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Physical chess

JEFFERSON CITY- Joe Galbraith, 11, has been a fencing student for seven months.

Across the strip from him is 19-year-old Nick Bateman, who has been fencing since he was Joe’s age, and easily clears six feet tall. Joe does not appear intimidated as he advances, His upper half still bounces a little too much, but right now he’s focusing on Bateman’s body, which he knows is very fast.

Still competing after all these (85) years

A basketball goal hangs outside the house. Inside there are weights, an exercise mat lies on the floor, and a display stand full of medals.

SOMO swimmer showing confidence

Over the weekend, Columbia’s Matthew Montgomery celebrated his 20th birthday with two of his closest friends, but that’s not the only reason he’s smiling.

Truex Jr. lifts DEI with win at Dover

After another weekend of nonstop Earnhardt speculation, Truex gave the Dale Earnhardt Inc. team a much-needed victory Monday in the 400-mile race at Dover International Speedway.

Accomplished Athlete

Pushing his goggles snug to his face, Matt Hood looks down the lane before the 400-meter freestyle. Hood, a 28-year-old Special Olympics Athlete with Down syndrome, has had to overcome a lot to be a competitive swimmer.

Colossal catch

“A lot of people don’t get to see a fish that big,” said Adam Wolf, owner of Tombstone Tackle.

Need for volunteers continues

The need for volunteers at the Special Olympics Missouri 2007 State Summer Games has decreased by half since Friday.

Dancers square off in competition

The Missouri Contemporary Ballet will team up with the Twilight Dance Studio to be host to the first-ever, “Dancing with Missouri Stars,” tonight at the Hearnes Center. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m.; tickets are avaliable to the public for $20 and students for $10.

MU alum runs Ginn Racing

Jay Frye gets pulled in all sorts of different directions. He oversees an entire NASCAR Nextel Cup motorsports team. He deals with sponsors and drivers. Then there’s NASCAR’s biggest free-agent, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who Frye plans to speak to about the possibility of joining his team, Ginn Racing.

Special Olympics Missouri in need of volunteer help

The Special Olympics Missouri 2007 Summer Games begin June 4, but event organizers are unsure if they will happen as planned.

Mears leads many having best finish

CONCORD, N.C. — Casey Mears shored up his job security by stretching his fuel to the finish line Sunday night to win the Coca-Cola 600 for his first Nextel Cup victory.

Families bond over bowling

The similarities between the Giersbergs and the Sanders drove them together once they met.

Runners enjoy benefit 5K race

Jim O’Dell, 63, of Fayette, has been an avid runner most of his life. But after falling off a horse two years ago and undergoing surgery, he had to take a break from racing. It wasn’t until December 2006 that he came back to the sport and he said he now runs an average of two races a month.

For Mizzou, a change of course

When golfers reach the top of the hill to hit their final tee shots on the 18th hole at the Club at Old Hawthorne, they’ll see a view that captures the spirit of Columbia’s newest golf course.

Columbia runners brave Boston’s harsh weather

Coming down with hypothermia Monday at the 111th Boston Marathon was an adventure that Stacy Reed will remember.

Council approves construction of two new baseball fields

Baseball was a hot topic of the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

Kenseth wins despite spin

Matt Kenseth made the save first, then he picked up the victory. That might sound a little backward for baseball fans, but it made perfect sense Saturday in the O’Reilly 300 Busch Series race.

A tale of two series

Carl Edwards has been waiting a long time to do another Sunday backflip. While Edwards is dominating the Busch Series this year, with a huge points lead and two straight victories, he hasn’t been able to do his trademark celebration after a Nextel Cup race since November 2005 in Texas.

Lack of preparation forces soggy play

In long-sleeved maroon jerseys and huddled under a royal blue tent, the Jefferson City Jays came prepared for the cold, rainy weather and the soccer competition on Tuesday night at Rock Bridge Field.

Columbia native inducted into state’s hall of fame

Not many college football players can say they played for three NCAA Hall of Fame coaches. So it’s not surprising that Russ Sloan says former Missouri coaches Don Faurot, Frank Broyles and Dan Devine made a lasting impact.

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