MAA fighter gets ready to practice [Photo]

Scott O’Donnell adjusts his shin pads before resuming practice with his sparring partner at Hulett House MMA in Columbia.

O'Donnell takes a kick [Photo]

Scott O'Donnell takes a kick from John Darbe during their match. O'Donnell, a 2007 graduate of Oak Park High School in Kansas City, was a four-time state wrestling champion with a 172-9 record. As a junior in college, though, he said he became burned out on the sport.

Final coaching points [Photo]

Scott O'Donnell listens to his coaches' advice before the start of his bout at "Showdown 4" on Dec. 3 at Whiskey Wild Saloon in Columbia. O'Donnell's win was the quickest of the night.

Justin Safford hopes for something to brag about [Photo]

Senior forward Justin Safford will look to lead the Tigers past Illinois in the annual Braggin' Rights game. The game has a special signifcance for Safford, who hails from Bloomington, Ill.

Girls seem at home playing video games [Photo]

Residents of Missouri Girls Town watch as some of the girls play video games in one of the campus residential houses on Dec. 9. Girls Town is a residential facility in Kingdom City for young women.

Hanging decorations at Girls Town [Photo]

Girls Town staff member Marty Henness helps one of the Girls Town residents hang up Christmas decorations in the McClain house. Henness, whose job is to serve as a parent for the girls, has been working at Girls Town for 16 years.

Elise Bennett relishes small joys at Girls Town [Photo]

Elise Bennett, public relations and development coordinator for Missouri Girls Town, laughs with one the residents in the kitchen of the McClain house. Bennett said working with the girls and seeing their lives change gives her joy.

Sharing conversation at Girls Town [Photo]

One of the Girls Town residents, at left, laughs with staff members Marty Henness, center, and Elise Bennett, right, in the home the girls share in Kingdom City. The facility offers a safe residence for adolescent girls who have been abused or neglected.

Farris sells Missouri pecans at Walmart [Photo]

Herman Farris, holding Missouri grown pecans, makes the trip from Camdenton to Columbia twice a week to deliver locally grown produce to the Walmart on Conley Road. Although he only provides four different types of produce during the winter months — pecans and three varieties of squash — up to half of the produce sold at the Conley Road store comes from in-state growers. Walmart announced a plan in October to double the amount of locally produced foods sold in its stores.

Spietz attempts a shot [Photo]

Missouri forward Paige Spietz attempts a shot against NJIT forward Uju Nwankwo during Sunday's game at the Mizzou Arena. Spietz, a freshman, had two points in Tigers' 72-37 win.

Flores helps lead Missouri [Photo]

Missouri forward Christine Flores goes for a layup against NJIT forward Uju Nwankwo on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. Flores had 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

Greinke mug [Photo]

Zack Greinke

Cassel celebrates touchdown [Photo]

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel spikes the ball after Chiefs running back Thomas Jones scored on a two-yard run during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game.

Chiefs beat Rams [Photo]

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope, center, is congratulated by teammates Mike Vrabel (50) and Tony Moeaki (81) after catching a two-yard touchdown pass during the second quarter of Sunday's game in St. Louis.

Missouri Civil War exhibit remains under construction [Photo]

The room designated to house the new Civil War exhibit at the Boone County Historical Museum is still under construction as of Dec. 17.The exhibit will house many unique artifacts from the period and will open Jan. 13.

A sword and pistol in the Civil War exhibit [Photo]

A pistol and a sword are two of many unique artifacts destined for the under-construction Civil War exhibit at the Boone County Historical Museum.

Exhibit will feature pamphlet from Confederate general's funeral [Photo]

A pamphlet from the funeral of Confederate general Robert E. Lee is one of many unique artifacts destined for the under-construction Civil War exhibit at the Boone County Historical Museum.

Documents to be showcased in Civil War exhibit [Photo]

A war bond for the Confederate States of America is one of many unique artifacts destined for the under-construction Civil War exhibit at the Boone County Historical Museum. The exhibit will house many unique artifacts from the period, and will open Jan. 13.

MU men's basketball player Michael Dixon on the bench [Photo]

Missouri's Michael Dixon watches his team play against Oral Roberts on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

MU men's basketball player Ricardo Ratliffe vs. Central Arkansas [Photo]

Missouri junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe pulls down a rebound against Central Arkansas. Ratliffe scored 18 points and had six rebounds for the Tigers.