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6:55 am
Fri March 14, 2014

NCAA Still Keeps Bracket Selection A Secret

In this age of greater access through social media and TV cameras, sports fans are given a peek of what happens behind the scenes more than ever before. But to get a peek inside the meeting rooms of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee is another story. Access before the 68-team bracket is unveiled on Selection Sunday is unlikely anytime soon.

Beauty marks and warts

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paralympics
1:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Missouri Paraplegic Skier Hopes To One Day Make Paralympics

Jason Myers trying to best his time on the slopes of Snow Creek in Weston, Mo.
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Jason Myers crosses the finish line at the bottom of the race course at Snow Creek in Weston, Mo., so fast that you almost can’t tell he’s sitting on his ski.

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Sports
7:28 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Wichita State Shockers Earn Missouri Valley Conference Title

Wichita State added another accomplishment during its current undefeated season in men’s college basketball: The Missouri Valley Conference tournament title.

St. Louis has been the site of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament since 1991. Until Sunday, Wichita State came up short of its bid for a conference tournament title during all those years.

After an 83-69 victory over Indiana State, Shockers coach Gregg Marshall says he’s satisfied the conference tournament title drought is over.

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Sports
8:02 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Sporting KC Kicks Off New Season With A New Goalie

Sporting KC goalie Jimmy Nielsen retired at the end of the 2013 MLS season.
Credit Sporting KC

Sporting Kansas City will begin defense of their championship in Major League Soccer Saturday with a road game at Seattle to open the season.

There will be one noticeable difference in the look of this year’s team. Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, nicknamed "The White Puma" and known for wearing pink, decided to go out on top.

Nielsen announced his retirement shortly after Sporting's 2013 MLS Cup win. He is now coaching in Oklahoma City, Okla. 

Succeeding Nielsen will be Eric Kronberg.

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Central Standard
1:01 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Sporting KC: An Entertainment Business

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Sporting KC kicked off its 2014 season with a 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on March 8.

On today's Central Standard we discuss the entertainment aspect of a franchise that has become a business model for soccer clubs across the country.

Guests:

  • Jake Reid, chief revenue officer for Sporting KC
  • Thad Bell, managing editor for The Daily Wiz
  • Sean Dane, leader of the KC Cauldron
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Up to Date
11:14 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Opening Up Extreme Sports To People With Disabilities

Sean O'Neill, who is a paraplegic, now leads climbs as part of Paradox Sports.
Credit Lourdes Irizarry / paradoxsports.tumblr.com

You wouldn’t think mountain climbing would be an activity a paraplegic person could still enjoy. But one group’s efforts to adapt activities like mountain climbing are coming to fruition.

In the first part of Friday's Up to Date, we talk about how they’re making sports more available to people with disabilities and what inspired them to get involved with this project.

Guests:

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Sports
8:25 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Despite Improvements, Elite Figure Skating In Kansas City Still A Challenge

Kansas Citians with Olympic dreams often end up training in other states with better facilities.
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Can Kansas Citians live the Olympic dream? Figure skater John Coughlin came close. The Kansas City native and his partner in ice pairs, Caydee Denney, just missed out on the selection for the Olympic team.

Competing at the elite level of figure skating while training in Kansas City has its challenges. But it’s improving. When the Independence Events Center opened four winters ago, not only the newly established Missouri Mavericks hockey team took off. So did the Heartland Figure Skating Club.

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Olympic Dreams
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Olympic Hopeful Pursues Her Blobsled Dream In Lenexa, Kansas

Anna Nostrant preparing for a bobsled run.
Courtesy of Coach Joseph Potts

Kansas may be an unlikely place to find a bobsledder in training, but 23-year-old Anna Norsant says this is where she belongs.

Norsant is committed to the high-speed Olympic sport, which begins with two or four athletes pushing a snow-car-type sled at a sprinting speed, jumping in, and then descending down an ice covered run.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Sochi 2014: What It Takes To Be An Olympian

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, began on Feb. 7 and the world has been enthralled with the incredible athleticism displayed at the games.

Today we talk with professional runner Amy Mortimer, who placed ninth at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. Later, we discuss what it takes for Olympians to train and compete in extreme winter conditions.

Also, KCUR reporter Laura Ziegler talks about the public's reactions to the Olympic games with this week's Tell KCUR. Finally, we explore what's at stake for Russia in hosting these games.

Guests:

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Olympic Dreams
9:57 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Ski Jumping And Nordic Combined

The world's tallest water slide, the Verrüct is the newest attraction at Kansas City's Schlitterbahn water park
Credit Esther Honig / KCUR

Ski jumping was developed in Norway and has been around since the early 19th century. In this event, skiers go down a take-off ramp, jump, and attempt to impress judges, who give points for style.

The Nordic combined, also developed in Norway, is a combination of cross country skiing and ski jumping.

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Up to Date
4:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

What It Means To Be A Gay Athlete

Michael Sam plays football for the University of Missouri and recently announced he is gay.
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What does it mean to be an openly-gay athlete? Just ask Michael Sam. The Mizzou football player, who was out to his teammates, made it public on a national scale this weekend.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with some of the organizations that support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender athletes about the issues these athletes face.

We also talk with an athlete who’s dealt with the problems that can come with a public coming-out announcement.

Guests:

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Sports
9:48 am
Tue February 11, 2014

College Basketball Player Shares Excitement Over Michael Sam Coming Out

Jallen Messersmith is the first openly gay college basketball player in the United States. He attends Benedictine college in Atchison, Kan.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

Before his final football season at the University of Missouri, defensive lineman Michael Sam made the decision to privately tell his teammates that he is gay. On Sunday, Sam went public with it.  And if he is selected in May’s NFL draft, Sam will be pro football’s first openly gay player. The first men’s college basketball player to openly declare he’s gay also plays nearby, but Jallen Messersmith took a slightly different approach.

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Olympic Dreams
7:51 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Bobsled, Luge And Skeleton

Competitors get a sprinting start before jumping into the bobsled and descending down the run.
Credit Flickr kylemac

  Bobsled, Skeleton, and Luge are winter Olympic sports that involve zipping down an ice covered track on a type of sleigh as fast as you can. (We’re talking like 90 mph.)

All three sports use the same type of track, or “run,” but the sleds are different enough to categorize them each into their own sport.  

So what’s the difference?

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Olympic Dreams
7:16 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Freestyle Skiing

To get your start on freestyle skiing in the Kansas City area, start practicing gymnastics and jumps on trampolines.
Credit John Lemieux / Flickr--CC

Olympic Freestyle skiing is a form of skiing that encompasses many different disciplines, including: aerials, moguls and ski cross.

For aerials, competitors ski straight down a mountain toward jumps that hurls them into the air. In the moguls competition, skiers race down a mountain, navigating around large bumps and perform small aerial jumps throughout the course.

Ski Cross is similar but the ski course involves natural terrain as well as artificial features like jumps, rollers or banks.  

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Olympic Dreams
9:04 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Figure Skating And Ice Dancing

Kansas City has multiple places to get started in figure skating.
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Figure skating and ice dancing are the two Winter Olympic sports that combine sport with art. The choreographed performances show not only elite skill and athleticism, but also artistry and emotion. 

Practiced inside on a standard sized rink, figure skating is a sport that is easily practiced in the Kansas City area.

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Olympic Dreams
8:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Downhill Skiing Or Snowboarding

Our own Brian Ellison beat his own time on the race course at Snow Creek at Weston, Missouri.
Credit Laura Ziegler

 

Alpine skiing is the most commonly practiced Winter Olympic sport. But, as Midwesterners our "alpine" options leave much to be desired. Still, if you want to feel the air through your hair as you barrel down a mountain on skis or a snowboard, we have some options. The mountain just won't be quite be the size of those found in Sochi.

Where to go:
Snow Creek Park, Weston, Mo. 

Cost:
Adult lift ticket: $43
Child lift ticket: $28
Equipment rentals: $10-$25

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Tell KCUR
7:38 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Tell KCUR: If You Could Be In The Olympics, What Would Be Your Sport? Why?

If you could be in the Olympics, what would be your sport? Why? Tweet us at #TellKCUR.
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Dear Kansas City, we want to know what your Olympic dreams are.

As the world’s finest athletes compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia,  we’re wondering which gold you’ve been eyeing — from your living room.

Tell KCUR: If you could be in the Olympics, what would be your sport? Why?

Are you a would-be figure skater? A snowboarding hopeful?

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Sports
7:36 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Biathlon And Cross Country Skiing

Cross country trails in Shawnee Mission Park.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

You will likely face two challenges if you want to try cross country skiing in Kansas City: the right weather conditions and available equipment.

Cross country skiing is considered one of the most challenging of the endurance sports. Participants use skis and poles to move across snow-covered terrain. Traditional cross country skis are long and narrow; holding on to the poles, you push with one ski and glide with the other.

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Olympic Dreams
7:26 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Where To Speed Skate

Members of the Kansas City Speed Skating team race around the ice at Line Creek Community Center
Credit Donna Vestal / KCUR

Speed skating is ice skating that falls into two basic categories — long track and short track. Long track races takes places on a 400m long oval rink with skaters competing in pairs. Short track involves four to six skaters on a track about a fourth that size.

Kansas City doesn’t have an Olympic sized rink for even short track, but a hockey rink will work.

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Sports
9:35 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Standout Missouri Football Player Michael Sam Says He Is Gay

Michael Sam, a standout football player at the University of Missouri, said in interviews Sunday that he is gay.

As an All-American defensive lineman and the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Sam is expected to be selected in May’s NFL draft. If he were to be drafted, Sam would be the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL.

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Up To Date
3:25 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

A Fan's Notes: Why Be Sochi Pessimist?

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are being held in Sochi, Russia.

Of all sporting events, perhaps none is more tangled up in dreams of glory and miracles and fellowship than the Olympic Games. For two weeks, the peoples of the planet come together in celebration of the Olympic spirit and all is well with the world!

Yeah, right.

The Olympics are a human endeavor. All those idealistic “principles” in the Olympic Charter—social responsibility, mutual understanding, universal respect—are written down because they’re so often forgotten. Just search “Olympic Scandals and Controversies” on Wikipedia; you’ll find nearly a hundred offenses.

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Sports
7:03 am
Thu January 16, 2014

$17.5 Million Basketball Dorm To Be Built At KU

The Kansas Board of Regents approved the construction for an apartment building that will serve as the housing for the men’s and women’s basketball players at the University of Kansas. It’s expected to be ready for the 2015-16 school year.

When completed, the $17.5 million apartment building will have 66 bedrooms, enough to mix in some students who don’t play for the Kansas Jayhawks, which is a NCAA requirement. The apartment will have a half-court for recreational basketball.

Funding will be private and through issued revenue bonds.

Central Standard
3:52 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Remembering An Up-and-Down Chiefs Season

The Kansas City Chiefs season came to a stumbling, stuttering end on Saturday, January 4th. Everyone knew it would not be an easy game, but watching a 28-point lead turn into a one-point loss – the second-biggest playoff choke by any team in NFL history.  It was also the Chiefs' 8th playoff loss in a row that some might say was a fitting end to a season that started as hopefully as any season could and then went into something of a tailspin.

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Sports
6:08 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Jayhawks Lose To San Diego, Breaking Home Nonconference Streak

In college basketball, the Kansas Jayhawks lost 61-57 against San Deigo State, after 68 straight home wins against non-conference opponents.

San Diego State, ranked 21st in the AP poll, knocked off the 16th ranked Jayhawks, at home Sunday afternoon.

The last non-conference team to beat the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse was Oral Roberts in November of 2006, the early stage of a season during which KU ended up only one victory shy of reaching the Final Four.

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Sports
7:56 am
Fri January 3, 2014

In This Type Of Playoff Game, History Doesn't Favor The Chiefs

The last three times the Chiefs have met the Colts in the playoffs, things haven't turned out so good.
Credit KC Chiefs

History doesn’t favor the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL playoffs when they’re matched against the Indianapolis Colts. But the Chiefs hope to turn that around Saturday afternoon when they kick off in Indianapolis, Ind.

The first playoff game between the Chiefs and the Colts on a frigid afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium in 1995 ended with a missed field goal under coach Marty Schottenheimer. Chiefs placekicker, Lin Elliott, missed three field goal attempts that day.

In January, 2004, at Arrowhead again but under Coach Dick Vermeil, the Colts outslugged the Chiefs, 38-31.

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Sports
8:46 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Head Injury Lawsuit Naming Kansas City Chiefs Triples In Size

It may take  two years to get to trial, but nine former Kansas City Chiefs players are signing on to a lawsuit claiming the team glossed over concussions, leading to permanent brain damage.

The team has declined to respond publicly to the allegations. The pleadings are included among documents filed with Jackson County Circuit Court.

The nine join five original members of the lawsuit, all former Chiefs players who say the team turned a blind eye on scientific research about head trauma.

Independence, Mo., lawyer Kenneth Mclain said it was common practice for  years.

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Sports
8:27 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Northwest Missouri State Goes Undefeated, Clinches Fourth National Championship

Northwest Missouri coach, Adam Dorrel with the national championship trophy.
Credit Ian Echlin

Northwest Missouri State put the finishing touches on a 15-0 season over the weekend. The Bearcats from Maryville, Mo., captured their fourth national championship in NCAA Division II football with a 45-28 win over Lenoir-Rhyne from North Carolina.

Billy Creason, a Northwest Missouri State senior running back from Grain Valley said it was a memorable moment.

“To go out undefeated is just amazing. It doesn’t happen very often,” said Creason. “A great senior year and I’m glad I’m glad we made it to the top. Man it’s awesome.”

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Up To Date
5:18 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

A Fan's Notes: Bowled Over

Kansas State will match up against Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl - one of 35 bowl games this season.

Saturday is the beginning of college football’s bowl season. Yep, season. Where there used to be just a handful of games—with names like Rose and Orange, Sugar and Cotton, mostly huddled on or around New Year’s Day—there are now 35, spread out over weeks. If ESPN’s ads are to be believed, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

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Sports
6:34 am
Fri December 20, 2013

As Northwest Missouri Heads To Division II Championship, Kansas City Takes Notes

Bearcat fans cheer on their team at Arrowhead stadium.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

Saturday morning, Northwest Missouri will play in the NCAA Division II football national championship game in Florence, Ala. A Kansas City delegation is in attendance, and not just to cheer on the Bearcats. They’re taking notes because next year the championship game moves to Kansas City.

How did Kansas City land the championship for next year? The answer may surprise you.

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Sports
7:53 am
Thu December 12, 2013

NCAA Championships Heading to Kansas City

Kansas City led the way in cities awarded future men's and women's NCAA championships.

Of the 14 NCAA men's and women's championships awarded to Kansas City, 13 are scheduled for soccer venues built within the last three years - either at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., or the new Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo.

The most significant announcement centers around the Division II football championship. It will be played at Sporting Park, starting next year and running through 2017.

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