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Posted on December 21, 2013 at 7:03 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri already has the braggin' rights of a 10-game winning streak as it heads into today's annual Braggin' Rights game against Illinois. The Illini will have to focus on containing the Tigers' perimeter game to pull out the victory. It's the first time in four years Illinois is unranked for the matchup in St. Louis.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are getting one of their special teams weapons back. Punt returner Dexter McCluster is back from injury and will be active against the Indianapolis Colts. Linebacker Justin Houston and left tackle Branden Albert could be back too for the playoff-bound Chiefs.

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Northwest Missouri State is gunning for its fourth Division II title when it faces surprising Lenoir-Rhyne. Lenoir-Rhyne is in the playoffs for only the second time while unbeaten Northwest Missouri is making its record eighth trip to the title game. They're trying to become the fifth team to go 15-0.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — OKC Energy FC is partnering with the MLS Cup champions for the 2014 season. Sporting Kansas City has announced the affiliation, and former goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen will serve as head coach of the Oklahoma City club. Orlando City FC also will be one of Sporting KC's USL PRO affiliates.

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