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7:22 am
Mon April 2, 2012

A Showdown First: KU And UK To Battle For NCAA Title

In the history of men’s college basketball, only Kentucky has won more games than the University of Kansas. 

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Central Standard
11:14 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Sporting KC: Players Tell All

Three Sporting Kansas City players - left to right - Jimmy Nielsen, Jabulani Leffall, Seth Sinovic and Kei Kamara.

Get to know a sliver of this season’s Sporting KC soccer team, including the leading goal-scorer from Sierra Leone, a hometown boy from Rockhurst High & the Danish goalie fans call the white puma.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Thu March 8, 2012

A Fan's Notes: The Madness of March

In just a few days the field of the NCAA basketball tournament will be set and March Madness will begin in earnest.

In the latest installment of "A Fan's Notes," Victor Wishna looks for a method in the madness and finds that the road to the Final Four is paved with poetic intentions:

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Up to Date
1:29 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Mother Runner!

Mothers (and runners) Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Ask a mother how her day went and you may often hear the word “running” in the answer as in: running errands, running after the kids, running to make an appointment.

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Sports
7:31 am
Mon February 27, 2012

What's Next In The Border War?

use.com

Two days after clinching at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title, the University of Kansas basketball team plays again Monday night at Oklahoma State.

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End Of The "Border War"
4:23 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Will The Tiger Lie Down With The Jayhawk?

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, a more than 100 year-old tradition will come to an end. It's a competition that some say has roots in the Civil War era. 

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Up to Date
8:43 am
Fri February 10, 2012

A Fan's Notes: And The Oscar Goes To....

The nominations have all been announced and the Academy Awards are almost here. As any sports fan knows, the thrill of athletic competition is the stuff dreams--and movies--are often made of.

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Central Standard
1:41 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Female Race Car Drivers Speed Forward

Jennifer Jo Cobb

Ladies start your engines! On this Thursday's Central Standard, we get to know area women with a soft spot for fast cars.

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Soccer
12:04 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

MLS Prospects Try Their Feet At Art

Laura Spencer KCUR

Major League Soccer has tried new ways in recent years to generate publicity for the SuperDraft – when college graduates and others are signed to the league. On January 11, the day before the SuperDraft took place in Kansas City, MLS prospects mixed it up...at a museum.

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Up to Date
10:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Chiefs: Dysfunctional On The Field...And At The Office?

Kansas City Chiefs Training Facility and Administrative Offices

According to a Kansas City Star article by sportswriter Kent Babb, "secrecy, intimidation, fear and a watchful eye have become hallmarks of working for the Chiefs."

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri January 13, 2012

A Fan's Notes: O, Romeo!

Writer and sports commentator Victor Wishna greeted this week's news of the Kansas City Chiefs' interim-become-permanent coach the way many others did: with a tribute to The Bard of Avon.

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Sports
9:55 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Crennel Will Focus On Quarterback As Chiefs' Head Coach

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With the interim tag removed from Romeo Crennel, the question now for the Kansas City Chiefs head coach is how he'll turn around a team that finished 7-9 this season. 

It Starts With The Quarterback

One of Romeo Crennel's first moves as the interim head coach was to insert Kyle Orton as the Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback.  It paid off with victories in two of the Chiefs last three games, and Crennel hasn't forgotten it.

“I'm probably not sitting here if Kyle hadn't done the job that he did and I'm very appreciative of that,”’ says Crennel.

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Central Standard
10:45 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Inside Hyperlocal Sports: Metro Sports at 15 Years

Joining us for the second half of Central Standard, anchor Brad Porter from Metro Sports joins us for a look at what makes KC one of the best sports cities in the country. Plus, we'll hear latest on the Chief’s decision to fire coach Todd Haley.

Sports
8:51 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Haley Out, Effective Immediately

kcchiefsblog.com

The 37-10 blowout loss on Sunday to the New York Jets sealed Todd Haley's fate with the Kansas City Chiefs.  Late Monday morning, they announced that Haley was out.

The final straw was the loss to the Jets. It was another one-sided loss, the fifth by more than 25 points. In a written statement, Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said the team has "not made meaningful progress" and the organization felt it was "necessary to make a change."

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Kansas City Chiefs
10:52 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs Fire Todd Haley

The Kansas City Chiefs fired coach Todd Haley on Monday.
courtesy of Kansas City Chiefs

Todd Haley, whose record as head coach with the Kansas City Chiefs was 19-27, has been fired, the team announced today. The decision comes a day after the team's fifth loss in six games: a 37-10 loss to the New York Jets. The Chiefs held a news conference at 2 p.m.

USA TODAY reports:

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Commentary
2:05 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

A Fan's Notes: Sports and Sportsmanship

It’s long since been commonplace for presidents to flaunt their inner sports fan…to joke about their golf game, invite championship teams to the Rose Garden, or toss out that ceremonial first pitch.

But perhaps, says "A Fan's Notes" commentator Victor Wishna, politicians - including the President and Congress - should pay more attention to sportsmanship.

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Sports
11:00 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Sporting Kansas City Lives Strong

Livestrong Sporting Park
Brian Davidson

Kansas City, Kan. –
UPDATE: Sporting KC advances to Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.

Since the formation of Major League Soccer, it has been an uphill battle for the Kansas City franchise to carve out a niche in the local sports market. From the team's inception, its nickname has been a sore spot to some. But a literal change in landscape has transformed its newest brand - Sporting Kansas City - into one of the city's hottest tickets.

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Big 12
5:10 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

MU Curators Pass Buck On Big 12 Change

MU Athletic Director Mike Alden (L) wants rivalry with KU to continue.No definitive word on change from Big 12 to SE Conference.
Photo by Dan Verbeck/KCUR.

Kansas City, MO. – University of Missouri Curators have taken themselves out of the decision to move from the Big 12 Conference, turning that task to Chancellor Brady Deaton. The action comes after Curator meetings this week at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

It was not the significant breakthough many had expected.

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KCUR News
2:20 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Lenexa Boxer Eyes London Olympics

Lenroy \"Cam\" Thompson is on the right.
(Photo Courtesy of USA Boxing.)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lenroy "Cam" Thompson of Lenexa is among ten boxers on the USA national team now overseas to compete next week for the chance to reach the 2012 Olympics.

Thompson fights in the super heavyweight division. He's ranked seventh in the world, but he needs to do just a little bit better than that to make it to the Olympics. He needs to come in at least sixth in the world championships.

Thompson's chances of punching a ticket to London may be determined by the draw.

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KC Royals
8:58 am
Tue July 12, 2011

1986 All-Star Game Marked Turning Point for Royals

Kansas City, Mo. – After winning the 1985 World Series, Dick Howser, the Kansas City Royals manager at the time, had the honor of being the American League manager for the 1986 All-Star game. That game 25 years ago in Houston was a big moment for Howser and the two Royals players at the game, George Brett and Frank White. But it was also a major turning point in the history of the Royals franchise as KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.

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Sports
3:55 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Sports Columnist Joe Posnanski Leaves Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A unique voice in Kansas City sports commemtary will be leaving town this week. Joe Posnanski was born in Cleveland, went to high school and college in North Carolina, and came to Kansas City in 1996 to be a sportswriter for the Kansas City Star.

Then in 2008, Posnanski became a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, and this year, he decided to move with his family back to North Carolina.

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KCUR News
8:07 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Tom Watson Wins Senior PGA Championship

Kansas City, Mo. – In golf, Tom Watson notched a milestone victory yesterday (SUN) at the age of 61.

By winning the Senior PGA Championship, Watson became the oldest to win a major since the beginning of the Senior Tour in 1980.

As KCUR's Greg Echlin reports, Watson had to put in a little overtime on the golf course.

KCUR News
11:28 am
Tue March 22, 2011

"Original Rules" at Nelson-Atkins Museum a Draw for Basketball Fans

Kansas City, Mo. – The championship game of the N-A-I-A tournament Tuesday will close out the tournament basketball schedule this year for downtown Kansas City. As KCUR's Greg Echlin reports, not only did tournament interest stir up business downtown, but a basketball-related exhibit has captured attention at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

"James Naismith's Original Rules of Basketball"
March 5 - May 29, 2011
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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KCUR News
4:58 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

High School Sports Concussion Legislation Gains Support

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis area medical professionals are throwing their support behind a bill making its way through the Missouri legislature. The bill would help protect high school athletes from concussions.

Among other measures, the High School Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act would require student athletes to be cleared by a doctor before returning to play or practice. It's currently awaiting a committee vote in the Missouri House of Representatives.

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KCUR News
9:33 am
Mon February 7, 2011

KU Trying to Recover Money From Stolen Tickets

Lawrence, KS. –

Kansas Athletics Inc. knows it lost $1million to $3 million, and maybe more, when at least six of its employees stole more than 19,000 tickets for football and men's
basketball.

What KU officials don't know is how much of that money they'll be able to get back.

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KCUR News
2:07 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Chiefs to Ravens: "Nevermore!"

Kansas City, MO –

Sports blogger Victor Wishna of ArrowheadAddict.com joined Up to Date to read his version of Poe's "The Raven" as a rallying cry on the eve of the Chief's Sunday playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Sports
9:41 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Division II College Football Teams Stick by Playoffs

Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University

Kansas City, MO –
Major college institutions rely on a set of polls to determine the national championship in football, but all other NCAA divisions are in a playoff system.

Three area teams--Northwest Missouri, Missouri Western and Central
Missouri--were in the NCAA Division Two playoffs.

While the debate continues over the structure of the Bowl Championship Series, the teams on the other NCAA levels are content with settling it on the field, or so it seems.

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KCUR News
5:32 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Naismith's Basketball Rules Bought for $4.3 Million by KU Grad

Kansas City, MO – Looks like the University of Kansas may become home to the original typewritten rules of basketball. The game was invented by James Naismith in Massachusetts in 1892, six years before he became a KU professor and basketball coach.

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KC Currents
5:31 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Original Rules of Basketball to be Auctioned Off

Kansas City, MO – Two yellowed typewritten pages laying out the rules of one of the world's most popular sports will go on the Sotheby's auction block on December 10. The original 13 rules of basketball were written in 1892 by the Canadian-born physician, Presbyterian minister and physical education professor James Naismith.

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KCUR News
1:19 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

The Wizards Sport a New Name

Sporting has a new logo that will appear on the team's T-shirts and bumper stickers.

Kansas City, MO – The wizards soccer team has waved a marketer's special re-branding wand and done away with their name. Instead of the wizards, they will now be called Sporting Kansas City.

Sporting Club COO Greg Cotton explains that the nickname for Sporting Kansas City will be "Sporting."

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