48 HOURS OF FOOTBALL: Lifelong fan gives hugs at every Tiger Walk

Gayle Johnson hugs a Missouri football player as the team makes its way across the Providence walking bridge and into Memorial Stadium before Saturday's game against Oklahoma State

Gayle Johnson hugs the Missouri football players before home games.

48 HOURS OF FOOTBALL: Life as the Rock Bridge Bruin mascot

Welcome to the life of a high school mascot. There is tail spinning, shoe stepping and nose poking in this world, so be ready or don’t try.

48 HOURS OF FOOTBALL: Youth football player plays a year up because of his size

Ta'Joh Jennings is a big fourth-grader who plays football with the fifth-graders.

Cardinals beat Texas, win World Series

Pushed to the brink, the St. Louis Cardinals saved themselves. A frantic rush to reach the postseason on the final day. A nifty pair of comebacks in the playoffs. Two desperate rallies in Game 6.

West Virginia joins Big 12, Missouri remains for now

A fleeting SEC Web page announced the addition of Mizzou, and a Big 12 news article omits Mizzou from its list of teams, but Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas didn't confirm anything Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: 48 hours of football in photos

Missourian photographers captured what life is like on a fall football weekend in Columbia.

Rock Bridge beats Blue Springs, advances to sectionals

The Bruins advance to sectionals for the first time since 2005 and face Rockhurst High School, a team that beat them 35-6 earlier in the year.

DEAR READER: '48 hours of football' a fall portrait of Columbia

Missourian reporters and photographers fanned out for a weekend to capture Columbia's football culture. The best part about the effort? It worked.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cardinals win Game 7 of World Series

Pushed to the brink, the St. Louis Cardinals saved themselves. A frantic rush to reach the postseason on the final day. A nifty pair of comebacks in the playoffs. Two desperate rallies in Game 6. And a World Series win.


Hickman shocks Jefferson City, advances to sectionals

Jefferson City fumbles four times as Hickman wins 16-14 and advances to sectionals.

Teachers have move-in day at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School

Despite delays, the grand opening if the first Catholic high school in Columbia is planned for Nov. 20, and students will begin taking classes in the unfinished building Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton High students eager for school construction to be complete

Teachers and construction workers help move materials into Fr. Tolton Catholic High School on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cardinals win Game 6 on Freese's home run

The St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers met for Game 6 of baseball's World Series, with Texas one win away from taking the Series. The Cardinals sent the Series to a deciding Game 7 with a 10-9 victory.  

UM presidential search committee to meet in St. Louis

The full search committee for a new president for the University of Missouri System will meet behind closed doors in St. Louis Friday and Saturday.

Sen. McCaskill expands Veterans Affairs surveys to Columbia

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is expanding a survey that allows patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers to rate the service quality they receive. She plans to be in Columbia on Saturday to inform she will provide the surveys at the VA facility.

Speaker brings understanding of Islamic law, humor to presentation at MU

Haroon Moghul describes Shariah as one of the world's most complex topics. What Muslims care about when they talk about the code of Islamic law is their religion, he said.

TIGER KICKOFF: Noise simulator prepares Missouri football team for rowdy away games

Using what it calls a crowd noise simulation system, the Missouri football staff desensitizes its offense to hostile away game environments. Projected over high-quality speakers, the noise matches and can exceed decibel levels in which the offense will have to perform.

TIGER KICKOFF: Texas A&M a changed team after loss to Missouri last season

Behind a receiver-turned-quarterback, Texas A&M is a much better team than the one that lost when Missouri went to College Station last season.

O'Brien's singing entertains teammates on Missouri volleyball team

Most of Katie O'Brien's teammates on the Missouri volleyball team sing when they're kidding around. But O'Brien can sing for real.

Columbia College senior Parker 'Big Daddy' Rawdon gets serious on the soccer field

Parker Rawdon, "Big Daddy" to the Columbia College soccer team, is known for goofing around, but when it comes time to play soccer, he's all business.