For the second straight year, the Missouri Tigers will play for the Southeastern Conference football championship. They’ll play Alabama, the top-ranked team in the nation, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta starting at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Since leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, the Missouri Tigers have stepped up the caliber of their play. But the rest of the SEC wasn’t quite ready for them.
The Denver Broncos beat the Chiefs 29-16 Sunday night under frigid conditions at Arrowhead Stadium. That sent the Chiefs to their second straight loss and dropped their overall record to 7-5.
The slide started with a loss to the previously winless Oakland Raiders, then the impactful news of starting safety Eric Berry being diagnosed with lymphoma. After the Denver Broncos quickly took the spirit out of the Chiefs with an early 14-0 lead, it would have been natural suspect the news of Eric Berry affected the Chiefs preparations.
No stranger to big-time college basketball, Kansas City will play host to late-round games in the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the NCAA announced Monday.
Kansas City is the host of 2017’s Midwest Regional games, which include two Sweet Sixteen games and one Elite Eight matchup. The games will be played at the Sprint Center.
The Final Four is scheduled to be played in Phoenix. San Jose, Calif., will host the West Regional games. The South Regional games will be held in Memphis, Tenn. New York will host the East Regional games.
Not since the Missouri Tigers squared off against the Kansas Jayhawks in 2011 has any big-time college football team played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Next year, however, MU will play a game there against Brigham Young University.
MU athletics director Mike Alden said he knows fans would love a rematch between the Jayhawks and Tigers, but it's up in the air whether that could be arranged.
"Boy, it would be awesome if one of these days we could get that together," Alden said. "But who knows?"
The Chiefs’ home away from home next season? London.
The team will “host” the Detroit Lions at London’s Wembley Stadium on Nov. 1, 2015, the NFL announced Thursday. Designated the home team, the Chiefs will play one fewer game at their true home, Arrowhead Stadium, next year.
Each NFL team usually plays eight regular season home games each season. Next year, the Chiefs will host seven regular season games and likely host two preseason contests.
In an appearance at Union Station Wednesday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James showed up decked out in a blue bowtie and matching Kansas City Royals hat to show support for the boys in blue as the team headed into the final game of the World Series.
James said the excitement Kansas Citians have shown during the World Series has been long overdue.
"You can't buy this kind of pride," James said. "It's about time that we had something like [the World Series] where we can say, 'This is ours, we did it, we showed the rest of you, and this is something we're going to cherish.'"
The fact that the Kansas City Royals have home field advantage in the World Series has rekindled debate.
It’s traced back to a July night in Minnesota, better known for the All-Star farewell to New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. The American League won the game and that’s why the Royals have three and potentially four home games with a possible seventh game in the World Series.
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, the A.L. All-Star manager this year, says the All-Star result should not determine the home field advantage.
Down 3-2 to the Giants, you might think there’s no way the Royals end up winning the World Series. But you’d be wrong.
Sportswriter Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight crunched the numbers and he puts the Royals’ chances of claiming the crown at about 30 percent – in 100 parallel universes, there are about 30 ways the Royals end up with the title.
“They’re still right in it and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they won the World Series, truth be told,” Paine said.
Kansas Citians want San Francisco to send Ghirardelli chocolate if the Giants lose the World Series. This photo of melted chocolate was taken at a Ghirardelli chocolate factory and shop in San Francisco.
During the regular season, the Royals were accustomed to adjusting their lineup when they played in a National League city. There was no designated hitter during many of those games.
So that means Kansas City's DH deluxe, Billy Butler, will begin Friday's game on the bench when game three of the World Series gets underway in San Francisco. Teammate Alex Gordon tried to see the bright side of the situation.
"The good thing is he's a great pinch-hitter," Gordon said. "So he comes of the bench and can cause some damage."
Bill Fischer, a retired family physician living in Schenectady, N.Y., shows his Royals pride amid memorabilia on display at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady. The Kansas City native has been watching this year's playoffs 'intently' with his wife, a Red Sox fan.
For Kansas City Royals fans who live outside the region, it’s a brand new world.
“The last lot of years, I have gotten a lot of pity looks and sympathy whenever I wear my gear or say I'm a Royals fan,” says Tara reid-O’Brien, who lives in Las Vegas. “And I have just told people ‘just you wait.’”
Royals fans took a hit Tuesday with a 7—1 loss against the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series, but ahead of the win in Game 2 Wednesday, a rally with former Royals who won the World Series focused on the positive.
Sportswriter Joe Posnanski led a panel of 1985 Royals Willie Wilson, Frank White and Danny Jackson at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. White said he sees similarities between the 2014 Royals and the 1985 Royals, but the fan support has been much different.
The Kansas City Royals tied up the World Series Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants with a 7-2 win in Kansas City. Each team has one win in the best-of-seven Series.
The teams will now travel to San Francisco and face-off in Game 3 on Friday night at AT&T Park. The Royals will need to win at least one game in San Francisco to bring the 2014 Series back to Kauffman Stadium.
SungWoo Lee, super-fan of the Kansas City Royals, traveled all the way from Seoul, South Korea, arriving at Kansas City International Airport on Monday to cheering fellow-fans.
His presence wasn't the World Series good luck charm he'd hoped it would be.
As the first game of the series got off to a shaky start for the Royals, Lee told USA Today, he was “a little bit down because of San Francisco's 3-0 lead." Lee was among the thousands at Kauffman Stadium who watched that lead grow to seven home runs. Eventually, the Royals scored one run.
Kansas City welcomed back the World Series Tuesday with a deafening roar after a dream season, only to be disappointed as the San Francisco Giants beat the Royals 7-1.
What had been an electric open quickly fizzled into first-inning fear as the Giants leapt to a 3-0 lead they held onto for the rest of the night. As fans left Kauffman Stadium early, diehards asked them to stay and look at the Big Leagues big picture.
It’s October and most Major League Baseball players have gone home — all except the players who are in the World Series.
For players who don’t live in Kansas City year-around, it means temporary housing until the series is decided.
Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain became a father just before a stellar performance in the American League Championship Series that earned him the Most Valuable Player award in the series.
So, he’s adjusting to becoming a new parent and living in a hotel until the World Series concludes.