UPDATED: Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden to step down

Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden announced Thursday that he is leaving his post on Aug. 31. He oversaw Missouri's transition from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference.

Alden announced in a letter that he would step down from the post Aug. 31 but remain at Missouri in the College of Education.

Mizzou fans express mixed reactions to Mike Alden's resignation

Upon hearing the news that Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden will resign as of Aug. 31, some Twitter users were quick to jump in with praise for the job Alden has done. Others seem eager for a fresh start.

Rock Bridge's Sophie Cunningham fulfills All-American dream

Guard Sophie Cunningham is the Rock Bridge girls basketball program's all-time leading scorer.

Emily Miller, No. 4 Hickman girls upset No. 1 Rock Bridge

With a 10-point advantage,Hickman High School snapped a six-year losing streak to cross-town rival Rock Bridge High School.

MARK SELIG: Knock Calipari if you want, but he prepares players for success better than anyone in the game

Kentucky's head coach consistently churns out NBA-level talent, and the Wildcats' machine runs powerful and efficiently.


Top former coaches think No. 1 Kentucky is historically elite

Former coach and current ESPN broadcaster Seth Greenberg said Kentucky could compete with any college hoops team in history.

Rock Bridge's Sophie Cunningham named a McDonald's All-American

Sophie Cunningham, a 6-foot-1 senior guard at Rock Bridge High School and Missouri commit, cracked the 24-player roster, which was announced Wednesday.

Hine leads young Missouri tennis team to back-to-back home wins

Junior Kelli Hine showed her toughness as she won all of her matches from the No. 1 singles position, and big play from the younger members of the squad ensured the Tigers' victory in both meets.

Missouri wrestler named Mid-American Conference wrestler of the week

The No. 3 Missouri wrestling team continues to add to its accolades as Lavion Mayes was named the Mid-American Conference wrestler of the week.

Missouri softball has pair on preseason watch list

As Missouri softball prepares for the season, a prestigious awards watch list released its top-50 players to watch this season. Two players for the Tigers were named to the list, which made Missouri one of 12 teams in the nation with multiple players named.

Georgia managing surprising SEC run despite depleted roster

The Bulldogs have won five straight Southeastern Conference games. That matches their longest streak in the league in the last 14 years, and all of a sudden, the team is making a strong bid for its first NCAA tournament berth since 2011.

Ad from domestic violence group set to air during Super Bowl

No More, a group trying to end domestic violence and sexual assault, has released a commercial that is scheduled to air after the second quarter of the Super Bowl. The issue has become central for the NFL since Ray Rice was suspended for punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

No. 6 Tennessee women's basketball seeking rare road victory over No. 10 Kentucky

The Lady Vols haven't won against a top-10 team on the road since 2008.

Academic misconduct among NCAA programs on the rise, official says

Vice president of enforcement Jon Duncan said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press the cases involve both prospective and incoming athletes trying to become eligible for college competition, and enrolled athletes receiving impermissible assistance from university and athletic department personnel.

ANALYSIS: NFL-backed youth concussion laws lack bite

Washington state's landmark concussion law, passed in 2009, was named for a youth football player who nearly died after suffering two concussions in one game.

Australian Open semis feature new faces, old foes

It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get into her first.

Rams offensive coordinator target Nathaniel Hacket joins Jaguars

Nathaniel Hackett, a St. Louis Rams target for their offensive coordinator job, has been hired to become the Jaguars quarterbacks coach, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Jaguars have not announced the move.

NFL players who started young show more cognitive problems

Researchers tested 42 former players on their short-term memory, mental flexibility and problem solving and found those who picked up the sport before they were 12 years old functioned about 20 percent worse.

Why what's missing in states' youth concussion laws matters

Here's an explanation of why four key elements are important to states' concussion laws.

Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game

Facebook wants the hub to be one-stop shopping for all sorts of content for the game. Facebook only will present material posted by official owners, such as what the NFL is posting on its Facebook page, or interesting and enlightening items posted on individual Facebook pages by anyone.