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Michael Sam waves to MU fans

Former Tiger Michael Sam, accompanied by E.J. Gaines, makes an on-field appearance during the first quarter of the Tiger's opening game Saturday against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Memorial Stadium.

Michael Sam cut by Rams

Defensive end Michael Sam looks up at the scoreboard from the sidelines Thursday during the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Rams announced Saturday afternoon that Sam did not make the 53-man roster.

Aldon Smith apologizes

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith watches from the sideline during a preseason game in Santa Clara, Calif., on Aug. 17. The NFL suspended Smith for the first nine weeks of the regular season.

Tail gaters watch ESPN

Jean Paul Bradshaw watches SEC Nation on ESPN while tailgating before Missouri's opening game against South Dakota State Saturday.

Tailgate cooking

Bart Rafferty prepares sausage Saturday for his tailgating group at Missouri's home opener against South Dakota State University.

Mu fan cooks tailgate breakfast

Jeff Alexander, who was in charge of making breakfast for his tailgating group, cooks bacon and eggs at Missouri's home opener on Saturday. Alexander said that the best part about tailgating is getting everyone together and the camaraderie.

Tiger fan unloads car

Pranny Whitesides unloads her car before Missouri's opening game against South Dakota State on Saturday. Whitesides brought the football figurine straight from her garden this morning.

Longtime friends arrive early

Brian Begemann, left, and Roger Kay wait for their family and friends to arrive at 8 a.m. Saturday before the MU Tigers opening game against South Dakota State. The duo have known each other since 1995 when they began tailgating for the Missouri football games.

Tiger fans show their pride

Jennifer Alexander sports a MU earrings while tailgating at the MU Tigers home opener on Saturday. Alexander, an MU alumna, said she has been tailgating since she was a junior at MU.

Tiger fans tailgate with friends

Kevin Burns tailgates with friends and family before the MU Tigers opening game against South Dakota State on Saturday.

Early morning tailgaters

From left, Megan Walz, Kate Gallagher, Nathaniel Duker, Adam Henzel, Jacob Moe, Amy Bildner and Milo Walz tailgate before the the MU Tigers opening game Staurday against South Dakota State. The group includes several recent graduates from Missouri. "It feels good to be back," said Gallagher.

Miami Seaquarium employees feed manatees

Miami Seaquarium caretaker Joelle Palmer, right, and intern Ally Levy feed manatees on Aug. 6. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing whether the manatee should be reclassified as a “threatened” species after decades of being listed as endangered.

Rock Bridge football players celebrate victory

Rock Bridge Bruins wide receiver Malik Gleason, center left, and corner back Marcell Smith celebrate their 44-0 victory over De Smet Jesuit High School at Rock Bridge High School on Friday.

Tolton cheerleaders have details in their dance

The Blazers cheer squad held their first ever performance during the matchup against Lutheran High School Friday at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School.

Rock Bridge running back breaks a tackle

Rock Bridge Bruins running back Nick Collins escapes a tackle attempt by De Smet High School defensive back Isaac Williams Friday at Rock Bridge High School.

Tolton cheerleaders show spirit

A Tolton Trailblazer holds her pom-poms on the sideline as the football team faces Lutheran High School on Friday at Tolton High School. The game featured the dance team's first performance.

Blazers hold the halftime show

The Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School dance team performs during the halftime show of the game against Lutheran St. Charles on Friday at Tolton High School.

Rock Bridge Bruins reciever breaks away

Rock Bridge Bruins wide receiver Alex Ofodile escapes a tackle by De Smet Jesuit High School defensive back Drew McCoy on Friday at Rock Bridge High School. Rock Bridge won 44-0.

DeSmet Spartans take down Rock Bridge quarterback

De Smet High School defensive backs Jack Ilewski, bottom, and Cooper Harrison take down Rock Bridge High School quarterback Logan Twehous during a game at Rock Bridge on Friday.

Lee Summit breaks into open field

Lee's Summit High School quarterback Drew Lock runs the ball against Hickman High School on Friday. Lock threw four touchdowns against the Kewpies. He is verbally committed to playing at Missouri next year.
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