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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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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5:04 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Jim 'Mudcat' Grant On The Beginning Of Integration In Baseball

Kansas City, MO – 62 years ago last week Jackie Robinson became the first African American to take the field for a Major League team. He was #42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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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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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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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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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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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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5:25 am
Mon September 15, 2008

After The Olympics

Kansas City, MO – The 2008 Olympics have come to an end, and the throngs of tourists have gone home. So what was it like to experience China as it became the center of world attention? And what's it like now that the excitement has died down? Throughout the summer, we caught up with sportswriter and former KCUR intern Anthony Tao, who grew in the Kansas City area. He's now in the fifth month of his visit to Beijing; Susan checked in with him one last time.

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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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11:04 pm
Sun August 17, 2008

Sportswriter Anthony Tao On Opening Week Of Olympics

Kansas City, MO – The Bejing Olympics have grabbed the attention of Americans this week. We decided to check in with our former KCUR intern, Anthony Tao, who's there, working as a freelance journalist and blogger. Tao is a frequent contributor to ESPN online. You can check out his blog at Heart of Beijing.

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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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1:47 am
Sun October 28, 2007

Dice-K at the K

Aya Sawaguchi(far right) and her family recently moved to Overland Park, Kansas from Japan. They came to Kauffman Stadium to watch Daisuke Matsuzaka?s first game with the Boston Red Sox, against the Royals.
Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Kansas City, MO – The Royals played their season-opener this week against the Red Sox. They started off winning unexpectedly, 7-1 on Tuesday . . . but just as the weather chilled in Kansas City, so did the Royals luck. And they lost the next two games. But the games themselves were overshadowed by the major league pitching debut of a Japanese superstar . . . Daisuke Matsuzaka. He's becoming known in the US as Dice-K.

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11:16 pm
Sun July 2, 2006

Watching Last World Cup Games in KC

Kansas City, MO – The World Cup in Germany is winding its way down to the finals. Some Kansas Citians are glued to ESPN, and even more, to Univision. Soccer fans and other people connected to some of the countries left in the competition are gathering in places around town to watch the games. Sylvia Maria Gross gives us a rundown.

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2:23 am
Mon June 26, 2006

KU Professor Robert Rodriguez on the World Cup

Kansas City, MO – With the World Cup on in Germany this month, we become aware of how important soccer is in so many cultures around the world. It's also becoming an essential part of suburban youth culture in the United States. But do young American soccer players become fans of the US team? And now that the US is out of the competition, are they following other country's soccer teams?

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11:28 pm
Sun February 12, 2006

Negro Leagues probed for Hall of Famers

Kansas City Monarch Buck O'neil
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3:21 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Wilt Chamberlain's Legacy at KU

Kansas City, MO – Basketball icon Wilt Chamberlain's final game at the University of Kansas was in 1958 against in-state rival, Kansas State University. The Jayhawks trounced K-State, which at the time was the top-ranked team in the nation, 61 to 44. Chamberlain led his team to victory in that game, but he had already announced that he was planning to turn professional before graduation. It was an unprecedented decision at that time.

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2:10 am
Mon January 23, 2006

Neil Smith on KC Arena Football

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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...

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.