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The Two-Way
12:55 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

'Kill The Head, The Body Will Die,' NFL's Gregg Williams Heard Telling Players

Gregg Williams, then a coach with the New Orleans Saints, in August 2011.
Bill Haber AP

Former New Orleans Saints defensive coach Gregg Williams is heard telling his players to target specific opponents and he goes so far as to mention the types of injuries those opponents might be vulnerable to in an audio recording posted online by a documentary filmmaker.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The Masters Begins: Will Tiger Woods Win? Do You Want Him To?

Tiger Woods, teeing off during a practice round at Augusta National on Thursday.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images
  • On 'Morning Edition': Christine Brennan talks with Steve Inskeep

They're teeing off this morning in Augusta, Ga. It's the Masters, the first of the "major" tournaments for men each year.

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Around the Nation
6:02 am
Thu April 5, 2012

No Really, The Dog Ate My Masters Tickets

A Seattle man came home to discover that his dog had eaten his tickets to the Masters in Augusta, Ga. After the dog threw up, he managed to re-assemble the tickets. After all that effort, the Masters says they'll re-print his tickets anyway.

The Two-Way
12:49 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

'The Dog Ate My Tickets': This Time, The Mother Of All Excuses Was Real

One of the pieced-together tickets.
Russ Berkman via KJR

Imagine you've scored hard-to-get tickets to the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Now, imagine you're so excited that you make big a deal out of this: You buy plane tickets, you schedule some golfing of your own, you invite three buddies. And then, one day you get home to find only chewed pieces of the tickets attached to the strings that came with them.

Suddenly, it dawns on you: "The dog ate my tickets."

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Tue April 3, 2012

In Women's Title Game, Baylor Goes For History

Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) blocking a shot by Georgia Tech's' Sasha Goodlett on March 24.
Nati Harnik AP

Kentucky is now in the record books as this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball champion after its 67-59 win over Kansas last night.

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Sports
3:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Wildcats Roll To 8th NCAA Title, Coach Calipari's 1st

Anthony Davis of the Kentucky Wildcats puts up a shot over Jeff Withey of the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Division I men's basketball final Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 1:01 pm

The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 Monday night in New Orleans, claiming their eighth NCAA men's basketball title and head coach John Calipari's first.

The Jayhawks trailed by 14 at halftime, and just 5 points separated the teams with about a minute left in the game. But Kansas couldn't get any closer to beating Kentucky, a team stacked with young talent that had dominated the whole tournament.

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Up to Date
1:51 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played & Games Are Won

The final dance of this college basketball season is tonight. Fans everywhere are counting on their team to pull off the big win in New Orleans.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Clang! Three Reasons Why Many Shots May Miss Tonight

Anthony Davis of Kentucky during Saturday's victory over Louisville.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 1:52 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition'

Two "powerhouse" programs — Kansas and Kentucky.

Rosters full of potential NBA stars.

All the hype you would expect from an NCAA men's basketball championship.

But, alas, don't be surprised if there aren't as many "silky smooth jumpers" and other great shots as you might expect during tonight's big game, NPR's Mike Pesca reports.

Three things are working against the teams:

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Sports
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?

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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

BabyBare11 Flickr

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.

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