Quarterback Zach Mettenberger hopes to jumpstart LSU offense

Coach Les Miles said Wednesday that LSU has learned from the 21-0 loss to Alabama in the BCS championship, and expects to be better on offense this fall thanks to a veteran offensive line, four experienced running backs and new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

FROM READERS: Columbia Beer Enthusiasts organize three upcoming tastings

The Columbia Beer Enthusiasts are holding three upcoming tastings: July 22, Aug. 25 and Sept. 16.

Butler's walkoff home run gives Royals 8-7 win

Billy Butler homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and the Kansas City Royals outlasted the Seattle Mariners 8-7 on Wednesday night.

Kentucky coach says program will rebound quickly

Kentucky coach Joker Phillips believes last year's mediocre season is a minor bump on the road to consistent success.

Coach Gene Chizik: Auburn's team still healing from shooting

The Auburn Tigers have more on their minds than quarterback battles, suspensions and even workouts under the searing summer sun.

Defense costs Cardinals in 4-3 loss to Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright got off to a shaky start and his defense didn't help, leading to a four-run first inning and a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

Missouri at highest risk for fires from drought

The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska rates Missouri's fire risk as the highest in the nation.

Coach Will Muschamp: Florida's sack leader will play in 2012

Florida coach Will Muschamp said defensive end Ronald Powell will play this season and tight end A.C. Leonard will play elsewhere, but the quarterback position remains an open question.

Missouri records 24th heat-related death

The death of an 89-year-old St. Louis County man is blamed on the heat, bringing the number of heat-related deaths in Missouri to 24 since June.

Missouri offers faster loans for farmers in drought

Treasurer Clint Zweifel said he is offering emergency 24-hour approvals of low-interest loans through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program because of the drought conditions.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sports calls the shots on too many college campuses

Universities are cutting academic programs, but when the budget talks mention athletics, there always seems to be a little extra money for a new facility.


Fort Leonard Wood building honors female soldier

Fort Leonard Wood's new Training Support Center will be named in honor of Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson, Missouri's first female soldier killed by hostile fire.


Royals option lefty Ryan Verdugo to Triple-A Omaha

The Kansas City Royals optioned left-hander Ryan Verdugo to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday after he was hit hard in his big league debut.

New welfare restrictions target booze, tattoos

President Barack Obama signed legislation in February that will prevent welfare recipients from using their benefits in strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores.

Scientists, seminarians debate evolution online

Southern Baptist seminary professors and evangelical scientists have pleasant discussion about evolution on the BioLogos website.

Google to make fiber announcement next week in Kansas City

Google has been adding fiber lines in Kansas City after announcing last year the metro area would be the first in the nation to get its ultra-fast broadband service.

Missouri judge says Guatemala mom loses parental rights

The decision comes a year after the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new trial, saying the initial adoption didn't follow state adoption laws.

Immigration directive won't help Missouri woman

Lauren Gray has been living in the United States legally since she was 4. But President Barak Obama's new directive is aimed at immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.

UN reports progress against HIV in poor countries

The United Nations reports that a record 8 million people with HIV in poor countries were receiving potentially life-saving treatment last year and new infections among children are dropping steadily.

Americans on no-fly list allowed to learn to fly

U.S. citizens who are on the government's list of people banned from flying because they're considered terror threats are not prevented from learning how to fly in schools around the country.