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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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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. 

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.

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.

KU Advances To Sweet 16

Mar 25, 2013

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

 

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.

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.

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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.

  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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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.

KU Gets Number One Seed

Mar 18, 2013
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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

Big 12 Tournament Set

Mar 11, 2013

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

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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.

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.

Royals Baseball Play-Caller Bob Davis To Retire

Feb 14, 2013
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A mainstay of Kansas City Royals baseball broadcasting is retiring.  Bob Davis plans to devote more time to University of Kansas play-by-play.

FC Kansas City

Feb 13, 2013

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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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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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.

Sporting KC

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

For every Arrowhead Stadium, there are a handful more named for banks, cell-phone companies, or airlines. In big-time sports, corporate naming-rights deals aren't just a trend, they are the rule - with millions of dollars at stake. 

But what's in a name? Sometimes more than was bargained for. Commentator Victor Wishna explains in A Fan's Notes

The organ music, peanuts and even that occasional flying hot dog are all part of going out to Kauffman Stadium for a Royals game.

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With the hiring of General Manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, the Kansas City Chiefs are ushering in what they hope will be more successful days ahead.  The changes officially close the curtain on the tumultuous, four-year Scott Pioli era.

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

The partnership between the Sporting Kansas City soccer club and the Livestrong Foundation is over.

John Dorsey was introduced on Monday as the new general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Though Dorsey has worked with the Green Bay Packers through most of his professional life, he's excited to be in Kansas City for his first general manager's job in the NFL.

A week after presenting their new head coach, the Kansas City Chiefs will introduce their new general manager, John Dorsey, Monday afternoon.

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