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10:01 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mizzou Basketball Coach Leaving For Tulsa

Frank Haith, men's basketball coach at the University of Missouri, was named AP Coach of the Year in 2012.
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Updated 2:29 p.m.:

The University of Tulsa officially tapped Frank Haith, men's basketball coach at the University of Missouri, as its new head basketball coach on Friday afternoon. See the full announcement.

The original story begins here: 

The University of Tulsa is expected to announce Friday that Frank Haith will be named as head basketball coach after three years at the University of Missouri.

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Sports
7:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Marijuana Charge Dismissed For Chiefs Player Dwayne Bowe

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe pled guilty to defective equipment and littering Wednesday in Riverside, Mo. The charge was amended from the original charge of marijuana possession last November. 

Bowe was not present, but his attorney, Kevin Regan, made the statement at Riverside City Hall that would be of most interest to the NFL commissioner’s office in New York.

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Up To Date
6:18 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

A Fan's Notes: Great Expectations

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The year got off to a promising start for the Royals and their fans. In January, the teen pop singer known as Lorde won Grammy Awards for Best Performance and Song of the Year for her hit “Royals,” which she claims was inspired by a picture of George Brett that she saw in an old copy of National Geographic. When she performed in Kansas City a few weeks ago, the Royals presented her with an autographed Brett jersey. Lorde, born 11 years after the team’s last playoff appearance, called it “one of the coolest things” she owns—and she owns two Grammies.

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Up To Date
5:07 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

A Fan's Notes: The Bucking Stops Here

Professional Bull Riders are judged for the amount of time they stay on the bull; the bull is judged, too, for torque of his twists, and the angle and height of his kicks.
Credit Sébastien Barré / Flickr-CC

We are on the verge of what every sports fan dreads worse than the agony of defeat: the occasional lull. The Winter Olympics, timed so perfectly to counter the post-Super Bowl hangover, are winding down, while March Madness and Royals Opening Day remain just out of reach.

Fortunately, I’ve found an antidote, not to mention the perfect answer to two weeks of ice dancing: The bulls are coming to town!

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Up to Date
3:35 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Day At The K With Up To Date

The Royals play the White Sox in their home opener at Kauffman Stadium.
Beth Lipoff KCUR

Take a look behind the scenes with the Up to Date team on our Day Opening  broadcast at Kauffman Stadium.

Up To Date
7:39 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Live From The Royals Home Opener

The Royals play the White Sox in their home opener.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

  

    

Last year was arguably the best year for the Kansas City Royals in recent memory - 86 wins put the boys in blue above .500, but just short of the playoffs.

For this hour of Up to Date we take you out to the ballpark for the Royal’s home opener and Steve Kraske introduces you to some of the people who keep the team running.
 

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Tell KCUR
3:13 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Royals Fans Are Cautiously Optimistic About 2014 Season

The 2014 baseball season is giving the Kansas City Royals and fans a reason to look up on Friday, the day of the team's home opener.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

 

Social media in Kansas City is abuzz this week with excitement over the Royals’ home opener on Friday.

Diehard fans are swapping predictions on Twitter for the new season via #Royals, #BeRoyalKC, #Royalsnation and other hashtags.

After the success of 2013’s season, KCUR’s Greg Echlin reports that players have high hopes for this season.

Fans do, too, according to our informal Tell KCUR poll on social media this week.

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Kansas City Royals
7:48 am
Thu April 3, 2014

On The Eve Of The Royals Home Opener, Fans Have High Hopes

The Kansas City Royals play their home opener Friday at Kauffman Stadium.
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With the series finale set in Detroit for Thursday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals will head home afterward and play their home opener Friday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Coming off the success of last season, the Royals have high hopes this season. Not only on the field but, at the gate as well.

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Sports
3:32 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

KU's Andrew Wiggins Goes Pro

KU men's basketball coach Bill Self and Andrew Wiggins at the Monday press conference.
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University of Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins announced Monday he’s declaring for the NBA draft.

The 6' 8'' player was the top high school recruit in 2013 - and this season Wiggins scored 597 points, more than any freshman in KU's history, including a high of 29 points in one game.

The draft takes place in June – and Wiggins is expected to be a first-round draft selection, if not the first. He says that’s where he wants to be.

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Tell KCUR
3:03 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Tell KCUR: Is This The Year The Royals Will Make It To The Playoffs?

Is this the year the Royals will make it to the playoffs? Tweet your prediction with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Friday’s home opener for the Royals marks the beginning of the professional baseball season in Kansas City.

And we’re wondering about your predictions for the home team this year.

The Royals haven’t made it to the playoffs since 1985, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Will they ever have a chance like that again?

Tell KCUR: Is this the year the Royals will make it to the playoffs? Why or why not?

Leave us your prediction in a voicemail at 816-235-2881.

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Sports
8:24 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Central Missouri Takes Home NCAA Division II Title

Confetti covered the floor in Evansville, Ind., after Central Missouri one the title in the last second of the championship game.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

On Saturday, the 30th anniversary of its only other men’s basketball championship, Central Missouri captured the NCAA Division II title.

The Mules defeated West Liberty of West Virginia, 84-77.

For veteran coach Kim Anderson, the thrill of winning his first national title came when the final piece fell into place. This was it. One last chance for Daylen Robinson to go out with a bang.

He did it years ago with an exclamation point at Northeast High School in Kansas City — 57 points in his final game there.

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Sports
7:47 am
Mon March 24, 2014

It Was A Sad, Sad Day For Kansas Basketball

In Scottrade Arena in St. Louis, Mo., the two teams from Kansas got a case of the blues. Both teams lost Sunday in the third round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. 

The second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks played their second game without injured starting center Joel Embiid. Then his replacement in the starting lineup, Tarik Black who scored a game-high of 18 points, missed the last five minutes of the game when he committed his fifth foul. Black played only one season for KU after transferring from Memphis.

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Sports
9:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

It's Going To Be An Epic Weekend In St. Louis For Kansas Basketball Fans

Wichita State, Kansas and Kansas State will all play in the first round of the men's NCAA basketball tournament this weekend in St. Louis.
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 Since Wichita State’s first appearance in the NCAA men’s basketball Tournament 50 years ago, this is the first time that the Shockers, Kansas and Kansas State are at the same site — all three teams will be in action Friday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. And fans who planned early are getting the most bang for their buck.

Since KU contended for a No. 1 seed before settling for a No. 2 seed, Jayhawks fans like Phillip Brown of Elm, Mo., gambled on St. Louis as KU’s destination. It paid off.

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Sports
4:53 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Remembering Sam Lacey, Part Of Kansas City's First NBA Team

Sam Lacey playing for the Cincinnati Royals in 1971.
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At a time when the name "Cinderella" will be tossed around in association with teams pulling upsets in the NCAA tournament this week, Sam Lacey was part of what was the biggest Cinderella story in Kansas City pro-basketball history.

Lacey, who would have turned 66 later this month, died last week in Kansas City. A memorial tribute will take place Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Loretto on 39th Street.

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Sports
7:43 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Three Kansas Teams Head To St. Louis For 'Arch Madness'

It will be Arch Madness all over the again in St. Louis, Mo., for three Kansas teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The University of Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State are all bound for St. Louis this weekend, the first weekend of the tournament. When the Kansas Jayhawks lost to Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament, coach Bill Self knew the chance of landing a number-one seed in the NCAA tournament was out the window.

“We’re not going to be a one, so I’m going to tell you it’s definitely better since we’re not going to be a one,” said Self.

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Sports
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.
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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.
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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.
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  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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