At Missouri Football Fan Day, supporters eager for inaugural SEC season

Missouri football fans gathered at Memorial Stadium to meet players Sunday during the Missouri Football Fan Day.

Fans waiting for autographs held helmets, footballs and jerseys and stood in lines extending past the width of Faurot Field, curving into the stands and up the aisles.

Missouri football's Green-Beckham adjusting to playing in college

Expectations for Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri's heralded recruit, are high, and he says his own are even higher.

Columbia gymnastics clubs prepare for ‘Olympic boom'

Operators of gymnastics facilities expect fall enrollment to jump after a Summer Olympic Games when the sport gets the most media attention and attracts newcomers. 

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Franklin appears ready as football practice begins

James Franklin, Missouri's starting quarterback last season, practiced with the team Thursday and is expected to be ready for the Tigers' opening game Sept. 1 against Southeast Louisiana.

OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS: Murray defeats Federer; Usain Bolt sets 100m record

On Sunday at the Olympics, Andy Murray became the first British man to win the gold medal in men's singles since 1908, and Usain Bolt of Jamaica set the Olympic record for fastest 100-meter run.


THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Sweltering heat, an 'Olympic boom' and Missouri football's return

Images of summer heat in downtown Columbia, young gymnasts and the return of the Tigers' football team to training camp were among the best photographs last week by Missourian staff journalists.

Large fire in Hallsville destroys antique barn, carport and shed

A large fire broke out Sunday afternoon in Hallsville, destroying a barn, a carport, and a storage shed. No injuries were reported.

Steven Murphy, December 5, 1925 — December 29, 2011, of Columbia

Steven Murphy, 86, of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Olivet Christian Church, 1991 S. Olivet Road, in Columbia.

FROM READERS: Listening to the better angels of our nature

Events such as the Aurora massacre bring to light the question of how people should make crucial moral decisions.

In Social Security, a shift in value for future retirees

Previous generations got a much better bargain, mainly because payroll taxes were very low when Social Security was enacted in the 1930s and remained so for decades.

Helped by errors, Royals beat Rangers in 10 innings

Texas had threatened in the 10th, loading the bases with one out. But shortstop Alcides Escobar made a diving catch to his right of Mitch Moreland's line drive for the second out and Greg Holland struck out Mike Olt on a 3-2 pitch.

7 dead, including suspect, in Milwaukee Sikh temple shooting

The number of people wounded is unclear, but at least six were killed during the Milwaukee Sikh temple shooting Sunday. The man police believe was the shooter was later killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Lohse, Descalso power Cardinals to 3-0 win over Brewers

Kyle Lohse picked up his 12th win, Daniel Descalso had a season-high three hits and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers to complete a three-game sweep.

London Olympics: Usain Bolt wins 2nd consecutive Olympic 100 gold

Usain Bolt overwhelmed a star-studded field to win in 9.63 seconds, an Olympic record that let him join Carl Lewis as the only men with consecutive gold medals in the marquee track and field event at the Summer Games.

London Olympics: Richards-Ross takes first U.S. track gold in women's 400m

Four years after a late fade left her crying and wearing the Olympic bronze medal, Sanya Richards-Ross won the 400-meter gold she always thought she could.

London Olympics: Americans move closer to 3rd beach volleyball gold medal

Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat Italy in straight sets in the beach volleyball quarterfinals, earning a berth in the semifinals against Beijing bronze medalists Xue Chen and Zhang Xi.

Gordon wins rain-shortened race at Pocono, Edwards seventh

Gordon earned his 86th career victory Sunday, winning for the first time since September 2011 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to thrust himself into wild-card contention in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

London Olympics: Williams sisters win tennis gold again in doubles

The overpowering American pair won the doubles title at the Olympics on Sunday, with Serena Williams adding to the singles gold she won on Centre Court at Wimbledon a day earlier.


London Olympics: Andy Murray defeats Federer, wins gold for Britain

The victory marked a career breakthrough for Andy Murray. He has lost all four of his Grand Slam finals, three against Roger Federer, including Wimbledon a month ago.

At London Olympics, organizers satisfy spectators with dazzling entertainment

Organizers at the London Olympics have arranged entertainment at every Olympic venue for all 26 sports, taking the spirit of the games beyond just athletic competition.