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PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri baseball gears up for season

Missouri baseball players practiced in Devine Athletic Pavilion on Wednesday. They practiced their speed, form and pitching techniques. The team's season opener in Jacksonville, Fla., might be in jeopardy with the snowstorm that has hit the southeast.

PHOTO GALLERY: Warm weather, pauses in action and victory celebrations part of Olympics

In Sochi, Russia, there are plenty of athletes in action, but there are also moments of celebration, relaxation and reflection for athletes and fan. This collection of photos captures some of those moments on Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Diver Greg DeStephen was first openly gay MU athlete

Former All-American diver Greg DeStephen, who graduated from MU in May 2011, was elected captain of the swim and diving team his senior year. DeStephen said his toughest challenge came when a teammate told the rest of the team that he was gay without his permission.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU celebrates 175th birthday

MU turned 175 years old Tuesday. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin was one of the university officials who helped celebrate the occasion.

PHOTO GALLERY: Big news from Sochi

Erin Hamlin of the United States set a team record, while India was reinstated as a fully Olympic participant on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: A look at the early buildings at MU

MU will celebrate its 175th anniversary Tuesday. The campus consisted of just a few buildings in the late 1800s, and Academic Hall burned down in 1892 leaving the columns that are the feature of the Francis Quadrangle today.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fr. Tolton team scrimmages to prepare for Battle

Fr. Tolton's girls basketball team prepares for upcoming opponent Battle High School during a scrimmage Monday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pinkel, Alden, others speak at news conference

Speakers at Monday's news conference about former Missouri football player Michael Sam's coming out included representatives from Missouri football and athletics department and the LGBTQ Resource Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Speedskaters crash in Sochi

Olympic speedskaters crash while competing during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

PHOTO GALLERY: People celebrate Michael Sam's coming out as gay at SoCo Club

After former Missouri defensive end announced publicly on Sunday he is gay, patrons of SoCo Club in Columbia expressed their support. Sam is an all-American and was named the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Other gay athletes reflect on Michael Sam's announcement

In light of former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announcing he is openly gay Sunday, other prominent athletes who have come out reflect on what this means for him and for sports.

PHOTO GALLERY: Former Missouri player Michael Sam could be first openly gay NFL player

Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam says he is gay. It would make Sam the first openly gay NFL players. All other NFL players who announced they were gay did so after their retirement.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball falls to Alabama 59-56

Missouri lost 59-56 to Alabama in the Sunday game at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: The 2014 Winter Olympics wraps up opening weekend

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia wrapped up its opening weekend on Sunday. Russia took home gold in the first team figure skating finals at the Olympics. As for the U.S., Jamie Anderson won gold in the inaugural snowboard slopestyle event

PHOTO GALLERY: Black team wins softball competition

Freshman Finucane and Stangel took the lead during the Mizzou Black & Gold softball competition Saturday. The black team won 8-7.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri falls to Ole Miss

The Missouri men's basketball team traveled to Oxford, Miss., on Saturday to take on the Ole Miss Rebels. Despite coming back from a 15-point halftime deficit, the Tigers lost 91-88.

PHOTO GALLERY: Polar Plunge attracts more than 500 participants

Determination overcame cold weather as more than 500 people plunged into Stephens Lake for the annual Polar Plunge.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter Olympics starts out

Sage Kotsenburg wins the first gold medal. Athletes from all over the world show their passion Saturday at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

PHOTO GALLERY: Beauty and the Beast draws crowd

Wrestlers and gymnasts shared the floor of Hearnes Center on Friday for the annual Beauty and the Beast meet.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cast Gallery opens at Mizzou North

Alex Barker, director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, speaks to an audience gathered for the grand opening of the Cast Gallery in February at Mizzou North. The gallery includes cast copies of original busts from ancient Greece.

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