THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Franklin appears ready as football practice begins

Sunday, August 5, 2012 | 8:29 p.m. CDT; updated 12:23 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Missouri's starting quarterback James Franklin warms up with teammates at the team's first practice of the season Thursday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Franklin injured his shoulder in the spring but was able to fully participate in the practice.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team started practice Thursday with some good news.

James Franklin, the team's starting quarterback last season, fully participated in practice and should be ready to start the Tigers' opening game Sept. 1. Franklin underwent surgery for his throwing shoulder this offseason after tearing his labrum.

With his shoulder good to go, Franklin will also get plenty of help from the rest of his offense this season. Missouri has three receivers who are 6-foot-4 or taller, something that Missouri's coaches hope to be able to use to their advantage.

The coaches also hope that some new names will emerge as stars. The Tigers need to fill holes left by players who are now in the NFL, including tight end Michael Egnew and defensive end Jacquies Smith.

Missouri opens the season with Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 1, then plays its first conference game as a member of the SEC against Georgia on Sept. 8.

Men's basketball news

The Missouri basketball team heads to Europe on Wednesday for a five-game tour. The Tigers will make stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Senior forward Laurence Bowers and junior guard Phil Pressey will not play in Europe. Bowers sat out last season with a knee injury and Pressey suffered a mild sprain in practice last week.

Missouri's 2012-13 schedule is also becoming clearer. Missouri will play Stanford in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. The tournament, which runs from Nov. 22-24 also includes Duke, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, Northern Iowa and VCU.

Supervising editor is Frank Russell.

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