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SEC hands out record $309.6M for 2013-14

Southeastern Conference revenue remains on the rise. It should make a major jump next year following the launch of the SEC Network. The SEC will distribute a record $309.6 million in revenue to its 14 member institutions.

PHOTO GALLERY: Special Olympics open in Columbia

Special Olympics Missouri kicked off Friday, with athletics events in the afternoon and opening ceremonies scheduled for the evening at Hickman High School.

Special Olympics Missouri kicks off final year in Columbia this weekend

This year will mark the third and final year Columbia will host the state Summer Games. Special Olympics Missouri announced today that it will relocate the statewide event to Springfield in 2015, where the event will be held for the next four years.

Obama calls for more research of concussions in youth sports

Unable to directly affect the policies of youth sports leagues, Obama calls for research and tries to jump-start a national conversation to teach parents, coaches and young athletes about concussions.

FIFA secretary general sees much work to be done with World Cup looming

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke expressed his concern about three of the 12 World Cup stadiums during his final inspection of host cities.

Beating the heat at the World Cup won't be easy for northern teams

Although the tournament begins in Brazil's winter, stadiums in the tropical north often will have temperatures above 85 degrees. Many games also will be played under the afternoon sun, so they can be broadcast during prime time in Europe.

Worst drought in 80 years plagues Sao Paulo before World Cup

Residents of Sao Paulo's poorer neighborhoods are convinced that the government is rationing their water to ensure that cuts aren't made in the wealthier areas expecting a flood of visitors for the June 12 open of international soccer's premier tournament.

Past Triple Crown winners ready for new champion

No horse since Affirmed in 1978 has swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Since then, 11 have won the first two legs only to fail in the 1.5-mile Belmont.

Landon Donovan stunned to be cut from US World Cup team

The decision surprised Donovan, who believed a strong performance in training camp had secured his spot on the 23-man roster.

Columbia College track and field competes for first time at NAIA Outdoor Championships

Lindsey Martin and Tommy Skosky were the Cougars' first ever representatives at the national outdoor meet.

Donovan among 7 cuts on US World Cup roster

The 32-year-old attacker, bidding to make his fourth World Cup, was bypassed by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann in favor of Aron Johannsson and Chris Wondolowski, who joined Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey as the forwards.

Brazilian club teams seek new homes as World Cup preparations continue

Forced to find alternative grounds before FIFA took over their World Cup stadiums, some Brazilian clubs have arranged to leave town and even their home state to host Brazilian league matches.

Jurgen Klinsmann holds off on cutting U.S. soccer roster for World Cup

Although other World Cup coaches have pared down their 23-player rosters as they prepare for Brazil, Jurgen Klinsmann prefers to wait.

Brazil's players' union sues FIFA over kickoff times

The federation said Tuesday it filed a lawsuit asking FIFA to change kickoff times of all 24 matches that are scheduled for 1 p.m. local time (1600 GMT). It wants all matches starting no earlier than 4 p.m (1900 GMT) to avoid subjecting players to the "risks" of playing in "intense heat."

Protest in Brazil highlight citizens' needs ahead of next month's World Cup

Protesters began a wave of demonstrations around Brazil on Thursday, burning tires and blocking highways to draw attention to housing and education needs before next month's World Cup.

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie isn't interested in leaving Huskies

The 41-year-old coach, who spent 13 years as an NBA journeyman before returning to his alma mater, has been linked to several NBA job openings, including with the Los Angeles Lakers.

5 things to know about World Cup security

Social problems and rising prices that set off the protests a year ago still linger. Brazil will deploy hundreds of thousands of police, soldiers and security guards around the 12 venues and up and down its long border with 10 other South American countries.

Wealth gap shows in latest NCAA academic numbers

Thirty-six teams will be banned from the 2014-15 postseason because of sub-par scores on the newest Academic Progress Rate, which was released Wednesday.

Columbia College softball season ends, says farewell to 6 seniors

The Cougars beat Morningside (Iowa) College 6-5 in their first elimination game of the afternoon. Hours later, they saw their season end in the opening round of the NAIA Tournament with a 4-2 loss to Central Methodist University.

Northwestern athletics director says athletes need a vote

Northwestern athletics director Jim Phillips says college athletes need more than just a voice when it comes to issues that affect them. They need a vote.

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