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  More than six months ago, a hotel surveillance camera caught Ray Rice beating his now-wife unconscious in an elevator. For months the NFL was criticized by activists, reporters and columnists for only having suspended him from the first two regular season games. But after TMZ released the surveillance footage on Monday, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice from the team within hours and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

Black, Gay Cowboy: Michael Sam Steps Up

Sep 7, 2014

It's unclear what Michael Sam's future in the NFL will bring. He is only on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys, which means he's unlikely to take the field any time soon. As everyone has heard many times by now, he will be the first openly gay player in the league. No matter how exhausted some are with reports about Sam, his sexuality and what it does or does not mean for his football career, his story matters.

Two former University of Missouri students have come forward with assault allegations against ex- Missouri running back Derrick Washington. Washington was accused of sexually assaulting a tutor in 2010 which led to his release from the Missouri football team and a five year prison sentence.

This week, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported there were two additional alleged incidents. A female soccer player claims she was physically assaulted by Washington in 2010, and that her coach threatened a loss of her scholarship if she came forward.

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  The state of Missouri is hosting the longest non-stop canoe and kayak race in the world this Tuesday through Friday.

Nearly 300 paddlers participated in the Missouri River 340 (MR-340) began their journey in Kansas City, KS on Tuesday. They will travel 340 miles to St. Charles, MO to complete the race.

One of those participants, Robyn Benicasa, is a firefighter from San Diego that has been racing competitively for 20 years. Her claim to fame in the Missouri River 340 is the fact that she owns the course record for solo women.

In his Hall of Fame speech, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa saluted the support he's had from the management of all three clubs — the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland A's in addition to the Cardinals — he worked for. He singled out some players, including Dennis Eckersly (who ended his career in St. Louis) and Albert Pujols. The "spectacular" tradition in St. Louis and the presence of hall of famers walking around the club made "you feel this obligation to go forward ... motivated to be caretakers" of that tradition, he said.

Today, players and fans of the U.S. and Belgium are building toward a decisive game that will send one team to the World Cup's quarterfinals and send the other packing. Two key questions are whether the U.S. can strike early, as it did against Ghana, and whether Belgium can pull away late, as it has in all its games so far in Brazil.

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Former University of Missouri basketball player Jordan Clarkson was selected as the 46th overall pick in the NBA draft last night, and ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Bigger than baseball?

With ratings for Sunday's U.S.A-Portugal game tipping in at just more than 24 million television viewers, it's probably safe to say World Cup fever has swept the nation.  ESPN reports more than 18 million tuned in to its main, English-language broadcast -- an audience bigger than single games of both the World Series and the NBA finals.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Kansas City Royals fan injured by a hot dog tossed by the team mascot.

Ragtag Cinema hosting free World Cup screenings

Jun 12, 2014
Conner Handel

Ragtag Cinema will be airing live World Cup matches up to the finals in July.

MU softball player joins All-American team

May 29, 2014
Photo provided by Taylor Gadbois

An MU softball player went from bench warmer to All-American this year. Taylor Gadbois achieved third-team All-American and first-team All-SEC honors on Wednesday.

After being drafted by the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam is poised to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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  The St. Louis Rams drafted former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam Saturday, making him the first openly gay active player in the National Football League.

Michael Sam to receive Arthur Ashe Courage Award

May 8, 2014
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Former University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam has been selected to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July.

Anderson formally introduced as new basketball coach

Apr 29, 2014
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  Kim Anderson has been formally announced as the next MU men’s basketball coach after spending the previous 12 years at the University of Central Missouri. This marks the first time a Missouri alumnus will be the head coach of the MU basketball program for the first time since Norm Stewart retired in 1999.

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For the first time since Norm Stewart, a former player will lead the Missouri men’s basketball program.

On Monday, the University of Missouri announced that Kim Anderson, 58, will replace Frank Haith, who left for Tulsa last Friday. Anderson arrives in Columbia after winning the 2014 NCAA D-II National Championship at Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Anderson lead the Mules to 274 wins, five conference titles and two NCAA Final Fours since taking over the program in 2002.

Report: Mizzou's Frank Haith to become head coach at Tulsa

Apr 17, 2014
Karen Mitchell

According to multiple reports on Thursday, Missouri coach Frank Haith has verbally accepted an offer to become the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. 

Tulsa World had reported that Haith is a “very solid front-runner” and was expected to meet with Tulsa President Steadman Upham and athletic and athletic director Derrick Gragg. A short time later ESPN and CBSsports learned he has verbally accepted an offer to join Tulsa. 

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A former Missouri basketball player is seeking a protection order against Zach Price, who remains suspended from the team after being arrested twice for allegedly assaulting his roommate and a woman.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Earnest Ross filed the petition in Boone County Circuit Court on April 2. Price was arrested twice the next day after reportedly first ramming his car into another vehicle and then in a later encounter with the pair. Police say he hit his male roommate in the face then pushed the woman to the ground.

Players compete for the spotlight at Missouri's Pro Day

Mar 20, 2014
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Fifteen former University of Missouri football players participated in Missouri’s Pro Day Thursday in their last chance for national exposure before the National Football League draft. The players participated in drills similar to the NFL Combine, such as the 40 yard dash and 225 lbs. bench press.

  Four Missouri student athletes are suspended after getting arrested over the weekend. Freshman basketball players Wes Clark and Shane Rector, and football players Aarion Penton and Shaun Rupert were arrested late Saturday night on suspicion of possession 35 grams or less of marijuana.

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  MU head football coach Gary Pinkel signed an amended contract on Wednesday that will make him the 8th highest-paid football coach in the Southeastern Conference. Pinkel is set to make $3.1 million through 2020, an increase from the $2.8 million that he made last year.

SEC video shoot has students cheering "Z-O-U" across MU campus

Mar 4, 2014
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Students from the University of Missouri gathered around campus Tuesday to show their school spirit for an SEC Network promo.

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President Barack Obama is praising University of Missouri football player Michael Sam for announcing he is gay before the NFL draft.

Hundreds form human wall in support of Michael Sam

Feb 15, 2014
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Hundreds of Michael Sam supporters lined up along Stadium Boulevard with frozen fingers and toes on Saturday (Feb. 15). Some brought signs, some brought hand warmers, but one thing they all brought was a united front to stand up for Sam.

Karen Mitchell

National Football League prospect Michael Sam publicly came out over the weekend. Although some critics have expressed concern about the league being ready for a publicly gay player, Sam’s former college coach says he hopes Sam’s new team treats him like his college team.  

University of Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel says he’s proud of the courage Sam has shown by announcing he’s gay. Sam is an all-American and co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference.

Michael Sam has been a star defensive end at the University of Missouri. He's been an All-American and The Associated Press SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

A senior, he's been among the players scouts have said are sure to be selected by an NFL team when the league holds its draft on May 8-9.

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Former Missouri Tigers football player Michael Sam publicly came out as gay Sunday in interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports.

In a Sunday 'New York Times' feature, MU football's former defensive lineman Michael Sam, says he is gay, and that he's already come out to his fellow team mates, who voted him most valuable player. The 'New York Times' reports this is the first time Sam's spoken publicly about being gay.

At least three U.S. Olympic athletes with Missouri ties are competing in Sochi this month. But they represent only a small part of the Show-Me State’s Olympic heritage. Nearly 100 medalists since the 1900s were born in Missouri, as shown by the interactive map below.

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Henry Josey watched helplessly from the sideline last fall, rehabbing from a serious knee injury, while Missouri was getting pushed around in its first SEC season.

The senior running back’s legs produced the go-ahead score in a win that put the fifth-ranked Tigers in the SEC championship game.