Danario Alexander vs. Illinois in 2009

Missouri receiver Danario Alexander sprints past Illinois defender Supo Sanni on a 31-yard pass reception in last season's Arch Rivalry game. Alexander emerged as a standout player in the game, making 10 catches for 132 yards to lead all receivers in a 37-9 Tigers victory.

1969 MU vs. Illinois football game

Missouri running back Joe Moore, a St. Louis native, breaks free of the Illinois defense in a 1969 game at Busch Stadium. That year, the Tigers beat the Illini 37-6.

Hickman football player Tyler Sprigg

In last Friday's game against Rock Bridge, Hickman senior Tyler Sprigg had five tackles on defense and seven catches for 66 yards on offense, including a touchdown that put the Kewpies ahead late in the game.

Playing fetch at Stephens Lake Park

Jackie Putnam plays fetch in the water with her 3-year-old Labrador mix, Bubba, at Stephens Lake Park on Thursday. She adopted Bubba from the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis. Putnam said she is happy that Bubba gets to live in Columbia instead of the city. "Columbia is a really dog-friendly town," she said. "There are a lot of parks, and people are a little more relaxed with their dogs."

Stopping at bur oak on Katy Trail

As part of an ongoing journey down the Katy Trail a group from Troy, Ill., stops at a bur oak on Route K on Thursday. The group, which includes Ron, Kathy, Sandy and Allen Poletti, Jeff and Annamarie Scharringhause and Dave Bartels are in their fourth year of riding the trail from St. Charles to Clinton, a section at a time. This year they're riding from Hartsburg to Rocheport during the day and staying at bed and breakfasts at night. Ron Poletti described the camaraderie of the trip: "Stop at every bar along the trail, and you'll see us there."

Gulf Rig Explosion

Boats are seen spraying water on an oil and gas platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana on Thursday. All 13 crew members were rescued.

Missouri vs. Illinois Pregame, 2009

A scene from the Missouri Alumni Association's pregame event before the 2009 Arch Rivalry game against Illinois.

Watching the waves

A woman watches waves churned up by Hurricane Earl break against the pier in Surf City, N.C. on Sept. 2.

No vacancy

A window is boarded up with a message at the Buxton Beach Motel in Buxton, N.C., on Sept. 1 as Hurricane Earl approaches North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Packing up surfboards

Scott Reese, of Asheville, N.C., packs his surfboards up as he prepares to evacuate for Hurricane Earl, as it heads toward the eastern coast, in Atlantic Beach, N.C., on Sept. 2.

Surfing before the storm

A surfer enjoys the large surf as Hurricane Earl heads towards the eastern coast on Sept. 1 in Virginia Beach, Va.

Boarding up a doorway

Justin Curcio, a carpenter from Buxton, boards up a doorway at Hatteras Cabanas in Hatteras, N.C., Wednesday as Hurricane Earl approaches North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall

MU soccer player Alex Charlebois at practice

Missouri freshman Alex Charlebois came to the Tigers from London, Onatario, where she was the 2006 Athlete of the Year at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School.

Missouri soccer player Alex Charlebois

Missouri freshman Alex Charlebois, center, finishes morning soccer practice by doing stretches with the rest of her team Wednesday on Faurot Field.

Brimmage brings intensity to Mizzou volleyball

Teammates sometimes refer to Missouri junior Brittney Brimmage as “Scar” because people can find her intimidating.

Rock Bridge soccer player Tyler Brittain

Rock Bridge defender Tyler Brittain battles for the ball against Rolla on Tuesday in the Bruins' home opener.

Armendariz brings energy to Mizzou volleyball

Missouri defensive specialist Priscilla Armendariz is frequently found dancing or laughing while she's on the court.

Moore ready to provide leadership

De'Vion Moore, middle, hopes to provide that leadership in the absence of Derrick Washington, who was one of the most vocal leaders on the team..

Lawrence ready to step up

Missouri tailback Kendial Lawrence makes a catch during football practice August 13 at Faurot Field. With Derrick Washington’s permanent suspension, Lawrence is now the starter. Backup tailback De'Vion Moore spoke positively about Lawrence’s speed and ability to catch the ball.