July 26, 2010
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe smiling as he responds to a question during an interview July 19 in Irving, Texas.
July 25, 2010
Bethany Haeley-Winn and Kevin Winn cheer as a winner emerges in one of the demolition derby events Sunday night at the Boone County Fair.
Wil Lawrence of Columbia waits in his car for the demolition derby to begin Sunday evening at the Boone County Fair. Lawrence placed second in the stock car class.
Jessey Gonzales of Columbia took sixth place in the modified car class at the demolition derby Sunday night at the Boone County Fair. Gonzales jumped from his car when a radiator hose broke, spilling radiator fluid on him and engulfing his car in white smoke.
Wil Lawrence, left, of Columbia, sideswipes Matt Keating of Winfield in the stock car class of the demolition derby Sunday night at the Boone County Fair. Keating survived to win after Lawrence's car started to show flames underneath his car's engine. Lawrence took second place.
Columbia's Wil Lawrence celebrates a second-place finish in the stock car class of Sunday night's demolition derby at the Boone County Fair as a fire fighter rushes to his burning car.
Owen Old giggles and wiggles on the lap of his mother, Amanda Old, during the judging of the Baby Boy Contest on Sunday at the Boone County Fair. Twin brother Wyatt Old competes side-by-side with him on the lap of his father, Matt Old.
Braiden Jackson stands between the legs of his grandfather Scott Jackson during the judging of the Baby Boy Contest on Sunday at the Boone County Fair. Braiden Jackson placed second in the 2-year-old division.
One year old Sheamus Ashley crawls away from mother, Christy Ashley, on stage during the judging of the Baby Boy Contest on Sunday at the Boone County Fair. Babies are judged on appearance and personality. Sheamus Ashley placed third.
From left, Emma Mrkonic, 18, Sarah Dunalewicz, 17, and Hillary Lewis, 18, perform their trio synchronized swimming routine Sunday at the Show-Me State Games. The members of the Kansas City Sea Sprites recently competed in a national competition in New York, earning seventh place.
As countless athletes and spectators packed Cosmopolitan Park this weekend for the Show-Me State Games, the task of keeping them all fed and happy fell to a small but dedicated group of volunteers from the Kids First Optimist Club of Columbia.
Lauren Willmann, 5, plays on the softball fields at Cosmo Park Sunday after her dad, Kevin Willmann, and his team finished their game. Willmann's team, Piccadilly at Manhattan, won the slow-pitch softball championship game against the Sedalia Stings at the Show-Me State Games.
The loss of $70,000 in grant funding is threatening the life of the Moving Ahead program, which serves at-risk youth in the Columbia community. The program has a strong academic focus but doesn’t skimp on fun and entertainment.
Atu Gilmore of the Sedalia Stings waits to swing at a pitch thrown by Jim Guljum of Piccadilly at Manhattan in the Show-Me State Games slow-pitch softball division D championship game. Piccadilly at Manhattan won the championship for the third time since they started to play in the late 1990s. "We play every year at the Show-Me State Games because it's tradition," Piccadilly at Manhattan coach Matt Giljum said.
The Show-Me State Games held its synchronized swimming event Sunday at the Hickman Municipal Pool. Only two clubs traveled to Columbia to compete in the event: the Kansas City Sea Sprites and St. Louis Gateway Synchro.
Mike Edwards of the Brooklyn Cats lays up a ball before the start of the Show-Me State Games 12th-grade boys competitive level championship game Sunday at the MU Student Recreation Complex. The Cats beat the Mineral Area Panthers 62-70.
Keith Wiley, left, of the Brooklyn Cats, tries to steal for the ball from Brock Walker of the Mineral Area Panthers while Blake Walker moves in to assist during the Show-Me State Games 12th-grade boys competitive level basketball championship game Sunday at the MU Student Recreation Complex.
Britt Bradley of the Brooklyn Cats wipes the sweat from his face after defeating the Mineral Area Panthers 70-62 Sunday at the MU Student Recreation Complex during the Show-Me State Games 12th-grade boys competitive level basketball finals.
Jay Raulston, left, of the Mineral Area Panthers, pushes past Marshall French of the Brooklyn Cats at the MU Student Recreation Complex during the Show-Me State Games 12th-grade boys competitive level championship game on Sunday. The Cats beat the Panthers 70-62.
Hilary Matney unloads a pickup truck full of goods to be given away Sunday at the Really, Really Free Market outside the Boone County Courthouse. Clothes, toys, dishes and magazines were all free for the taking at the event, and participants had a variety of reasons for bringing their goods. "We'd rather take it here than leave it on the side of the street," Matney said.