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.
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.
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 – 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?