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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: New era for athletics, draft picks

Sunday, July 1, 2012 | 6:09 p.m. CDT; updated 6:02 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 8, 2012

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri officially became a member of the Southeastern Conference on Sunday. The school accepted an invitation to join the SEC in November after months of speculation.

Missouri leaves behind the Big 12, as does Texas A&M, which also officially joined the SEC on Sunday.

Earlier in the week, the MU athletics department received a large donation from the Kansas City Sports Trust. The $30 million donation, the second largest private donation in MU history, will be put towards renovating several of the school's athletic facilities.

Memorial Stadium, where the Missouri football team plays home games, is one of the facilities that will be renovated. The plan calls for about 6,000 seats to be added to the stadium.

Two basketball players drafted

After three months of working out for NBA teams, Missouri basketball players Kim English and Marcus Denmon were selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Both players were seniors on last year's Missouri team, which won 30 games.

English was drafted by the Detroit Pistons and Denmon was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs.

Ricardo Ratliffe was not drafted, but could sign with an NBA team as a free agent as early as this week.

Missouri athletes compete at Olympic Trials

Several Missouri athletes took part in the Olympic Trials this past week, hoping to compete for the U.S. at the Olympics later this month.

Connor Nolan and Sam Tierney are two of six Tiger swimmers that have competed or will compete. Emily DiBenigno, who just completed her senior year at Missouri, also competed.

Junior shot-put thrower Kearsten Peoples finished fourth at her event in Eugene, Ore., just missing a chance to go to the Olympics. Only the top three finishers were invited.

Missouri junior diver David Bonuchi also just missed out by finishing fourth at the trials.


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