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  • April 16, 2019
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Barry Odom has tried to maintain optimism throughout his tumultuous first season as coach at Missouri.The Tigers (3-8, 1-6 Southeastern Conference) have struggled with everything from closing out games to scheme adjustment, as well as a string of season-ending injuries.Among the biggest bright spots was the development of the running game, especially the emergence of freshman Damarea Crockett, who eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in Saturdays 63-37 loss to Tennessee . He rushed 24 times for a season-high 225 yards and a touchdown, surpassing former quarterback Brad Smiths school record for rushing yards by a freshman.Early Sunday, Crockett was arrested for suspicion of possession of marijuana and he was suspended for the season finale Friday against Arkansas.Odom expressed frustration with the incident , but also hopes others can learn from it.Damareas done a lot of great things and hes going to have a tremendous future, Odom said. He realizes one decision obviously affects this football program and it affects him. Its the discipline of doing everything right every day. Kids make mistakes and Im going to use every one of them that I can as a teachable moment on how we can become better.With 153 carries for 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns, Crockett is Missouris leading rusher by more than 300 yards and ranks fourth in the SEC in total rushing, above names like Georgias Nick Chubb and LSUs Leonard Fournette. Arkansas (7-4, 3-4) ranks seventh in the conference in rushing yards allowed, surrendering 216.5 yards per game.Odom said replacing Crocketts production will likely be a collective effort between Ish Witter and Nate Strong.Itll be those two, Odom said. I thought Nate did some good things the other day for sure. Still, I said right after the game, I think hes got a really bright future ahead of him. Hes got size, hes got speed. Hes getting an understanding of the tempo and pace of the game.Witter has 157 carries for 738 yards and six touchdowns, which ranks 15th in the conference. He had career highs for attempts and rushing yards against Tennessee with 31 carries for 163 yards and two touchdowns.Ish did a great job the other night, Odom said. Im proud of what Ish has done this year. Hes fought through some injuries. He runs with more energy, with a little more purpose than he has. Hes done a good job.Witter attributes much of the teams success running the ball to its offensive line.Just being patient and reading the holes, Witter said. Our O-linemen theyve been doing their jobs. Theyre definitely making holes, so just figuring out how to be patient ... then see what happens.---More AP college football: and Mike Condon Jersey . Wilson hit Schenn from behind during Tuesday nights game in Philadelphia, earning a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. 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Lewis Hamilton reckons his first Brazilian Grand Prix victory was one of the easiest wins of his Formula One career.Hamilton finally broke his Brazil winless duck at the 10th attempt, leading every lap of a chaotic stop-start race to net his ninth victory of the season. The Briton finished over 11 seconds clear of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, cutting the Germans points lead to just 12 in the title fight.When asked whether it was one of his toughest wins, Hamilton replied: Probably one of the easier ones, it was a very easy race. Usually in the rain here its the hardest. Honestly, as I said, I didnt have any spins. I didnt have any moments and it was pretty straightforward. Silverstone 2008 was way harder than this.For me I was generally just chilling out front. When it rains thats usually a good day for me. Today was tricky for everyone, there was differently opportunities for aquaplaning, which everyone did. I want to say a big thank you to my team, we are creating history in this team and Im so proud to be part of it.This has been my dream since the first time I watched Ayrton [Senna] race when I was like five or six years old. To win here... And its the 44th win here as well so its kind of a lucky weekend.Hamilton swapped his special Ayrton Senna-themed yellow helmet for his usual white helmet during the first red flag period -- following Kimi Raikkonens hefty shunt on the start-finish straight -- after complaining of water streaming down his visor and into his eyes.ddddddddddddLike many drivers, Rosberg had a nervy moment coming onto the main straight as he suffered a half-spin, but the German avoided potential calamity and continued to take second. Unlike his teammate, the triple world champion says his helmet change was the only problem he faced on Sunday.That was the only drama today, no mistakes, no issues, no spins, Hamilton explained. It was kind of interesting to hear along the race how many people behind were spinning and that but I didnt have that problem. Im really happy about it.Hamiltons 52nd career win -- which moves him clear of Alain Prost in second place in the all-time winners list -- keeps his title hopes alive and ensures the championship will be decided at Abu Dhabi later this month.Im hunting and all I can do is do what Im doing right now, Hamilton said. The team has been giving me a great car and finally the reliability has been really good so the results have really shown that. Im going to go and give it everything Ive got. ' ' '