Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s all-time greats as a player and as a person off the diamond, died Friday. He was 83.
His sunny disposition and skills on the field took off when his professional baseball career began with the Negro Leagues in Kansas City. Cool Papa Bell, another former Negro Leagues player and a Baseball Hall of Famer, tipped off Kansas City Monarchs manager Buck O’Neil on the raw abilities of Ernie Banks.
At the time O’Neil, who died in 2006, had not seen Banks play.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was on hand in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Friday for the College Football Hall of Fame announcement. He is one of two coaches and 15 players who being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Before Snyder was hired at Kansas State in 1989, the Wildcats had been to only one bowl game in the history of the program. When he arrived, the cupboard was bare.
The 16th-ranked Missouri Tigers football team successfully ended its season Thursday afternoon in Orlando with a 33-17 Citrus Bowl win over 20th-ranked Minnesota.
Heading into the fourth quarter, it was a close game. The Tigers led, 19-17, but pulled away.
“You have to have a drive, a competitive drive in the fourth quarter,” said Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel. “It sounds really easy. It’s not easy. It’s the character of your team and your players, the leadership that you have.”
A day after their final game this season, the Kansas City Chiefs are stewing over a dubious NFL record.
Until this year, no team in NFL history had ever gone through an entire season without completing a touchdown pass to a wide receiver. The worst moment occurred Sunday when Dwayne Bowe had a chance to become the first this season, but he fumbled just shy of the end zone.
Quarterback Alex Smith didn’t play because of a spleen injury, but even he was stunned at how it turned out.
A 19-7 victory over the San Diego Chargers Sunday wasn’t good enough to propel the Kansas City Chiefs into the playoffs.
When the Chiefs finished the regular season with a 9-7 record, they didn’t find out they were eliminated until after the game when Baltimore came from behind to beat Cleveland. Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel, who started in place of the injured Alex Smith, says they can only blame themselves.
“We were 7-3 at one point,” said Daniel. “(We) sort of got on a slide at the back end of the season. Uncharacteristic of us.”
Avid college sports fans Evan and Kari Deude, of Prairie Village, Kan., made sure mascots from both the University of Kansas and University of Missouri made appearances on cakes at their wedding in 2011. Each of them roots for the opposite team.
For the second straight year, the Missouri Tigers will play for the Southeastern Conference football championship. They’ll play Alabama, the top-ranked team in the nation, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta starting at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Since leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, the Missouri Tigers have stepped up the caliber of their play. But the rest of the SEC wasn’t quite ready for them.
The Denver Broncos beat the Chiefs 29-16 Sunday night under frigid conditions at Arrowhead Stadium. That sent the Chiefs to their second straight loss and dropped their overall record to 7-5.
The slide started with a loss to the previously winless Oakland Raiders, then the impactful news of starting safety Eric Berry being diagnosed with lymphoma. After the Denver Broncos quickly took the spirit out of the Chiefs with an early 14-0 lead, it would have been natural suspect the news of Eric Berry affected the Chiefs preparations.
No stranger to big-time college basketball, Kansas City will play host to late-round games in the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the NCAA announced Monday.
Kansas City is the host of 2017’s Midwest Regional games, which include two Sweet Sixteen games and one Elite Eight matchup. The games will be played at the Sprint Center.
The Final Four is scheduled to be played in Phoenix. San Jose, Calif., will host the West Regional games. The South Regional games will be held in Memphis, Tenn. New York will host the East Regional games.
Not since the Missouri Tigers squared off against the Kansas Jayhawks in 2011 has any big-time college football team played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Next year, however, MU will play a game there against Brigham Young University.
MU athletics director Mike Alden said he knows fans would love a rematch between the Jayhawks and Tigers, but it's up in the air whether that could be arranged.
"Boy, it would be awesome if one of these days we could get that together," Alden said. "But who knows?"
The Chiefs’ home away from home next season? London.
The team will “host” the Detroit Lions at London’s Wembley Stadium on Nov. 1, 2015, the NFL announced Thursday. Designated the home team, the Chiefs will play one fewer game at their true home, Arrowhead Stadium, next year.
Each NFL team usually plays eight regular season home games each season. Next year, the Chiefs will host seven regular season games and likely host two preseason contests.
In an appearance at Union Station Wednesday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James showed up decked out in a blue bowtie and matching Kansas City Royals hat to show support for the boys in blue as the team headed into the final game of the World Series.
James said the excitement Kansas Citians have shown during the World Series has been long overdue.
"You can't buy this kind of pride," James said. "It's about time that we had something like [the World Series] where we can say, 'This is ours, we did it, we showed the rest of you, and this is something we're going to cherish.'"
The fact that the Kansas City Royals have home field advantage in the World Series has rekindled debate.
It’s traced back to a July night in Minnesota, better known for the All-Star farewell to New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. The American League won the game and that’s why the Royals have three and potentially four home games with a possible seventh game in the World Series.
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, the A.L. All-Star manager this year, says the All-Star result should not determine the home field advantage.
Down 3-2 to the Giants, you might think there’s no way the Royals end up winning the World Series. But you’d be wrong.
Sportswriter Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight crunched the numbers and he puts the Royals’ chances of claiming the crown at about 30 percent – in 100 parallel universes, there are about 30 ways the Royals end up with the title.
“They’re still right in it and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they won the World Series, truth be told,” Paine said.
Kansas Citians want San Francisco to send Ghirardelli chocolate if the Giants lose the World Series. This photo of melted chocolate was taken at a Ghirardelli chocolate factory and shop in San Francisco.
During the regular season, the Royals were accustomed to adjusting their lineup when they played in a National League city. There was no designated hitter during many of those games.
So that means Kansas City's DH deluxe, Billy Butler, will begin Friday's game on the bench when game three of the World Series gets underway in San Francisco. Teammate Alex Gordon tried to see the bright side of the situation.
"The good thing is he's a great pinch-hitter," Gordon said. "So he comes of the bench and can cause some damage."