UPDATE: Missouri defensive end Michael Sam comes out publicly as gay

Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam says he is gay. It would make Sam the first openly gay NFL players. All other NFL players who announced they were gay did so after their retirement.

After coming out as gay to his teammates in August, Sam announced his sexuality publicly on Sunday. He is attempting to become the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL.

Michael Sam: I believe it's the right time

Missouri defensive end Michael Sam spoke with the Columbia Missourian on Sunday night about how he came to a decision to announce publicly he is gay.

UPDATE: Celebrities, athletes react to Michael Sam coming out

The former Missouri defensive end will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine later this month.

Gay MLS player, formerly closeted NFL player speak out on Sam

Former NFL player Wade Davis and soccer player Robbie Rogers, both gay, chime in on Michael Sam's announcement.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Snow stalls activity in Columbia, sparks social media discussion

Columbia residents contributed to snow reporting by using #CoMoSnow in social media posts.


THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Polar Plunge, Skippy the horse and sledding at Stephens Lake Park

This week, people jumping in the frigid water of Stephens Lake, a little girl sledding in Stephens Lake Park and a chilly horse named Skippy caught the eye of Missourian photographers.

School Board expected to vote on elementary school name, bond issue

The two proposed names for the elementary school under construction in northeast Columbia going before the board are Luella St. Clair Elementary School and Eliot Battle Elementary School.

BEHIND THE STORY: The Michael Sam story began brewing in August

When do you out a college football player? Not when you know.

Columbia's gay community rejoices after Sam's announcement

Michael Sam's announcement creates pride and inspiration within Columbia's LGBT community

Community activist Wynna Faye Elbert dies

Wynna Elbert, the longtime host of KOPN's "Straight Talk" program, co-founded several organizations to preserve Columbia's African-American heritage. She died Sunday. She was 69 years old.

Your guide to using social media and apps to experience the Sochi Olympics

These behind-the-scenes photos from athletes, Twitter lists for each sport and accounts with snarky commentary will make your second-screen experience a lively one.

Missouri athletes, alumni react to Michael Sam announcement

Several people shared their thoughts with the Missourian about Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay.

Polly Anna Dunavant was a prolific painter

Polly Anna Dunavant attended a one-room schoolhouse before graduating from Hickman High School. Mrs. Dunavant died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. She was 87.

Comeback attempt falls short for Missouri women's basketball

The Missouri women's basketball team dropped its third straight game at home against Alabama, 59-56. The Tigers made a late comeback attempt, but their first-half woes were too much to overcome. 

Polly Anna Dunavant, May 21, 1926 — Feb. 8, 2014

Polly Anna Dunavant of Columbia died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. She was 87 years old.

Bode's last ride begins with a whimper

Bode Miller is America's most decorated skier ever. He is seen as an almost mythic characters by most of his contemporaries. Despite this he still can't secure the gold medals he should be.

Figure skaters balance new team event with individual competition

Russia won gold in front of a home crowd during the first Olympic team figure skating event.

Sunday's highlights at the Sochi Olympics

The highly controversial Sochi Games are finally underway. Medals have been awarded in multiple skiing, snowboarding, skating, and luge events. The current medal leader is Norway.

Judge says state law violates inmates' rights to marry

A Missouri law that requires marriage license applications to be filled out in the presence of a county recorder of deeds or their deputy is unconstitutional when applicants are physically unable to appear because they are incarcerated, a federal judge ruled this week.

Lawmakers to decide how to fund state univerisity building improvements

Many Missouri lawmakers want to use surplus money to fund specific building improvements at state universities instead of simply increasing the operating budget. This is in contrast to Gov. Jay Nixon who has expressed interest in increasing overall funding. The specific projects would be funded through a 2012 grant-matching law.