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, 27 Aug 2016 15:08:41 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 J'Den's Journey: Rio http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-s-journey-rio/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-s-journey-rio/ Tiger Talk Thu, 18 Aug 2016 4:35:49 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'Den's Journey: Rio

COLUMBIA - If J'Den Cox is on the wrestling mat in a match, you can count on at least one of his parents watching in the stands.

"Whenever he has one, if I have the ability, I'm there," J'Den's father Michael Cox said.

Michael and J'Den's mother, Cathy Cox, have been attending J'Den's meets since he was five-years-old. The early wake-up calls for weigh-ins and rides to matches wasn't special treatment from the parents. 

"For years, I did it with my older kids and J'Den was no different," Michael Cox said. 

J'Den said he appreciates his parents continuing to have a steady presence at his meets.

"I'm blessed to have good parents. I'm very grateful for them, because they didn't have to do those things. They didn't have to take time out of their day," he said.

Michael Cox believes he and his wife's presence gives J'Den a little extra motivation to compete hard.

"When he sees us there physically, I think that makes him feel good to know that 'hey, my dad or my mom or the whole family took the time out just to come watch me,'" Michael Cox said. 

The parents wanted to bring that emotional support to Rio when they found out J'Den qualified to wrestle in the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

"We just want J'Den to know how much we support him and how much we love him, how much we're there for him," Cathy Cox said.

She, her husband and other family members will be going to the Olympics in part because of donations from the Columbia community.

"For them to be in the stands means a lot to me as a person and I'll cherish it," J'Den said.

When the parents are in Rio watching J'Den wrestle, they won't be looking for too much acknowledgement from their son while he's on the mat. Both Cathy Cox and J'Den said they want wrestling to be the focus.

"I'm more than happy in that my family gets to come and see me on the biggest stage and the biggest match of my career. I mean that's a blessing, but that won't be where my mind is at during the thing," J'Den said. 

He said he looks forward to meeting up with his family once he gets off the mat.

"Just wait till the end of duals, give them hugs and show them love and tell them I'm grateful for them to be there," J'Den said.

His parents will be focused on their own role: being his number one fans.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to hold my heart in my chest the whole time he wrestles," Cathy Cox said. 

J'Den will wrestle in the 86-kg weight class on Saturday. Coverage of the meet starts at 8 a.m. on the USA Network.


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J'Den Cox's journey: Mizzou http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-mizzou/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-mizzou/ Tiger Talk Thu, 4 Aug 2016 2:55:27 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'Den Cox's journey: Mizzou

COLUMBIA - When Hickman wrestler J'Den Cox committed to compete at his hometown school of Missouri, his future coach Brian Smith couldn't help but be excited. 

"He just has that attribute that when he steps on the mat, that something special is going to happen," Smith said. 

After watching Cox prepare for his freshman season, Smith let Cox compete his first year.

"When we saw him competing with Dom Bradleys and other people in our room, we were like 'this kid's already really good, let's put him out there and let him win the national title," Smith said. 

In his first year of collegiate wrestling, Cox went 38-2 and defeated number one ranked Nick Heflin to win his first national championship. He is the youngest national champion in Missouri wrestling history.

"He's worked as hard as anybody to just keep getting better every day, keep getting better, keep working hard," said Missouri wrestling P.A. announcer Darren Hellwege. 

But Cox's sophomore year on the mat didn't go as well. Cox finished 5th in the NCAA tournament in his second collegiate wrestling season. 

Smith said he thinks Cox put a lot more pressure on himself as a sophomore.

"When he was a junior, when he had come off that loss, he was like 'I'm going to enjoy this. I'm going to do things right, enjoy my team.' He just went out there and was taking it to people and enjoyed it more," Smith said.

Cox said, "I think every season I've taken something I've learned, something from each season and I've carried it and hopefully passed it on."

He won his second NCAA championship in his junior year while losing only one match. He defeated top- ranked Morgan McIntosh in the NCAA final in the process.

Cox's junior year gave him the confidence to compete in the Olympic Trials, and he said he's having more fun on the mat than ever. 

"It's my passion that carries me through each match and through each year. This is something I want to do," Cox said.

 


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J'den Cox's Journey: Hickman http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-hickman/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-hickman/ Tiger Talk Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:01:41 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'den Cox's Journey: Hickman

COLUMBIA - Before J'Den Cox put on a singlet for the University of Missouri or Team USA, he wore a singlet representing Hickman High School. 

Former Hickman wrestling coach and current athletic director J.D. Coffman heard about Cox even before he step foot in Hickman. 

"When he came up through the kid's club, he won a lot of kids state championships," Coffman said. "So I was real excited to have him in my program."

Cox's success translated to high school as well. He won four state championships and only lost three matches while at Hickman. Those three losses came during his freshman year. 

Coffman said Cox's success as a high school wrestler is no surprise to him.

"Year after year, he continued to get stronger and more efficient with his technique. We knew he was destined for multiple state championships as long as he stayed focused," Coffman said. 

People at Hickman also remember Cox for his personality off the mat. 

"He's so easy to talk to one-on-one," said Cox's former teacher Robin Steinhaus. "He's very conscientious of other people. He's kind and that really shows in the way he interacts with everybody."

Cox still goes out of his way to help current wrestlers in the Hickman wrestling program.

"I think one of the biggest things the kids always remember is how friendly J'Den is. J'Den's willing to talk to everybody. J'Den's willing to help. J'Den is J'Den, and if you know J'Den at all, you know wrestling is an avenue for him to actually meet people and to get out there and work with others," current Hickman wrestling coach Dan Pieper said. 

The wrestling coaches at Hickman use Cox as a role model for their current wrestlers.

"We follow J'Den throughout the year, every year. We put up all of his articles on the window in our room. We always, from afar, watch him," Pieper said. 

Coffman, Steinhaus and Pieper agree Cox embodies what it's like to be a Hickman Kewpie.

"He continues to put a smile on his face, go out and give it his best effort every time and just have fun and that's what being a Kewpie is all about," Coffman said.

 


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DeMarre Carroll brings "Junkyard Dog" mindset to basketball camp http://www.komu.com/news/demarre-carroll-brings-junkyard-dog-mindset-to-basketball-camp/ http://www.komu.com/news/demarre-carroll-brings-junkyard-dog-mindset-to-basketball-camp/ Tiger Talk Mon, 18 Jul 2016 6:46:28 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter DeMarre Carroll brings

COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball player DeMarre Carroll describes his basketball camp as "gritty" and "grimy," which is fitting considering his nickname is "The Junkyard Dog."

"You gonna get sweaty, you gonna get dirty, you gonna get some bumps and bruises. That's the type of camp I want, and that's the type of camp these kids need to get to the next level they need to get to," Carroll said. 

The Toronto Raptors forward brought his "gritty and grimy" basketball camp to Columbia kids on Monday at Tolton Catholic High School. 

"We really pay attention to the kids," Carroll said. "We try to split them up in a lot of stations, do a lot of one-on-one things, and I feel like that's the difference."

Assistant coaches for the camp include former Missouri Tiger Mike Anderson Jr., Columbia College guard Pep Stanciel and Carroll's brother DeAndre Carroll.

"All of these different coaches bring a different aspect, especially things I've learned myself going from Alabama, going from Atlanta, going to Arkansas for basketball camps, etc," Carroll said. "I feel like all these coaches bring different things to this camp, and I feel like it's gonna help these kids get better."

Carroll makes it a point to come back to Columbia for his basketball camp every year. 

"Most guys in the NBA, they go to camps every so often. But I come everyday and I show up," Carroll said.

Camp assistant coach Michael Jackson said people take notice of Carroll's presence at his camp.

"He plays in the NBA so [he doesn't] really have a lot of free time," Jackson said. "He's willing to put his time in, come back year after year for the community."

Jackson said Carroll's efforts to grow the Columbia basketball community go further than just his camps. 

"He's sponsoring an AAU team here to get basketball going even bigger here in Columbia, so he's dedicating his money and time to get that going," Jackson said.

According to Carroll, he will expand his AAU team "Team Carroll" from one Columbia team to three teams in the future. 

He said the Columbia community makes him feel at home whenever he visits, which is why he gives back to it. 

"I'm a Mizzou alumni, and I bleed gold and black, and I always try to come back because this is my home," Carroll said. "This is my home away from home, so I feel like every time I come back people are welcoming me with open arms."


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Laurence Bowers hosts basketball camp in Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/laurence-bowers-hosts-basketball-camp-in-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/laurence-bowers-hosts-basketball-camp-in-columbia/ Tiger Talk Wed, 6 Jul 2016 7:08:46 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Laurence Bowers hosts basketball camp in Columbia

COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball player Laurence Bowers doesn't want his basketball camp to be considered a "fun" camp. 

"I feel as if you’re going to a basketball camp, you need to learn. There needs to be some type of improvement from day one to day three," Bowers said. 

Bowers and his team of coaches are in Columbia working with local kids to hone their basketball skills. "Camp Bowers" is being held at Rock Bridge High School from Wednesday to Friday. 

"It's just my way of saying thanks to the whole city of Columbia, to the cities around that supported me during my time here," Bowers said. "And it's also a chance to just make an impact on the upcoming youth with the game of basketball." 

Former Missouri guards J.T. Tiller and Michael Dixon as well as former Tulsa guard Shaquille Harrison are helping Bowers coach the kids. 

For Tiller, he thinks camp participants are benefitting from Bowers' knowledge of basketball.

"You can tell in his skill set," Bowers said. "He knows a little bit of everything. He’s very good as an all-around player. He’s just very good at being able to touch on every aspect of the game."

Hosting a basketball camp for the community has been on the mind of Bowers, according to Bowers' childhood friend Tony Christian.

"We have been talking about it since he was in school, like what he would do after as far as coaching. So we been had it on our mind to give back to the community and help the kids," Christian said.

Bowers added he wants this camp to be an annual event. 


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Missouri baseball hires Steve Bieser as head coach http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-hires-steve-bieser-as-head-coach/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-hires-steve-bieser-as-head-coach/ Tiger Talk Thu, 30 Jun 2016 5:07:43 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball hires Steve Bieser as head coach

COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team announced the hiring of Steve Bieser as the team's new head coach Thursday.

"I am truly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of the University of Missouri community and serve as the head baseball coach," Bieser said in a new release.

Bieser last coached at Southeast Missouri State University, where he led the Redhawks to a 138-97 record in his four years as coach.

He also led the team to three consecutive Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Championships, making him the first coach in conference history to do so. Bieser won OVC Coach of The Year in 2014 and 2016, when he set the school record in wins during each of those seasons. 

"When I started my coaching career, I had always dreamed of the opportunity to lead this program," Bieser said. "There is a strong tradition and rich history of Missouri Tiger baseball. I understand the responsibility, and I am fully committed and ready to continue building the tradition."

Bieser started his coaching career as the head baseball coach at Vianney High School in St. Louis. He led the team to a 137-51 record and two state championships (2004-2006) during his coaching tenure from 2004 to 2010. SEMO hired Bieser as an assistant from 2011 to 2012 before he was promoted in 2013. 

Missouri Athletics Director Mack Rhoades said, "Steve Bieser is a rising star in the college baseball ranks and a proven winner. He has an impressive track-record of success, winning championships at each stop in his coaching career."

Bieser will be presented in a press conference on Friday at 11 a.m.


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Missouri baseball's Howard drafted by the Giants http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-s-howard-drafted-by-the-giants/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-s-howard-drafted-by-the-giants/ Tiger Talk Fri, 10 Jun 2016 8:42:28 PM Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball's Howard drafted by the Giants

COLUMBIA — A tough junior season for Missouri shortstop Ryan Howard ended on a high note today.

Howard was drafted in the fifth round by the San Francisco Giants with the 155th overall pick.

Howard is the highest-drafted Missouri position player since 2005.

The Giants also drafted Howard last year in the 31st round of the draft, but did not sign him.

A product of Francis Howell Central High School in St. Louis, Howard started every game for the Tigers at shortstop.

Despite a slow start to the season, Howard did well down the stretch.

He finished third on the team with a .295 batting average. He hit a team-best .381 with 13 runs and nine RBIs in the last 16 games of the season. He also had eight of his 19 multi-hit games in the same span.

Howard is still eligible to return for his senior year at Missouri.

 

 


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Former Mizzou standout A.J. Ofodile to join Barry Odom's staff http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-standout-a-j-ofodile-to-join-barry-odom-s-staff/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-standout-a-j-ofodile-to-join-barry-odom-s-staff/ Tiger Talk Mon, 9 May 2016 5:12:23 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Former Mizzou standout A.J. Ofodile to join Barry Odom's staff

COLUMBIA - Former Mizzou and NFL tight end A.J. Ofodile is the newest addition to Barry Odom's new look Mizzou Football staff. The team announced Monday that Ofodile will serve as the program's new Director of Recruiting Operations.

Ofodile has been the head coach at Rock Bridge High School since 2003 and took the Bruins to the state championship game for the first time since 1993. The coaching link between Odom and Ofodile dates back to 2001 when Ofodile served as Odom's offensive coordinator at Rock Bridge.

"I'm very excited to have A.J. joining our staff. He will be a huge part of our entire program, and specifically our recruiting efforts," Odom said. "I have tremendous respect for A.J. as a person and as a mentor and I'm excited for how he will represent our program and university."

Ofodile earned a first-team All-Big Eight selection in 1993 for the Tigers, as well as being a three-year letter winner from 1991-93. The Detroit, Michigan, native finished his Mizzou career with 73 receptions for 851 yards and a half dozen touchdowns. 

"I've been very set about if I was to ever make the move to the college level, that who I was going to be working for was the most important aspect, and it couldn't be a better situation for me at Mizzou with Coach Odom," Ofodile said. "I have a world of respect for him, he's a first-class person and I believe his vision and the work that he and his staff are doing to build something special. Naturally, it's very special for me to be coming back to my alma mater."

After getting drafted in the fifth round of the 1994 NFL Draft by Buffalo, his professional career only lasted six years with the Bills, Steelers and Ravens. However, Ofodile's knowledge of Missouri high school football will be an asset for the Tigers' recruiting division in need of a bounce-back season this fall.

Currently, Ofodile's son, Alex, plays football at the University of Oregon.


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Missouri softball team protests athletic department http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-team-protests-athletic-department/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-team-protests-athletic-department/ Tiger Talk Sat, 7 May 2016 3:24:10 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri softball team protests athletic department

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri softball team announced its matchup against South Carolina on Saturday would be played under protest of the athletic department.

In a statement released by players before the game, the softball team criticized Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades and the Missouri athletic department for putting the team under investigation, which players feel are unnecessary. 

"The softball players support and love our coaching staff and we wonder why this black cloud is being put over our program intentionally by Mizzou AD Mack Rhoades," the team said in the statement.

The statement accuses the athletic department of intimidating players during forced interviews, leaving player input out of the team's coaching decision and placing a gag order on the team's coaches.

"Mack Rhoades and Mizzou athletics administration drawing out this unnecessary investigation on our coaching staff is having an emotional effect on our team," the team also said in the statement. 

The team also said the athletics department did not properly handle the football team protest that took place in November 2015 and the department is doing an even worse job of handling the softball team's investigation. 

For a full look at the statement, check out the photo below. 

Mizzou Athletics responded to the statement and said it had no comment on the situation. A team spokesperson told KOMU players and coaches would not be available for any interviews after Saturday's game.

 


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Crane awarded SEC Softball Co-Player of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/crane-awarded-sec-softball-co-player-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/crane-awarded-sec-softball-co-player-of-the-week/ Tiger Talk Mon, 25 Apr 2016 4:29:15 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Crane awarded SEC Softball Co-Player of the Week

COLUMBIA - Mizzou Softball senior outfielder Emily Crane earned her first career honor from the SEC Monday when the league office named her SEC Softball Co-Player of the Week. Crane played a key role in the Tigers' four-game winning streak against Iowa and a ranked Texas A&M side.

Sunday evening's walk-off victory over the Aggies ended on Crane's game-winning run in the seventh inning.

The outfielder led the Tigers in a host of offensive categories this week. Crane hit .500, hit two home runs and added seven RBIs in four games. She currently is in the midst of a 17-game consecutive reached base safely streak, matching her career high.

Crane's two doubles over the weekend also extended her multi-hit games to 15 on the year and 68 in her long career. Her two home run, five RBI performance against Iowa highlighted her sensational week.

The Missouri native is having an All-American caliber senior season. Crane ranks second in slugging and total bases, fourth in homers, fifth in runs scored, doubles and RBIs and eighth in on-base percentage.

Crane and company seek a series sweep Monday, April 25, against No. 16 Texas A&M at University Field at 6 p.m.


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Mizzou Hoops signs new junior college All-American http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hoops-signs-new-junior-college-all-american/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hoops-signs-new-junior-college-all-american/ Tiger Talk Mon, 18 Apr 2016 3:31:45 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Hoops signs new junior college All-American

COLUMBIA - Mizzou basketball added a new face to its 2016 recruiting class in the form of junior college standout Jordan Geist. Head coach Kim Anderson announced the signing of the 6-foot, 3-inch point guard from Texas on Monday.

Geist played last season with Ranger College in Ranger, Texas, and earned NJCAA All-American recognition, leading the Rangers to a top four finish at the 2016 NJCAA Division I National Championship. Geist averaged 15.1 points per game and shot 45.6 percent from the field in his freshman season.

"Jordan Geist has a winner's mentality on and off the court," Anderson said in a press conference Monday. "His ability to be another trustworthy ball handler and relentless defender for Mizzou Basketball is very important to us. Jordan is a savvy player who immediately brings solid experience and leadership to our squad. We're excited to have Jordan and his family become a part of our program."

Geist helped the Rangers finish the 2015-16 season with an impressive 35-3 record. His versatility offensively and work ethic defensively add to an increasingly more intriguing recruiting class for the Tigers.

"The atmosphere and culture surrounding Mizzou's program is very exciting to me," Geist said. "Coach Anderson and his staff treated me so well on my visit. That made me excited to be a part of the program. Playing in a great conference was also important to me. The SEC has great competition and has tough programs to play against. And I'll be getting great coaching from the Mizzou coaches. I know they'll prepare us the right way."

Prior to his successful stint in the junior college ranks, Geist was named one of the best Indiana Class 4A players. His 17 points per game in his senior season in high school propelled Homestead High School to an Indiana state championship.

"Mizzou fans will see toughness from me," Geist said. "I'm out there to win and give everything I have for Mizzou Basketball. I think the little things are the most important parts of basketball."

Geist will join Frankie Hughes, Willie Jackson, Reed Nikko and Mitchell Smith as the current 2016 recruiting class for Anderson's squad.


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Texas Rangers call up former Mizzou catcher Brett Nicholas http://www.komu.com/news/texas-rangers-call-up-former-mizzou-catcher-brett-nicholas/ http://www.komu.com/news/texas-rangers-call-up-former-mizzou-catcher-brett-nicholas/ Tiger Talk Mon, 11 Apr 2016 2:50:27 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Texas Rangers call up former Mizzou catcher Brett Nicholas

COLUMBIA - Former Mizzou Baseball star Brett Nicholas was called up to the MLB after the Texas Rangers purchased the catcher's contract Sunday. Nicholas, 27, is now eligible to make his big league debut in his new home at Global Life Park in Arlington.

Nicholas played one season at Mizzou in 2010 and hit .352 with 51 runs scored and 15 doubles. He also went yard a dozen times while driving in a team-high 64 RBIs. The Phoenix native earned All-Big 12 First Team honors before being selected in the sixth round of the MLB First Year Player Draft in 2010.

In Double-A with Frisco, he hit .289 in 136 games alongside 91 RBIs to lead the Texas League. He was named an All-Star following the 2013 season. This season, he featured in two games with Triple-A side Round Rock. Nicholas tallied a double for the Express in their 7-3 victory on Opening Day.

Nicholas joins Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler and Minnesota Twins' Kyle Gibson as former Mizzou ballplayers in the big leagues.


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Pingeton to be inducted into Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame http://www.komu.com/news/pingeton-to-be-inducted-into-quad-city-sports-hall-of-fame/ http://www.komu.com/news/pingeton-to-be-inducted-into-quad-city-sports-hall-of-fame/ Tiger Talk Mon, 4 Apr 2016 3:49:24 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Pingeton to be inducted into Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame

COLUMBIA - Mizzou women's basketball head coach Robin Pingeton will be honored as an inductee into the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame. 

Pingeton was a dual sport athlete in basketball and softball at St. Ambrose University. She earned NAIA All-American honors in both sports, and Pingeton's school record of 2,502 points on the hard court still stands. After graduating in 1990, the Iowa native spent three seasons playing professionally in the Women's Basketball Association.

Pingeton returned to St. Ambrose after her professional career to take over the program as the head coach. She led the Fighting Bees to five NAIA national tournament appearances in eight seasons, including the Elite Eight in 1995-96 and 1999-2000. 

She will be inducted at the 35th annual Salute to Sports banquet at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa on May 4. Former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Pat Angerer and NBA veteran Ricky Davis are also part of the induction class.

A plaque highlighting the inductees will be added at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, a minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros. 


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Mizzou gets No. 10 seed in NCAA Women's Tournament http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-gets-no-10-seed-in-ncaa-women-s-tournament/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-gets-no-10-seed-in-ncaa-women-s-tournament/ Tiger Talk Mon, 14 Mar 2016 7:08:51 PM Chinmay Vaidya, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter and Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou gets No. 10 seed in NCAA Women's Tournament

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Tigers women's basketball team received a bid for the 2016 NCAA Women's Championship as the No. 10 seed in the Bridgeport Region. The Tigers waited nervously before seeing their name unveiled among the final four teams.

Mizzou will play No. 7 BYU in Austin, Texas on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Tigers were projected as a No. 9 seed in the final mock bracket with the prospect of facing No. 1 overall Connecticut in the second round.

Although they are still in UCONN's region, Robin Pingeton and company would not face the tournament's overwhelming favorites before the Elite Eight. The Huskies have won 69 consecutive games and hope to become the first program to win four straight national championships.

If Mizzou advances past BYU, No. 2 Texas would be the likely opponent in the second round.


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USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team selects Houck on roster http://www.komu.com/news/usa-baseball-s-collegiate-national-team-selects-houck-on-roster/ http://www.komu.com/news/usa-baseball-s-collegiate-national-team-selects-houck-on-roster/ Tiger Talk Mon, 7 Mar 2016 4:39:36 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team selects Houck on roster

COLUMBIA – For the second consecutive summer, Mizzou pitcher Tanner Houck will play with USA Baseball’s National Collegiate Team. Mizzou head coach Tim Jamieson and USA Baseball announced Monday the Preseason All-American and Preseason All-SEC righty would join the team. 

Houck will be the first Mizzou player to earn a spot on the summer team twice.

Last summer, he was phenomenal with Team USA leading the star-studded team in innings pitched and strikeouts. Houck earned USA Baseball’s International Performance of the Year for dealing four perfect innings in a combined no-hitter against Cuba.

Houck was also a consensus freshman All-American in 2015 after going 8-5 with a 3.49 ERA. He pitched more innings than any other freshman in college baseball last season. The Illinois native is now 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA this season with 24 strikeouts over 22.0 innings.

The rest of the USA Baseball roster will be released over the course of the spring season before competition in the summer.


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Mizzou's Sharp earns SEC Freshman of the Week Award http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-sharp-earns-sec-freshman-of-the-week-award/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-sharp-earns-sec-freshman-of-the-week-award/ Tiger Talk Mon, 7 Mar 2016 4:36:39 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou's Sharp earns SEC Freshman of the Week Award

COLUMBIA – The SEC league office announced Mizzou’s infielder and catcher Brian Sharp was named SEC Freshman of the Week Monday. Sharp grabbed the second Freshman of the Week honor in as many weeks for the Tigers after Connor Brumfield earned the award last week for his 10-RBI display down in Florida.

Sharp had a superb week for the Black and Gold. He helped Mizzou to a 4-1 record both on the mound and at the plate. He scored his second career win and second career save, while hitting .333 with three runs and a pair of RBI’s offensively.

His save came against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last Tuesday to preserve a 2-0 team shutout. Again as the closer Friday night, Sharp took home the victory against UIC, courtesy of a Ryan Howard walk-off three run blast. It was the second straight week Sharp managed a win and a save for Mizzou.

At the dish, Sharp strung together two multi-hit games driving in runs twice, including a vital insurance run in the 2-0 win over UAPB.

Sharp and the Tigers are back in action at home against Alabama A&M for a midweek series beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m.


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Mizzou's Brumfield awarded SEC Freshman of the Week honors http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-brumfield-awarded-sec-freshman-of-the-week-honors/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-brumfield-awarded-sec-freshman-of-the-week-honors/ Tiger Talk Mon, 29 Feb 2016 5:11:49 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou's Brumfield awarded SEC Freshman of the Week honors

COLUMBIA – Mizzou outfielder Connor Brumfield led the Tigers in nearly every offensive category last week to earn his first career SEC Freshman of the Week Award.

Brumfield led the team in batting (.476), on-base percentage (.577), slugging (.619), RBI (10), doubles (3) and total bases (13), driving Mizzou to a perfect 5-0 record last week in Florida. The five-game winning streak is the first of that kind in nearly a year when the Tigers won five in a row in March 2015.

The Columbia native also went 7-for-10 with runners in scoring position, including three game-winning RBIs. He tallied three multiple-RBI and multiple-hit games leading the team in both of those categories as well.

Brumfield also hit safely in all five games last week from the leadoff spot. The freshman outfielder and the rest of the Tigers return to Missouri for the home opener vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Wednesday, March 2 at 4 p.m.


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Cunningham earns SEC-record sixth Freshman of the Week Award http://www.komu.com/news/cunningham-earns-sec-record-sixth-freshman-of-the-week-award/ http://www.komu.com/news/cunningham-earns-sec-record-sixth-freshman-of-the-week-award/ Tiger Talk Mon, 29 Feb 2016 4:19:25 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cunningham earns SEC-record sixth Freshman of the Week Award

COLUMBIA - Mizzou freshman guard Sophie Cunningham made SEC history Monday with her sixth Freshman of the Week Award in a single season. Cunningham averaged just shy of a double-double during the final week of the season, scoring 20.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, respectively.

At No. 14 Kentucky on Thursday, Cunningham notched her fourth double-double of the season with 29 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Columbia native’s 29 points were her second-highest scoring performance of the season, behind the school-record 42 points she had against Wake Forest back in November.

In the season finale against Vanderbilt, Cunningham’s 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists were not enough in a close 56-52 losing effort. However, Cunningham did reach the 400-point mark Sunday becoming only the second Mizzou freshman to achieve that feat.

On the season, Cunningham is averaging a team-high 13.8 points per game and second in rebounding with 5.9 per contest. Her consistent play has earned her at least one SEC Freshman of the Week award in each full month of the season.

The Tigers grabbed the No. 8 seed in the SEC Tournament and will play No. 9 Auburn at 11 a.m. Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida.


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Mizzou Basketball's D'Angelo Allen to transfer from program http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-s-d-angelo-allen-to-transfer-from-program/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-s-d-angelo-allen-to-transfer-from-program/ Tiger Talk Mon, 29 Feb 2016 3:57:31 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Basketball's D'Angelo Allen to transfer from program

COLUMBIA - Mizzou forward D’Angelo Allen will part ways with the Missouri basketball program, the team announced Monday. The sophomore has left the team and intends to transfer.

Head Coach Kim Anderson released a statement regarding Allen’s departure:

“D’Angelo Allen has made it known to the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program his intention to transfer, and we will support his request. D’Angelo and I met and he expressed his desire to play a larger role. We agreed he can begin to seek opportunities to achieve his goals elsewhere. We appreciate D’Angelo’s contributions during his time with the program and will work to assist him in any way possible.”

Allen only featured in 22 of Missouri’s 29 games this season after playing in all 32 last year. He missed one game due to illness and the other six on coach’s decisions. He is averaging 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest in just eight minutes per game. His minutes are significantly down from 17 a season ago.

Last year, Anderson said Allen figured out his role quicker than any other freshman on the team, and now Allen is no longer with the program. He made it clear he wanted a larger role and will seek that position elsewhere. He was removed from the team roster and will not participate in the final two games for the Tigers.

In wake of his departure, Missouri will return eight scholarship players next season along with three incoming freshman, including Texas transfer Jordan Barnett.

Mizzou will have one spare scholarship to offer should they choose to, but as part of its self-imposed sanctions, the program must forfeit one scholarship for either the 2016-17 or 2017-18 seasons.


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Mizzou's Howard, Houck named to preseason All-SEC teams http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-howard-houck-named-to-preseason-all-sec-teams/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-howard-houck-named-to-preseason-all-sec-teams/ Tiger Talk Mon, 29 Feb 2016 3:29:56 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou's Howard, Houck named to preseason All-SEC teams

COLUMBIA - Mizzou shortstop Ryan Howard and starting pitcher Tanner Houck added to their preseason accolades after receiving All-SEC first and second team honors, respectively. The duo helped No. 15 Mizzou finish preseason play a perfect 5-0 down in Florida.

The All-SEC distinction for Howard and Houck follows their additions to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list last week.

Howard earned a spot on the All-SEC First Team hitting .333 and leading the team in 39 plate appearances. In 2015, Howard led the team in batting and total bases, while committing just seven errors in the field at shortstop. The St. Charles, Missouri native was drafted by the San Francisco Giants last summer but decided to return for his junior season with the Tigers.

By electing to play another collegiate season, Howard had the opportunity to play for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team as the starting shortstop. He hit .310 with six runs and four extra base hits in 17 games as an offensive weapon for the team.

On the other hand, Houck landed on the All-SEC Second Team as one of four starting pitchers selected. The Illinois native put together one of the best freshman seasons in Mizzou baseball history. He tallied eight wins, which are the most by a Tiger freshman since Kyle Gibson (a former first round pick) and pitched over 100 innings in 15 starts as a freshman.

Houck’s control last season was also remarkable only allowing 12 walks all year. His pitching led to victories against No. 6 South Carolina, No. 4 Florida and No. 1 Texas A&M.

Likewise, Houck joined Howard last summer with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. He led the team in innings pitched, strikeouts and starts, including a .159 opponent batting average.

The Tigers will begin the season this weekend in Fort Myers, Florida, where they will play a four-game series against Seton Hall starting Friday, March 4 at 1 p.m.


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