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Fleming approaches home

Missouri's Ashley Fleming (30) approaches home plate as her teammates wait to celebrate her three-run home run in the first inning on Wednesday at University Field. Fleming finished with two hits and five RBIs.

Taylor slides into third base

Missouri outfielder Rhea Taylor slides into third base on Wednesday at University Field. Taylor was called safe after advancing on a fly ball.

Prayers recited at Ash Wednesday Mass

Mass attendees extend their hands as they say the Lord's Prayer on Ash Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Youth prepares for Ash Wednesday tradition

Mason Justice Davis waits his turn to have ashes placed on his head at the 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday service at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. In the Catholic tradition people 14 and older abstain from meat, and people ages 18 to 59 fast in observance of Ash Wednesday.

Plackis gets tagged out

Missouri's Andreas Plackis gets tagged out at first base on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium. "I thought we were ready to play today, but we just didn't who up at the plate," coach Tim Jamison said.

Ashes administered as Lent begins

Lay Minister Bob Edwards marks Linda McLeod's forehead with ashes at the 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday service at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the liturgical season that begins 40 days before Easter, not including Sundays, and involves prayer and fasting.

Brown gets ready to bat

Missouri sophomore Blake Brown warms his hand while getting ready to bat Wednesday at Taylor Stadium. Temperatures dropped below 40 degrees to make for a chilly game.

Thomas faces Arkansas

Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas pitches against Arkansas on Wednesday at University Field. Thomas struck out 10 of the 15 batters she faced.

Rallying cry in the rotunda of the state Capitol

Gary Stevens and Ashley Stribling shout in a rallying cry calling on Missouri lawmakers to improve the rights for people with disabilities on during the 10th Annual Disability Rights Legislative Day on Wednesday in the rotunda at the state Capitol in Jefferson City. The rally included talks from members of the Missouri legislature and other advocates for better rights for those with disabilities.

Cheering at the 10th Annual Disability Rights Legislative Day

Shelly Connell and Steve Vaughn cheer during a speech from Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley, not pictured, at the 10th Annual Disability Rights Legislative Day on Wednesday in the rotunda at the state Capitol in Jefferson City. The rally included talks from Tilley as well as from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

Mark Hulsey reminds people that those with disabilities vote too

Mark Hulsey wears a pin that urges people to take into consideration issues that are important to people with disabilities during the 10th Annual Disability Rights Legislative Day on Wednesday in the rotunda at the state Capitol in Jefferson City. Hulsey would like to see improved access to taxis because he said ADA-eligible transportation services — such as Call-A-Ride — can be more expensive.

Waiting for start of 10th Annual Disability Rights Legislative Day

From left, Andrew Kurz waits with his mother, Brenda, and his brother, Matthew, in a hallway prior to the start of the 10th Annual Disability Rights Legislative Day on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Jefferson City. Matthew sustained a traumatic brain injury after a car accident. Brenda Kurz credits the government assisted funding that helped pay for Matthew's surgery for the good condition he is in today.

Advocates gather in the rotunda of the state Capitol in Jefferson City

Hundreds of advocates for better rights for people with disabilities gather at the 10th Annual Disability Rights Legislative Day on Wednesday in the rotunda at the state Capitol in Jefferson City. After the rally, participants had the opportunity to visit with legislators.

Texas Tech coach Pat Knight

Texas Tech coach Pat Knight will lead the Red Raiders at this week's Big 12 tournament and then will step down.

MU baseball player Zack Hardoin vs. Gonzaga

MU senior Zack Hardoin pitched the first 6 2/3 innings of the game against Gonzaga on Tuesday. The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 5-2.

City Council candidates speak at League of Women Voters forum

City Council Fifth Ward Candidates Helen Anthony and Glen Ehrhardt and First Ward candidates Mitch Richards, Darrell Foster, Pamela Forbes and Fred Schmidt answer questions at a forum held by the League of Women Voters at the Columbia Public Library on Tuesday. Elections for the candidate positions will be held on April 5.

MU head coach Gary Pinkel at spring practice

MU football head coach Gary Pinkel observes the team's first spring practice on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. This will be Pinkel's 11th season as the Tigers head coach.

MU football team at spring 2011 practice

The members of the MU football team huddle as a group after doing their stretches on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Tuesday was the team's first spring practice in preparation for the 2011 football season.

MU football player James Franklin at practice

MU sophomore quarterback James Franklin goes through passing drills at the team's first official spring practice on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Franklin, along with Ashton Glaser, Tyler Gabbert, and Ryan Howerton will be competing for the starting quarterback position in 2011.

MU men's basketball player Marcus Denmon vs. Colorado

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon drives to the basket against Colorado on Feb. 5, 2011. Missouri won 89-73.
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