Players push for spot on semi-pro team [Photo]

Marvin Williams (left) rushes in on Craig Mullins (center) and Quinton Scott during the Columbia Trojans' tryout on Saturday morning.

Team's founder participates in drills [Photo]

Lawrence Washington comes out of his lineman's stance during a conditioning drill on Saturday at Rock Bridge High School. Washington founded the Columbia Trojans, a start-up semi-professional football team.

Semi-pro team seeks players [Photo]

Nate Brinkly (left), Columbia Trojans' defensive coordinator, times Marvin Williams during a drill on Saturday. The start-up semi-professional football team held its first tryout at Rock Bridge High School on Saturday morning.

Semi-pro team hosts tryouts [Photo]

Matt Kenna (left) works his way through an agility drill at the Columbia Trojans tryout on Saturday as coach Jeff Edwards (right) looks on. The team is a start-up semi-professional football team founded by Lawrence Washington, who plays as well.

Trojans tryouts call all ages [Photo]

David Cammack Jr. sprints out the end of an agility drill on Saturday morning during tryouts for the Columbia Trojans, a start up semi-professional football team. The tryout was open to anyone 18 years and older.

Missouri baseball player Greg Folgia [Photo]

Missouri junior Greg Folgia leads off first base against Ball State on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

Columbia Trojans hold football tryouts [Photo]

Lawrence Washington comes out of his lineman's stance during workout Saturday at Rock Bridge High School for the Trojans, Columbia’s new semi-professional football team.

Rock Bridge girls basketball loses to Nixa in state quarterfinals [Photo]

Rock Bridge forward Rachel Rutter drives to the basket against Nixa on Saturday in the Class 5 state quarterfinals in Rolla. Rock Bridge lost 44-39.

Rock Bridge girls basketball loses in state quarterfinals [Photo]

Rock Bridge junior Amaya Williams leaps towards the basket in an attempt to score against Nixa on Saturday in the Class 5 state quarterfinals in Rolla. Rock Bridge lost 44-39.

The cost of food [Graphic]

MU basketball player Leo Lyons against Texas A&M [Photo]

Missouri's Leo Lyons struggles to pick up a loose ball in front of Texas A&M's Chinemelu Elonu in the Tigers' loss March 7 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas

Gibson strikes out 13 batters [Photo]

MU junior Kyle Gibson pitches during the first game of a four-game series against Ball State on March 6 at Taylor Stadium. Gibson struck out 13 batters, a career high, in the Tigers' 4-1 win over the Cardinals.

Finances and Faith [Graphic]

Life stories and commentary [Photo]

Part of Darryl "DMC" McDaniels' presentation Thursday night at Jesse Hall was his raps. These included commentary on other hip-hop artists as well as his own life stories.

Hip-hop culture — past and present [Photo]

CORRECTED CAPTION: Darryl "DMC" McDaniels speaks about hip-hop — past and present — on Thursday night at Jesse Hall. He said he thinks generation differences are a big influence on the changes taking place in the hip-hop world. An earlier caption misspelled his name.

Run-DMC hip-hop icon talks about genre [Audio]

*CORRECTION: Darryl McDaniels was incorrectly spelled "Daryl McDaniels" in an earlier version of this article.

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels speaks to MU students about what hip-hop was like when he first started compared with how it is now.

MU gymnastics Liz Straatmann [Photo]

MU junior Liz Straatmann, left, takes a break to chat between the vault and uneven bars portions of the Cat Classic at Hearnes Center.

Columbia College's Christian Lewis [Photo]

Columbia College's Christian Lewis goes for two-points against Williams Baptist College's Charles Wilson(during the first round of the American Midwest Conference tournament on Thursday.

Tolson's work ethic [Photo]

Skylar Tolson breaks up an offensive at practice on Thursday. "I wish we had 10 others like him," Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon said. "He never takes a minute off.”

Something to smile about [Photo]

A smiling jester dominates artwork by Praise Tyler.