10:01 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Sporting Kansas City Wins Major League Soccer National Championship

A jubilant crowd at the Bier Station in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City celebrates Sporting KC’s win.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

Sporting Kansas City and MLS Cup opponent, Real Salt Lake tied the score 1-1 after two hours of regulation play. That left a “shoot out” a series of kicks with just one player, squared off against the opposing teams goal keeper, to settle the national championship.  

Fans across Kansas City, and a sold out stadium, watched as the longest shoot out in MLS playoff history unfolded. The score was tied, again after 10 kicks. But in the end, Sporting KC put seven in the net, Salt Lake, six.

Read more
8:16 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Despite Frigid Forecast, The MLS Cup Must Go On

Sporting Kansas City will play Real Salt Lake Saturday in the MLS Cup at Sporting Park.
Credit Brian Davidson

Major League Soccer’s championship, the MLS Cup, will be played Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The match, set for the latest date in the 18-year history of the league, is also expected to be the coldest championship in league history. But, are temperatures in the 20s under these wintry conditions seem appropriate for an outdoor soccer game?

"That’s not what I think of as soccer conditions," says Sporting Kansas City season ticket holder Jessie Williams. 

Read more
1:07 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Tell KCUR: Sporting KC Fans Get A Kick Out of Connection To Team

Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Brian Davidson

Sporting Kansas City’s personal connection to fans help distinguish the soccer team’s fan experience from other professional teams in Kansas City, our listeners and online audiences tell us.

With Saturday’s Major League Soccer championship matchup between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City in the MLS Cup, we wanted to know: How is rooting for Sporting Kansas City different than rooting for other pro teams in KC?

Read more
Central Standard
3:04 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Carla Wilson Named New UMKC Athletic Director

Carla Wilson was named UMKC's new athletic director this week. Her hiring is a landmark for women of color, as she is the only African-American woman who is an athletic director of a division 1 school that is not historically black.

Wilson is not new to UMKC, she's been there for 24 years, 16 of them in the athletic department. As a college student, she had a work study in the athletics department, and after earning her degree in accounting, she went on to work at UMKC and move up in the ranks. 

Read more
Central Standard
2:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Concussions And Head Trauma In Contact Sports

Credit Monicas Dad / Flickr - CC

Several cases have been popping up in the news in which former NFL players are suing either the league, or their team organization, for injuries or disorders they have developed after retiring. They claim that the professional organizations that used to employ them are responsible for the health problems they are now experience.

Read more
1:05 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Your Guide To Getting On The Sporting Kansas City Bandwagon

Sporting KC fans hold up scarves in "The Cauldron" at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Credit ryanknapp / Flickr--Creative Commons

You've probably heard by now that our very own Major League Soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, has made it to the MLS championship game, called the MLS Cup. The game will be played against Real  Salt Lake (pronounced ree-AL) at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Saturday afternoon.

Sporting KC last played in a MLS final in 2004, losing to D.C. United. Kansas City, then known as the Wizards, won the MLS Cup in 2000.

Read more
Up to Date
11:45 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Preview: Sporting KC Takes On Salt Lake For MLS Cup

Sporting KC will cap off a successful season by taking on Real Salt Lake this weekend in the MLS Cup.
Credit Brent Flanders / Flickr-CC

There's a flurry of professional sports activity in Kansas City this weekend, but it's not for a football game. Soccer is taking center stage. 

On Saturday, Sporting Kansas City will host Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park for the MLS Cup championship. It’s the first time a championship game has been played in Kansas City, and if Sporting wins, it will be their first title since 2000, when they were still known as the Wizards.

Read more
7:36 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Tell KCUR: How Is Rooting For Sporting KC Different Than Other Pro Teams?

Major league soccer is hot right now in Kansas City as we prepare to host this weekend’s MLS championship between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.

And we want to know what all the buzz is about.

Tell KCUR: How is rooting for Sporting Kansas City different than rooting for other pro teams in KC?

Tweet us @KCUR, using the #TellKCUR hashtag.

Read more
Up to Date
10:53 am
Tue November 26, 2013

A Fan's Notes: The Comforts of Home

There's nothing like watching the game after Thanksgiving dinner.
Credit Nate Bolt / CC

We’ve heard the statistics: Over the next two days, some 44 million of us will pack ourselves into trains, planes, and automobiles for Thanksgiving—and perhaps a few more for Hanukkah. Nearly all of us will be headed home. Why? Because even in this age when “contact” is for lists, “touch” is for screens, and “FaceTime” is an app, it’s being at home, together with family, that still brings out the best, or at least, the most emotional, in all of us. Home is where the heart is.

Sports fans know the importance of home, too.

Read more
Up to Date
12:24 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Sporting KC Heads To Championship Game

Sporting KC's Aurelien Collin plays during a game against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Credit Ryan Knapp / Flickr-CC

The roar of the crowd confirmed what Sporting KC did this weekend at Sporting Park: They secured a spot at the MLS Cup being held in Kansas City Dec. 7.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, KCUR's Greg Echlin joins us to give a preview for that game.


  • Greg Echlin, KCUR sports reporter
Read more
Central Standard
1:10 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Wyandotte County Buys T-Bones Baseball Stadium

Leaders of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., have announced plans to purchase and renovate Community America Ballpark – the home of the T-Bones – for $8 million. It would join a growing list of publicly subsidized sports venues. It's good news for baseball fans and  for the Village West shopping and entertainment area – but how should taxpayers feel?  Host Brian Ellison discusses the pros and cons behind the decision with two of the decision-makers behind the proposed purchase. Guests:

Read more
8:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Chiefs Face Uphill Battle, Starting With The Broncos

Credit Justin Morbeck/ Flickr-CC

In Kansas City, 1969 is remembered as the Chiefs’ last Super Bowl season. It’s also the last time when two stalwarts, one undefeated and the other with only one loss, butted heads this late in the season. The Minnesota Vikings were 10-and-1 when they squared off against the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams.

Sunday night’s game between the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos pits the league’s best defense against the most prolific offense. Taking the rivalry between the two teams to a different level.

Read more
2:26 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Chiefs Star Player Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, was arrested Sunday in Riverside, Mo. 

Riverside police pulled over a black Audi A8 for going 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. When the officer approached the vehicle he said he could smell marijuana.

A release from the Riverside Police Department says the officer was part of a K-9 unit and a dog was able to lead the officer to a black backpack that contained a substance that looked like marijuana. Along with the substance was the wallet of vehicle owner and Chiefs player, Dwayne Bowe.

Read more
8:12 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Chiefs Hold On To Undefeated Record, Barely

The Kansas City Chiefs celebrated their seventh win at Arrowhead stadium Sunday.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

A loss by the Denver Broncos Sunday night leaves the Kansas City Chiefs as the NFL’s only undefeated team. But, the Chiefs had a difficult time securing their seventh straight win.

From the outset, everything seemed to favor the Chiefs: a home game at Arrowhead Stadium a week after setting a Guinness Book world record for the loudest outdoor stadium and an opponent that named a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start. But the Chiefs, rejuvenated by Alex Smith — a quarterback with a fresh start this season in Kansas City — grabbed the lead for good on his five-yard run.

Read more
6:09 am
Fri October 18, 2013

The Future Is Uncertain For College Games At Arrowhead

Northwest Missouri State plays Pitt State at Arrowhead stadium in 2012.
Credit Darren Whitley / Northwest Missouri State

The second of two college football games at Arrowhead Stadium this season takes place Saturday. Northwest Missouri and Pittsburg State, two powerhouse NCAA Division II teams with undefeated records, will meet head-to-head. But the future is uncertain for this and other major college games being played at Arrowhead.

There have been no major college games at Arrowhead the last three seasons. That’s since the University of Missouri announced it would be departing for the Southeastern Conference and the University Kansas announced they would refuse to play Mizzou.

Read more
Up to Date
9:40 am
Thu October 17, 2013

KC Sports: Covering The Rollercoaster

As a columnist for the Kansas City Star, Sam Mellinger follows the ups and downs of teams such as the Royals.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Covering sports in Kansas City can be a real rollercoaster. Often, you’re reporting on a losing season, but sometimes you hit a high point, like the current Chiefs’ season. 

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger about what it’s like to write about sports in this town.


  • Sam Mellinger is a sports columnist for the Kansas City Star.
Read more
3:33 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Chiefs Execs, Players Distribute Meals For Low-Income Families

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson helped distribute meals Tuesday to area hunger agencies at Arrowhead Stadium.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

Kansas City Chiefs executives and players distributed frozen dinners Tuesday at Arrowhead Stadium to agencies representing low-income families.

The Chiefs are celebrating their 10-year partnership with Tyson Foods and the Lift-Up America organization. 

"Twenty-five thousand families will be blessed with a meal as a result of the giveaway," said chairman of the board, Clark Hunt, who spearheaded the program 10 years ago.

Read more
8:15 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Chiefs Keep Undefeated Record, Fans Win Guinness Record

The crowd at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday broke the record for loudest roar at 137.5 decibels.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Through six games, the NFL is down to two undefeated teams, and the Kansas City Chiefs are one of them.

After their 24-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Chiefs are tied for first in the AFC West with the NFL’s only other undefeted team, the Denver Broncos.

Arrowhead Stadium also had another milestone moment during Sunday's game.

Read more
Up to Date
1:42 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

A Fan's Notes: The Joy Of Being A 'Raider Hater'

They may look threatening, but don't let that stop you from hating the Oakland Raiders.
Credit Flickr

On Sunday, the still-undefeated Kansas City Chiefs will take the field to face their mortal enemy: the Oakland Raiders. In this month’s “A Fan’s Notes,” commentator Victor Wishna tells us why it feels so good... to be a Raider-Hater. 

Read more
Central Standard
12:47 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Can The Chiefs Keep Up Their Hot Streak?

Running Back Jamaal Charles is one of the keys to the Chiefs success this season.
Credit fansided - Google

The Kansas City Chiefs had the worst record in the NFL last year with just two wins and 14 losses. Now, they are sitting pretty with a perfect 5-0 record. But how did we get here and how long can we keep it going?

Joel Thorman, editor of Arrowhead Pride, is just as shocked as everyone else in Kansas City. "The Chiefs have set an NFL record for the best start after winning two or less games from the year before. It's really just shocking."

Read more
7:56 am
Wed October 9, 2013

In Second Year As Part Of SEC, Mizzou Looks For Rivals And Brings In Wins

The Southeastern Conference logo at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t the only area football team with a 5-0 record. On the major college level, the Missouri Tigers are 5-0 and ranked number 25 in this week’s Associated Press poll.

The Tigers opened their Southeastern Conference schedule last Saturday with a victory over Vanderbilt University. The Tigers head deeper south this weekend to face the 7th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. It’s still an adjustment period for fans following the Tigers in their second year of the SEC.

Read more
8:16 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Cheating Scandal Follows NASCAR To Kansas City Race

Clint Bowyer's car at Kansas Speedway April 2013.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup drivers are still trying to shake off the “cheating” label that has shrouded the sport  over the last month. They’ll be at Kansas Speedway for the year’s biggest entertainment weekend in Wyandotte County.

Read more
Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Former Royals Outfielder Looks Back

Former Royals outfielder Willie Wilson discusses his life in a new book, 'Inside the Park.'

From the highs of professional baseball and even the World Series to the lows of drug addiction and bankruptcy, former Royals player Willie Wilson has had quite the journey.

Read more
8:26 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Chiefs Fans Are Pumped About Record, Disgruntled About Traffic

The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0 so far this season, and with that kind of record comes more attention and fan interest. As a result, the Chiefs are dealing with ancillary issues as they prepare for Sunday’s home game at Arrowhead Stadium against the New York Giants.

In the preseason, some Kansas City Chiefs employees feverishly worked behind the scenes on a separate issue: traffic and parking. But, it may not have been enough.

"Operationally, we had some significant missteps," says Chiefs president Mark Donovan, who suggests fans leave early to avoid traffic gridlock.

Read more
9:17 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Royals Walk-off Grand Slam Seals Winning Season

In pursuit of post-season play, the Kanas City Royals revived interest September baseball.  For the final home game at Kauffman Stadium a crowd of more than 27,000 gathered. Manager Ned Yost sensed the enthusiasm.

“We needed to get the crowd into the game early, and we couldn’t do it,” said Yost.

Then the Royals loaded the bases in the tenth inning of the scoreless ballgame when Justin Maxwell stepped to the plate.

“I was just thinking of trying to hit it hard,” said Maxwell.

There was no doubt when Maxwell hit it. It was a grand slam.

Read more
KC Currents
12:29 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

A KC Chiefs’ Haven Deep In South Philly

Big Charlie's Saloon is a Chiefs bar in the middle of Eagles territory.
Credit Elana Gordon / WHYY

The Kansas City Chiefs are gearing up to play in Philadelphia tonight.  It’s an awkward homecoming for the Chiefs' new coach Andy Reid, who was with the Eagles for 14 years and was fired last December.

But there’s at least one spot, in the heart of South Philadelphia, where Reid won’t get booed when he walks into the stadium.  That’s Big Charlie’s Saloon, the home for Chiefs fans in Philadelphia.  And most of those fans aren’t Kansas City ex-pats.

Read more
7:39 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Royals Hold On To Post-Season Hopes

Heading into late September, the Kansas City Royals are holding on to their hopes of reaching baseball’s playoffs for the first time since their World Series championship in 1985. A late season surge reversed a downward spiral at the All-Star break.

A rocky start to the season  

This spring the Kansas City Royals tied a franchise record set only one year earlier for 11 straight losses at home. Manager Ned Yost seemed at a loss about what to do next.

Read more
9:26 am
Mon September 16, 2013

With Two Wins Already, Chiefs Are Looking Good

The Kansas City Chiefs are now 2-0 in the young NFL season after a 17-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday in the home opener.

Only two weeks into the 2013 season, the Chief's record is equal to last year's entire victory total. They grabbed the lead for good late in the third quarter, and the fans at Arrowhead Stadium sniffed a chance to bask in the Chiefs' second win of the season under new head coach Andy Reid.

"When our fans are going, you can feel that field," said Reid. "It just rumbles a little bit. It's crazy but an awesome feeling."

Read more
KC Currents
10:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Grandview Cheerleading Gym Empowers African-American Girls

The Nash Jem All-Star Elite girls practice in their facility on Grandview Road.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

According to the National Cheerleading Association, more than 3 million Americans participate in the sport. But cheerleading is no longer just about pom-poms and whipping crowd spirit into a frenzy, it has evolved into a bona fide sport where many athletes — as they are now considered — train year-round.

These athletes work on the strength, balance and gymnastic skills they need to stand out and win competitions. I recently visited a gym in Grandview where teaching girl power and the sport of cheerleading go hand in hand.

Read more
7:54 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Chiefs Players, Fans 'Hungry' For Success

The Kansas City Chiefs start their 2013-14 regular season this week in Florida.
Credit Mike Morbeck / Flickr--Creative Commons

The Kansas City Chiefs open the 2013 NFL season with a road game Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. With general manager and coaching changes this year, hopes are not just resting on a reversal from last year’s 2-14 record. It’s more about ending a drought that has now lasted 20 years.

Ironically, at the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week for the Kansas City Chiefs everyone there enjoyed a full plate, while eight-year veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson shared with the event’s emcee, Mitch Holthus, a rather desperate feeling.

Read more