Christensen watches team

Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen watches his team practice in Laramie, Wyo. Christensen embraces any competition that determines winners and losers because he believes competition breeds success.

Bowe catching on

Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe's effort in early preseason practices has put him in coach Todd Haley's doghouse. But Haley said over the past two days of practices "(Bowe has) definitely started to show up."

Senior athlete practices his shot

Bill Mabrey warms up by practicing his shooting in Cape Girardeau. He has been competing in the Senior Olympics for 20 years after retiring as a physical education teacher.

Displaying many medals

Bill Mabrey, 75, of Cape Girardeau has been competing in the Senior Olympics for 20 years. He has won more than 270 gold medals and has competed on a national level.

Celebrating 90 years with a balloon ride

Mabel Fischer and her sister Joy Underwood show the leaves they picked from trees during their hot-air balloon ride. The balloon ride was how Fischer celebrated her 90th birthday.

A special before-school treat

Jocelyn Ash, 6, and her mother, Aubrey, take a hot-air balloon ride for fun on Aug. 4 before going back to school. Jan Sines, owner of BalloonStormers, controlled the balloon.

A 13th-birthday ride

Koby Gilleland takes a ride for his 13th birthday. Jan Sines, in the green cowboy hat, directed the balloon.

Flying high over Columbia

Koby Gilleland and friends start to fly away over Columbia.

Eighth place winner leads pig out of ring

Shari Brunner, a senior at Centralia High School, leads her pig out of the ring after she won eighth place in the Crossbred On-Foot Barrow competition on Saturday at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Brunner won the 2008 Grand Champion Breeding Gilt title with her female red duroc breeder at the Boone County Fair.

Centralia student's pig gets first place

Tyler Martin, a Centralia High School student, shows off his 2009 Grand Champion Barrow on Saturday at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. His pig, Chrome, won the FFA/4-H competition on Friday.

Farmers process hogs

Farmers Isaac Phillips, left, and John Adam process hogs in a confinement building in Richland, Iowa.

Farmers walk on their farm

Farmers John Adam, left, and Isaac Phillips walk on their farm in Richland, Iowa.

Farmer enjoys his land

Farmer John Adam talks on his cell phone in a hog confinement building.

Farmer feeds hogs

Farmer Isaac Phillips feeds hogs in a confinement building on his farm.

Cantwell celebrates

Christian Cantwell of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's shot put at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday in Berlin.

Over the Hill Gang

Sidney Wilson pitches for the Over the Hill Gang during the Missouri State Senior Games on Aug. 15, 2009, at Cosmopolitan Park. The Over the Hill Gang lost its first game 22-14 to the K.C. 65s.

Missouri Senior State Games softball tournament

Dick Skinner cheers on his Over the Hill Gang teammates during the softball tournament at the Missouri State Senior Games on Aug. 15, 2009, at Cosmopolitan Park.

Moore takes break during scrimmage

Sophomore tailback De'Vion Moore takes a break during the Missouri Tigers' fall football scrimmage Saturday morning at Faurot Field.

Missouri Manor to be renovated

The Missouri Manor, built in 1927, is being renovated and the rooms will be turned into studio apartments.

Complex to be built behind Missouri Manor

By fall 2010, the property manager of the Missouri Manor hopes to build a new 24-unit apartment complex behind the manor. The new complex would serve as additional studio apartments for MU students.