sports http://kcur.org en 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 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 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" The Real Life 'Jerry Maguire' http://kcur.org/post/real-life-jerry-maguire <p></p><p>For most of his 40-year career, sports representative <strong>Leigh Steinberg</strong> was on top. The inspiration for the film <em>Jerry Maguire</em>, Steinberg negotiated multi-million dollar contracts for some of the biggest names in sports: Lennox Lewis, Steve Young, and Troy Aikman&nbsp;just to name a few.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:19:07 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 56224 at http://kcur.org The Real Life 'Jerry Maguire' Former Royal Jason Kendall's Baseball Wisdom http://kcur.org/post/former-royal-jason-kendalls-baseball-wisdom <p></p><p>There are secret rules and pieces of wisdom that most baseball fans don't even know exist. For example, don't&nbsp;<em>ever</em> look an umpire in the eye when you're arguing with him.&nbsp;</p><p>On Thursday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske sits down with former Royal and All-Star catcher <strong>Jason Kendall</strong> and sportswriter <strong>Lee Judge</strong> to discuss Kendall's new memoir of baseball wisdom,&nbsp;<em>Throwback</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:35:39 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 56160 at http://kcur.org Former Royal Jason Kendall's Baseball Wisdom A Day At The K With Up To Date http://kcur.org/post/day-k-date <p>Take a look behind the scenes with the <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> team on our Day Opening &nbsp;broadcast at Kauffman Stadium.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:35:23 +0000 Beth Lipoff 53710 at http://kcur.org A Day At The K With Up To Date NCAA Still Keeps Bracket Selection A Secret http://kcur.org/post/ncaa-still-keeps-bracket-selection-secret <p>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.</p><p><strong>Beauty marks and warts</strong></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Greg Echlin 52632 at http://kcur.org Missouri Paraplegic Skier Hopes To One Day Make Paralympics http://kcur.org/post/missouri-paraplegic-skier-hopes-one-day-make-paralympics <p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Jason Myers crosses the finish line at the bottom of the race course at <a href="http://www.skisnowcreek.com/">Snow Creek </a>in Weston, Mo., so fast that you almost can’t tell he’s sitting on his ski.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:08:20 +0000 Laura Ziegler 52491 at http://kcur.org Missouri Paraplegic Skier Hopes To One Day Make Paralympics Tax Exemptions For Kansas Non-Profit Sports Clubs: The Debate http://kcur.org/post/tax-exemptions-kansas-non-profit-sports-clubs-debate <p>For-profit athletic clubs are claiming that tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations like the YMCA are unfair. In order to "level the playing field," two bills in Kansas have been proposed: <a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/sb72/">one</a> would exempt both for-profit and nonprofit sports clubs from paying taxes on property and a portion of sales; the <a href="http://kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2498/">other</a> would simply remove tax exemption for nonprofit organizations like the YMCA.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52133 at http://kcur.org Opening Up Extreme Sports To People With Disabilities http://kcur.org/post/opening-extreme-sports-people-disabilities <p>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.</p><p>In the first part of Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">we talk about how they’re making sports more available to people with disabilities and what inspired them to get involved with this project.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:14:57 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51570 at http://kcur.org Opening Up Extreme Sports To People With Disabilities Meet The Missouri Man Who Is A Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer http://kcur.org/post/meet-missouri-man-who-quadriplegic-rally-car-racer <p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Rally car racing is popular in Europe and Canada, but it has a much lower profile in the United States. It is a dangerous sport where racers thrash through rural, gravel roads at high speeds in street-legal cars as they try to score the fastest time.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:14:22 +0000 Jacob McCleland 51435 at http://kcur.org Meet The Missouri Man Who Is A Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer Sochi 2014: What It Takes To Be An Olympian http://kcur.org/post/sochi-2014-what-it-takes-be-olympian <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Maria Carter, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51404 at http://kcur.org College Basketball Player Shares Excitement Over Michael Sam Coming Out http://kcur.org/post/college-basketball-player-shares-excitement-over-michael-sam-coming-out <p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:48:46 +0000 Greg Echlin 51102 at http://kcur.org College Basketball Player Shares Excitement Over Michael Sam Coming Out Pinball Is Bumping Back In Kansas And Missouri http://kcur.org/post/pinball-bumping-back-kansas-and-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember pinball, the coin operated game that flips a silver ball to score points?</span></p><p>During the 1990s in Kansas City, you could easily find pinball machines in arcades, bars and restaurants. But now, pinball machines are harder to find, and they are often out of order.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, the game of pinball is making a comeback with the help of some local competitors.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 50829 at http://kcur.org Pinball Is Bumping Back In Kansas And Missouri Jayhawks Lose To San Diego, Breaking Home Nonconference Streak http://kcur.org/post/jayhawks-lose-san-diego-breaking-home-nonconference-streak <p>In college basketball, the Kansas Jayhawks lost 61-57 against San Deigo State, after 68 straight home wins against non-conference opponents.</p><p>San Diego State, ranked 21st in the AP poll, knocked off the 16th ranked Jayhawks, at home Sunday afternoon.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:08:18 +0000 Greg Echlin 49315 at http://kcur.org Northwest Missouri State Goes Undefeated, Clinches Fourth National Championship http://kcur.org/post/northwest-missouri-state-goes-undefeated-clinches-fourth-national-championship <p>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.</p><p>Billy Creason, a Northwest Missouri State senior running back from Grain Valley said it was a memorable moment.</p><p>“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.”</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:27:28 +0000 Greg Echlin 48766 at http://kcur.org Northwest Missouri State Goes Undefeated, Clinches Fourth National Championship Tommy Campbell: The Greatest Kansas City Boxer You've Never Heard Of http://kcur.org/post/tommy-campbell-greatest-kansas-city-boxer-youve-never-heard <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the late </span>1940s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and early 50’s, Kansas City, Kan., native Tommy Campbell became the world’s number-two-ranked lightweight fighter. He won almost as many fights as Muhammad Ali, but his boxing career was cut short when he stood up against mob-controlled promoters and boxing matchmakers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Author Phil Dixon, tells Campbell's story in his upcoming book <em>Tommy Campbell: A Boxing Bout with the Mob</em>.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:12:11 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Esther Honig 48611 at http://kcur.org Tommy Campbell: The Greatest Kansas City Boxer You've Never Heard Of As Northwest Missouri Heads To Division II Championship, Kansas City Takes Notes http://kcur.org/post/northwest-missouri-heads-division-ii-championship-kansas-city-takes-notes <p>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.</p><p>How did Kansas City land the championship for next year? The answer may surprise you.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:34:10 +0000 Greg Echlin 48643 at http://kcur.org As Northwest Missouri Heads To Division II Championship, Kansas City Takes Notes KC Sports: Covering The Rollercoaster http://kcur.org/post/kc-sports-covering-rollercoaster <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Covering sports in Kansas City can be a real rollercoaster. Often, you’re reporting on a losing season, but sometimes you hit a high point, like the current Chiefs’ season.&nbsp;</span></p><p>On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger about what it’s like to write about sports in this town.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Sam Mellinger</strong>&nbsp;is a sports columnist for the Kansas City Star.</li></ul><p></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:40:54 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 45351 at http://kcur.org KC Sports: Covering The Rollercoaster Former Royals Outfielder Looks Back http://kcur.org/post/former-royals-outfielder-looks-back <p>From the highs of professional baseball and even the World Series to the lows of drug addiction and bankruptcy, former Royals player <strong>Willie Wilson</strong> has had quite the journey.</p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44330 at http://kcur.org Former Royals Outfielder Looks Back With Two Wins Already, Chiefs Are Looking Good http://kcur.org/post/two-wins-already-chiefs-are-looking-good <p>The Kansas City Chiefs are now 2-0 in the young NFL season after a 17-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday in the home opener.</p><p><verbatim below="">Only two weeks into the 2013 season, the Chief's record is equal to last year's entire victory total. They grabbed the lead for good late in the third quarter, and the fans at Arrowhead Stadium sniffed a chance to bask in the Chiefs' second win of the season under new head coach Andy Reid. </verbatim></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:26:15 +0000 Greg Echlin 43703 at http://kcur.org Grandview Cheerleading Gym Empowers African-American Girls http://kcur.org/post/grandview-cheerleading-gym-empowers-african-american-girls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the National Cheerleading Association, more than 3 million Americans participate in the sport. But cheerleading is no longer just about </span>pom-poms<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and whipping crowd spirit into a frenzy, it has evolved into a bona fide sport where many athletes — as they are now considered — train year-round.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 43521 at http://kcur.org Grandview Cheerleading Gym Empowers African-American Girls Chiefs Players, Fans 'Hungry' For Success http://kcur.org/post/chiefs-players-fans-hungry-success <p>The Kansas City Chiefs open the 2013 NFL season with a road game Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. With general manager and coaching changes this year, hopes are not just resting on a reversal from last year’s 2-14 record. It’s more about ending a drought that has now lasted 20 years.</p><p>Ironically, at the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week for the Kansas City Chiefs everyone there enjoyed a full plate, while eight-year veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson shared with the event’s emcee, Mitch Holthus, a rather desperate feeling.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:54:33 +0000 Greg Echlin 43206 at http://kcur.org Chiefs Players, Fans 'Hungry' For Success Watson Has Eyes On Another Senior PGA Championship http://kcur.org/post/watson-has-eyes-another-senior-pga-championship <p>Because of a hand injury last year, Tom Watson was unable to defend the last tournament he won, the Senior PGA Championship. But he’s healthy now and&nbsp;in the frame of mind to win another championship.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year’s Senior PGA Championship takes place at the </span>Bellerive<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Country Club in St. Louis, MO. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though Tom Watson is 63 now, he’s not ready to give in easily to age. He compares his attitude to another legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer.</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 12:46:00 +0000 Greg Echlin 37223 at http://kcur.org Watson Has Eyes On Another Senior PGA Championship Competition http://kcur.org/post/competition <p>It has been quite a week for one of the biggest sports competitions of the year. And just as march madness comes to a end the Kansas City Royals, kick off their season opener in Chicago.</p><p>In honor of these events we’ll be taking a look at the psychology of competition. It permeates not just sports, but almost every aspect of our lives as we compete for money, prestige and more.&nbsp; But, when is it healthy and when does it become detrimental not just to our personal, but social wellbeing?&nbsp; And how do we tell the difference?</p><p></p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 22:45:12 +0000 Elana Gordon & Matthew Long-Middleton 34425 at http://kcur.org Competition A Fan's Notes: The Name Of The Game http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-name-game <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For every Arrowhead Stadium, there are a handful more named for banks, cell-phone companies, or airlines.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In big-time sports, <strong>corporate naming-rights deals aren't just a trend, they are the rule</strong> - with millions of dollars at stake.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But what's in a name? Sometimes more than was bargained for. Commentator <strong>Victor </strong></span><strong>Wishna</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explains in <em>A Fan's Notes</em></span></p><div> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:51:40 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 30941 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Name Of The Game A Royals Season Preview http://kcur.org/post/royals-season-preview <p>The <strong>organ music</strong>, <strong>peanuts</strong> and even that occasional <strong>flying hot dog</strong> are all part of going out to Kauffman Stadium for a <strong>Royals game.</strong></p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 30565 at http://kcur.org A Royals Season Preview A Fan's Notes: The #1 That Got Away http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-1-got-away <p>As the year comes to close, <em>A Fan’s Notes</em> commentator <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> looks back on “the year that was” in the world of Kansas City sports… with a glimmer of hope at what <em>could</em> be.</p><p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:46:59 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 29385 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The #1 That Got Away Missouri Mavericks: Winning In Independence http://kcur.org/post/missouri-mavericks-winning-independence <p>Name the area professional sports team to make it to the playoffs the last two seasons.&nbsp; Hint: it doesn't play in Kansas City.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:28:03 +0000 Danie Alexander 27552 at http://kcur.org Missouri Mavericks: Winning In Independence KC Sports Report http://kcur.org/post/kc-sports-report <p>We’re unfolding the newspaper for a look at the latest headlines from the sports section. Did you miss a game this season? ...or all of them?</p> <p>Well, join us for Monday’s Central Standard. It's a local sports roundup with reporter Greg Echlin. Let's all catch up on the Chiefs, Sporting KC and local college football: the Missouri Tigers, Kansas Jayhawks and K-State.</p> <p>Plus, what does it mean to be a 'sports town?'</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:36:01 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Jabulani Leffall 25914 at http://kcur.org KC Sports Report