Friday Sports Notes
Mizzou 74 Nicholls State 54
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Tigers are off to a fast start in their tuneup for their first Southeastern Conference season. The 14th-ranked ranked improved to 3-0 yesterday with a 74-54 win over Nicholls State Alex Oriakhi had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Missouri also dominated the glass.
By The Associated Press
Class 6 State Tournament
Blue Springs 42, St. Louis DeSmet 7
Francis Howell High 17, Lafayette (Wildwood) 6
Class 5 State Tournament
Fort Osage 16, Ozark 7
Kirkwood 42, Parkway Central 7
CHICAGO (AP) - An ESPN producer says Hall of Famer Mike Ditka has made a minor stroke.
ESPN's Seth Markman posted on Twitter that the former Chicago Bears coach and player fell ill Friday and will not appear on the network's NFL shows this weekend. Markman writes that Ditka "wanted everyone to know he's ok."
Ditka did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press.
He told the Chicago Tribune he was feeling "good right now and it's not a big deal." He was playing cards at a suburban country club Friday when he noticed his hands "weren't working quite right," and he then started having difficulty speaking.
The 73-yeay-old Ditka had a heart attack during the 1988 season when he was coaching the Bears.
College Basketball, Women's (QU/Subway Tip Off Classic)
Lincoln: 75 Quincy: 62
Hannibal-LaGrange: 99 Lindenwood-Belleville: 75
High School Basketball, Girls
Havana: 59 West Prairie: 39
College Football Saturday
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - It'll be Syracuse vs. Missouri for major stakes - bowl eligibility. Both teams bring 5-5 records into Columbia tonight. The Tigers will be trying to clinch an eighth straight postseason experience - and their first in the Southeastern Conference. Syracuse is coming off a big win against 11th-ranked Louisville.