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Connell: Fifteen years later, Wistrom still living the dream — The ring is the thing, right? The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will be chasing NFL glory in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday in Glendale, Arizona, with the often-referenced symbol of that coming in the form of a world championship ring.

Bears' game-day guide: What to know about SIU — What you need to know as Missouri State plays Southern Illinois on Saturday night at JQH Arena: Game time: 7:05 p.m. Coverage: Join the Twitter conversation with Lyndal Scranton - @LscrantonNL Tickets: Starting at $10 at the box office. Call 836-7678. Black out: The game is billed a "black out" with fans encourages to wear black.
Jan 31, 2015

What does "Zee Blues" of the Blues Brothers have to do with SIU basketball? Find out in our Bears Game-Day Guide

Underage drinking in Springfield: 'A moving target' — Knocking on the door of a downtown loft apartment on a recent Friday, Springfield fire marshals found a crowd that would have put many local nightclubs to shame. The apartment, located in the Market Street Lofts building west of College Station, has a legal occupancy limit of eight, said Assistant Fire Chief Randy Villines.

Child Abuse and Neglect Collaborative hopes to add 100 foster parents in 2015 — There are nearly 900 children in foster care in Greene County, and fewer than 300 foster families. Improving that ratio is one of the top priorities for the Child Abuse and Neglect Collaborative, which gave its annual update on Friday morning in the community room at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Greenwood boys squeak by Catholic, Lady Irish win big — Greenwood senior Adam Brock was pulled from a sea of human pandemonium by basketball coach Darren Taylor. Brock made four free throws in the final 23 seconds of the Bluejays' 50-43 win at Springfield Catholic that triggered a court storming by Greenwood students at the O'Reilly Family Gymnasium on Friday night.

Springfield officer shooting: Tracking the gun — The .38-caliber revolver authorities believe Joshua Hagood used to shoot a Springfield police officer was one of four guns stolen Jan. 15 from a home in Republic. Steve Ijames, interim Republic police chief, said all of the stolen weapons were recovered in Springfield, except for the five-shot Ruger LCR (Lightweight Compact Revolver) .38 Special.

Lady Bears' upset bid falls short in overtime — Missouri State's offense ran out of steam in overtime and a chance to upset an unbeaten conference co-leader disappeared. Drake, led by super sophomore Lizzy Wendell's 43 points and Caitlin Ingle's triple-double, outlasted Missouri State 94-89 Friday night at Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bears look for winning finish to dreadful month — Forgive Missouri State basketball coach Paul Lusk if he's ready to throw a party to usher out January. Since beating Drake four weeks ago, Lusk's Bears have lost seven straight. Along the way, leading scorer Marcus Marshall departed the program and starting center Tyler McCullough sprained an ankle to join two others on the injury list.

SPS proposes closing on Election Day - for student safety — Citing safety concerns, Springfield school officials want to cancel class on Election Day in November. They say heavy voter interest on that day creates traffic headaches for parents and staff and means a constant flow of people walking in and out of the 13 district buildings, mostly elementary schools, that serve as polling places.

Springfield man convicted of manslaughter for shooting girlfriend in the head — A Springfield man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder this summer - then withdrew his plea four months later when state gun laws changed - was found guilty of a lesser charge on Thursday. The difference is significant. On the murder charge, Darrell L. Smith faced 30 years in prison.

Split decision: Picks for Super Bowl running about even — Grant Wistrom, Seahawks Super Bowl champion with the Rams in 1999 Nick Lowery, Seahawks Kicked for 17 years in the NFL and named All-Pro seven times Billy Butler, Seahawks Former Kansas City Royals DH who signed with Oakland Brenton Illum, Seahawks Evangel University coach "I hate, loathe and downright despise the Patriots, but even on top of that, I like the Seahawks.
Jan 30, 2015

Split decision: News-Leader and guests' picks for Super Bowl running about even via @springfieldNL

Central girls stave off Glendale comeback attempt — Central's girls basketball team came within a 3-pointer for a second-half meltdown against a scrappy Glendale team hungering for a win on its home floor. The Bulldogs (4-14) staved off a Glendale rally to win 60-54 behind 27 points from junior point guard Jaslyn Williams on Thursday night at Falcon Court.
Jan 30, 2015

Central girls stave off Glendale comeback attempt, Jaslyn Williams scores 27 pts via @springfieldNL

Crane boys basketball coach placed on leave — The head boys basketball coach of the No. 1 Class 2 team in the state is on administrative leave. Crane coach Dale Lamberth was placed on paid administrative leave following a Crane Board of Education meeting Wednesday night. The board met in closed session with one item on the agenda.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @RanceBurgerNL: The coach of the No. 1 Crane boys basketball team (18-2) is on administrative leave.

Jan 29, 2015

The coach of the No. 1 Crane boys basketball team (18-2) is on administrative leave.

Businesses come together with plans to help officer who was shot — Guitar strings, workouts, concerts, pizzas and motorcycle rides were just a handful of the things businesses and community members offered up on Thursday night in support of an injured police officer.
Jan 29, 2015

Police officers union organized meeting Thursday evening to plan fundraising via @springfieldNL

Lady Bears take confidence, winning streak on road — Now the real heavy lifting begins for a resurgent Missouri State women's basketball team. Armed with a confidence-building four-game winning streak, the Lady Bears take on Missouri Valley Conference co-leader Drake on Friday night in Des Moines, Iowa, with a trip to third-place Northern Iowa two days later.

Union head: A ‘horrible reminder,’ but ‘we aren’t any more fearful’ — The Springfield Police Officers Association has a schedule set to ensure there are always a couple of people in the hospital where Officer Aaron Pearson is recovering. They're there to assist the family of Pearson - who was shot while on duty early Monday morning - in whatever way possible.
Jan 29, 2015

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State high school basketball rankings updated — There's a new No. 1 girls basketball team in Class 2, and it's Skyline. The girls from Urbana recently defeated No. 5 Gainesville, and combined with former No. 1 Crane's 63-60 loss to Class 3 No. 1 St. James, the Tigers find themselves atop to the pyramid in Class 2.

Former Remington’s building in downtown Springfield has new owner — Thane Kifer now owns a building with a past. It will be a while before its future is more clear. "In my dreams, if it's feasible, I'd like to put a second story back on the structure," he said. Kifer closed on his purchase of 201 N. Campbell Ave.

Zan kidnapping case: Dismissal slated for all charges — Unless an appeals court gets involved, no one will be found guilty in the high-profile Zan nightclub sexual assault and kidnapping case. Accusations came in June 2013 - that two Saudi Arabian men kidnapped and assaulted a woman after meeting her at the nightclub.