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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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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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

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

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2:07 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Chiefs to Ravens: "Nevermore!"

Kansas City, MO –

Sports blogger Victor Wishna of 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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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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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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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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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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9:57 am
Thu October 28, 2010

State Lawmaker Pleads for Leniency for Fans Arrested on Faurot Field

Kansas City, MO – They're calling them the Faurot Field 30 on Facebook - the thirty people that were arrested for storming the field despite advance warnings on the PA-system not to do so after Missouri beat Oklahoma 36-27 on Saturday.

Thousands of fans came pouring out of the grandstands, tore down the goal-posts and generally went wild. One person suffered a broken leg.

Police arrested 30 people and charged them with trespassing, a class-B misdemeanor. And that has parents and Mizzou fans up in arms, creating an internet campaign to get the charges dropped.

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10:09 am
Mon October 25, 2010

MU Moves Up in Football Rankings

Columbia, MO – After its Saturday night victory over Oklahoma, the University of Missouri football team moved up in the football rankings.

The Missouri Tigers are now ranked seventh in the Associated Press poll. More importantly, sixth in the BCS poll because that's the one that determines the national championship

When the cannon fired after the final second, the Tigers beat Oklahoma for the first time in the Gary Pinkel 10-year coaching era.

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10:33 am
Mon October 11, 2010

KC's Kickball Team Heads to National Tournament

El Guapo team members have fun before competing in Vegas.
Alexia Lang.

Kansas City, MO – Kickball is not just for kids anymore -- these days, you're just as likely to find a group of young adults running around a baseball diamond with a red rubber ball. More than 60 adult kickball teams are headed to the founder's cup world kickball championship tournament in Las Vegas this weekend. Local kickball team El Guapo was selected from thousands of teams across the nation to compete. KCUR's Alexia Lang caught up with the team earlier this week, before they left for Vegas.

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2:48 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Tribute Paid to Sports Announcer Bill Grigsby

Kansas City, MO – After a victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0 this season. The final score was 31-10. Before the game, the Chiefs paid tribute to Bill Grigsby, who retired this year after 62 years in broadcasting. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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10:56 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Betty Caywood: An Accidental Pioneer in Sports Broadcasting

Kansas City, MO – This week, the Royals hosted the Oakland Athletics in a series that resulted in 1 win for the A's and 2 wins for Kansas City. Long-time baseball fans might recognized the A's visit as a kind of homecoming; before the Royals, the A's were Kansas City's home team from mid- 50s to the mid- 60s.

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9:40 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins Resigns Abruptly

Lawrence, KS – The athletics director position at the University of Kansas went through sweeping changes. Lew Perkins is no longer in charge, an interim A.D. is in place and a plan for a successor is underway

Sean Lester was named interim athletics director. He joined the KU athletic staff at the same time as Lew Perkins seven years ago. Like Perkins, Lester also previously worked at the University of Connecticut.

Lester said he was caught off-guard by the sudden departure of Perkins.

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10:22 am
Tue August 31, 2010

Chiefs Sports Lab Targets Childhood Obesity

Kansas City, MO – A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place yesterday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for the opening of the Chiefs Sports Lab. It's part of the Arrowhead renovation project, and targeted toward children in grades three through six with a message for better health.

The sports lab, a mixture of displays and interactive exhibits, is open to anyone on game day, but meant for youths in an organized group during the week.

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10:13 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Baseball Hall of Fame Inducts Former Royal Manager Whitey Herzog

Kansas City, MO – Former Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 78-year-old, who played eight seasons as a first baseman and outfielder before moving to the front office, is just the 19th major league manager to be inducted.

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4:02 pm
Thu July 15, 2010

Black Baseball Stars Honored By Stamps

Thurgood Marshall Jr at memorial stamp issue.
photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, MO – The U.S. Postal Service has taken wraps off two commemorative stamps honoring baseball leagues that led the way toward racial integration. The stamp issue came at the Kansas City Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Thurgood Marshall Jr. of the Postal board of Governors noted how Jackie Robinson's 1947 breaking of the color line led to integration of sports and society and politics.

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1:07 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Royals Relief Pitcher Celebrated In Mexico

Anaheim, CA – Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria may be the long team representative at the All-Star game in Anaheim. But he's being more recognized by his fellow countrymen in Mexico. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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2:21 pm
Sun July 11, 2010

Public Memorial Remembers Manute Bol

Photographs, basketballs, and flowers were in front of the alter at Antioch Church. Photo by Laura Ziegler

Kansas City, Missouri – Some 200 people came to Antioch Church last night - many who'd never met Manute Bol- to celebrate his life.

Since coming to live in Olathe a few years ago, Bol had kept a low profile. Since his NBA career, he'd spent most of his time, and resources, traveling back and forth from his native Sudan.

Last night, his wife and many of his family were still in Sudan, where Bol was buried next to his grandfather one week ago.

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2:07 am
Fri June 25, 2010

Council Expects 100:1 Return On All-Star Game

Kansas City will host Major League Baseball's All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in July of 2012.
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Royals

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's city council honored the old adage "it takes money to make money" yesterday, voting to pick up the tab for the considerable expenses related to hosting the 2012 All-Star Game.

City Manager Troy Schulte gave the council what might have been a staggering cost estimate if not for his projected return-on-investment. Schulte told the council his staff estimates the city's expenses at $500,000, but expect an economic impact of over $50 million in return.

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12:01 pm
Sun June 20, 2010

Family Of Manute Bol Tries To Make Funeral Plans

In this Jan. 26, 1993 photo, New York Knicks' Patrick Ewing, right, is blocked by Philadelphia 76ers' Manute Bol during an NBA game at New York's Madison Square Garden.AP Photo/Jim Sulley

Kansas City, Missouri – Former NBA center Manute Bol will be buried in his village in Southern Sudan, family members said last night.

Bol, who died Saturday at the University of Virgina Charlottesville Medical Center, told his cousin Simon Deng that when he died, he wanted to be buried next to his father in their village of Turlai. Simon Deng is now helping Bol's family in Olathe make funeral arrangements. He explained that in Sudan, it's customary for people to be buried with their relatives.

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10:40 am
Sat June 19, 2010

Basketball Legend Manute Bol Dies In Virginia Hospital

Manute Bol with fellow Dinka tribesmen in Southern Sudan. Photo Credit Tom Prichard

Kansas City, MO – Manute Bol, at 7'7" one of the tallest men to play for the NBA, died this morning in a Charlottesville, Va. Hospital. He had been ill with a variety of problems and was hospitalized a month ago upon his return from his most recent trip to his home country of Sudan. According to family members, his death was caused from irrepressible internal bleeding - a complication from a rare skin disease called Stevens Johnson Syndrome. The syndrome simulates burning of the skin, and Bol was transferred to a burn unit in Charlottesville the day after his arrival in Washington, D.C.

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12:02 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Kansas City Named Site Of 2012 All-Star Game

Kansas City, MO – Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig not only made it official yesterday by announcing the 2012 All-Star game for Kansas City, Mo. He came with a message: "Get ready for something big." KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

The impact of the All-Star game was felt last summer across the state in St. Louis, Mo.

ANNOUNCER (at the All-Star game): "Let's meet your American League and National League All-Stars (clapping)."

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10:29 am
Mon June 14, 2010

More Than Sports At Stake In Big 12 Shake-Up

Kansas City, MO – There figures to be strong aftershocks this week in college athletics after last week's departures by Nebraska and Colorado from the Big 12 Conference. Decisions this week by the remaining schools in the Big 12 will determine whether the conference survives.

Metaphorically speaking, the tectonic plates represent the schools in the north like KU, K-State and Missouri and the Texas schools in the south.

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9:40 am
Sat June 12, 2010

Power And Light District Draws World Cup Watchers

Kansas City, Missouri – In case you haven't heard, The World Cup Soccer Tournament started Friday.

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5:36 pm
Wed June 9, 2010

Big 12 Unraveling?

Kansas City – The Omaha World Herald said it in its lead sentence published today (Wed., June 9): That an executive at a Big 12 school expects Nebraska to become a member of the Big 10 Conference by as early as Friday. Conference affiliation is on the agenda Friday for the Nebraska Board of Regents meeting. There is also a report out of Texas from Chip Brown, who used to write for The Dallas Morning News. He writes on Orange bloods-dot-com that there's an informal agreement for the Huskers to leave for the Big 10.

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3:03 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Athletes Prepare For Scottish Highland Games

Valley Falls, Kan. – This coming weekend, E.H. Young Park in Riverside will serve as a showcase not just for Scottish culture, but for feats of strength as well with the the Kansas City Scottish Highland Games.

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10:46 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Central Missouri Mules Qualify For College World Series

Kansas City, Mo. – The Central Missouri baseball team qualified to go to Division II College World Series. In the regional final on Tuesday night on their home field, the third-ranked Mules defeated Abilene Christian, 11-4.

They'll travel to Cary, North Carolina where they'll be among eight teams at the Division II World Series. The Mules, now 51-9 this season, open against the University of Tampa, Saturday afternoon at noon.

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11:52 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Manute Bol Hospitalized In Virginia On Way Back To Olathe

Manute Bol being welcomed by villagers in his home town of Turalei,Southern Sudan. Photo by Tom Prichard- Sudan Sunrise.

Kansas City, Mo. – Manute Bol was recognized on the basketball court for his legendary skill as a center. Off the court, he's become known for his work helping to restore peace and prosperity in his native Sudan, as well as for his remarkable 7'7" height.

Bol was on his way home to Olathe from Southern Sudan when he fell ill.

He underwent emergency dialysis for kidney failure. He got immediate medication for a rare skin disease known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. It came on as an allergic reaction to pain medication.

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9:30 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Success Eludes Hillman While With Royals

Royals manager Trey Hillman

Kansas City, Mo. – Trey Hillman's stint as manager of the Kansas City Royals was shy of three full seasons. His firing was announced after the Royals victory over the Cleveland Indians Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. It was the hope of the Royals' front office that Hillman's success overseas would carry over to the big leagues in Kansas City. But it never materialized.