8:45 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Walter Byers Legacy Virtually Ignored At NCAA Office

The NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. In 1999, the NCAA relocated from Kansas City, Mo.
Greg Echlin KCUR

There will be plenty of college football viewing choices on television this weekend. It has come a long way since Kansas City native Walter Byers engineered the NCAA’s first national television rights contract in 1952.

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A Fan's Notes
2:04 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The 2012 Olympic Games: Inspiration Through Perspiration

U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones

The 30th Summer Olympic Games come to a close on Sunday in London.

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The Torch
11:21 am
Fri July 27, 2012

London Olympics: Watching The Opening Ceremony, And This Weekend's Events

The Olympic torch is delivered by row boat to the royal barge, Gloriana, on the River Thames, near Tower Bridge in London ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday.

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 12:46 pm

The London 2012 Summer Games are set to begin in earnest, with today's opening ceremony kicking off a weekend of gold-medal competitions. But if you're in America and you hope to watch the Opening Ceremony live, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed: NBC is tape-delaying its broadcast until Friday night.

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Sweetness And Light
9:03 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

From Obscurity To The Olympics Back To Obscurity

Know who this gymnast is? You will soon. Seventeen-year-old Jordyn Wieber will compete for the U.S. women's gymnastics team in the 2012 London Olympics.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:12 am

Why do we like the Olympics?

If somebody hadn't thought to start them up again 116 years ago, would ESPN have invented them to fill in summer programming?

I'm not being cranky. It's just that most of the most popular Olympic sports are the groundhog games. Swimming, gymnastics and track and field come out every four years, see their shadow and go right back underground where nobody pays any attention to them for another four years. Can you even name a gymnast?

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Up to Date
12:53 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Ending The Myth Of Amateurism In College Sports

State Library and Archives of Florida

College athletes are considered amateurs in their sports because they are not allowed to be paid for their efforts. 

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KC Currents
12:09 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Raytown Native, And His Family, Head To London Olympics

"Awesome Joolie" Flickr

Many athletes dream of going to the Olympics, but few ever succeed in representing their country on sport’s most prestigious stage. 

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2012 All-Star Game
1:58 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Royals Fans Hope To See All-Stars In Kansas City Again Soon

Royals blogger Michael Engel has seen a lot in 27 years of Royals fandom. Just not a lot of good.
Jeremy Bernfeld KCUR

The Kansas City Royals have won the World Series every time they’ve made the playoffs the last 27 years. Problem is, they’ve only made the playoffs once in that span – in 1985.

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10:30 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Who Knew There's A Kansas City In Missouri?

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All-Star fans got a geography lesson when they learned that this year's host city is actually in Missouri, not Kansas. There is, of course, a Kansas City in Kansas, but schooling all of America on our geographical intricacies may be too much to hope for. Especially now that the events are over and all the visitors are getting out of Dodge, so to speak. Arrowhead Pride amassed a collection of tweets during the Home Run Derby from viewers who seemingly had no idea that Kansas City, Mo. was a thing. Click on their link below.
Twitter is great for a lot of things -- breaking news, communicating with fans and staying in touch on a variety of topics. It also opens our eyes to the number of people who stunned -- stunned! -- to learn that Kansas City is in fact in Missouri.
2012 All-Star Game
8:54 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Kansas City As All-Star Host: How Did We Do?

All-Star Parade, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Mo. July 10, 2012.
Flickr user

The All-Star game is over.  The National League has the home field advantage in the World Series and the New York Mets host the 2013 All-Star game. 

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Tue July 10, 2012

A Fan's Notes: The Stars Align In Kansas City

The All-Star Game is known as the Midsummer Classic. But for all the attention it's bringing to their team's hometown, many Royals fans won't be distracted from their dreams of a World Series--and a Fall Classic in Kansas City. Victor Wishna explains, in this All-Star edition of "A Fan's Notes."

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2012 All-Star Game
9:05 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Waiting To Become An All-Star

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (16), Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles May 26, 2011.
Flickr user Keith Allison

There was a sense of “Finally!” when Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals was named for the first time to the American League All-Star team.  

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2012 All-Star Game
3:07 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

All-Star League Managers Reveal Kansas City Ties

All-Star Game, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
Chris Prewitt KCUR

While the managers of the American and National Leagues announced their starting lineups on Monday for tomorrow night's All-Star game at Kauffman Stadium, both acknowledged their links to Kansas City.

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Up to Date
2:01 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

The All-Star Game Hits Kansas City

The MLB All-Star Game is in Kauffman Stadium

The throngs gather at Kauffman Stadium for the biggest summer sporting event, but for many, it's more than just a game.

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2012 All-Star Game
10:09 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Celebrity Softball Game Elicits Cheers And Boos

At Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, baseball fans got a mix of the young and the old on the diamond. In the Futures game that featured top minor league prospects, the USA team pounded the World team, 17-5.  

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2012 All-Star Game
9:29 am
Mon July 9, 2012

2012 All-Star Game Stirs Memories Of Home Runs

When the Kauffman Stadium opened in 1973, the year of the last All-Star game to take place in Kansas City, it was known as Royals Stadium.

For Monday night's Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium, there is certain to be some tape measure jobs.  

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2012 All-Star Game
8:44 am
Mon July 9, 2012

All-Star Game Festivities Kick Off In Kansas City

Pictured from left to right: George Brett, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, and Royals owner David Glass.
Greg Echlin KCUR

Kansas City's All-Star festivities officially kicked off Friday morning at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City.

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Central Standard
10:27 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Rejoice! KC Has An Incredible Football Team

With All Star weekend ahead, Kansas City has gone baseball crazy. And, why not? It’s not like we have a decent football team anymore... oh, but we do. Meet the KC Tribe.

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2012 Olympics
9:06 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Olympics Trials A Disappointment For Bollier

Olympics hopeful Bobby Bollier
Jamie Squire Getty Images North America

In the Olympic swimming trials Thursday night, Bobby Bollier of Mission Hills, Kan. had a tough assignment.

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KC Currents
10:51 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Balancing Competition And Fun In Youth Sports

T-ball player Drew poses for his team portrait before a game at Leawood City Park.
Zack Lewandowski KCUR

More than 52 million young people around the country participate in organized sports, according to the National Council of Youth Sports. 

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2012 Olympics
9:59 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Two Area Athletes Bound For The Olympics

Shot putter Christian Cantwell
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Two athletes with ties to Kansas and Missouri will have a chance to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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Up to Date
11:01 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

A Fan's Notes: That Competitive Fire

American Royal Custom Smoker Hog Shaped
Regarding BBQ Inc.

Although you're more likely to find people huddling over their smokers in warmer weather, barbeque is a year-round passion. And for some, it's a whole lot more, says A Fan's Notes commentator Victor Wishna:

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Up to Date
5:50 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Sportswriter Frank Deford On Life, Love & Loss

If you have ever listened to NPR on a Wednesday morning, then you've heard Frank Deford offer his commentary--cantankerous as it may be--on everything happening in the world of sports.

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11:16 am
Tue May 29, 2012

A New Chapter In Frank White's Baseball Career

Frank White at the Kansas City T-Bones stadium.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

Five-time all-star Frank White always thought he would finish his baseball career at the Royals.  He was the hometown guy who played second base with the team for 18 seasons, starting in 1973. 

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10:14 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Athletes Continue To Play In Twilight Years

Tom Watson in the third round of the Senior Open Championship, Tadworth, England, July 2011.
Phil Inglis Getty Images

Because of a pinched nerve in his wrist, Kansas City’s Tom Watson is sitting out this week’s Senior PGA Championship, a tournament he won a year ago. It gets underway Thursday in Benton Harbor, Mich.

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Missouri Statehouse
3:39 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Legislative Measure To Bar Jayhawks Specialty Mo. License Plate

proforged flickr

The Missouri House has approved language designed to bar the creation of a Kansas Jayhawks specialty license plate. The measure was added onto a larger higher education bill passed by the House Tuesday.

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5:25 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Skateboarders Test-Ride Upgrades To Penn Valley Skate Park

Nick Soper skates the bowl, which was already part of the park.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

When Kansas City Parks and Recreation built Penn Valley's Skate Park in 2006, the $380,000 cost didn't cover everything on the plans.  

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Around the Nation
11:42 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Horse Racing: America's Most Dangerous Game?

Eight Belles (far left) broke both of her front ankles after finishing second in the 134th Kentucky Derby in May 2008. She was later euthanized.
Matthew Stockman Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 2:16 pm

In 2008, a horse named Eight Belles collapsed with two broken ankles just after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby. She was euthanized directly on the track. After her death, the thoroughbred industry organized safety and drug testing committees to make the sport safer.

But industry practices continue to put both horses and riders in harm's way. On average, 24 horses a week die at racetracks in the United States. Many horses that break down run with injuries masked by injected painkillers.

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Up to Date
10:14 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Willie Mays Aikens: A Second Lease On Life

Baseball’s Willie Mays Aikens has done a lot of living in his 57 years.  He’s now a hitting instructor for the Kansas City Royals, something he knows a thing or two about: he was the first major leaguer in history to hit two home runs in a game twice in the same series.

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Up to Date
5:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

A Fan's Notes: It's Just A ~Draft~

One of the most anticipated and widely watched sporting events of the year is happening right now—and it isn’t a championship game or a playoff series or a competition of any kind.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Wed April 25, 2012

NBA's World Peace Gets Seven-Game Suspension For Elbowing Opponent

After Metta World Peace's elbow connected with James Harden's head, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard (behind World Peace) crumpled to the floor. He was later able to walk off on his own power.
Reed Saxon AP

The basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest has been suspended for seven games for swinging his left elbow hard into the head of an opponent on Sunday.

Metta World Peace, as the Los Angeles Lakers forward is now known, will miss the team's last regular season game on Thursday. The Lakers then move into the playoffs, where each round is "best-of-seven." So he could miss most or all of the first round (if the Lakers extend that matchup beyond four games) and even a game or two in the second round (if the Lakers advance after just four or five games).

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