizzou to a 4-0 start.

Also, the SEC further improved its tennis conference as LSU, Alabama, Florida and Auburn join Missouri as schools with top-25 recruiting classes for 2016.

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Mizzou pitcher Tanner Houck earns Preseason All-American honors http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-pitcher-tanner-houck-earns-preseason-all-american-honors/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-pitcher-tanner-houck-earns-preseason-all-american-honors/ Tiger Talk Mon, 25 Jan 2016 5:38:09 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou pitcher Tanner Houck earns Preseason All-American honors

COLUMBIA - Mizzou Baseball sophomore pitcher Tanner Houck was named a Preseason All-American by D1Baseball.com Monday. Houck earned a spot on the D1Baseball’s All-America Third Team making the Illinois native the first Mizzou player awarded such a distinction since Kyle Gibson and Trevor Coleman in 2009.

Houck put up sensational numbers in his freshman season. He recorded eight wins last season under manager Tim Jamieson, most by a freshman since Gibson in 2007. His 100.2 innings pitched were also the most by a freshman in the country.

Houck finished his freshman season with 91 strikeouts and 12 walks in 15 starts. He also tallied a 3.49 ERA.

The righty notched two wins in Mizzou’s defeat of three top-five teams: No. 6 South Carolina, No. 4 Florida and No. 1 Texas A&M en route to an All-SEC Freshman Team honor.

During the offseason, Houck had a stint with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. He led the summer team in innings, strikeouts and starts, including a 4.0 perfect innings in a combined no-hitter against Cuba.

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Collins' 3 TDs leads Arkansas past Missouri 28-3 http://www.komu.com/news/collins-3-tds-leads-arkansas-past-missouri-28-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/collins-3-tds-leads-arkansas-past-missouri-28-3/ Tiger Talk Fri, 27 Nov 2015 5:57:08 PM The Associated Press Collins' 3 TDs leads Arkansas past Missouri 28-3

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Alex Collins ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns as Arkansas secured its first winning record in the Southeastern Conference since 2011 with a 28-3 win over Missouri on Friday.

The win is the fifth in the last six games for the Razorbacks (7-5, 5-3 SEC), who finish the regular season with a winning SEC record for only the eighth time since joining the league in 1992.

Collins had touchdown runs of 4, 7 and 25 yards, and he topped 100-yard rushing mark for the ninth time this season.

The game was the final one at Missouri (5-7, 1-7) for coach Gary Pinkel, who announced earlier this month he was resigning after the season following a diagnosis of lymphoma in May.

Pinkel finishes his 25 seasons as a head coach at both Toledo and Missouri with an overall record of 191-110-3, and he's the all-time winningest coach for the Tigers — finishing 117-70 in 15 seasons at Missouri.

Drew Lock was 9-of-27 passing for 83 yards for the Tigers, who failed to score in double digits for the sixth time this season. Missouri failed to score a touchdown for the fourth time in eight SEC games this season, and it finished with 171 yards of total offense, compared to 310 for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas had a four-game winning streak snapped in a 51-50 loss to Mississippi State a week ago, the fourth time in the last five games it had scored 50 or more points.

The Razorbacks offense didn't match its recent production on a rainy day against the Tigers, but it didn't need to.

Collins put Arkansas up 14-0 early in the second quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run, and he extended the lead to 21-3 with a weaving 25-yard score with 31 seconds left before halftime.

The touchdown was the 17th rushing score of the season for the junior, who is now tied for second in school history behind Bill Burnett's 19 rushing touchdowns in 1969, and he finished with a career-high 30 carries in the win.

A week after throwing for a school-record seven touchdowns, Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen finished 11 of 17 for 102 yards. The start was the 33rd straight of Allen's career with the Razorbacks, the longest active streak in the SEC.

Missouri's only points came on a 35-yard field goal by Andrew Baggett in the second quarter.


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Mauk still suspended, Lock to start on homecoming http://www.komu.com/news/mauk-still-suspended-lock-to-start-on-homecoming/ http://www.komu.com/news/mauk-still-suspended-lock-to-start-on-homecoming/ Tiger Talk Mon, 5 Oct 2015 3:33:31 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mauk still suspended, Lock to start on homecoming

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri football team announced Monday that quarterback Maty Mauk's indefinite suspension will continue through this week. Freshman quarterback Drew Lock will get his second straight start in Mauk's absence.

Malik Cuellar, who was suspended along with Mauk last week, has been reinstated by the team and is listed as the No. 2 left tackle on the team's latest depth chart.

Mauk and Cuellar were both suspended for unspecified violations of team rules ahead of last week's game against South Carolina.

In his first career start, Lock went 21-for-28 for 136 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Missouri takes on Florida this Saturday for Homecoming. The Gators are the No. 11 team in the country in this week's Associated Press poll.

Kickoff at Faurot Field is set for 6:30 pm.

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Laurence Bowers signs contract to play Italian basketball http://www.komu.com/news/laurence-bowers-signs-contract-to-play-italian-basketball/ http://www.komu.com/news/laurence-bowers-signs-contract-to-play-italian-basketball/ Tiger Talk Sun, 2 Aug 2015 4:19:42 PM Mark Kim, Sports Digital Producer Laurence Bowers signs contract to play Italian basketball

CAPO D'ORLANDO - Former Missouri basketball player Laurence Bowers has officially signed with Orlandina Basket in Italy, the team announced on August 2nd.

The team also announced that Bowers will wear #21 for the team.

Bowers spent the past two years playing professional basketball in Israel, where he averaged 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds during his rookie season with Hapoel Holon. After being named "Rookie of the Year," he spent most of his sophomore year on the bench with an injury. Bowers returned for the post-season where he averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds.

Bowers played for Missouri from 2009-2013. In his senior year, he averaged 14.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks for the Tigers and was named to the 2013 SEC Coaches All-Conference Second Team.

Bowers' new team, Orlandina Basket, plays in Lega Basket Serie A, the highest tier of professional basketball in Italy. The team is based in Capo d'Orlando, Sicily, Italy.


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Missouri softball's season ends at hands of UCLA http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-s-season-ends-at-hands-of-ucla/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-s-season-ends-at-hands-of-ucla/ Tiger Talk Sun, 24 May 2015 7:42:51 PM Tyler Murry, KOMU Sports Digital Producer Missouri softball's season ends at hands of UCLA

LOS ANGELES - The Tigers' season comes to an end after a loss in game two to the Bruins by a score of 10-6.

This loss comes after a 7-4 loss in game one as UCLA took the three-game series two games to none. In the defeat, Tori Finucane and Paige Lowary combined to throw seven innings giving up eight earned runs while recording five strikeouts.

A medical staff brought Finucane to the hospital after a hit struck her in the head in the fifth inning. UCLA's Kylee Perez drilled the pitch from Finucane back to the mound. Finucane was able to walk off the field, and according to Mizzou Softball, Finucane received treatment from the received care from a medical center at UCLA and showed normal vitals was responsive.

The bright spot for the Tigers was Kelsea Roth who hit a pair of home runs to keep Missouri close, but UCLA's Ally Carda was sharp again on the mound giving up just four earned runs in six innings pitched.

Despite the loss, Missouri got on the board first as Amanda Sanchez sent a single up the middle with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning to make it 1-0.

The Bruins knotted things back up in the top of the second inning with a single to right field by Mysha Sataraka. The hit drove in Maddy Jelenicki who beat the tag at home plate. The Bruins' offense added another run later in the inning due to an error before Delaney Spaulding hit a two-run shot to right field for her 20th homer of the season making it 4-1 UCLA.

The offense poured in for the Bruins against Lowary in the third inning as Sataraka hit a two-run home run to left field making it 6-1 UCLA prompting a pitching change for Missouri.

Finucane did not fair much better after getting out of the third inning. In the top of the fourth with two runners on base, Stephany LaRosa hit a three-run home run for the Bruins' third time going deep in just four innings. The home run made it 9-1 UCLA.

After the injury to Finucane in the top of the fifth inning, the Tigers' offense began to close the deficit. Kirsten Mack knocked a single to center to score Sami Fagan to make it 9-2 UCLA.

After a run for the Bruins in the sixth inning to make it 10-2, Roth hit a solo shot to make it 10-3. The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Emily Crane drove in Fagan to cut the deficit to six runs. In the same inning, Missouri kept the pressure on as Corrin Genovese walked with the bases loaded to make it 10-5 Mizzou.

Although UCLA managed to get out of the sixth inning without allowing any more runs, Kelsea Roth hit a home run in her next at bat to cut the deficit to four runs, but it was not enough to overcome the early hole.


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Mizzou downs Kansas 7-6 to advance to Super Sectional http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-downs-kansas-7-6-to-advance-to-super-sectional/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-downs-kansas-7-6-to-advance-to-super-sectional/ Tiger Talk Sun, 17 May 2015 5:49:24 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Produucer Mizzou downs Kansas 7-6 to advance to Super Sectional

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou softball's Kirsten Mack hit a grand slam and a double, driving in a career high five runs, to help the Tigers down Kansas 7-6 Sunday and advance to the NCAA Super Regional against UCLA.

Sophomore P Cheyenne Baxter got the win in the circle for the Tigers, scattering four hits and allowing four unearned runs in 4.2 innings of work. Freshman P Paige Lowary earned her fourth save of the season.

Kansas broke out to an early lead in the first with a pair of runs in the bottom frame. C Jessie Roane hit a single, with two outs and loaded bases, to plate the first run. Another Jayhawk single pushed the lead to 2-0.

Mizzou would take the lead at the top of the second with three hits. A HBP from freshman DP Amanda Sanchez, followed by senior SS Corrin Genovese's walk put runners on first and second. Mack hit a double to score Sanchez from second, while senior 3B Angela Randazzo brought Genovese home. Mack ran home on a wild pitch to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Tigers.

At the top of the third, with two outs and bases loaded, Mack struck again this time scoring a grand slam to make the score read 7-2 in favor of the Tigers. Her homer was a team-leading 15th blast for the sophomore.

Kansas closed the score to 7-6 with a four-run sixth. Three Tiger errors, a HB and a walk brought the runs in for the Jayhawks.

Lowary was able to make the save in the seventh working around a one-out walk to send the Tigers to Super Regionals against UCLA.


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No. 10 Missouri softball wins border war http://www.komu.com/news/no-10-missouri-softball-wins-border-war/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-10-missouri-softball-wins-border-war/ Tiger Talk Sat, 16 May 2015 6:49:41 PM Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 10 Missouri softball wins border war

COLUMBIA - After a big win against Indiana State, the Tigers kept to their winning ways against rival Kansas, 5-3.

Despite trailing early, Missouri's bats came alive as Emily Crane, Sami Fagan and Amanda Sanchez each recorded a pair of hits to lift the Tigers.

On the mound, Tori Finucane earned her team-high 21st win of the season as she pitched a complete game allowing three earned runs on nine hits. Finucane also struck out four batters on the day.

With the win, Missouri improves to 41-14 on the season.

In the first inning, Chanin Naudin got the Jayhawks out in front with a two-run home run to left field. Naudin had Finucane's number the entire day as she went 3-3 with a walk.

The Tigers answered right back in the bottom of the inning as Fagan hit a two-run home run for herself to tie the game back up at two after one inning.

The game wasn't tied for long as Daniella Chavez hit a solo home run in the third inning to give Kansas the 3-2 lead.

After the third inning, Finucane settled down as she allowed just three hits and no runs over the next four innings after allowing six hits and three runs through the first three innings of play.

From there it was all Missouri as Sanchez recorded an RBI off a single up to the middle scoring Crane in the fifth inning. The run tied the game at three before Kelsea Roth later doubled down the left-field line to score two runs on the play making it 5-3 Mizzou.

Even a rain delay in the top of the seventh inning wasn't enough to slow down the Tigers and Finucane as she retired the side to get the win.

Depending on the outcome of other games in the regional, Missouri will await its opponent in the regional championship Sunday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m. CT.

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Missouri baseball falls to Kentucky http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-falls-to-kentucky/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-falls-to-kentucky/ Tiger Talk Sat, 16 May 2015 4:05:03 PM Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball falls to Kentucky

COLUMBIA - Following its first win in 13 days, the Missouri men's baseball team added another tally to the loss column falling, 8-2, to Kentucky.

The loss marks the seventh loss for the Tigers in their past three games as the team is now 4-7 in the month of May. Missouri's record now sits at 29-26 and 15-15 in the SEC.

On the mound, Peter Fairbanks fell to 4-5 on the year as he pitched just 1.2 innings in his shortest outing of the season allowing four earned runs on six hits. In the second inning, Andrew Schwaab came into the game and pitched 4.1 innings allowing just one hit and no runs. This marked just the second time this season Fairbanks has allowed more than three earned runs in a start.

Offensively, the Tigers struggled to put runs on the board, but seven different players had a hit in the game including one RBI for both Ryan Howard and Josh Lester.

In the first inning, Kentucky got out to an early lead with a double to left field by Ka'ai Tom. The hit scored Kyle Barrett to give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead after the first inning.

The runs kept coming for Kentucky in the second inning as the Wildcats tallied three in the inning. Riley Mahan led off the inning with a double and later scored due to a RBI single from Evan White making it 2-0. Tom earned his second RBI of the day with a a fly out to center field. Barrett scored on the tag up making it 3-0 in favor of the Wildcats. Kentucky rounded out the second inning with a RBI double down the left-field line by JaVon Shelby to add to Kentucky's lead.

After seven scoreless innings for Missouri, the Tigers finally got on the board in the eighth inning. After a pair of singles from Brett Peel and Jake Ring, Howard singled to the right side of the field scoring Peel to make it 4-1. Lester helped to further cut the deficit with a RBI single up the middle to score Ring making it 4-2.

Despite the strong outing from Schwaab, Tribby allowed two runs in the ninth inning in relief and Jace James gave up a pair of runs as well as Missouri fell to the Wildcats.

Mizzou will  next play in the SEC Tournament next Tuesday, May 19 in Hoover, Ala. for its first SEC tournament appearance since 2013.

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Sophie Cunningham named to 2015 USA Basketball Women's U19 Championship trials team http://www.komu.com/news/sophie-cunningham-named-to-2015-usa-basketball-women-s-u19-championship-trials-team/ http://www.komu.com/news/sophie-cunningham-named-to-2015-usa-basketball-women-s-u19-championship-trials-team/ Tiger Talk Wed, 6 May 2015 7:11:12 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Sophie Cunningham named to 2015 USA Basketball Women's U19 Championship trials team

OLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Incoming Mizzou women's basketball freshman and McDonalds All-American Sophie Cunningham was named to the 2015 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship Team Trials roster, as announced today by USA Basketball.

Trials to select the 12 members who will comprise the USA team will be May 14-17 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee.

Cunningham, a four-time Missouri Class 5 girls basketball champion with Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Mo., is one of 34 of the nation's top 19-and-under athletes to accept invitations to this year's World Championship Team Trials.

This year's recognition marks the third USA Basketball honor in Cunningham's career. Last summer, the future Tiger was selected to the 2014 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials, and in 2013 she played at the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Tournament.


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Ole Miss avoids sweep against No. 21 Mizzou baseball http://www.komu.com/news/ole-miss-avoids-sweep-against-no-21-mizzou-baseball/ http://www.komu.com/news/ole-miss-avoids-sweep-against-no-21-mizzou-baseball/ Tiger Talk Sun, 3 May 2015 6:02:44 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Ole Miss avoids sweep against No. 21 Mizzou baseball

COLUMBIA, Mo. - No. 21 Mizzou baseball (28-20, 14-10 SEC) was unable to complete its comeback against Ole Miss Sunday afternoon at Taylor Stadium. With the win, the Rebels prevented the Mizzou sweep. Sikes Orvis had two homeruns.

Orvis' homers came in back-to-back at bats in the second and fourth innings to put Ole Miss up 2-0. Shane Benes hit a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Ole Miss lead to 2-1. It was Benes' first career homer. Peter Fairbanks was removed after four innings in favor of Andrew Schwaab, who pitched three of his own while striking out a career-high six batters.

Jake Ivory and Jake Ring were left stranded on base in the bottom of the seventh after an interference call gave Ole Miss a 5-3 double play. A J.B. Woodman RBI sacrifice bunt gave the Rebels back their two-run lead at the top of the eighth.

Josh Lester and Trey Harris hit back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the eighth for the Tigers. Brett Bond hit a two-RBI single to right field for his fourth consecutive game with an RBI which brought the Tigers to within one, 4-3. Both teams went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning en route to an Ole Miss victory.

The Tigers next play against SEMO Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. at home.


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Mizzou softballs earns an extra-innings win over No. 1 Florida http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softballs-earns-an-extra-innings-win-over-no-1-florida/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softballs-earns-an-extra-innings-win-over-no-1-florida/ Tiger Talk Sun, 3 May 2015 3:22:56 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou softballs earns an extra-innings win over No. 1 Florida

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Freshman pitcher Paige Lowary threw her best game of the season en route to the Tigers downing No. 1 Florida in eight innings, 3-2. She pitched 8.0 innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out seven batters.

Redshirt junior OF Taylor Gadbois starting the hitting for the Tigers in the third after a scoreless two innings, with her team-leading 58th hit. Sophomore OF Emily Crane got herself on base, and redshirt junior 2B Sami Fagan hit a two-RBI single to push Mizzou out to an early 2-0 lead.

Florida was able to tie it up in the top of the fourth of off a leadoff walk followed by a hit-by-pitch to set up Aubree Munro. Munro would hit an RBI single, which Florida would follow with another before sophomore C Kirsten Mack threw out the runner at 3B.

Mizzou loaded the bases at the bottom of the fourth, but Florida induced a double play to end the inning.

Both pitchers threw three consecutive scoreless innings following the fourth to send the game to extra innings.

Fagan hit a single up the middle leading off in the bottom of the eighth for the Tigers. Fagan was moved to second on a sacrifice, followed by a bases-loading pair of intentional walks. Roth hit a sac fly to right field, bringing Fagan home from third, scoring the game winner in her last regular season home game at University Field.

The Tigers took the last game in their weekend series against the No. 1 Gators in a 3-2 walk-off extra innings game.

Next up for Mizzou is the SEC tournament in Baton Rouge, La., next week. Look for an announcement on when and whom Mizzou will play on Monday. 

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Missouri's Bud Sasser and Marcus Murphy selected in third day of NFL Draft http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-s-bud-sasser-and-marcus-murphy-selected-in-third-day-of-nfl-draft/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-s-bud-sasser-and-marcus-murphy-selected-in-third-day-of-nfl-draft/ Tiger Talk Sat, 2 May 2015 5:04:59 PM Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri's Bud Sasser and Marcus Murphy selected in third day of NFL Draft

CHICAGO - After seeing four of their teammates drafted in the first two days of the 2015 NFL Draft, wide receiver Bud Sasser and running back Marcus Murphy saw their names called in the third day.

The St. Louis Rams selected Sasser in the sixth round with the 201st selection in the draft. Sasser set career highs with 77 receptions, 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns. Sasser also performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine as he ran a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash and a 34 1/2 inch vertical jump. 

If Sasser makes the team, he will join two other former Tigers, E.J. Gaines and Tim Barnes currently on the Rams roster.

In the seventh round with the 230th overall selection, the New Orleans Saints selected Murphy. Last season, Murphy was a member of the First Team-All SEC and started 11 games for the Tigers. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Murphy finished with a 4.61 40-yard dash time and a 29 inch vertical jump.

The selections of Sasser and Murphy make a total of six Missouri Tigers selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. This total is the most since 2009 when the team also had six players selected in the draft. The last time Missouri had more than six players chosen in a single draft was in 1981 when Missouri had seven players selected.

Missouri's Shane Ray was the only Tiger selected in the first round (23rd overall). In the second round, former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham went to the Tennessee Titans (40th overall), Mizzou offensive lineman Mitch Morse went to the Kansas City Chiefs (49th overall) and the Arizona Cardinals chose Missouri defensive end Markus Golden (58th overall).

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No. 20 Missouri baseball blasts Ole Miss http://www.komu.com/news/no-20-missouri-baseball-blasts-ole-miss/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-20-missouri-baseball-blasts-ole-miss/ Tiger Talk Sat, 2 May 2015 4:08:08 PM Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 20 Missouri baseball blasts Ole Miss

COLUMBIA - The Tigers came out swinging as they defeated the Ole Miss Rebels by a score of 18-1.

Missouri's 18 runs mark the most runs scored by the Tigers since Mar. 24, 2012 against North Dakota when the team put up 21 runs. This also is the largest run total ever by Missouri in SEC play.

With the win, Missouri improves to 28-19 and 14-9 in the SEC.

Offensively, the Tigers totalled 16 hits including three from Ryan Howard. Howard, Josh Lester and Trey Harris combined for a season-high 10 RBI's. The Tigers notched a combined 13 runs in the fifth and sixth inning including a total of eight in the sixth.

On the hill, Tanner Houck pitched one of his best outings thus far as he went six scoreless innings allowing just four hits and notching eight strike outs.

In the first inning, Jake Ring scored thanks to a sacrifice fly by Josh Lester. Harris added a pair of RBI's with a two-run home run making it 3-0 Tigers after the first inning.

Missouri added another run in the second inning to make it 4-0, but began to pull away later in the fifth inning. Jake Ivory got the bats going in the fifth inning with a solo shot to left field before Peel later scored after a single by Ring and then a fielding error. Howard added to his impressive day with an RBI single to score Ring on the play making it 7-0. Lester helped Howard round the bases with a two-run home run to right field making it 9-0 Missouri after five innings.

Despite a huge fifth inning for Missouri, the eighth saw even more offense. Howard tallied two more RBI's with a single up the middle to score Brett Bond and Brett Peel. Next at bat was Lester who doubled to center scoring Ring on the play to make it 12-0 Missouri. 

With Howard on third base, Harris knocked home another run while advancing Lester to third base. Lester later scored thanks to a single to the right side by Zach Lavy making it 14-0 Tigers. Missouri would add another three runs in the inning with a three-run shot by Bond to make it 17-0.

The Tigers and Rebels both added a run later in the game to round out the impressive victory for the Tigers.

Missouri will head back to the diamond Sunday, May 3 to finish the series against Ole Miss at 1:05 p.m CT.

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No. 11 Missouri Softball drops second straight to No. 1 Florida http://www.komu.com/news/no-11-missouri-softball-drops-second-straight-to-no-1-florida/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-11-missouri-softball-drops-second-straight-to-no-1-florida/ Tiger Talk Sat, 2 May 2015 3:23:07 PM Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 11 Missouri Softball drops second straight to No. 1 Florida

COLUMBIA - Following a 7-6 defeat on Friday, Missouri fell to the Florida Gators 9-6 after getting behind in early innings.

After the loss, Missouri falls to 37-13 and 13-10 in conference play.

On the mound, Tori Finucane struggled in her five innings on the mound. Finucane allowed eight hits and seven runs including four walks before Cheyenne Baxter came in for relief and allowed two runs in two innings pitched.

Offensively, the Tigers scored just one run through the first five innings before tallying five in the final two innings. Sami Fagan helped her team leading batting average of .379 as she went 2-4 on the day. Amanda Sanchez also had another big day going 2-4 with four RBI's including a three-run home run.

Missouri now has hit 69 home runs this season moving them into second all-time in school history for long balls in a single season.

In the second inning, Florida got out to an early lead thanks to a solo home run by Taylore Fuller to left field.

Missouri answered back in the bottom of the second inning with a double to center field by Angela Randazzo. The hit scored Natalie Fleming to tie the game at one.

Despite the Tigers tying the game in the second inning, it was all Gators in the third inning. With two runners on, Finucane threw a wild pitch helping advance Lauren Haeger to third base and score Kelsey Stewert.

Florida was not done in the third as Kirsti Merritt hit a double to left field with just one out. The hit scored Haeger making it 3-1 Florida.

Then, to round out the third inning, Bailey Castro hit a two-run home run giving the Gators a four-run lead after three inning.

The Gators added another run in the fourth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly from Merritt before Castro hit her second homer of the game in he fifth inning. Florida added two more runs in the sixth inning making it 9-1 in the middle of the sixth inning.

The Tigers mounted a bit of a comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning starting with a three-run home run by Sanchez cutting the deficit to five runs.

Missouri was not done yet after keeping the Gators off the scoreboard in the top of the seventh inning. In a pinch-hit situation, Alyssa Cousins hit her first career home run to cut the lead to 9-5 before Sanchez got her fourth RBI of the game with a single to left field scoring Kayla Kingsley. 

Despite scoring four runs combined in the sixth and seventh innings, it was not enough to overcome the early deficit.

Missouri will close out the series looking to avoid its first time being swept this season on Sunday, May 3 against Florida at 12 p.m. CT.


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Mack Rhoades off and running at Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/mack-rhoades-off-and-running-at-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/mack-rhoades-off-and-running-at-missouri/ Tiger Talk Thu, 30 Apr 2015 8:39:58 PM The Associated Press Mack Rhoades off and running at Missouri

COLUMBIA (AP) - Asked how to raise attendance at sporting events, new Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said simply, "Win games."

"That's just human nature," Rhoades said. "People want to be associated with a winning program. They want to be associated with the next great thing."

Four days into the job, Rhoades answered a range of questions Thursday. Describing himself as a "high- energy" person, the 49-year-old Rhoades wants to invigorate the school's fundraising efforts and enhance its presence in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Under Rhoades the past six years, the University of Houston raised nearly $100 million and built $160 million worth of facilities, including a football stadium. One of his stated first priorities will be overseeing plans to build a football complex connecting to Memorial Stadium that will contain office and training space.

"I think we're in the best conference in the country," Rhoades said. "The competition is at an extremely high level. We've got to continue to make sure that we give our student-athletes and coaches the best chance to do that."

He needs to hire a deputy athletics director. Rhoades hoped he could bring assistant Hunter Yurachek with him from Houston, but the Cougars promoted Yurachek on Tuesday to their top spot.

"I had a moment there where I wasn't really happy," Rhoades said. "And I kind of lost perspective. I'm supposed to be happy for a dear friend, and I wasn't. But then I quickly said, 'You know what? Things happen for a reason.'"

Since Missouri announced his hiring March 9, Rhoades continued to work during the day for Houston before transitioning to the Tigers each night. He thanked predecessor Mike Alden for helping him with the move and involving him in discussions surrounding football coach Gary Pinkel's contract extension that was announced Friday.

While Pinkel is entrenched at Missouri after 14 seasons and consecutive divisional titles in the Southeastern Conference, basketball coach Kim Anderson faces more pressure after leading the Tigers to a 9-23 record in his first season. Rhoades promised to go "in the trenches" with Anderson to determine how to turn around the program.

"I never want to point a finger at anybody," Rhoades said, "but I think we all realize that what Kim inherited wasn't a perfect situation. It just wasn't. I think we all can call it what it is, and that's exactly what it was."

Rhoades also expressed interest in restarting the rivalry with Kansas and has already talked to Jayhawks athletic director Sheahon Zenger, but offered no specifics about the chat.

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Live Blog: 2015 NFL Draft day one http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-2015-nfl-draft-day-one/ http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-2015-nfl-draft-day-one/ Tiger Talk Thu, 30 Apr 2015 9:37:24 AM Ashley Colley, KOMU 8 Sports Producer Live Blog: 2015 NFL Draft day one

CHICAGO - The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft has come to an end. Tweets are posted below in descending chronological order.

Missouri defensive lineman Shane Ray, who was originally predicted to be drafted in the Top 10 until he was cited for marijuana possession on Monday morning in Cooper County, was selected with by the Denver Broncos on Thursday. The Broncos traded up with the Detroit Lions to obtain the No. 23 pick and draft Ray. 

"I'm so grateful and indebted to the Denver Broncos for giving me the opportunity to redeem myself," Ray told the Associated Press. "I'm ready to move past that in my life. I'm not going to let that define me as a person and all the good I've done...I'm not going to let it define my character. This is a great opportunity for me. Coming to Denver, I will not have any off-the-field issues. I'm not a person that has off-the-field issues. I plan on once again giving everything I can to the program."

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak told the AP, "He made a mistake, but he's also done a lot of great things, too. So, I don't think you just throw somebody out the window for one mistake."

In McShay's 6.0 mock draft, which was released early Thursday morning, he dropped Ray all the way out of the Top 10 to No. 27. ESPN's Mel Kiper did not have Ray in his final mock draft, which was released Thursday afternoon. NFL Network's Mike Mayock did have Ray in his 1.0 mock draft at all, which was released Wednesday night. 

Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is still available heading into day two. Even though DGB was released from the Missouri football program in 2014 and then attended the University of Oklahoma this past year, he never played a minute for the Sooners. This means the University of Missouri is still listed as his school in the NFL Draft. Many teams have expressed concerns over the decision's Green-Beckham has made after several arrests and an alleged assault during his time at Mizzou. ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper did not have Green-Beckham in their first round projections but NFL Network's Mike Mayock projected DGB to be drafted at No. 31 to the New Orleans Saints.

The St. Louis Rams used the first of six picks on Georgia RB Todd Gurley, the first running back taken in the first round since 2012.

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told the Associated Press, "This is the running back of our future...it makes no sense to put him in a bad situation sooner than we have to."

Gurley is coming off knee surgery last November after being suspended for four games earlier in the season for a violation of NCAA rules.

"Right now, there's no timetable," Gurley told the AP. "Everything's on schedule and just looking forward to coming back."

Other areas of focus for the Rams include offensive line, cornerback and safety. Here is a look at the Rams picks:

  • Round 1, Pick 10: Georgia RB Todd Gurley
  • Round 2: Pick 9
  • Round 3: Pick 8
  • Round 4: Pick 20 (from Eagles for Sam Bradford/Nick Foles trade)
  • Round 6: Pick 39 (compensatory selection)
  • Round 7: Pick 10

The Kansas City Chiefs on the other hand focused on the defensive side of the ball with their first of ten picks. KC selected Washington CB Marcus Peters, a player kicked off the team at Washington last November. 

"I didn't handle the coaching change well and I took full responsibility for that," Peters told the Associated Press. "I just owned up to it. I told them, 'If you take me, I'm going to give you my all.'"

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the AP, "We all make mistakes at times in life. Marcus realizes that...it was an emotional situation and he didn't handle it the right way. I think he's learned from it, just from our experience with him."

The Chiefs will now likely focus their needs on the offensive line, defensive line and linebackers in day two of the 2015 NFL Draft. Wide receiver is also a spot the Chiefs might try to target but that is less likely in the first round now after the addition of former Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Here is a look at the Chiefs picks:

  • Round 1, Pick 18: Washington CB Marcus Peters
  • Round 2: Pick 17
  • Round 3: Pick 16, 34 (compensatory selection)
  • Round 4: Pick 19
  • Round 5: Pick 36, 27 (both compensatory selections)
  • Round 6: Pick 17, 41 (compensatory selection)
  • Round 7: Pick 16
Here is your live blog timeline, in descending chronological order.

Rounds two and three of the NFL Draft will continue at 6 p.m. CT on Friday while rounds four through seven will begin at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday. Immediately after the 2015 NFL Draft, anyone who was not selected will become an undrafted free agent.

[Editor's Note: this story will be constantly updated to reflect selections and trades in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.] 

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Plenty of SEC East teams exit spring unsettled at QB http://www.komu.com/news/plenty-of-sec-east-teams-exit-spring-unsettled-at-qb/ http://www.komu.com/news/plenty-of-sec-east-teams-exit-spring-unsettled-at-qb/ Tiger Talk Tue, 28 Apr 2015 8:24:32 AM The Associated Press Plenty of SEC East teams exit spring unsettled at QB

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) - Missouri has a head start in at least one respect as the Tigers aim for their third consecutive Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title.

With Maty Mauk returning for his junior season, Missouri is one of only two SEC East teams that exits spring practice with a settled quarterback situation. The only other SEC East program with a clear-cut starter at quarterback is Tennessee, which brings back Joshua Dobbs.

Even a couple of programs with experienced quarterbacks have ongoing competitions.

Kentucky's Patrick Towles, who started 12 games last season, must hold off a challenge from Drew Barker. Florida's Will Grier closed spring practice with a slight lead in the Gators' quarterback competition over Treon Harris, who made six starts last season.

Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt also haven't named starting quarterbacks.

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Scherzer likely to miss next scheduled start http://www.komu.com/news/scherzer-likely-to-miss-next-scheduled-start/ http://www.komu.com/news/scherzer-likely-to-miss-next-scheduled-start/ Tiger Talk Mon, 27 Apr 2015 9:34:08 AM The Associated Press Scherzer likely to miss next scheduled start

MIAMI (AP) - The Washington Nationals say ace Max Scherzer will likely be scratched from his next scheduled start Tuesday at Atlanta because of a sprained right thumb.

The right-hander threw off flat ground before Sunday's game at Miami but said his thumb is still sore. He jammed it batting Thursday against St. Louis.

The rotation shakeup comes at a bad time for the defending NL East champions, who lost their fifth game in a row Sunday. Williams said he didn't know yet who would replace Scherzer against the Braves.

Scherzer said his thumb is improving every day, and when he threw, it felt better than he anticipated. But he said he has learned not to rush back from an injury.


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