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.

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KCUR News
9:15 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Three Big 12 Teams To NCAA Baseball Tournament

Kansas City, MO – The three area Big 12 teams are bound for the NCAA baseball tournament. That became
official yesterday (Monday, May 25). Plus, the University of Missouri's softball team advanced to Women's College World Series for the first time since 1994. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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KCUR News
10:52 am
Thu May 14, 2009

Division II Baseball Teams Aim For World Series

Kansas City, MO – In college sports, Division II schools, like Emporia State and Central Missouri, will begin play in the NCAA baseball tournament Thursday. They're hoping to reach the Division II World Series, which this year will be held outside Raleigh, North Carolina.

Soon there might be a day when those schools will play in the Division II World Series close to home. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.

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KCUR News
9:41 am
Thu April 30, 2009

Kansas City Royals Pitcher Biggest Story In Baseball

Zack Greinke, starting pitcher, Kansas City Royals

Kansas City, MO – The pitching of Kansas City Royals starter Zach Greinke has become the biggest story in baseball this month. Greinke is featured on the cover of "Sports Illustrated" magazine this week, the first time a Royals player has graced the cover since 1993. When Greinke took the mound last night, the home crowd anticipated history. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

The Royals wrap up their four-game series against the Blue Jays Thursday afternoon.

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KCUR News
10:40 am
Mon March 23, 2009

MU And KU Advance To Sweet 16 In NCAA

Kansas City, MO – For the first time since 2002, both Missouri and Kansas are in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

In Boise, Idaho, the Missouri Tigers defeated Marquette, 83-79. So they'll move on to Glendale, Arizona, outside Phoenix. The Tigers will take on second-seeded Memphis this Friday.

The Kansas Jayhawks advanced after a 60-43 victory over Dayton in Minneapolis. KU will meet Michigan State this Friday in Indianapolis. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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KCUR News
9:39 am
Tue February 10, 2009

Nationally Ranked Teams, KU & MU, Meet In Columbia

Kansas City MO – For the first time in six years last (MON) night, Kansas and Missouri faced each other while both teams were nationally ranked. Kansas was ranked 16th in this week's Associated Press poll; Missouri was right behind at No. 17.

In Columbia, the Tigers squeezed out a 62-60 victory on alast second shot by Zaire Taylor. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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KCUR News
3:33 am
Thu January 22, 2009

Demolition Underway At Bannister Mall

Kansas City, MO – Demolition of the now closed Bannister Mall began Wednesday to pave the way for the site's redevelopment. An 18-thousand, 500-seat soccer stadium is planned there, which will be the permanent home of the Kansas City Wizards. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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KCUR News
11:53 pm
Tue January 13, 2009

Kansas City Chiefs Name New General Manager

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Chiefs have named a new general manager to succeed Carl Peterson, who resigned last month. Scott Pioli (pee-OH-lee) is the choice. He has spent the last nine years in the front office of the New England Patriots.

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KCUR News
12:19 am
Tue December 16, 2008

Management Change For The Chiefs

Kansas City, MO – Longtime Kansas City Chiefs executive Carl Peterson has resigned. He held the titles of president, general manager and CEO. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt made the announcement through a written statement Monday. Peterson was unavailable for comment. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

The announcement took place on the heels of a heartbreaker against the San Diego Chargers, the Chiefs' 12th loss in 14 games this season.

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KCUR News
10:39 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Missouri Beats Nebraska On The Road

Lincoln, NE – The University of Kansas and Missouri football teams began their Big 12 schedules over the weekend with road victories. It was especially sweet for the Missouri Tigers. They picked up their first victory in Lincoln, Nebraska, since 1978. But MU didn't leave without some parting shots.

KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.

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As the Nebraska fans filed into Memorial Stadium, inside the Missouri Tigers were taking the field for their pre-game warmups. It was then when MU quarterback Chase Daniel says he was rudely welcomed

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Sports
12:52 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Former KU Players Asked To Leave NBA Rookie Program

Kansas City, MO – The image of KU athletics took a severe hit Wednesday when two of the Jayhawks' best basketball players from last season were asked to leave the NBA's rookie transition program. Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur, each of whom left school early to turn professional, were the two players involved. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains why.

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Sports
9:22 am
Wed July 9, 2008

Kansas City Native Muna Lee Heads To Bejing

Kansas City, MO – One of the world's fastest women grew up in Kansas City. Since graduating from Central High School, Muna Lee's path has taken different twists and turns, but now it leads to Bejing.

Lee qualified in both the 100 and 200 meter dash in the track and field trials, earning a spot on the US Olympic team for a second time.

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Sports
9:29 am
Tue September 10, 2002

Mayberry In Seattle?

KANSAS CITY – After a series in Kansas City over the weekend, time is running out on the Seattle Mariners. Not only in their hopes of winning the American League West, but of locking up a top prospect from Kansas City to a contract. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains...

KCUR News
1:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2002

Pellow's Dream Almost Snuffed By Baseball Strike

KANSAS CITY – KCUR Sports reporter Greg Echlin brings us the story of Kit Pellow, an Olathe native who couldn't let his Major League dream die.

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