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The year that was: First half dominated by football success, Michael Sam, DGB troubles

2014’s top stories led by Sam, DGB dismissal, another football title

Part one of two parts

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

By Darren Hellwege

It’s been an extraordinary year in Missouri sports, both on and off the field of play. As 2015 begins, let’s look back at some of the biggest stories of each month of the last year.

January

The year began with a barn-burner of a football game with Mizzou beating Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys led in the final five minutes, but a Henry Josey touchdown put Mizzou ahead and a touchdown on a fumble return by Shane Ray cemented the victory. It was something of a torch-passing, as the final game of Kony Ealy and Michael Sam saw a big play by the Tigers’ next great lineman.

Also in January:

  • The men’s basketball team fell from top 25 after an emotional home loss to Georgia.
  • Pat Ivey named Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by a national organization.
  • MU Athletics Hall of Fame inducted Ashley Wysong (cross country) John Putnam (swimming) Aaron Crow (baseball) and Dan Pippen (basketball).
  • Wrestling bested Oklahoma in battle of top-10 teams
  • Women’s basketball upset Vanderbilt with freshman Kayla McDowell made key contributions off the bench
  • In gymnastics 11 personal bests were set or tied, including 9.90 on beam from Rachel Updike, as Mizzou fell just short against Arkansas

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Part 2: Year in review

The ups, downs, achievements and misfires in Mizzou’s teams

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Today I take a look at the fall sports teams. Check out yesterday’s column for a look at the spring sports.

SOCCER

There’s too much talent on this club to be 8-9-3, but once again the team struggled late in the year after showing real potential.

An early season match that nearly pulled off an upset at powerhouse Portland and two wins over top-10 Southeastern Conference opponents showed how good this team could be. But four losses and three ties in the final nine games killed whatever good things the Tiger season had in store.

MVPs: (ties) Kaysie Clark and Mackenzie Sauerwein. Maybe this is cheating, but hey, it’s my column. Midfielder Clark Read more of this post

Gary Pinkel and Mike Alden Talk to Fans in Google Hangout

By Mary Kate Burgess

COLUMBIA – Missouri’s head football coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden held the fifth annual Google Hangout with Pinkel Wednesday afternoon. Fans were able to interact with Pinkel and Alden to ask questions.

MU sports fans entered the conversation by tweeting Pinkel, attaching questions to the hashtag “hangoutwithGP.” A few fans were able to video chat with Pinkel and Alden during the Google Hangout.

The conversation covered SEC recruiting, the construction being done on the stadium and how the construction has increased ticket sales.

Pinkel was asked to address what changes had to be made in the recruiting process after joining the SEC.

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Toal and Eblen return as Mizzou wrestling defeats Old Dominion 21-9

Photos and story by Ryan Shiner

Missouri’s John Eblen (top) attempts to take down Old Dominion’s Jack Dechow during the 184-pound match at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 16, 2014. Eblen would go on to win his match, 7-5.

Missouri’s John Eblen (top) attempts to take down Old Dominion’s Jack Dechow during the 184-pound match at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 16, 2014. Eblen would go on to win his match, 7-5.

COLUMBIA — The No. 10 Missouri wrestling team looked to continue its winning ways on Sunday against Old Dominion after winning back-to-back home meets last weekend. Missouri did just that by defeating the visiting Monarchs, 21-9.

The Missouri crowd made noise early on in the match at the Hearnes Center, calling for what they thought were stalling penalties on ODU.

Two stalling penalties were called in the 149-pound match. No. 14 Alex Richardson, of ODU (22-7), was called Read more of this post

Mizzou wrestling edges out Eastern Michigan, 18-15

Story and photos by Ryan Shiner

Missouri's Lavion Mayes (black) dominates his opponent, Nicholas Barber in the 141 match. Mayes won the match 14-4.

Missouri’s Lavion Mayes (black) dominates his opponent, Nicholas Barber in the 141 match. Mayes won the match 14-4.

COLUMBIA — After pounding Buffalo 41-0 on Friday night and even with four nationally ranked wrestlers taking the mat, the Missouri wrestling team found itself in a tight dual against Eastern Michigan. The Tigers and the Eagles were tied going into the final match, Missouri’s Devin Mellon against Eastern Michigan’s Khodar Hoballah.

After a scoreless first period, Mellon was able to pull out the 5-2 win, giving Missouri the victory 18-15.

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