Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Mizzou Recruit Chooses Indiana

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Mizzou Recruit Chooses Indiana

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Thomas Bryant, a major recruiting target of Missouri's basketball staff for the last year, announced Saturday that he's signing with Indiana. Bryant, a 6-10 center from Huntington Prep in Huntington, W. Va., where he was coached by Mizzou assistant Rob Fulford, had also been considering MU, Kentucky and Syracuse.

"I just wanted to come here and be on TV and say that I'm committing to Indiana to play college basketball next year," Bryant said on ESPN. "I'm very excited. I've been thinking about this long and hard. I've been talking it over with my mom and coaches. We just felt like being at Indiana was the best decision for me."

In 2013-14, Bryant was a teammate of Missouri guard Montaque Gill- Caesar at Huntington, where they played for Fulford, who joined Kim Anderson's Mizzou staff last summer. Bryant played in last week's McDonald's All-American game in Chicago. (Dave Matter)

U.S. women defend title * The United States defended its women's world hockey championship with a 7-5 victory over Canada on Saturday.

Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne scored for the U.S. in the third after the Americans blew a 5-2 lead. Anne Pankowski, Hilary Knight, Megan Keller, Anne Schleper and Haley Skarupa also scored.

"We were tested and we knew how to respond," Decker said.

U.S. veteran Jessie Vetter made nine saves and was relieved by Alex Rigsby after Canada's fourth goal. Rigsby stopped 13 shots.

The U.S. has won five of the last six world titles.

"It was definitely a back-and-forth game," said Knight, who was named the tournament's most valuable player.

"I'm sure the fans loved it. And obviously you can come out with a smile on your face if you played hard and you come out with a win."

Rebecca Johnston scored twice for Canada. Marie-Philip Poulin, Brigette Lacquette and Caroline Ouellette also scored. …

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