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Battle football's backfield plans to run past Jackson

The first game of Battle High School's football season is Friday night, and a productive offseason and experienced backfield are two ingredients that could lead the Spartans to victory against Jackson High School.

Tolton football looks to build on foundation at Harrisburg game

The Tolton High School football team will face Harrisburg on Friday for its first game of the season. Tolton beat Harrisburg 41-0 last year, one of two victories in the 2013 season.

Hickman football looks to break in young team Friday at Christian Brothers College

The Kewpies face a challenge in fielding a team that includes only 14 returning seniors, a new starting quarterback in junior Carter Nicoli and a backfield with only one running back who saw playing time last season.

AL Central-leading Royals win 6-3 at Texas

Ventura struck out six in six innings for his 10th victory, he walked three and got help from inning-starting homers by Billy Butler and Josh Willingham to beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Friday night.

Phillies slip past Cardinals for 5-4 victory

Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs and Kendrick overcame a rocky opening inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

NCAA denies waiver for Dorial Green-Beckham at Oklahoma

Green-Beckham can either choose to wait and play for the Sooners in 2015 or enter the 2015 NFL draft.

UPDATE: Chancellor Loftin responds to ESPN 'Outside the Lines' accusations, apologizes

Loftin apologized on behalf of the university, though he said there "does not appear to be an intentional mishandling of any of the cases in the report at this time."

In last year with Missouri football, Marcus Murphy sees potential

Redshirt senior Marcus Murphy hopes to finish his career strong with an expanded role.

Missouri football scrimmage No. 3: What we learned

Missouri football held its final scrimmage of fall camp Thursday. The team plays Aug. 30 in Columbia against South Dakota State. 

ESPN Outside the Lines episode revisits Derrick Washington case

Derrick Washington, a former Missouri football player, was removed from the team in 2010 after allegations of sexual assault.

In-state basketball recruit Kevin Puryear commits to Missouri

Kevin Puryear, who plays for Blue Springs South High School, averaged 19.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a junior. He is a 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward and a 2015 prospect.

Manziel, Browns agree he's not ready to start

Failing to make any magic happen in his first two NFL preseason games and unable to close the gap enough to beat out Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel will begin the season as Cleveland's No. 2 quarterback, matching his uniform number. It's not a major surprise given he's had to learn a complex offense and he entered training camp behind Hoyer.

Kansas City cornerbacks adjust to new contact rules

Total penalties are up nearly 44 percent from the first two preseason games last year, according to figures released by the NFL. More specifically, there have been 55 illegal contact penalties compared to eight last year, and 107 holds compared to 20 during the 2013 preseason.

Three Missouri football players make All-SEC coaches list

No Tigers made the first team, but junior center Evan Boehm and senior defensive end Markus Golden earned second-team All-SEC honors. Kicker Andrew Baggett was a third-team All-SEC selection.

Auburn wide receivers will be one of SEC's best units

The No. 6 Tigers should at least have a more dangerous receiving corps this season with top junior college prospect D'haquille Williams joining speedy deep threat Sammie Coates and Ricardo Louis. Expectations are certainly higher going into the opener with Arkansas on Aug. 30.

Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?

With lawsuits and concern regarding concussions hanging over every level of football, the race to develop safer helmets and other equipment has never been more intense.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard taking break from U.S. team

The three-time World Cup veteran asked U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to not consider him for the roster until September 2015. The 35-year-old Howard will continue to play for Everton in the English Premier League.

Serena Williams faces American up-and-comer in 1st round of U.S. Open

Serena Williams, 32, has won 17 Grand Slam titles. At age 18, Taylor Townsend is in her third major tournament.

ESPN report says MU mishandled assault cases

The report focuses on incidents involving Derrick Washington. ESPN reported that Washington was involved in "one alleged rape, one alleged physical assault, one sexual assault and one domestic assault," according to ESPN

Missouri football scrimmage No. 3: What to watch

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin accepted coach Gary Pinkel's Ice Bucket Challenge Wednesday after the team's practice. Loftin was doused with a bucket of ice water by captains Bud Sasser and Mitch Morse.

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