Sports http://kcur.org en A Fan’s Notes: Hometown Heroes http://kcur.org/post/fan-s-notes-hometown-heroes <p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:40:45 +0000 Victor Wishna & Danie Alexander 59494 at http://kcur.org A Fan’s Notes: Hometown Heroes Royals Honor Longtime Equipment Manager Al Zych http://kcur.org/post/royals-honor-longtime-equipment-manager-al-zych <p>Before Thursday night’s 14-inning victory, 2-1, over Cleveland, the Kansas City Royals honored one of their former behind-the-scenes figures.</p><p>Al Zych, who grew up in Kansas City, Kan., was the Kansas City Athletics equipment manager from 1963 until the team departed for Oakland four years later. Zych then became the Royals equipment manager from the franchise’s first year in 1969 until 1988.</p><p>George Brett called Zych one of his best friends during his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech in 1999.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:49:59 +0000 Greg Echlin 59482 at http://kcur.org Sporting KC Signs Besler, Zusi For Four More Years http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-signs-besler-zusi-four-more-years <p>Long term commitment or not? That’s the question with a few of the biggest sports stars in Kansas City.</p><p>Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex reports to training camp this week without a contract beyond this season. On the other hand, Sporting Kansas City locked up their two biggest stars for the long haul.</p><p>Before Sporting Kansas City took the field in their Saturday match at Livestrong Park against the Los Angeles Galaxy, the announcement came out that Matt Besler and Graham Zusi agreed to four-year extensions with the team.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:16:34 +0000 Greg Echlin 59219 at http://kcur.org Royals' Butler Is Prime Example Of Fleeting Fame In Sports http://kcur.org/post/royals-butler-prime-example-fleeting-fame-sports <p>Over the past week, there was much ado about the marquis players in sports; Lebron James signed a contract with Cleveland and baseball showcased its stars in the All-Star game.</p><p>Heading into Friday night’s game at Boston, the Kansas City Royals are in transition as to who their biggest stars are.&nbsp;</p><p>Just two years ago at the All-Star game in Kansas City, Billy Butler was in the midst of his most productive year with 29 homers and 107 runs driven in as the Royals designated hitter. He was the toast of the town as the Royals All-Star — this year Butler has only three homers.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:59:21 +0000 Greg Echlin 59117 at http://kcur.org Royals' Butler Is Prime Example Of Fleeting Fame In Sports Royals Outfielder Travels To All-Star Game To Bid Farewell To Jeter http://kcur.org/post/royals-outfielder-travels-all-star-game-bid-farewell-jeter <p>In the Midwest, it’s not customary for fans and Kansas City Royals players to pull for anyone on the New York Yankees. Except for the last two years in the All-Star game.</p><p><verbatim> Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is injured with sprained wrist and couldn’t play in this year’s All-Star game, but one of the reasons he still made the trip to Minneapolis, Minn., was to be part of the American League team that would bid its farewell to New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter. </verbatim></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:50:05 +0000 Greg Echlin 58998 at http://kcur.org Royals Head Into All-Star Break On A Winning Note http://kcur.org/post/royals-head-all-star-break-winning-note <p>On the day before the All-Star break, the Kansas City Royals scored a first for this season. Until Sunday, the Royals were not able to beat the Detroit Tigers at home. They were 0-and-6 before Sunday’s 5-2 victory.</p><p>Royals designated hitter Bill knows how quick the season can turn.</p><p>“Nothing ever seems to be easy against them (the Tigers),” said Butler. “We can play as good baseball as we can. We were playing really good when we went into their place. I think that’s the way they feel right now.”</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:13:45 +0000 Greg Echlin 58856 at http://kcur.org LISTEN: World Cup Songs From Around The Globe In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/listen-world-cup-songs-around-globe-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of the 32 national soccer teams that made it to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup this&nbsp;year, Germany and Argentina</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will face off at 2 p.m. Sunday</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 58640 at http://kcur.org LISTEN: World Cup Songs From Around The Globe In Kansas City Futsal Soccer Catches On In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/futsal-soccer-catches-kansas-city <p></p><p>The soccer craze in the Kansas City area wasn’t just captured in the Power &amp; Light District watch parties for the World Cup games.</p><p>It’s evident on full-size soccer fields on both sides of the state line. But the metropolitan area's newest soccer passion may be churning up on mini-courts in Kansas City, Kan.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Greg Echlin 58644 at http://kcur.org Futsal Soccer Catches On In Kansas City Kansas City World Cup Watch Events Spawn Serious Soccer Fans http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-world-cup-watch-events-spawn-serious-soccer-fans <p>At least 13,000 fans chanting “I believe that we will win!” jammed the central common area of the Power &amp; Light District in downtown Kansas City, Mo., to cheer on the U.S. men's soccer team Tuesday in their World Cup match against Belgium.</p><p>Many were literally waving the American flag. Even more were wearing it.</p><p>Miguel Torres, in a red-white-and-blue top hat, beads and body paint, came out to support the country as much as the team.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:18:36 +0000 Frank Morris 58279 at http://kcur.org Kansas City World Cup Watch Events Spawn Serious Soccer Fans Notre Dame Grads Pulling For Besler In World Cup http://kcur.org/post/notre-dame-grads-pulling-besler-world-cup <p>When the U.S. plays Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup soccer tournament Tuesday, three female Kansas City soccer players plan to watch the match together.</p><p>They’ll be paying extra attention to Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler. The three women have a connection with the Overland Park, Kan., native that stretches back a few years.</p><p>Most of the attention on soccer lately has focused on the action in Brazil, but the day before the U.S. match against Portugal, Jen Buczkowski took care of her own business on the soccer field.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:00:10 +0000 Greg Echlin 58205 at http://kcur.org Local American Indians On The Chiefs' Name http://kcur.org/post/local-american-indians-chiefs-name <p>The U.S. Patent Office revoked the Washington Redskins’ trademark, which has some Kansas City sports fans concerned about the fate of the Kansas City Chiefs.</p><p>Last year the National Congress of American Indians released a report that included the Chiefs in a list of sports teams they said profited from harmful stereotypes.</p><p>Richard Lanoue, President of the Indian Council of Many Nations which is based in Kansas City, doesn’t see it that way. Lanoue says the term “redskins” is racially disparaging but "chief" is different.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:19:43 +0000 Christina Lieffring 57907 at http://kcur.org Local American Indians On The Chiefs' Name Jayhawk Makes Top NBA Draft Pick http://kcur.org/post/jayhawk-makes-top-nba-draft-pick <p>For the first time since 1988, a member of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team was the overall No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.&nbsp;</p><p>The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Andrew Wiggins Thursday night with that top pick.&nbsp; Teammate Joel Embiid went third overall to the Philadelphia 76ers.&nbsp;</p><p>Though some feel Wiggins disappeared in KU’s last game of the season against Stanford in the NCAA tournament, he was clearly visible when NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced him as the top pick.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:42:26 +0000 Greg Echlin 58030 at http://kcur.org Students Lose Seats At Allen Fieldhouse After Vote To Cut Athletics Fee http://kcur.org/post/students-lose-seats-allen-fieldhouse-after-vote-cut-athletics-fee <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this month the University of Kansas athletics department announced that Section U, a 120-seat area of Allen Fieldhouse previously reserved for students, would be reallocated to donor seating. The decision was a direct response to an attempt by the Student Senate to cut the mandatory athletics fee charged to all KU students.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 57928 at http://kcur.org Students Lose Seats At Allen Fieldhouse After Vote To Cut Athletics Fee Major League All-Star Game Benefits Are Still Being Felt In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/major-league-all-star-game-benefits-are-still-being-felt-kansas-city <p>Nearly two years after Major League Baseball All-Star activities took place in Kansas City, the impact of the event has had a residual effect.</p><p>In 2012, the only thing on the mind of the fans was the distance of the homers for the Homerun Derby at Kauffman Stadium. But after a portion of the money from that day’s All-Star activities was devoted to the construction of baseball fields for people with disabilities, families of the kids with disabilities feel that the community has hit a homerun.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:54:40 +0000 Greg Echlin 57959 at http://kcur.org World Cup: USA Needs To Draw With Germany On Thursday http://kcur.org/post/world-cup-usa-needs-draw-germany-thursday <p></p><p></p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Sporting KC player, Chance Myers, for insight on team USA's strategy to move on to the next round and one step closer to the championship.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:02:29 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 57931 at http://kcur.org World Cup: USA Needs To Draw With Germany On Thursday Kansas City Man Highlights His Culture's Food And Sport During World Cup http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-man-highlights-his-cultures-food-and-sport-during-world-cup <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Italy didn’t even end up in the top four spots in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. For a nation that’s obsessed with soccer, that was basically an utter failure. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This time around, the </span>Azzurri<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, as the Italian team is known by its fans, started the World Cup with a strong victory over England.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:56:30 +0000 Ben Palosaari 57598 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Man Highlights His Culture's Food And Sport During World Cup A Fan's Notes: The World Cup Comes Home http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-world-cup-comes-home <p></p><p></p><p>Before Monday night’s match between the U.S. and Ghana, I’d always found the World Cup just a little bit irritating. Especially when I was young, before I became the cultured citizen of the world that I am today, I didn’t see what was in it for me, an American, from the middle of America.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:56:07 +0000 Victor Wishna & Scott Ross 57545 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The World Cup Comes Home World Cup: The Next Steps For Team USA http://kcur.org/post/world-cup-next-steps-team-usa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. soccer team no longer carries the specter of a prospective defeat against Ghana--so where does that leave them?</span></p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with players from Sporting KC and FC Kansas City to get some analysis of the American team's strategies and chances as they move through the World Cup line-up.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:23:24 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 57518 at http://kcur.org World Cup: The Next Steps For Team USA 'Dynamic Pricing' May Be To Blame For Empty Seats At Kauffman Stadium http://kcur.org/post/dynamic-pricing-may-be-blame-empty-seats-kauffman-stadium <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After stagnating for a month in the American League Central standings, the Royals have taken off in the last two weeks. But when the last </span>homestand<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> concluded with two of the Royals’ most traditional draws, their attendance didn’t take off as they hoped. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York Yankee fan Mo </span>Moffitt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, recently moved to Shawnee, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., from The Bronx, found a way to attend a Yankees game in Kansas City.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:37:51 +0000 Greg Echlin 57268 at http://kcur.org 'Dynamic Pricing' May Be To Blame For Empty Seats At Kauffman Stadium What Kansas City Sounds Like When The U.S. Team Scores In The World Cup http://kcur.org/post/what-kansas-city-sounds-when-us-team-scores-world-cup <p>Even if you missed the game Monday night, you probably know by now that <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-soccer-fans-celebrate-us-victory-over-ghana">the U.S. men's soccer team defeated Ghana in their opener at the 2014 FIFA World Cup</a>.</p><p>The win was sweet revenge after losing to Ghana in the last two World Cups.</p><p>Winning always sounds good, but it sounded especially good coming from Kansas City's Power &amp; Light District where fans cheered on local players, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi:</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:37:28 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 57453 at http://kcur.org What Kansas City Sounds Like When The U.S. Team Scores In The World Cup Kansas City Soccer Fans Celebrate U.S. Victory Over Ghana http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-soccer-fans-celebrate-us-victory-over-ghana <p>Swarms of soccer fans packed the Power and Light District Monday to watch the United States beat Ghana 2-1 in the U.S. team's first World Cup match.</p><p>The KC Live Stage was filled to the brim of fans wearing red white and blue, chanting U.S.A., and S.K.C. to cheer for the two Sporting KC players on the team, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.</p><p>Kansas City native, Matt Besler played in the first half but had to leave the game due to a hamstring injury. Graham Zusi was brought in at the 77th minute, and assisted in scoring the second goal that brought the team to victory.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:49:57 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 57437 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Soccer Fans Celebrate U.S. Victory Over Ghana Mizzou Basketball Returning To Sprint Center For Oklahoma State Match-Up http://kcur.org/post/mizzou-basketball-returning-sprint-center-oklahoma-state-match <p>The University of Missouri athletics department announced Monday the men's basketball team will play Oklahoma State on Dec. 30 at the Sprint Center.</p><p>The match-up demonstrates the university's commitment to play in Kansas City and recruit from the metro area, says MU athletics director Mike Alden.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He praised head coach Kim Anderson's willingness to put a tough non-conference team on the schedule.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:56:11 +0000 Elle Moxley 57403 at http://kcur.org Mizzou Basketball Returning To Sprint Center For Oklahoma State Match-Up Brazilians In Kansas City Watch The World Cup With Divided Hearts http://kcur.org/post/brazilians-kansas-city-watch-world-cup-divided-hearts <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">As the FIFA 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, we have the first installment in a series checking in on some of Kansas City’s international communities and how they’re cheering their home teams from afar.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been a rocky path to the World Cup for host country Brazil: there were questions about whether the stadiums would be ready; ongoing crime concerns; and mixed emotions from Brazilians.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:55:05 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 57184 at http://kcur.org Brazilians In Kansas City Watch The World Cup With Divided Hearts The Best Places To Watch The World Cup In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/best-places-watch-world-cup-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off this week in Brazil, many soccer fans in Kansas City will be cheering for the U.S. men's team and Sporting KC players Matt </span>Besler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Graham </span>Zusi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But many other Kansas </span>Citians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will cheer on teams from around the globe.</span></p><p>For optimum World Cup viewing, we've rounded up a list of local places to go for a more international soccer experience:</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:40:38 +0000 Maria Carter, Christina Lieffring, Sylvia Maria Gross & Ben Palosaari 57140 at http://kcur.org The Best Places To Watch The World Cup In Kansas City What To Watch For In The World Cup http://kcur.org/post/what-watch-world-cup <p></p><p>There will be crowds, cheering and that well-known cry of , "Futbol!" as the FIFA World Cup begins this week.</p><p></p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Sporting KC's Chance Myers about what to expect from the competition and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">what U.S. team members-- and Sporting KC players-- Graham </span>Zusi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Matt </span>Besler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> might face.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:41:29 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 57017 at http://kcur.org What To Watch For In The World Cup Team USA Departs For World Cup In Brazil http://kcur.org/post/team-usa-departs-world-cup-brazil <p>The USA team that will participate in the World Cup soccer tournament departed for Brazil Sunday night.</p><p>Kansas City soccer fans will have a watchful eye on this team with two players from Sporting Kansas City on the roster. Seventeen-year-old Ady Barraza, a soccer player at Olathe Northwest High School, was at the Overland Park Soccer complex over the weekend along with other teens trying out for club teams. While trying to map out their own futures, they’re in tune to what will be happening at the World Cup in Brazil.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Greg Echlin 57007 at http://kcur.org Lured By The Fastball, Young Baseball Players Injured More Than Ever http://kcur.org/post/lured-fastball-young-baseball-players-injured-more-ever <p></p><p>More high-profile major league baseball pitchers have been sidelined by season-ending elbow injuries this year than ever before. But this epidemic is not just a big league concern. Young players, lured by the fastball, are getting hurt, too.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:55:46 +0000 Greg Echlin 56921 at http://kcur.org Lured By The Fastball, Young Baseball Players Injured More Than Ever College Athletes Can’t Profit On Their Own Image, But The NCAA Can http://kcur.org/post/college-athletes-can-t-profit-their-own-image-ncaa-can <p>The NCAA makes billions of dollars selling the rights to televise games and selling merchandise and jerseys. But a spate of court cases making their way through the judicial system could put those billions in jeopardy.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 11:45:09 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 56371 at http://kcur.org College Athletes Can’t Profit On Their Own Image, But The NCAA Can Issac Burns Murphy "The Prince of Jockeys" http://kcur.org/post/issac-burns-murphy-prince-jockeys-0 <p>After nearly 120 years, jockey Issac Burns Murphy's winning record is still the highest in American horse racing history. &nbsp;Though he won three Kentucky Derbies and set numerous records throughout his career, Murphy had to deal with the harsh reality of being black in the still deeply segregated South.</p><p>On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date </em></a>Pellom&nbsp;McDaniels III talks with Steve Kraske about his new biography of "The Prince of Jockeys" whose life and career spanned the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:06:48 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 56385 at http://kcur.org Issac Burns Murphy "The Prince of Jockeys" Tom Watson Posts Best Tournament Finish in Three Years http://kcur.org/post/tom-watson-posts-best-tournament-finish-three-years <p>Tom Watson finished in second place at the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Michigan. It was his best finish since winning the same event in 2011.</p><p>Colin Montgomerie of Scotland won by four strokes.</p><p>Watson said he has mixed feelings about finishing second.</p><p>“You need to make the putts to win and I didn’t do it today, but I certainly had the opportunities today,” he said. “It could have been a real low round today, and so I come away with a really good feeling inside about the way I played.”</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:09:24 +0000 Greg Echlin 56319 at http://kcur.org