THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Tigers struggle in first away SEC game

Quarterback James Franklin drops back for a pass during the first half of the Missouri football game Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

The Tigers struggled against the Gamecocks and lost 31-10. And in the Providence Bowl rivalry game, Hickman football pulled out a win against Rock Bridge.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Gamecocks crush the Tigers; Franklin discusses decision to sit out against Sun Devils

Football news grabbed the top two spots in the week's most-read stories list, and coverage of the developments in the Sneed gas explosion lawsuit came in third.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Posing puppies and rockin' the Roots 'N' Blues festival

This weeks best photos came from across Columbia. From high school softball to the Roots 'N' Blues festival, Missourian photographers were out capturing the scene. 

Missouri fans tweet hope, disgust about Saturday's football game

Missouri fans, former players and reporters tweet their reactions to Saturday's 31-10 loss at South Carolina.

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ 10K special for one participant

It has been 60 years since renowned Olympic historian, John Lucas, ran in the 10K race at the 1952 Olympic Team Trials for the Helsinki, Finland Games.

Clark's passing helps Missouri soccer continue SEC dominance

Sophomore midfielder Kaysie Clark picked apart Vanderbilt's defense with two assists in the Tigers' 2-0 victory.

Akin rebuilding bid for U.S. Senate seat after rape remark

Todd Akin is approaching a critical week that could determine whether his re-emerging campaign can gain enough momentum to put Missouri back in the battleground column as Republicans attempt to win control of the Senate from Democrats.

Missouri to pay more for state worker pensions

The pension system lost $1.8 billion from the stock market's downturn from 2008-09 while retired workers are living longer and therefore receiving pension payments for longer.

Missouri volleyball beats LSU in Baton Rouge

Sophomore Whitney Little's 15 kills set a personal best. Her seven blocks kept her blocks per set average higher than anyone else in the SEC.

Cardinals win for sixth time in seven games, hold lead

Minus All-Stars Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran from the starting lineup, the Cardinals stayed 2½ games ahead of Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot.

Chiefs beat Saints 27-24 in overtime

Ryan Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Saints.

Wright returns interception for touchdown; Bears beat Rams 23-6

Major Wright returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown, and Chicago beat the St. Louis Rams 23-6 on Sunday.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mixture of factors fuel airport decision

The Cole County Commission is weighing if the city of Jefferson City should contribute an additional $100,000 to Columbia Regional Airport, a decision that's complicated if you consider a number of key factors. 

Santana's 2 home runs, 5 RBIs lead Indians over Royals

Carlos Santana added his team-leading 18th homer, a three-run drive, during a seven-run ninth.