THIS WEEK IN COLUMBIA SPORTS: Tigers kick off season with win over Murray State

With classes in full swing, college football season kicked off this weekend, and the Missouri Tigers started the season with an emphatic victory over Murray State. Missouri volleyball and soccer also had strong starts to their season while Columbia's high school football teams began their seasons Friday. 


Columbia College men's soccer ties at Baker

The Columbia College men's soccer team tied 1-1 at Baker University on Monday night. 

Syria tensions felt throughout the world

The United States is considering launching a punitive strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, blamed by the U.S. and the Syrian opposition for an Aug. 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus. 

Here's a look at key Syria developments around the world Monday amid heightened tensions over potential military action:


Columbia College women's soccer picks up win on the road

The Columbia College women's soccer team won 1-0 at Baker University on Monday night. 

Missouri women's soccer team scores another win

The Missouri women's soccer team picked up a 3-0 win over the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Columbia College men's soccer team falls to Kansas Wesleyan

Columbia College held a preseason rank of 12 in the NAIA, and Kansas Wesleyan was ranked 23rd prior to the match.

Columbia College women's soccer ties Kansas Wesleyan

The teams played the extra 20 minutes to a draw, though Kansas Wesleyan had many scoring opportunities.

World War II veteran Carl Traxler was lifelong farmer, devoted to family

Carl Traxler of Columbia died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. He was 86.

FROM READERS: USAgain keeps textiles out of landfills

USAgain is a for-profit company operating in Missouri and 17 other states, with the mission of keeping textiles out of landfills and giving them a second life.

Royals victory spurred by solid batting in fifth

Danny Duffy allowed one run on five hits and four walks, while striking out four before being replaced by Will Smith.

Nyad completes swim, first to cross to Florida from Cuba without cage

Diana Nyad, 64, swam up to the Key West beach just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after starting her journey from Havana on Saturday.

Reds hit Wainwright hard again, beat Cardinals 7-2

The Reds quickly got to Adam Wainwright. Shin-Soo Choo opened the first with a single and scored on Ryan Ludwick's two-out single.

Jaguars quarterback Gabbert could start against Chiefs on Sunday

Blaine Gabbert threw passes in practice Monday and after suffering a hairline fracture of the thumb on his throwing hand in the team's second preseason game against the New York Jets.

Some flu vaccines promise more protection

Certain vaccines offered this fall will guard against four strains of flu instead of three.


Osage Nation battles St. Louis-based wind farm group

Construction on a wind farm in Osage County, Okla., is scheduled to begin before the end of the year.


Chiefs use waiver wire as roster overhaul goes on

The Kansas City Chiefs claimed seven players off waivers in preparation for the upcoming season. The Chiefs open the season Sunday at Jacksonville.


Lava lamps: 50 years old and still groovy

Inventor Edward Craven Walker became inspired to create the lava lamp after seeing a liquid-filled egg timer at a British pub.


Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison dies at 44

Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison died Sunday night. Morrison was suspected to have contracted the HIV virus in the mid 90s but denied it ever since.

Missouri seeks retrial in 1983 prison stabbing

Reggie Griffin, a 53-year-old St. Louis native, was sentenced to death before his conviction was overturned because of faulty evidence. He was in prison for almost 30 years. The state is now filing new murder charges against him.

'Heat days' become more common for sweaty schools

This year's late August heat has exposed a tug-of-war in school districts that are under pressure to start school earlier than ever but are unable to pay to equip aging buildings with air conditioning.