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KCUR News
9:40 am
Sat June 12, 2010

Power And Light District Draws World Cup Watchers

Kansas City, Missouri – In case you haven't heard, The World Cup Soccer Tournament started Friday.

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KCUR News
5:36 pm
Wed June 9, 2010

Big 12 Unraveling?

Kansas City – The Omaha World Herald said it in its lead sentence published today (Wed., June 9): That an executive at a Big 12 school expects Nebraska to become a member of the Big 10 Conference by as early as Friday. Conference affiliation is on the agenda Friday for the Nebraska Board of Regents meeting. There is also a report out of Texas from Chip Brown, who used to write for The Dallas Morning News. He writes on Orange bloods-dot-com that there's an informal agreement for the Huskers to leave for the Big 10.

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KC Currents
3:03 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Athletes Prepare For Scottish Highland Games

Valley Falls, Kan. – This coming weekend, E.H. Young Park in Riverside will serve as a showcase not just for Scottish culture, but for feats of strength as well with the the Kansas City Scottish Highland Games.

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KCUR News
10:46 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Central Missouri Mules Qualify For College World Series

Kansas City, Mo. – The Central Missouri baseball team qualified to go to Division II College World Series. In the regional final on Tuesday night on their home field, the third-ranked Mules defeated Abilene Christian, 11-4.

They'll travel to Cary, North Carolina where they'll be among eight teams at the Division II World Series. The Mules, now 51-9 this season, open against the University of Tampa, Saturday afternoon at noon.

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KCUR News
11:52 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Manute Bol Hospitalized In Virginia On Way Back To Olathe

Manute Bol being welcomed by villagers in his home town of Turalei,Southern Sudan. Photo by Tom Prichard- Sudan Sunrise.

Kansas City, Mo. – Manute Bol was recognized on the basketball court for his legendary skill as a center. Off the court, he's become known for his work helping to restore peace and prosperity in his native Sudan, as well as for his remarkable 7'7" height.

Bol was on his way home to Olathe from Southern Sudan when he fell ill.

He underwent emergency dialysis for kidney failure. He got immediate medication for a rare skin disease known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. It came on as an allergic reaction to pain medication.

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KCUR News
9:30 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Success Eludes Hillman While With Royals

Royals manager Trey Hillman

Kansas City, Mo. – Trey Hillman's stint as manager of the Kansas City Royals was shy of three full seasons. His firing was announced after the Royals victory over the Cleveland Indians Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. It was the hope of the Royals' front office that Hillman's success overseas would carry over to the big leagues in Kansas City. But it never materialized.

KCUR News
9:23 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Royals Dismal Season Seals Manager Trey Hillman's Fate

Kansas City, Mo. – After the Royals snapped their 7-game losing streak on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium, it was announced that manager Trey Hillman was fired. The Royals defeated the Cleveland Indians, 6-4. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more on the chain of events.

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore told Hillman after Wednesday night's game he was making the change. Hillman didn't want to end his Royals manager career with a losing streak, so he was granted permission to stay on one more game with Zach Greinke on the mound.

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KCUR News
9:49 am
Thu April 29, 2010

Speedway Begins 10th Season With New Head

Pat Warren

Kansas City, Kan. – Kansas Speedway kicks off its tenth season with new leadership at the facility.

The track's former president, Jeff Boerger, is now in charge of the casino development immediately outside the speedway. His successor, Pat Warren, takes over the speedway operation at a time when auto racing's fan interest has leveled off.

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KC Currents
8:36 am
Mon February 22, 2010

Bob Kendrick Leaves The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Bob Kendrick at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Kansas City, Mo. – For the past twelve years, Bob Kendrick has been a passionate voice on behalf of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum at 18th and Vine. As marketing director, Kendrick worked closely with the late Buck O'Neil to promote the legacy of black baseball. But last year, in a controversial move by the museum's board, he was passed over when they selected a new president.

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KCUR News
11:29 am
Fri February 5, 2010

UCM Basketball Coach Set To Break School Record

Kansas City, Mo. – The University of Central Missouri's basketball program can be viewed as the cradle of some great basketball coaches.

Phog Allen, Gene Bartow and Joe B. Hall coached at UCM before going elsewhere and leading their respective teams to the NCAA tournament's Final Four.

These days, Kim Anderson is making his mark in Warrensburg. With UCM next victory, Anderson will become the Mule's all-time leader in coaching victories with 179.

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KCUR News
10:49 am
Tue January 26, 2010

Jayhawks Pummel MU, 84-65

Lawrence, Kan. – In college basketball, first place in the Big 12 Conference was on the line last Monday in the game between the University of Kansas and Missouri. KU also has the nation's longest home-court winning streak.

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KCUR News
8:33 am
Tue January 19, 2010

K-State Topples Top-Ranked Texas

Manhattan, Kan. – Last night's college basketball moment belonged to Kansas State. The Wildcats, ranked tenth in this week's Associated Press poll, knocked off the top-ranked Texas Longhorns, 71-62. They also put themselves in contention for the Big 12 regular season title this year.

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KCUR News
4:13 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Kansas City One of 18 Cities in U.S. Bid for World Cup

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City is one of the 18 official host cities in the U.S. bid for the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, requires that each bidding nation submit between 12 and 18 stadiums capable of seating 40,000 or more.

Sunil Gulati is the Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. Gulati says the cities selected span all time zones, offer new and old stadiums, and demonstrate a passion for soccer.

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KCUR News
4:18 pm
Fri December 18, 2009

Wizards President: 'We're Moving To Kansas'

Kansas City, MO – The President of the Kansas City Wizards soccer team says work will start next week on a new stadium near the NASCAR track in Wyandotte County. That's bad news for Kansas City officials, who had, until recently, still hoped to lure the project back to the old Banister Mall area.

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KCUR News
2:43 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

KU Introduces Turner Gill As Football Coach

New KU football coach Turner Gill answers reporters' questions at a Monday news conference in Lawrence.
Photo courtesy of the University of Kansas.

Kansas City, MO – Turner Gill was introduced Monday as the new head football coach at the University of Kansas.

Gill comes to the Jayhawks from Buffalo, where he guided the Bulls to the Mid-American championship in 2008 and their first bowl game in half-a-century.

He said his first order of business was to address the returning players Monday night.

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KCUR News
3:10 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

Resignation Prompts Questions about Effective Coaching Methods

Kansas City, MO – KU's champion football coach Mark Mangino stepped down this week, in the wake of a very public investigation as to whether he abused and humiliated his players.

Mangino had been credited with rebuilding the team over the last eight years, leading them to their best season ever in 2007. They went 12-1, won the Orange Bowl, and Mangino was national coach of the year. But some players say he verbally and emotionally abused them, while others say his strict discipline made them into better players and men.

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KCUR News
9:42 am
Fri December 4, 2009

Mangino Resigns As KU Football Coach

Mark Mangino

Kansas City, MO – University of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino has resigned two years after leading the Jayhawks to the greatest season in their checkered football history.

The university made the announcement Thursday as athletic director Lew Perkins met with players to give them the news.

Kansas finished 5-7 in a season marked by an internal investigation into Mangino's treatment of his players.

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KCUR News
2:31 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

Kansas City Signs On To World Cup Bid

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser is lending his support to help land soccer's premier international event. He announced the signing of a Host City Agreement for Arrowhead Stadium to be considered as one of the venues for the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

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KCUR News
1:32 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Zack Greinke Overcomes Social Anxiety Disorder To Win Cy Young Award

Kansas City, MO – Update: Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals has won the American League Cy Young Award, the highest individual honor for a pitcher. Greinke was the Royals number-1 pick out of high school, but three years ago a social disorder almost ended his career. This year, Greinke had the type of season that had long been predicted.

When Zack Greinke pitched at Kauffman Stadium this year, the Royals drew an average of 8,000 more fans a game.

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KCUR News
1:29 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Kansas City Royals' Zack Greinke Wins AL Cy Young Award

Zack Greinke
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New York, NY – Zack Greinke won the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, beating out Felix Hernandez after a spectacular season short on wins but long on domination.

Greinke went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA for the Kansas City Royals. Hernandez went 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA for the Seattle Mariners.

Greinke received 25 first-place votes and three seconds for 134 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Hernandez drew two firsts, 23 seconds and one third for 80 points.

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KCUR News
7:25 am
Tue November 10, 2009

Chiefs Let Running Back Larry Johnson Go

Faced with the possibility of reinstatement from suspension, the Kansas City Chiefs chose to release Larry Johnson. The embattled Chiefs running back has been with the team since he was picked in the first round of the 2003 draft.

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KCUR News
4:54 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Go Figure (Skating): Not In This Town

Kansas City, Mo. – Factors are consistently working against Kansas City hosting the national figure skating championships. Within the last twelve months, there have been two attempts, two failures.

San Jose will host the 2012 U.S. National Figure Skating event. The decision was made public today.

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KCUR News
10:03 am
Thu October 29, 2009

Kansas Governor Says Soccer Complex Offer Final

Topeka, KS – Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson said Wednesday that the state doesn't plan to sweeten a $230 million package of incentives to lure a soccer stadium and office complex to Wyandotte County.

During a news conference at the Kansas Statehouse, Parkinson said the proposal offered two weeks ago to medical software maker Cerner Corp. and Kansas City Wizards owner OnGoal LLC was final.

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KCUR News
9:12 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Kansas City Wizards Eliminated From Playoffs

Josh Wolff scored his 11th goal of the season for the Wizards in the loss.
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Kansas City, MO – While the Kansas City Wizards owners mull Friday's incentive offer by the state of Kansas for a new soccer stadium in Wyandotte County, their season is ending with a thud.

With one match left, the Wizards now know that the Major League Soccer playoffs will begin without them. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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KCUR News
11:33 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Chiefs Slip To Worst Record In NFL History

Kansas City, MO – It was a day of irony Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. On a day the Kansas City Chiefs celebrated the roots of their franchise history by wearing vintage uniforms, they placed themselves in dubious company after another loss. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Chiefs in overtime, 26-20.

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KCUR News
8:22 am
Fri October 2, 2009

Penske Makes Racing Name At Speedway

Kansas City, MO – The name Penske has been very much in the automotive news this week. Most notably in association with the Saturn brand. At Kansas Speedway, the Penske name is also very visible. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.

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The highlight of this weekend at Kansas Speedway is Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup race. Leading up to that event will be a NASCAR Nationwide series race Saturday

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KCUR News
11:30 am
Mon September 21, 2009

Warpaint Returns To Arrowhead Stadium

(Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs.)

Kansas City, MO – To mark the 50-year anniversary of the American Football League, the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday dipped into a part of their history that was dormant for several years. When "Warpaint" trotted out to the field for the halftime show, it brought back memories of the days when a painted horse took the field after the Chiefs scored a touchdown. It was one of the better moments during a disappointing afternoon for Chiefs fans, a 13-10 loss to Oakland. KCUR's Greg Echlin reports.

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KCUR News
8:11 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Penn Gaming Questioned On WYCO Casino Proposal

Kansas City, KS – One day after closing the deal to replace The Cordish Company as a partner to Kansas Speedway in a potential casino operation, Penn National Gaming was in the public eye yesterday.

Company executives appeared before the Kansas Gaming Board to request an extension on their bid.

But not all the questions put before them were answered.

KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

A final decision on the bid is expected to come out of Governor Mark Parkinson's office by the end of the year.

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KCUR News
11:58 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Tour Of Missouri Wraps Up In KC

Kansas City, MO – Hundreds of riders from around the world battled in the streets of Kansas City yesterday in the final stage of the Tour of Missouri.

In the end, an American, David Zabriskie, from Salt Lake City, Utah, won.

The race started in St. Louis a week ago and worked itself from east to west before concluding in Kansas City.

KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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Sports
10:46 am
Tue September 8, 2009

The Tour of Missouri and the Sport of Professional Bicycling

Kansas City , Mo. – Brad Schrock, chairman of the local organization committee of the Tour of Missouri, and Cameron Chambers, a former national mountain biking champion join Up to Date host Steve Kraske to discuss the athleticism required of bicyclists, how individual members of a team help each other in each leg, and the incredible expenses of pro cycling.

For those who don't have the time, energy, body type, or money to race like the pros, we also take a look at some local casual cycling opportunities for people of all ages.

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