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SEC players would like benefits, but remain ambivalent on issue

The life of major college football players and coaches could change drastically in upcoming years once the NCAA and Big Five conferences are done revamping the current system.

ESPY Awards recognize Michael Sam with Arthur Ashe Courage Award

In his acceptance speech, Michael Sam thanked Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel for serving as a mentor to him. He thanked the entire Mizzou family and said, "you will always be home."

Jerry Sandusky's son, Matthew Sandusky, alleges further abuse

Matthew Sandusky said he believes that Jerry Sandusky does not think he harmed him or any of the other boys.

After All-Star party, baseball gets back to work

Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast. It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors, and the Giants, Angels and Dodgers are in prime playoff position.

Nick Saban, Alabama seek redemption in 2014

After a shocking loss on a last-second return for a touchdown in the Iron Bowl against Auburn and a humiliating loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, the Crimson Tide is hoping to earn its spot as the Southeastern Conference favorite this season.

Vanderbilt athletics director expects championship-caliber football team

Commodores athletics director David Williams said winning the College World Series sent a message to Vanderbilt's other coaches that titles are possible. He told The Associated Press the Commodores are pleased and proud but ready to go after the next one.

Kentucky must turn touted recruits into wins

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is still looking for his first victory in the Southeastern Conference following a 2-10 season in 2013, including an 0-8 mark in conference.

Tour leader Nibali: Doping belongs to cycling past

The Italian has had a praiseworthy, almost unbreakable lock on the yellow jersey, yet he will be looking over his shoulder more on Friday. The great race enters two days in the Alps that feature uphill finishes, starting with the hardest climb that the peloton has faced so far.

Armstrong met cycling doping panel in May

The probe has been expected to center on the International Cycling Union's handling of doping in the late 1990s and early 2000s, especially its links with Armstrong.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy lead pack at British Open

On the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, Rory McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace feels slighted by SEC, media

Mississippi's senior learned the media had selected him for the All-SEC preseason third team, putting Auburn's Nick Marshall on the first team and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott on the second team.

He wasn't happy about it.

Pitcher Jake Arrieta becomes bright spot for woeful Cubs

Heading into Sunday's start at Arizona, Cubs starter Jake Arrieta is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA and a .160 opponents' batting average during an impressive six-week run.

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.

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