National Sports

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.

Stewart wins at Daytona after last-lap wreck

Tony Stewart sent Kyle Busch into a spectacular last-lap crash that triggered a pile-up, and went on to claim a tarnished victory in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Columbia native Carl Edwards finished fourth.

St. Louis billboard seeks warning labels for hot dogs

A new billboard is going up along 1-70 in St. Louis, in time for the All-Star Game later this month in Busch Stadium. The billboard suggests a link between processed meats and colorectal cancer.

Missouri's Lyons to play for Pacers in summer league

Former Missouri men's basketball player Leo Lyons, who was not drafted in Thursday night's NBA Draft, has agreed to play for the Indiana Pacers' summer league team.

Report says MU athletics misinterprets NCAA policies

A report in the Columbus Dispatch says MU, like other NCAA schools, misinterprets privacy rules and violates NCAA terms by hiding public records.

Missouri's Carroll selected by Grizzlies in NBA Draft

Former Missouri basketball player Demarre Carroll was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 27th pick of Thursday's NBA Draft. Former Tigers teammate Leo Lyons was not selected.

COMMENT: U.S. soccer gains a fan

The U.S. soccer team, who like I've stated, I didn't overly care about before this, just made a big name for itself.

Missouri's Carroll, Lyons set for NBA draft

Before the start of Missouri’s 2008 season, forwards DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons weren't often mentioned as draft prospects, but stellar play in their senior seasons and strong performances in tournaments and workouts since the end of the season has changed that.

Finance board to vote on revised deal for Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs currently train at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, but an updated incentive package would require the Chiefs to train in Missouri for 10 years to get $25 million in tax credits.

Mark Martin wins NASCAR race in Michigan

The 50-year-old star ends a streak of bad luck with his LifeLock 400 victory; Edwards finished fourth.

Royals place Crisp on disabled list

The Kansas City outfielder is the sixth Royal on the injury list.

Cardinals' first round pick compared to Nolan Ryan

St. Louis drafts Texas high school pitcher Shelby Miller.

Royals load up on college pitchers

Kansas City uses 13 of 27 picks on collegiate arms.