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St. Louis Rams sign 7th-round draft pick Ogbonnaya

Chris Ogbonnaya, a seventh-round draft pick, has signed with the St. Louis Rams, the team said Monday. Ogbonnaya attended the University of Texas at Austin.

Top pick Maclin not in Eagles' fold

Former Missouri wide receiver was a no-show on the first day of training camp.

Future team talk can wait for Holliday

Cardinals GM said pushing Holliday at this point doesn't make sense.

Steelers agree to deal with first-round pick Hood

The defensive lineman from Missouri agrees to five-year contract.

Johnson captures victory after Montoya's late race error

The former Indianapolis 500 winner lost his hold on the race after penalty in pit lane.

Carl Edwards gets come-from-behind victory

Edwards started in second-to-last place in Saturday's Nationwide Series race. He took the lead in the 179th lap and held it until the finish.

Rangers bring swine flu to Kauffman Stadium

The Kansas City Royals are taking extra hygeine precautions after several of the players from the visiting Texas Rangers have come down with the flu.

Royals seek bright start to season's second half Friday

The Kansas City Royals are expected to return to the field on Friday against Tampa Bay. The team hopes to improve on its 37-51 record.

Cardinals to begin second half of season in first place

The Cardinals are set to enter the second half of the season against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

MU wheelchair basketball player part of world championship

John Gilbert, a member of the Missouri wheelchair basketball team, won a gold medal Tuesday with the US under 23 wheelchair basketball team in Paris.

Pujols helps Obama keep his word at All-Star game

Determined his ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star game would reach the plate on the fly Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered — barely. St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols helped him, moving up to scoop the low toss inches off the dirt.

Share your All-Star Game experience

Are you headed to Tuesday's All-Star Game? Or did you get stuck in traffic going somewhere else? Tell us about it.

UPDATE: Nixon OKs frozen funds for Tour of Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday released $1.5 million in previously blocked tourism funds for the Tour of Missouri bicycle race. Its potential cancellation had garnered strong criticism from organizers and supporters.

MU swimmer qualifies for World Championships

Missouri junior swimmer Lauren Lavigna became the Tigers' first qualifier to the World Swimming Championships after finishing second in the 200-meter backstroke at the Canadian trials last week in Montreal.

Lincecum, Halladay to start All-Star game

The two Cy Young Award winners will be the starting pitchers.

Obama to be in Fox broadcast booth for All-Star game

President Barack Obama will join Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, but the inning has not yet been determined.

Recession has varied effects on baseball collectibles market

Dan Imler sells rare and vintage baseball memorabila for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Mike French sells baseball cards for a few dollars a pack. Both are feeling the effects of a down economy in different ways.

Columbia swimmer competing in U.S. national championships

Leah Pierce, a former Rock Bridge standout and a member of the Columbia Swim Club, swam a personal best 1:10.87 Thursday morning in the preliminaries of the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. national championships.

COMMENT: Cheerleading's thrills make risks worth taking

Coaches don’t waste time babying cheerleaders, even though an estimated 16,000 cheerleaders are injured every year in accidents involving dramatic stunts and tumbles. It’s called competitive cheerleading for a reason — the stakes are high and there are always other talented cheerleaders waiting to take your spot on the team.

Cheerleading a low-cost Title IX fix

Not everyone is cheering the rise of competitive cheer — especially those in the fight to expand women's collegiate sports. They say cheerleading is a support activity, like a marching band, and claim calling it a sport just gives universities an excuse to eliminate more recognized women's teams.

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