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9:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Chiefs Pick Eric Fisher

Eric Fisher
nfl.com

The Kansas City Chiefs made Eric Fisher, an offensive lineman from Central Michigan, the NFL’s first overall selection. 

Four of the top seven picks in the NFL draft were offensive lineman.  As a former lineman, that suits Chiefs coach Andy Reid well. 

Fisher stands 6 feet 7 inches tall, and he’s talking about adding a few pounds to current weight of 306 pounds. 

Reid says Fisher will help the Chiefs.

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Sports
9:19 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Belton's Tate Stevens Steals The Show At Sprint Cup

Country singer Tate Stevens.
Greg Echlin KCUR

In Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Matt Kenseth was the winning driver.  But one of the most popular figures yesterday didn't wear a racing helmet.

Tate Stevens, as an employee of the city of Belton two years ago, attended meetings at Kansas Speedway.  Wearing a cowboy hat Stevens, now 38, appeared at the track as a professional country music performer.

In a life-changing experience, Stevens was the winner last year in season two of "The X Factor," a network television show singing competition. 

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11:48 am
Fri April 19, 2013

A Fan's Notes: Still Running

The Boston Marathon in 2010
Peter Farlow

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The road to answers on why someone would bomb the Boston Marathon, the nation’s oldest annual one, remains long, and difficult.

In this edition of "A Fan's Notes," commentator Victor Wishna looks for inspiration in the marathon itself.

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Sports
9:20 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Kansas Speedway Focuses On Security This Weekend

Greg Echlin KCUR

This weekend marks the first of two NASCAR weekends at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.  In the wake of the deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday, security measures will be in full-effect at the speedway.

Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren says details of security precautions aren't fully disclosed.  However, it will be clear to spectators that coolers and backpacks will be inspected.

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Sports
9:03 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Royals Win Home Opener

The attendance for the sold-out game was 40,073.
Beth Lipoff KCUR

Seven games into their 2013 baseball season, the Kansas City Royals have a winning record for the first time. The home opener against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium took a dramatic turn late in the game.

Unlike last year when the Royals gave up seven runs in the first inning of the home opener, they kept the game close.  Down 1-0 in the eighth, Lorenzo Cain doubled and scored in an inning that produced all the Royals' runs in their 3-1 victory.

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6:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Going Out To The Ballgame

Up to Date broadcast live at Royals Opening Day.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

With a record number of spring training games won, the Royals started the regular season in Chicago last week with two losses and a win.

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Central Standard
3:09 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Wichita State Shocks Kansas

Wichita State University. More photos http://webs.wichita.edu/dt/wsutour/ssp/r.asp?g=636

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is notorious for its unpredictability year after year, and as March Madness winds down, one Kansas university gets to claim the biggest upset of the tournament; Wichita State University making it to the Final Four for the first time since 1965 to play first seated Louisville.


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Sports
9:33 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Taking A Look Back To 1988's NCAA In Kansas City

A welcome banner at the entrance to the Wichita State team hotel.
Greg Echlin KCUR

Though Atlanta is this year’s host city for the NCAA’s Men’s Final Four, Kansas City still holds the record as the city with the most championship games.  This year, the NCAA is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the men’s basketball tournament. 

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Sports
8:28 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Two Of Four: Syracuse, Wichita State Headed To Atlanta

Syracuse forward C.J. Fair (No. 5) shoots over Marquette forward Jamil Wilson (No. 0) during the second half of the East Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament on Saturday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 9:50 am

Syracuse and Wichita State won their games on Saturday to become the first two teams to make it to the Final Four this season, one step closer to the NCAA men's basketball title.

In the first game of the day, No. 4-seeded Syracuse dominated No. 3 Marquette 55-39 in the East Regional final. The win earned Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim his first trip to the semifinals since 2003.

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Sports
7:44 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Michigan Rallies To Beat KU 87-85

The University of Kansas men's basketball team ended their season Friday night in Arlington, Texas, losing to Michigan 87-85.  KU led most of the game but a late rally by the Wolverines sent the game into overtime.  

Michigan moves on to the Elite Eight game on Sunday.  The Jayhawks finish their season with a 31-6 record.

Sports
9:26 am
Mon March 25, 2013

KU Advances To Sweet 16

Two days after upsetting Kansas State in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, LaSalle closed out its weekend in Kansas City with another surprise.

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11:45 am
Fri March 22, 2013

A Fan's Notes: Happy Together

Basketball

 

For the 29th time, the annual NCAA Division I Basketball Championship -- that is, "the tournament" -- has arrived in Kansas City. With thousands upon thousands of fans expected, the March Madness is spilling out of the Sprint Center and clogging the downtown streets. Commentator Victor Wishna tries to make sense of the maddening crowd in this month's edition of A Fan's Notes.

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Central Standard
7:28 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Archery

The first bow and arrow is believed to have been used around 12-thousand years ago, but with the rise of guns, archery fell out of favor.  Now, it’s being revived with the help of school programs across the county. Eric Edwards from the Missouri Department Conservation and coordinator for the Missouri National Archery in Schools Program shares with us how archery is helping young people learn discipline, love of sport, and concentration.

Sports
9:53 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Actor Harrison Ford And '42' In Kansas City

Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman in '42'
D. Stephens Courtesy Legendary Pictures Productions LLC

Actor Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey in "42," the movie on baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson to be released next month.  Rickey is the former general manager who signed Robinson to break the color line in Major League Baseball.  Ford will be in Kansas City next month for a special screening.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Madness Of March In KC

  It’s a mad, mad, mad March. And there’s nowhere more crazy about college basketball than Kansas City. From the Sprint Center to Municipal Auditorium, up and down the Power and Light District to living rooms everywhere, college hoops are here. Today on Central Standard, we tip off a conversation about the tournaments that are dominating our airwaves, namely the NCAA tournament that starts today and includes games later this week here in town, but also a tournament that gets less press but has been in town longer—much longer—the NAIA, whose championship game is tonight.

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KC Currents
4:34 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Rugby Team Provides Supportive Space For Gay And Bisexual Players

The team huddles up during practice.
P.S. Linden/Courtesy of KC Carnivores

Sometimes the need to be accepted can be just as powerful as the need to be different. One local rugby club somehow offers both.

The Kansas City Carnivores are by definition a team that plays rugby. They also serve as a non-profit organization that seeks to bring the sport of rugby to traditionally underrepresented communities, with an emphasis on gay and bisexual players.

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Sports
9:50 am
Mon March 18, 2013

KU Gets Number One Seed

courtesty of ku.edu

The NCAA men's basketball tournament in Kansas City this week will include Kansas as a number-one seed, but the Jayhawks might want to forget their last trip to Kansas City as a top seed.

This year marks KU's first trip to Kansas City as a number-one seed since '95 when the Jayhawks lost to Virginia in Kansas City.

Only once during Roy Williams’ time as coach at the University of Kansas did the Jayhawks play the NCAA tournament in Kansas City.  It was the 1995 appearance.

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Sports
10:04 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Sizing Up Tonight's Match-Ups In The Big 12

In college basketball, the Missouri Tigers advanced in the Southeastern Conference tournament after a 62-50 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday night.  The Tigers will take on Ole Miss tonight.

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Sports
2:09 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Big 12 Update: Cyclones Advance To Finals

Iowa State's Melvin Ejim (at right) scored a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds.
Athletics Communications Iowa State Cyclones

With a large contingent of Iowa State fans clearly outnumbering the Oklahoma followers, the Cyclones advanced to the Big 12 tournament semifinals.

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Sports
9:28 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs Announce New Starting Quarterback

Elana Gordon KCUR

The Kansas City Chiefs officially introduced their new starting quarterback, Alex Smith, on Wednesday. But the Chiefs also stirred up some memories with the signing of Chase Daniel as their back-up quarterback.

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Sports
5:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Tournament Play Starts For Area Teams

Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin
Greg Echlin KCUR

Conference tournament basketball begins for the three area major schools today. Missouri plays in its first Southeastern Conference tournament game tonight in Nashville as the number-6 seed.  In Kansas City at the Big 12 tournament, top-seeded Kansas plays this afternoon at 2, then K-State takes the floor tonight at 6.

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Sports
4:50 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Matt Brown Fired As UMKC Men's Basketball Coach

Head Coach Matt Brown was dismissed on Tuesday.
UMKC Athletics MSH Photography

UMKC announced today the firing of Matt Brown, the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program. Brown led the program for the past six seasons.

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Sports
9:06 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Big 12 Tournament Set

The Big 12 brackets are set for the men's tournament in Kansas City.

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High School Sports
7:28 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

St. Mary's Final Basketball Season Comes To An End

Emily Echlin cheers at one of St. Mary's final basketball games.
Greg Echlin KCUR

Four basketball games took place last Friday at the St. Mary’s High School gymnasium in Independence for the last time. 

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph announced last month the school will close at the end of the school year because of declining enrollment.  It has been around for 160 years.

The captain of the cheerleaders, a senior, shares her thoughts. Her name is Emily Echlin, the daughter of KCUR sports contributor Greg Echlin.

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12:15 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

A Fan's Notes: Wrestling With Decisions Of Olympic Proportions

American wrestler Rulon Gardner beat Russian Alexander Karelin in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games

Last week, the International Olympic Committee announced it will be taking wrestling to the mat--the 2016 Games will be the last for the ancient sport. But with March Madness approaching and spring training already underway, why should the casual fan care? Commentator Victor Wishna explains in this month's edition of  A Fan's Notes.

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Sports
5:11 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Royals Baseball Play-Caller Bob Davis To Retire

Bob Davis is stepping down from Royals broadcasting to focus on KU play-by-play.
KU Sports

A mainstay of Kansas City Royals baseball broadcasting is retiring.  Bob Davis plans to devote more time to University of Kansas play-by-play.

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Central Standard
4:32 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

FC Kansas City

It’s taken years, but the world’s most popular sport is finally catching on in the United States. Sporting KC has regular sell-outs at its stadium, and the team has fared well in its young history.

 Now it’s turn for the U.S. women to take the pitch. This year marks the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League, and FC Kansas City, our town’s team, join 7 other cities – Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Washington DC, Portland, Rochester NY, and Piscataway NJ on the field.  Today we're are joined by  the coach for FC Kansas City, Vlatko Andonovski and forward Melissa Henderson.

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Sports
10:05 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Former Chiefs DT Curley Culp Headed For Hall Of Fame

Former Chiefs DT Curley Culp will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
Courtesy of KCChiefs.com

It wasn't Will Shields or Otis Taylor, but another former member of the Kansas City Chiefs will enter Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.

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Sports
1:34 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Kansas State Football Coach Signs New Five-Year Contract

Bill Snyder
http://www.kstatesports.com

Bill Snyder is the oldest active coach in major college football and shows no signs of retiring. Snyder will be 78 if he fulfills the 5-year extension he signed to coach the Kansas State Wildcats.

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Sports
11:13 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Sporting KC’s Kamara Makes Premier Move

Sporting KC

Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara will be making a move across the pond at least temporarily.

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