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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Michael Sam thanks MU community, Missouri men's basketball heads to NIT

Sunday, March 23, 2014 | 5:03 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — This weeks' most read stories include Michael Sam's letter to the MU community and stories about Missouri in the National Invitation Tournament.

Here are the 10 most read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics. Most of the links provided are to stories available only for Missourian digital subscribers.

  1. Michael Sam, a former defensive end for Missouri, wrote a letter thanking the MU community for their support and acceptance when he came out last month. If drafted, Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL. He said that he would continue to "work my hardest; I will strive to make you all proud." (11,085 page views)
  2. For the first time since 2008, the Missouri men's basketball team missed the NCAA tournament. They were announced as the No. 2 seed in the National Invitation Tournament. (2,652 page views)
  3. Dane Gregg, who spent 30 years as a sportscaster for 1370 AM KWRT, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. His service was held in the Boonville High School gymnasium where he called countless games because the funeral home would have been too small.  (1,528 page views)
  4. A school bus driver was charged with third-degree assault after striking a 7-year-old boy in the face with a stack of papers. The Shepard Boulevard Elementary School principal watched a tape from the bus ride and, while it wasn't clear what caused the incident, the driver was using "rude and inappropriate" language. (988 page views)
  5. Residents expressed concerns about how fast the city was moving on student-housing projects and how the city handled passing development agreements during a City Council meeting. (906 page views)
  6. Although three SEC teams were selected to play in the NCAA tournament, Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith said he felt as if "they didn't have a lot of respect for our league."  Haith did say that the NIT was an opportunity for Missouri to practice and get better. (893 page views)
  7. Fifty years ago, Mary Achor was initiated into Alpha Phi. Achor wrote a From Readers piece about how the sorority has changed over the past half a century. For example, the major issues then dealt with the Civil Rights Movement. Now, the sorority has a greater diversity among its members. (804 page views)
  8. Missouri basketball player Danny Feldmann played more during the NIT opening -round game than he had all season. But the suspensions reserve freshman guards Wes Clark and Shane Rector after their marijuana-related arrests left Haith with little choice. "Danny played at Columbia, so he's a pretty good player. He just keeps working," Haith said. (703 page views)
  9. Sophie Cunningham, a Rock Bridge junior, brings energy to the school's girls basketball team. She will sing and dance with teammate Audrey Holt to prepare to play. On the court, she is a formidable foe. She was named Gatorade’s State Girls Basketball Player of the Year for Missouri. (673 page views)
  10. Thirty-one of the NFL's 32 teams were represented at Missouri's Pro Day on Thursday.  It was Michael Sam who drew the crowd, but other players benefited from the extra attention. Kony Ealy ran a 4.57 second 40-yard dash and Eric Waters had a 39.5-inch vertical jump. (645 page views)

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