Show-Me State Games to open Friday

The opening ceremony of the 2014 Show-Me State Games is 7 p.m. Friday at Mizzou Arena.

Columbia College hires Jessica Keller as women's basketball coach

Jessica Keller becomes the second coach since the Cougars reinstated the women's team in 2001. She was an assistant coach at Minnesota State for three seasons before accepting the Columbia College position.

Missouri's Pinkel, Mauk remain confident about coming football season

Even with the question marks, Missouri enters the season with nearly universal respect across the league after it made its impressive run through the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division.

VIDEO: Missouri football's Pinkel, three players speak at SEC Media Days

The Missouri football program got its moment in the spotlight Wednesday morning at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala.

FROM READERS: Volunteering as a Challenger Division "player buddy" is meaningful experience

"Player buddy" finds the Daniel Boone Little League program to be just as rewarding for the volunteers as it is for the children.

SEC Network availability gives some fans jitters

Cable and satellite providers such as DISH Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse have signed deals to carry the league's network. ESPN and the SEC are still in talks with other major distributors, including DirecTV and Comcast.

Razorbacks hope for big turnaround in 2014

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is hardly guaranteeing a dramatic turnaround in Year 2, but said positives he's seen in areas like academics, off-the-field behavior should translate into more success on the field.

LSU faces turnover, but coach Les Miles isn't concerned

The Tigers had nine players selected in May's draft — including several underclassmen — but expectations are still very high in Death Valley. LSU returns 13 starters from last season, including most of the offensive line.

Lance Stephenson shuns Pacers, opts for Hornets

The controversial shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.

40-year-old woman earns spot on New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad

Kriste Lewis, a dance instructor, said she did not expect to make the Saintsations, which are comprised of mostly 18- to 28-year-olds.

State decides not to prosecute Providence College players

The Rhode Island attorney general's office said it presented the investigation to a statewide grand jury, which determined there was insufficient evidence to charge Providence college basketball player Rodney Bullock. The office said it then determined there was insufficient evidence to ask the grand jury to consider charges against Brandon Austin.

Tennessee's A.J. Johnson, Butch Jones aim for winning season

The Volunteers are gearing up for a chance to earn their first winning record since 2009.

NBA Commisioner says Donald Sterling saga might continue into season

"It's very difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this," Adam Silver said after the Board of Governors' meeting Tuesday. "I can say with certainty we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA."

Kevin Love trade talks open again between Warriors, Timberwolves

Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders was seen talking to Warriors general manager Bob Myers at the arena on Sunday as the teams look to bridge the gap that caused discussions to stall. The Warriors have been reluctant to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in any package, which has been considered a deal-breaker for the Timberwolves.

Cardinal players struggle in loss to AL All-Stars

Manager Mike Matheny, in charge of the National League team because St. Louis won the pennant last season, was on the losing side, and his pitchers, Adam Wainwright and Pat Neshak, allowed all five of the American League’s runs.

British Open: a new golf course, a new Tiger Woods

Royal Liverpool, green and thick this time around, is still a firm and bouncy test of links golf. But it's nothing as it was in 2006, when the fairways were so baked and brown that Woods hit only one driver in four rounds.

Aggies Sumlin can't escape Manziel questions

Texas A&M won 20 games in its first two seasons in the SEC with Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Now, the Aggies get a chance to prove they can win big in the powerhouse league even without Manziel. Sumlin said having players like the nation's top-rated quarterback recruit, Kyle Allen, makes the task more exciting.

Spurrier, South Carolina trying to take next step

The Gamecocks have posted that record three years running, but still were relegated to spectators for the Southeastern Conference championship game. So, Spurrier sells a shot at making history to prospects.

Star power lacking at SEC Media Days

One year after high-profile players such as Alabama's A.J. McCarron, South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel brought a rockstar feel to SEC Media Days, the buzz is largely missing this week at the league's preseason showcase.

Dwyane Wade re-signs with Miami Heat

Wade signed a new contract with the Heat on Tuesday. It's a two-year deal, the second of those seasons a player option, said a person familiar with the situation.