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      Missouri athletics returning annual subsidy

      COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Growing profits from college athletics could mean more money for the rest of the University of Missouri's cash-strapped Columbia campus.

      The school's athletics department will gradually return its annual $1.5 million subsidy for debt service back to the overall campus budget over the next several years.

      NCAA research shows Missouri among just 25 major-college sports programs to turn a profit in the 2008 fiscal year. Tiger athletics generated $1.4 million in profit that year, and $2 million in the 2009 fiscal year.

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