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Senior Games bring out group of horseshoe pitchers

A small group of 14 participated in the Missouri State Senior Games horseshoe division Friday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Pickleball, a rapidly growing sport, is added to the Senior Games

Pickleball is much like tennis with a smaller court but uses a Wiffle ball. There are 38 registered participants for the competition’s debut at the Senior Games.

Missouri’s best high school rodeo stars compete in state finals

Cowboys and cowgirls from across the state will compete at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals this weekend.

Former Olympian discus medalist part of the field at Missouri State Senior Games

A month after turning 21, Dick Cochran was participating in discus throwing in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Now, the 69-year-old retiree has picked the sport back up again.

Boaters, cyclists wait for Missouri River to drop

The Missouri River has been at flood stage for weeks in Boonville. Boaters, anglers and cyclists are waiting for it to drop this weekend.

Marathon training gives runners confidence boost

Last weekend’s Heart of America Marathon training run allowed runners to experience the course before the big race.

Askren showing lots of confidence

After winning at last week’s Olympic wrestling trials over the weekend, former MU wrestler Ben Askren received a standing ovation Tuesday in Columbia at the Tiger Style Wrestling Camp.

PedNet Pinch Hitters ride bikes to promote active forms of transportation

Players on the PedNet Pinch Hitters co-ed softball team always ride their bikes to games. They hope it shows that using active forms of transportation, instead of driving cars, isn’t difficult to do.

Heart of American Marathon training run to be held Saturday

Columbia runners in training for the Heart of America Marathon will practice covering a 17-mile loop in the course.

Spring rains washing out softball season

Crews worked all day Tuesday to get fields at Rainbow Softball Complex ready for evening games, but they couldn’t accomplish the task. With this year’s excessively wet weather, recreational softball teams have seen a lot of rainouts.

Belmont brings out Columbia’s horse racing enthusiasts

A group of about 25 people gathered at a sports bar in a Holiday Inn to watch the Belmont Stakes.

Streak runner takes off

Darrin Young of Columbia reaches a streak of more than 700 consecutive days of running and is still going, encouraging others along the way.

Bootcamp, a workout program for women only, coming to MU Student Recreation Complex

The program is designed for women at all fitness levels. It will involve activities such as circuit training, yoga and sand workouts.

Conservation Department offers free fishing weekend

The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering anglers across the state the chance to fish without a permit next weekend.

MU grad student to represent home country in Olympics

Nickie Peters, a native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, will compete in the Beijing Olympics after being sidelined in the 2004 Olympics because of a hamstring injury.

Families enjoy motocross races

There were almost 200 riders for Sundays’ American Motorcyclist Association’s District 18 series event at the motocross track at Finger Lakes State Park.

Bowfishing buddies land lunkers

When Robin Parks introduced Keith Riehn to bowfishing, Riehn fell in love with the sport. They have been fishing together ever since.

USTA league lets women keep on serving and volleying

Kathie Lutz came to Columbia from Virginia and was disappointed to find her options limited when it came to playing her sport of choice. She decided to change that. Lutz started playing tennis when she enrolled her son in kindergarten in 1996 and has played ever since

66-year-old Columbian tackles 42-mile bike ride

Columbia’s Judy Knudson had never biked until she tried to quit smoking in her mid-50s. Now she is training for a bike ride through New York’s five boroughs.

Two young local divers look to make splash on national scene

Christian Head,13, and Ashley Shelton, 14, have passed on playing other sports to focus on becoming top-flight divers.

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