Greg Echlin

Sports Reporter

Ever since he set foot on the baseball diamond at Fernwood Park on Chicago's South Side, Greg Echlin began a love affair with the world of sports.  After graduating from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, he worked as a TV sports anchor and a radio sportscaster in Salina, Kansas.  He moved to Kansas City in 1984 and has been there since covering sports.  Through the years, he has covered multiple Super Bowls, Final Fours and Major League Baseball's World Series and All-Star games.
With his high metabolism rate, Greg is able to enjoy a good meal and stay slim when he's not running around on the sports scene.  He loves desserts, even making them.  Cheesecakes, pies and parfaits are the most common around the Echlin household.


9:29 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Chiefs Name John Dorsey General Manager

A week after presenting their new head coach, the Kansas City Chiefs will introduce their new general manager, John Dorsey, Monday afternoon.

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10:27 am
Fri January 11, 2013

MLS Picks Livestrong Sporting For All-Star Game

proforged flickr

For the second straight year, this area will showcase a major all-star event.

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9:34 am
Tue January 8, 2013

New Chiefs Coach Introduced To KC

The Kansas City Chiefs introduced Andy Reid yesterday as the new head coach. Reid has hit the ground running since he arrived in Kansas City.

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5:18 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Still Waiting For Arrowhead Announcement

Arrowhead Stadium.
Elana Gordon KCUR

There's still no word from Arrowhead officially announcing that Andy Reid is the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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6:02 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs Coach Out As Team's Defensive Coordinator

Romeo Crennel is out as the Chiefs' defensive coordinator.

No change at general manager, no change at head coach, but the Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is taking himself out as the team's defensive coordinator. 

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4:59 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Despite Concussion, Cassel Not Ruled Out Of Play...Yet

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel on the ground after getting injured on Sunday, October 7, 2012.
Larry W. Smith EPA

Kansas City Chiefs head football coach Romeo Crennel confirmed today that quarterback Matt Cassel has a concussion as the result of play in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  

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10:34 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Former KC Chiefs Player Returns, Loss For Home Team

Tony Gonzales, tight end with the Atlanta Falcons, played Sunday against his former team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons

One of the best players in Kansas City Chiefs history returned to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.  It was a triumphant return - for the visiting team.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Royals
10:26 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Their 'Time' Is Still To Come

The marketing catch phrase for the Kansas City Royals this year has been, "This is our time."  But after a disastrous homestand, the Royals ad campaign has backfired.

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7:22 am
Mon April 2, 2012

A Showdown First: KU And UK To Battle For NCAA Title

In the history of men’s college basketball, only Kentucky has won more games than the University of Kansas. 

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7:31 am
Mon February 27, 2012

What's Next In The Border War?

Two days after clinching at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title, the University of Kansas basketball team plays again Monday night at Oklahoma State.

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9:55 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Crennel Will Focus On Quarterback As Chiefs' Head Coach

BabyBare11 Flickr

With the interim tag removed from Romeo Crennel, the question now for the Kansas City Chiefs head coach is how he'll turn around a team that finished 7-9 this season. 

It Starts With The Quarterback

One of Romeo Crennel's first moves as the interim head coach was to insert Kyle Orton as the Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback.  It paid off with victories in two of the Chiefs last three games, and Crennel hasn't forgotten it.

“I'm probably not sitting here if Kyle hadn't done the job that he did and I'm very appreciative of that,”’ says Crennel.

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8:51 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Haley Out, Effective Immediately

The 37-10 blowout loss on Sunday to the New York Jets sealed Todd Haley's fate with the Kansas City Chiefs.  Late Monday morning, they announced that Haley was out.

The final straw was the loss to the Jets. It was another one-sided loss, the fifth by more than 25 points. In a written statement, Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said the team has "not made meaningful progress" and the organization felt it was "necessary to make a change."

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11:00 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Sporting Kansas City Lives Strong

Livestrong Sporting Park
Brian Davidson

Kansas City, Kan. –
UPDATE: Sporting KC advances to Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.

Since the formation of Major League Soccer, it has been an uphill battle for the Kansas City franchise to carve out a niche in the local sports market. From the team's inception, its nickname has been a sore spot to some. But a literal change in landscape has transformed its newest brand - Sporting Kansas City - into one of the city's hottest tickets.

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2:20 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Lenexa Boxer Eyes London Olympics

Lenroy \"Cam\" Thompson is on the right.
(Photo Courtesy of USA Boxing.)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lenroy "Cam" Thompson of Lenexa is among ten boxers on the USA national team now overseas to compete next week for the chance to reach the 2012 Olympics.

Thompson fights in the super heavyweight division. He's ranked seventh in the world, but he needs to do just a little bit better than that to make it to the Olympics. He needs to come in at least sixth in the world championships.

Thompson's chances of punching a ticket to London may be determined by the draw.

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KC Royals
8:58 am
Tue July 12, 2011

1986 All-Star Game Marked Turning Point for Royals

Kansas City, Mo. – After winning the 1985 World Series, Dick Howser, the Kansas City Royals manager at the time, had the honor of being the American League manager for the 1986 All-Star game. That game 25 years ago in Houston was a big moment for Howser and the two Royals players at the game, George Brett and Frank White. But it was also a major turning point in the history of the Royals franchise as KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.

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8:07 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Tom Watson Wins Senior PGA Championship

Kansas City, Mo. – In golf, Tom Watson notched a milestone victory yesterday (SUN) at the age of 61.

By winning the Senior PGA Championship, Watson became the oldest to win a major since the beginning of the Senior Tour in 1980.

As KCUR's Greg Echlin reports, Watson had to put in a little overtime on the golf course.

11:28 am
Tue March 22, 2011

"Original Rules" at Nelson-Atkins Museum a Draw for Basketball Fans

Kansas City, Mo. – The championship game of the N-A-I-A tournament Tuesday will close out the tournament basketball schedule this year for downtown Kansas City. As KCUR's Greg Echlin reports, not only did tournament interest stir up business downtown, but a basketball-related exhibit has captured attention at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

"James Naismith's Original Rules of Basketball"
March 5 - May 29, 2011
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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10:09 am
Mon October 25, 2010

MU Moves Up in Football Rankings

Columbia, MO – After its Saturday night victory over Oklahoma, the University of Missouri football team moved up in the football rankings.

The Missouri Tigers are now ranked seventh in the Associated Press poll. More importantly, sixth in the BCS poll because that's the one that determines the national championship

When the cannon fired after the final second, the Tigers beat Oklahoma for the first time in the Gary Pinkel 10-year coaching era.

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2:48 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Tribute Paid to Sports Announcer Bill Grigsby

Kansas City, MO – After a victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0 this season. The final score was 31-10. Before the game, the Chiefs paid tribute to Bill Grigsby, who retired this year after 62 years in broadcasting. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

9:40 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins Resigns Abruptly

Lawrence, KS – The athletics director position at the University of Kansas went through sweeping changes. Lew Perkins is no longer in charge, an interim A.D. is in place and a plan for a successor is underway

Sean Lester was named interim athletics director. He joined the KU athletic staff at the same time as Lew Perkins seven years ago. Like Perkins, Lester also previously worked at the University of Connecticut.

Lester said he was caught off-guard by the sudden departure of Perkins.

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10:22 am
Tue August 31, 2010

Chiefs Sports Lab Targets Childhood Obesity

Kansas City, MO – A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place yesterday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for the opening of the Chiefs Sports Lab. It's part of the Arrowhead renovation project, and targeted toward children in grades three through six with a message for better health.

The sports lab, a mixture of displays and interactive exhibits, is open to anyone on game day, but meant for youths in an organized group during the week.

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