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Mike Alden explains departure

MU Athletics Director Mike Alden speaks during a news conference on Friday. Alden announced Thursday that he was resigning to take a new position in the College of Education.

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said the search for a new athletics director will not be "lengthy."

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UPDATED: Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden to step down

Alden, who was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony Sunday, will remain at Missouri, working in the College of Education as part of the Positive Coaching Program.

Mike Alden absent from Mizzou Arena as Missouri hosts No. 1 Kentucky

The Missouri athletics director, who announced Thursday that he would step down from that post in August, didn't want to cause a distraction at Mizzou Arena.

Wildcats fans travel to Missouri to get closer to Kentucky

Kentucky's fan base has become known for how well it travels. For many of the fans, the best way to see their favorite team play is on the road.

Mizzou fans express mixed reactions to Mike Alden's resignation

Upon hearing the news that Missouri Director of Athletics 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.

Cougars 'evolve' and win over Lyon

Columbia College guard Zach Rockers said the loss eight weeks ago to Lyon was a turning point in the season. Thursday's rematch netted the Cougars a 10th consecutive win.

Columbia men's basketball relies on Rockers and defense to beat Lyon

It wasn't pretty, but eventually the No. 13 Columbia Cougars (19-3, 12-2 American Midwest Conference) made three defensive stops, sparking an 11-2 run that kept Lyon College (12-9, 9-5 AMC) at arm's length in a 61-48 win. 

Defensive effort not enough as Columbia women lose to Lyon

The loss against Lyon College marked the first time the Columbia College women's basketball team had lost when leading at halftime.

Revenge not on Kewpies' minds heading into matchup with CBC

Hickman High School lost to Christian Brothers College High School 86-77 in last year's Class 5 state final.

Missouri falls to No. 1 Kentucky, drops sixth straight game

It wasn't as bad as the 49-point beating in Lexington, Kentucky, but Missouri still lost to No. 1 Kentucky. The Tigers have now dropped six straight games.

Missouri gymnastics hopes to bounce back Friday

The Missouri gymnastics team has lost its last two meets. It will compete against Southeast Missouri State and Lindenwood in the State of Missouri Meet on Friday.

Two Missouri softball players make USA Softball 'watch list'

Tori Finucane and Emily Crane represent Missouri on USA Softball's list of the country's top 50 collegiate players. The Tigers open their season on Feb. 13.

Gronkowski and Chancellor make for must-see matchup

 There are a bevy of important individual matchups when New England and Seattle meet on Sunday. Trumping them all might be whether Chancellor and the Seahawks are able to keep Gronkowski under control.

 

Marshawn Lynch talks about why he doesn't talk to the media

Lynch has a history of avoiding reporters. In November, the NFL fined him $50,000 for violations of the league's media policy in addition to collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations in 2013.

NFL: Referee inspected footballs properly in AFC title game

As the league's investigation into the Patriots' use of under-inflated footballs moves along, Blandino made it clear the officiating crew for New England's win over Indianapolis did its job.

Handful of Hawks, Durant and Westbrook are NBA All-Star reserves

Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were picked Thursday as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta Hawks three selections.

Serena aims for 19th major in Aussie final vs Sharapova

Williams has won all five Australian Open finals she's played and won her last 15 matches against No. 2-ranked Sharapova.

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.

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