Sports – Wednesday January 5th

| February 5, 2014 | 9:35 am
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College Football

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri football fans eager for an early look at the Tigers’ newest recruits can get the scoop directly from coach Gary Pinkel at a Wednesday reception on national signing day.

Pinkel and members of his coaching staff are hosting the first #MizzouMade recruiting reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites near Memorial Stadium. The reception is free and open to the public.

The event takes place on the day that high school football players sign binding letters of intent with colleges, culminating the annual recruiting process.

Missouri finished the 2013 season with a 12-2 record and a Cotton Bowl win.

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College Basketball

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Frazier II scored 14 points, highly touted freshman Chris Walker had two crowd-pleasing dunks in his debut and No. 3 Florida beat Missouri 68-58 on Tuesday night. Missouri’s 3-point shooting kept the Tigers (16-6, 4-5) in it for much of the game. Missouri made 8 of 21 from behind the arc, but just 4 of 13 in the second half. Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 15 points while Jordan Clarkson added 14.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri men’s basketball fan who over four seasons regularly traveled with the team to NCAA tournament games has pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy involving cocaine and marijuana distribution. Levi McLean Franklin Coolley pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to attempting to sell more than 88 pounds of cocaine and an unspecified amount of marijuana between 2005 and 2011. An internal review by Missouri found no improper influence by Coolley, who owns a car stereo shop in Columbia.

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WACO, Texas (AP) — Naadir Tharpe scored 22 points, nine in a go-ahead run for No. 8 Kansas before halftime, and the Big 12-leading Jayhawks rebounded from their first league loss with a 69-52 victory at Baylor on Tuesday night. Andrew Wiggins overcame a slow start to score 14 points, while Perry Ellis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas.

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NHL

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Turris scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout to go with one in regulation, and the Ottawa Senators beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Tuesday night. T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist and scored to open the shootout for the Blues, who lost at home to an Eastern Conference opponent for the first time in 10 games this season. St. Louis had a season-high 50 shots but squandered a two-goal cushion in the third period and missed two chances to close it out in the shootout.

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