February 6, 2016

Columbia Police release details on Woods and Gant arrests. #Mizzou players suspended, won’t play at Bama Saturday

Jakeenan Gant (Mizzou Athletics)

Jakeenan Gant (Mizzou Athletics)

Russell Woods (Mizzou Athletics)

Russell Woods (Mizzou Athletics)

Missouri basketball players Russell Woods and Jakeenan Gant were arrested Thursday, February 4th for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Mizzou has suspended both players for Saturday’s game at Alabama.

The police report said a detective was able to secure a search warrant for Gant’s and Woods’ home in order to locate and preserve evidence pertaining to a home invasion robbery that occurred on December 9th, 2015. As a result of that robbery investigation, the detective learned that there were four subjects – including Gant and Woods – who resided at the home.

The detective conducted the search on Gant and Woods’ residence on January 15th, while Mizzou was on the road for a game on January 16th at South Carolina. Two marijuana smoking devices were found in Gant’s bedroom, and two more in Woods’ room, according to the police report. Both Gant and Woods were released on signature summons.

Full Details from the Columbia Police Department:

Jakeen Gants stats

Russell Woods stats

Portions of this story courtesy Missourinet Affiliate KTGR

Recurring hip injury forces Mizzou running Morgan Steward to call it quits

Morgan Steward (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Morgan Steward (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Mizzou running back Morgan Steward has retired from football, never recovering from a hip injury that forced him to miss all of 2014 and hold him to just ten attempts in three games in 2015 after trying to return from surgery.

Steward came to Mizzou with a lot of potential coming out of Staley where he was the career rushing leader (4,184 career yards, 46 rushing touchdowns), in 52 starts.  He led his team to a 13-0 record and a Missouri State Championship in Class 5A as a senior, rushing for 205 yards and one touchdown in the 35-21 win over Kirkwood in the 2011 Show-Me Bowl.

He finishes his college career with 102 yards on 31 carries and one touchdown which came against Murray State in his first college game.

Major League Soccer exploring opportunities in St. Louis, but is the city really ready to move forward?

The North Riverfront area could be home to an MLS team (photo/Google maps)

The North Riverfront area could be home to an MLS team (photo/Google maps)

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Major League Soccer is interested in exploring options of building a team in St. Louis as the league hopes to grow from 20 to 28 teams by 2020.  MLS Commissioner Don Garber is ready to look at potential downtown stadium sites (i.e. the area proposed for the new Rams’ stadium) as well investors and owners.

Garber has made no promises that St. Louis would get a franchise, but told the paper, “This is a unique moment in time where we can really, finally see if St. Louis is MLS-ready.”

That’s my biggest question.  Is St. Louis ready to jump back into another pro sports relationship?

Governor Jay Nixon’s task force laid out early in their visions for the North Riverfront stadium site, that the stadium could also host soccer events.  Back in May of 2015, Garber visited with the task force to hear ideas.  Now that the Rams are out of the picture, the site could be exclusive to an MLS team.

Just a couple of weeks ago, a St. Louis architecture firm unveiled plans for what a soccer stadium would look like just south of Union Station on Clark Street.  Garber said MLS prefers downtown sites and hasn’t looked at any other sites.

How much of this is the MLS being proactive and how much of this is the city of St. Louis and civic leaders trying to rebound from a bad breakup?  Perhaps more of the latter and there are three key pieces that will play a part in this…fans, ownership and a stadium.

“Nobody argues that St. Louis is not a great soccer market,” Garber said. “It has a passionate fan base, and a great soccer history.”

There is no doubt a following for soccer.  Back in November, Busch Stadium hosted a USA World Cup qualifying game and drew 43,000 fans.  Back in May of 2013, Busch Stadium also hosted two of the most storied English Premier League clubs, Chelsea and Manchester City in an exhibition match.

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Georgia gets hot down the stretch and buries 21st ranked Mizzou women

Sophie Cunningham pushes around a Georgia defender (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Sophie Cunningham pushes around a Georgia defender (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

A back and forth battle the whole game at Mizzou Arena turned lopsided late in the fourth quarter on Thursday night as Georgia’s outside shooting heated up.  The 21st ranked Tigers lost 65-50.  The Bulldogs outscored Mizzou 20-7 in the final ten minutes of the game.  The Tigers drop to .500 in SEC play.  (18-5, 5-5)

Georgia used the deep ball to pull away in the fourth quarter, hitting four three-pointers.  A three-pointer from Sophie Cunningham, who led the Tigers with 17 points, tied the game at the end of the third quarter.  Jordan Frericks who scored 12 for the game, made three straight baskets to put Mizzou on top until the Bulldogs got hot.

Mizzou shot 35 percent (18-for-51) from the field, 30 percent (6-for-20) from beyond the arc and 67 percent (8-for-12) from the free throw line. Georgia finished at 44 percent (26-for-59) from the floor, 50 percent (7-for-14) from 3-point range and a percent 6-for-6 from the foul line. The Tigers were outscored 24-4 in points off of turnovers and were outrebounded 36-31.

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Blues fall to the hottest road team in the Western Conference. Lose ground on Chicago and Dallas in the standings

Brian Elliott watches the play at the side of the net (photo/NHL.com)

Brian Elliott watches the play at the side of the net (photo/NHL.com)

The San Jose Sharks are just fine on enemy frozen ponds.  The Sharks (27-19-4) improved to a Western Conference-leading 17-7-2 away from home and the Blues fell as their latest victim, 3-1 on Thursday night Scottrade Center.

Somehow the Blues are keeping their head above water despite averaging just one goal per game over their last five games in which they’ve gone 2-2-1. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester scored and Brian Elliott made 29 saves.

“Today, the first period was the best period we played in a long time,” Hitchcock said after his team had 13 shots. “It was a great period, and then we got away from it in the second and gave them the momentum. We funneled pucks at the net, we put shots at [Jones’] feet, we had lots of scoring chances close at the net, and then we got frustrated and started making plays rather than continuing with that program and so we ended up with lot of zone time but mostly playing sideways rather than that attack mode that we did in the first period.”

Joonas Donskoi and Joe Thornton scored 3:20 apart in the second period to put San Jose up 2-0.  Bouwmeester’s goal cut the deficit, but Matt Nieto scored late in the third period for the final tally.

CENTRAL       GP        W        L       OT      PTS
CHICAGO       55       35      16        4       74
DALLAS       52       33      14        5       71
ST. LOUIS       54       29      17        8       66