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Bullfighters find friendship doing what they love

Darren Murray and Mark Wilson are rodeo clowns, or as they prefer to be called, bullfighters. Their job this week has been to protect the cowboys at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals at all costs— even if that means getting run over by the bull.

COMMENTARY: Taking a turn on Top Gun

Missourian sports writer Brian Nordli got closer to the action than most Saturday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals.  

Taekwondo instructor to compete at world championships

Russ Taft, who studies taekwondo in Columbia, will be competing at the American Taekwondo Association's World Championships from June 22 to 28 in Little Rock, Ark.

Fishermen endure long night on Missouri River in Wilton fishing tournament

Most teams didn't catch as many fish as they had hoped, yet the competition netted a winning team that weighed in 10 fish at a combined weight of 48.6 pounds.

Columbia actor Lucas Black relaxes on golf course

Actor Lucas Black, who competed in the Francis Hagen golf tournament Saturday, says playing golf gets him outside away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and its high-pressure movie sets.

Match play tournament fits golfer's style

David McDonald has won the Francis Hagan Match Play tournament, played at the Lake of the Woods golf course, four times since it began in 1994. Only one other person has won the tournament at least twice in its 14-year history.

Wilton Boat Club set for overnight catfish tournament

The president of the Wilton Boat Club says he expects the winning fish in this weekend's overnight catfish tournament on the Missouri River to weigh as much as 90 pounds.

Kids build racers, memories in Soap Box Derby

The Downtown Optimist Club's Soap Box Derby, set for Sunday, is an annual Columbia tradition cherished by veteran racers of all ages.

Moonlight Hoops in Douglass Park begins its 20th season

Wednesday night's games were cut short by thunderstorms.

Former member inspires annual golf tournament

The Country Club of Missouri hosted its third annual Knickerbocker Golf Tournament on Saturday. The event serves as an opportunity to wear traditional or crazy golf outfits, inspired by late member Steve Inslee.

Coach has seen Show-Me State soccer tournament grow

Nearly 11 years ago, Columbia Pride soccer coach Rick Hess was approached to be the commissioner of the first Columbia three-on-three soccer tournament, a realm of soccer he knew nothing about. Now the event has grown.

Columbia pastor sees running as more than a sport

Phil Schaefer, the head pastor at Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia, is a long distance runner who often uses running as an analogy for life in his sermons. But being involved in the sport has also become a way to reach others beyond his congregation.

Workouts aren't easy for Columbia strongman

Justin Wheeler puts his body and mind through an exhausting gauntlet as he tries to lift as much weight as he can.

Stankowski Field set to be renovated this summer

MU recreation officials said dates have been set to renovate Stankowski Field and the floor in the Jungle Gym at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

American Top Team offers great opportunities for fighters

American Top Team is one of the top Mixed Martial Arts gyms in America. Former MU wrestler Ben Askren has been training there and will wrestle in his second professional MMA fight Saturday.

Basketball league provides fun and life lessons

The Home School Communicator Basketball league provides fourth- and fifth-grade students an opportunity to play basketball, with strict rules about attendance and grades.

Missouri fan goes beyond cheering

Gerry Moore has only missed one game since he first started buying Missouri football and basketball season tickets in 1970. Although he never attended the university, Moore is also a member of the MU Alumni Association.

Club basketball team represents MU well

The MU club men's basketball team won the the National Collegiate Championship Series title last weekend in Detroit.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College plays for the national title

Click here for photos from the NAIA title game held Tuesday night in Kansas City

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College defeats MidAmerica Nazarene in NAIA semifinals

The Cougars defeated the Pioneers 60-56 on Monday night