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Kansas City Royals' Zack Greinke Wins AL Cy Young Award

Nov 17, 2009
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New York, NY – Zack Greinke won the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, beating out Felix Hernandez after a spectacular season short on wins but long on domination.

Greinke went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA for the Kansas City Royals. Hernandez went 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA for the Seattle Mariners.

Greinke received 25 first-place votes and three seconds for 134 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Hernandez drew two firsts, 23 seconds and one third for 80 points.

Faced with the possibility of reinstatement from suspension, the Kansas City Chiefs chose to release Larry Johnson. The embattled Chiefs running back has been with the team since he was picked in the first round of the 2003 draft.

Go Figure (Skating): Not In This Town

Nov 4, 2009

Kansas City, Mo. – Factors are consistently working against Kansas City hosting the national figure skating championships. Within the last twelve months, there have been two attempts, two failures.

San Jose will host the 2012 U.S. National Figure Skating event. The decision was made public today.

Kansas Governor Says Soccer Complex Offer Final

Oct 29, 2009

Topeka, KS – Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson said Wednesday that the state doesn't plan to sweeten a $230 million package of incentives to lure a soccer stadium and office complex to Wyandotte County.

During a news conference at the Kansas Statehouse, Parkinson said the proposal offered two weeks ago to medical software maker Cerner Corp. and Kansas City Wizards owner OnGoal LLC was final.

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Kansas City, MO – While the Kansas City Wizards owners mull Friday's incentive offer by the state of Kansas for a new soccer stadium in Wyandotte County, their season is ending with a thud.

With one match left, the Wizards now know that the Major League Soccer playoffs will begin without them. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

Kansas City, MO – It was a day of irony Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. On a day the Kansas City Chiefs celebrated the roots of their franchise history by wearing vintage uniforms, they placed themselves in dubious company after another loss. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Chiefs in overtime, 26-20.

Kansas City, MO – The name Penske has been very much in the automotive news this week. Most notably in association with the Saturn brand. At Kansas Speedway, the Penske name is also very visible. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.

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The highlight of this weekend at Kansas Speedway is Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup race. Leading up to that event will be a NASCAR Nationwide series race Saturday

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Kansas City, MO – To mark the 50-year anniversary of the American Football League, the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday dipped into a part of their history that was dormant for several years. When "Warpaint" trotted out to the field for the halftime show, it brought back memories of the days when a painted horse took the field after the Chiefs scored a touchdown. It was one of the better moments during a disappointing afternoon for Chiefs fans, a 13-10 loss to Oakland. KCUR's Greg Echlin reports.

Kansas City, KS – One day after closing the deal to replace The Cordish Company as a partner to Kansas Speedway in a potential casino operation, Penn National Gaming was in the public eye yesterday.

Company executives appeared before the Kansas Gaming Board to request an extension on their bid.

But not all the questions put before them were answered.

KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

A final decision on the bid is expected to come out of Governor Mark Parkinson's office by the end of the year.

Kansas City, MO – Hundreds of riders from around the world battled in the streets of Kansas City yesterday in the final stage of the Tour of Missouri.

In the end, an American, David Zabriskie, from Salt Lake City, Utah, won.

The race started in St. Louis a week ago and worked itself from east to west before concluding in Kansas City.

KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

Kansas City , Mo. – Brad Schrock, chairman of the local organization committee of the Tour of Missouri, and Cameron Chambers, a former national mountain biking champion join Up to Date host Steve Kraske to discuss the athleticism required of bicyclists, how individual members of a team help each other in each leg, and the incredible expenses of pro cycling.

For those who don't have the time, energy, body type, or money to race like the pros, we also take a look at some local casual cycling opportunities for people of all ages.

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Carmel, IND – Two weeks ago, Tom Watson was an eight-foot putt away from making history. In the final round of the British Open, the 59-year old Stilwell, Kansas resident needed a par putt on the final hole to become the oldest pro golfer ever to win a major championship. Though Watson missed the putt, his performance catapulted him back into golf's limelight. This week, Watson is competing in the U-S Senior Open. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin is there, too. And he's finding out that once again Tom Watson is a hot commodity.

Kansas City, MO – It was baseball's Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown, New York, and three were inducted for their playing careers. Among the three, one of them wore a Kansas City Royals uniform, though it was in a different role. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.

The two who were present and honored for their playing careers were former outfielders Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice. The newest member of the Hall of Fame, who is deceased, is Joe Gordon who was also the first manager of the Kansas City Royals forty years ago.

Kansas City, MO – When the second half of the baseball season begins for the Kansas City Royals, there will be a new look. And it isn't about the team's roster changes. For Friday's game against Tampa Bay, the Royals Hall of Fame will be open for the first time. It's located in the left field area of Kauffman Stadium.

St. Louis, MO – Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke did his work handily last night in baseball's 80th All-Star game. If Greinke felt slighted by not getting the start, he didn't show it. The American League defeated the National League, 4-3. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more from St. Louis.

St. Louis, MO – In a baseball season that has taken a downturn in Kansas City since April, there was a ray of hope for a Kansas City Royals starter in this year's All-Star game. But Royals ace Zack Greinke did NOT get the nod to start for the American League. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more from St. Louis.

Women's Full Contact Football

Jul 6, 2009
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Kansas City, MO – If you're taking a walk through Gillham Park on a Thursday evening you might stumble across what looks a little like a high school football practice.

Complete with cracking helmets, conditioning drills and a coach who's less than pleased. But as helmets come off for a quick water break you might find yourself feeling a little surprised by the sight of twenty or so women donning full football pads.

Kansas City, MO – After this week, there shouldn't be anything stopping the Chiefs from moving their training camp from Wisconsin back to Missouri. The state is expected to release tax credit money that will help pay for construction of a practice facility at Missouri Western in St. Joseph. KCUR's Greg Echlin has the story.

Overland Park, KS – The nation's best youth soccer players will face off in Kansas City's largest suburb.

Overland Park will play host to the 2010 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship. Games will be held at Overland Park's new $36 million soccer complex that opens to the public this summer.

U.S. Youth Soccer Spokesperson Todd Roby says the complex's new fields placed it at the front the applicant pack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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