THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Tigers still have work to do before first home game

Sunday, August 26, 2012 | 7:49 p.m. CDT; updated 4:38 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 2, 2012
James Franklin *prepares to throw a football during an afternoon practice in early August. The quarterback was injured in the spring and said he isn't worried about game contact as the Tigers prepare for the home opener next weekend.

*CORRECTION: This story has been updated to indicate that the first home football game is not part of the SEC conference schedule.

COLUMBIA — Players, coaches and fans are gearing up for the first home football game* on Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana.

Tickets for Missouri’s home football games went on sale Friday evening, but the number available was limited already. Missouri football sold a record number of season tickets, surpassing its preseason goal of 45,000 by about 500.

As the first game approaches, the coaches still think the Tigers have work to do, and Pinkel mentioned the kicking game as an area that’s lacking. There’s a tight competition between Trey Barrow and Andrew Baggett for a starting spot and neither has emerged as the winner.  

The football team held its last preseason scrimmage Thursday in preparation for its first game. Tailback Henry Josey is back on the field after being sidelined by a November 2011 knee injury. And this year he’s finding extra motivation from his son. 

When he’s not crouched at the far end of the defensive line, Michael Sam likes to lighten the mood during practice. Sam is known for belting out tunes on the sidelines, and his voice has become a staple at Missouri practices.

Missouri soccer starts strong

The Missouri soccer team has found early success, with a national ranking of No. 13, but coach Bryan Blitz isn’t focusing on that.

The Tigers improved their record to 2-0 when they beat UC Santa Barbara 2-0 on Aug. 19. On Sunday, the team edged out the California Golden Bears, 3-2.

Junior forward Alyssa Diggs has already had an impressive season. Last week, Diggs was named a Primetime Performer by

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Richard Saunders August 27, 2012 | 1:29 p.m.

Umm... this is NOT an SEC home game.

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