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NCAA committee approves expanded meal allowance

The NCAA's Legislative Council approved a proposal Tuesday to expand the meal allowance for all athletes.

The move occurred eight days after Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier complained during the Final Four that he sometimes went to bed "starving" because he couldn't afford food.

The proposal would allow Division I schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons. The measure still must be approved by the board of directors, which meets April 24.

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NCAA rule regarding draft cuts evaluation time for players

Missouri junior shooting guard Jabari Brown basically had three weeks to make one of the most important decisions of his life.

The NBA Draft remains more than 70 days away, but Brown — and every other college basketball player who declared for the draft but held off signing with an agent — had to decide by Tuesday if he wanted to stay in the draft or return to school.

“It’s a dumb rule,” ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla said. “It’s a terrible rule for student-athletes. It benefits the best programs in the country, but it’s a terrible rule for somebody like Jabari. He’s forced to make a very important decision in a very short amount of time.”

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By TOD PALMER. 22 hours ago

MU’s Bri Kulas selected by San Antonio in WNBA Draft

Former Missouri standout Bri Kulas was selected Monday by the San Antonio Stars in the third round of the WNBA Draft.

A Shawnee Mission North graduate who also played at Kansas State and Johnson County Community College, Kulas was the No. 28 overall selection.

She is the seventh Tigers women’s basketball player drafted into the league and the first since Christine Flores in 2012.

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By TOD PALMER. yesterday

Former William Jewell star athlete PeeWee Summers dies at 71

If you played high school or small college basketball in Kansas City from the 1970s until near the end of the century, chances are PeeWee Summers called a foul on you.

And then explained why.

“That was the thing about PeeWee,” said Curtis Whiters, who played at Van Horn and later worked as an official with Summers. “He was fair, and he always explained to you why he made the call. He would shoot straight with you.”

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By BLAIR KERKHOFF. yesterday

Latest round of conference income for Big 12, SEC schools rivals ticket sales

Federal tax returns for the Big 12 and SEC show why it pays to belong to a major conference, and provides insight into why power conference schools want their own voting structure.

Total revenue from television contracts, bowl games, NCAA tournaments and ticket sales to league championships are the primary sources for the conferences. Big 12 revenue totaled $214.8 million in 2012-13; the SEC totaled $314.5 million.

The returns for the 2013 financial year, which spans July 1 to June 30, are the first with new conference members — Missouri and Texas A&M in the 14-team SEC, and TCU and West Virginia in the 10-team Big 12.

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By BLAIR KERKHOFF. 2 days ago

MU announces plans for basketball awards dinner April 16

The annual Missouri Basketball Awards Dinner and Social is set for April 16 at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri went 23-12 last season and reached the postseason for a sixth straight season, losing to Southern Mississippi in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

“This will be a more interactive event than we have had in years past,” Tigers coach Frank Haith said in a release from the school. “We will have autographs, pictures, dinner and a light program. Our biggest enhancement is more time between our fans and our student-athletes. This will be a fun way to recap the season and look forward to the future.”

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By TOD PALMER. 6 days ago

NAIA to bring women’s basketball tournament to Independence in 2015-16

The NAIA will bring its Division I women’s basketball tournament to the Independence Events Center in 2015 and 2016, giving the Kansas City area both major NAIA basketball tournaments.

The women’s tournament will run concurrently with the Division I men’s tournament, which will continue to be played at Municipal Auditorium. The next two men’s and women’s tourneys will be held March 18-24, 2015, and March 16-22, 2016.

“The storied NAIA men’s basketball tournament has been a tradition in the Kansas City area for more than 75 years,” said Cori Day, director of Independence tourism, in a statement. “We are happy to welcome the NAIA women’s basketball championship home for 2015 and 2016.”

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6 days ago

'Princess Lacey,' befriended by Michigan State's Adreian Payne, dies of cancer

Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old girl with cancer who befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne and inspired the team to make her happy by playing well, has died, the girl's father said.

Matt Holsworth said Lacey died at their St. Johns, Mich., home late Tuesday "with her mommy and daddy holding her in their arms." Lacey met Payne during one of her hospital stays two years ago, and their friendship quickly blossomed.

"Please don't let her love and smile fade," Matt Holsworth told The Associated Press in a text message.

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