4-time NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon ending career after '15

The 43-year-old Gordon announced Thursday that 2015 will be his final season as a full-time driver, saddening legions of fans, fellow drivers and others who watched him became the face of stock car racing as the sport exploded in popularity a generation ago.

Brady, Belichick offer no explanation for deflated footballs

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has not been contacted by the NFL, even as league officials investigate whether the team cheated against the Indianapolis Colts.

Bruce Irvin has become key starter for Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks

Once considered to be a risky draft choice who could only be a pass rusher in the NFL, Irvin has developed into an every down linebacker who rarely leaves the field.

Blount happy with Patriots after rocky time with Steelers

Blount helped the Patriots get to the Super Bowl by rushing for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in a 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

What trick will Belichick pull from his hoodie sleeve next?

Belichick reached his sixth Super Bowl as a head coach with the help of a touchdown pass to a 320-pound offensive tackle.

Texas A&M's comeback proves too much for Missouri men's basketball

The Aggies (12-5, 3-2 SEC) held a wide rebounding advantage over the Tigers (7-11, 1-4) at 37-24, and shot 15 of 20 from the free-throw line. It was a departure from the norm for Texas A&M, which entered the contest making 64 percent of its free throws.

Missouri football adds Phil Pitts to defensive staff

Phil Pitts, the head football coach at Helias High School for the past four years, will return to his alma mater as a defensive analyst.


Missouri's Johnathan Williams III continues scoring slump in loss at Texas A&M

Missouri lost its fourth game in a row Wednesday night, falling 62-50 at Texas A&M. What's the connective string among all four of the Tigers losses?

Missouri softball begins season with No. 17 ranking

Missouri softball is ranked No. 17 in the preseason USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll. That's no consolation for the Tigers, though, as many of the team's opponents this season can be found there as well.

Molly Schneider back as Missouri soccer assistant coach

Molly Schneider was the Tigers' assistant coach from 2007 to 2008 before taking the same role at North Florida.

Missouri alumnus Max Scherzer finalizes blockbuster deal with Washington Nationals

Speaking after a news conference Wednesday to announce the addition — via a $210 million, seven-year contract — of 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner and Missouri alumnus Max Scherzer, Lerner was thinking big thoughts. After all, the club's starting rotation, at least for the moment, also includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez.

"If they all stay healthy," began Lerner, whose father, Ted, is the team's principal owner, "I guess it's a possibility we may give up the fewest runs in National League history during a 162-game schedule, which is amazing."

Details of Boston's 2024 Olympic bid made public

The 3-inch thick binder included plans for venues, transportation, finances and security, and hints at the political and public arm-twisting needed to make it happen. David Manfredi, an architect who is the co-chair of the Boston 2024 planning committee, said the goal is to leave a legacy not just for the athletes, but for the city as a whole.

Nadal, Sharapova pushed to near-elimination in second round at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal was taken to five agonizing sets by No. 112-ranked Tim Smyczek, who even did him a sporting favor in the last game of a 4-hour, 12-minute night match. Maria Sharapova needed to save two match points before prevailing 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 over fellow Russian Alexandra Panova, ranked No. 150.

ESPN sues Notre Dame over police records

ESPN has filed a lawsuit against the University of Notre Dame, alleging the school is violating Indiana's public record laws by withholding police incident reports about possible campus crimes involving certain student-athletes.

Seven things to know about New England's deflated ball controversy

The NFL is investigating a report that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game while beating the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. ESPN cited anonymous sources Tuesday night in reporting the league found that 11 of 12 balls were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick tampers once again

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick no longer gets the benefit of the doubt among fans and those in football circles, even those who think he's the best coach in the league. Earlier this month, Hall of Fame coach Don Shula called him "Beli-cheat."

Goalkeeper Hope Solo suspended from U.S. women's national team

U.S. Soccer did not specify the reason for the suspension, announced Wednesday night. It comes after the arrest of her husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, earlier this week on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Maya Mouton is 'lightning' for Battle in 59-45 win over Blair Oaks

Maya Mouton, the Spartans’ tallest player at 6-foot-2, said that she’s sometimes not aggressive enough but that her rougher side pops up once in a while. Coach Angela Roberds was looking for that physical play Tuesday night against Blair Oaks.

Michael Porter scores 28 in bounce-back win for Tolton

Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School's Michael Porter Jr. scored a game-high 28 points in the Trailblazers' 59-44 win against Duchense High School on Tuesday, most of them coming on smooth, pull-up jumpers.

MU student athletes to receive more scholarship money

Mike Alden announced the athletics department has budgeted an additional $1 million for the scholarships.