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D.C.'s Baseball Glory Days Linked To A Kansas City Kuhel Guy

7/17/2018
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Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is taking place this week in Washington, D.C., with Salvador Perez representing the Royals. But there’s another Kansas City tie: The first All-Star game was played in 1933, the same year the Washington (D.C.) Senators went to the World Series with a first baseman who was known around Kansas City, Missouri. His name was Joe Kuhel (pronounced “cool”).

Duration:00:04:24

Kansas Track Coach A World-Record Holder, In Reverse

7/12/2018
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Bethany College track and cross country coach Aaron Yoder spends a lot of time on the treadmill in the Lindsborg, Kansas, school’s cardio room. It doesn’t seem unusual unless you see what he’s doing — running backward.

Duration:00:03:45

Where Sand Isn't A Hazard: A Look At Unusual Golf Courses In Kansas, Missouri

6/13/2018
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Golfers in this week’s U.S. Open will be trying to avoid hitting a ball into the sand. But at courses in Harrisonville, Missouri, or Leonardville, Kansas, finding the sand is equivalent to a day at the beach.

Duration:00:04:40

How Kansas City Fits Into The Reboot Of U.S. Men's Soccer

6/7/2018
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The U.S. men’s soccer team won’t be in this summer’s World Cup in Russia, and the organization is trying to figure out how to re-enter the world’s consciousness. In that, Kansas City plays a prominent role —in more ways than one.

Duration:00:04:15

Women Losing Ground To Men In NCAA Coaching Positions

5/29/2018
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Patty Gasso has spent her last 24 years in the dugout, coaching Oklahoma’s softball team to 12 Women’s College World Series appearances. But she’s an anomaly in the Big 12 Conference: one of only three women heading a softball team. Among the Power 5 conferences (Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12), the Big 12 is the only one to have more men running softball teams than women.

Duration:00:04:27

Kansas City Royals' Past, Present Linked By A Singular Trade

4/18/2018
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As the Kansas City Royals celebrate the franchise’s 50th year, the team is hoping to rekindle what made them successful early on. And that all started by trading an obscure pitcher named John Gelnar.

Duration:00:04:26

The Kansas Jayhawks' Transformation From The ‘Softest Team’ To The Final Four

3/29/2018
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In December, Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self did not have reassuring words about the men’s basketball team. “This is the softest team that Kansas has had since I’ve been here,” Self said. Those remarks came after the Jayhawks suffered a home loss to Arizona State on Dec. 10. Just four days earlier, Kansas lost to Washington in front of a friendly crowd at the Sprint Center. KU’s play, even in some wins this season, left Self frustrated.

Duration:00:04:15

A K-State Basketball Player's Old Kansas City Courts Will Be Getting A Makeover

3/22/2018
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Kansas City native Amaad Wainright already has had some big moments with the Kansas State men’s basketball team, including the team's run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and a season-high 35 minutes played during a Big 12 tournament loss to conference champion Kansas earlier this month.

Duration:00:03:48

Freshman Phenoms Have Universities Counting Their Basketball Blessings, Bounties

2/22/2018
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Mizzou’s Michael Porter Jr. is the type of player coaches build a team around, and many wanted to. Even Kansas. “The things that people say about him being a potential top-3 pick or the No. 1 pick, totally accurate,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said last fall about Porter likely landing in the NBA. “I’d be shocked if he’s not. I think he’s every bit as good as advertised.”

Duration:00:04:17

Ex-UMKC Basketball Coach Backed Racial Equality At A Time When Doing So Brought Hate Mail

2/8/2018
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CSU-Bakersfield men’s basketball coach Rod Barnes emerged from the locker room late last month at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. He was seeking a familiar face, one who gave Ole Miss its first all-African-American starting five, who encouraged him to not listen to naysayers. He was looking for former UMKC athletic director and basketball coach Lee Hunt, the man who was on the leading edge of race relations in high school and college sports during the Civil Rights Era. Barnes found...

Duration:00:04:58

K-State Football Wouldn’t Be What It Is Without Bill Snyder, So What Happens If He Retires?

12/28/2017
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The four-lane road that connects Manhattan, Kansas, and Interstate 70 is wider and busier now than it was when Bill Snyder took over as Kansas State’s football coach in 1989. So much so that it’s named after Snyder, who has more than 200 wins at K-State, making him only the sixth person to do that with one football program. Snyder is 78, the oldest coach in the top division of college football. And while his 26 th season with the team ended Tuesday on a high note with a 35-17 win over UCLA...

Duration:00:04:10

Concussions Don’t Discriminate, As Central Missouri’s Women’s Soccer Team Found Out

11/30/2017
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The undefeated Central Missouri Jennies women’s soccer team is hoping to earn its first NCAA Division II national championship. But this season, which continues Thursday with a semifinal matchup against Mercy College of New York, wasn’t without challenges: The team has been affected by an increasing national trend from high school athletics to the pros — concussions.

Duration:00:04:54

Kansas City College Volleyball Stars Are Looking For A Final Four Reunion

11/28/2017
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This year’s NCAA women’s volleyball final four will be held at Sprint Center next month, and players with Kansas City roots are hoping for a homecoming. Five volleyball players from Kansas City-area high schools are hoping to repeat last year’s success in the tournament. Their teams—Stanford, Minnesota and Texas—made it to the final four in 2016. A golden year for Kansas City volleyball The year 2015 marked a golden year for girls volleyball on the high school scene. Leading the way for...

Duration:00:05:11

Sporting KC Invests In Youth Academy But Can't Compete With European Money

10/26/2017
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Sporting Kansas City faces a win-or-go-home situation Thursday night in the Major League Soccer playoffs at Houston. It’s the seventh straight year Sporting is in the post-season. To develop its own players, the team is spending millions of dollars through its academy. But Sporting’s investment hasn’t always paid off as planned.

Duration:00:05:27

Kansas City Chiefs' Cornerback Marcus Peters Is A Paradox

10/24/2017
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Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters is a paradox. He’s a lightning rod for attention because of his refusal to stand for the national anthem and his in-game emotional outbursts. But Peters also seems to reject a lot of attention.

Duration:00:05:21

What Sporting KC'S Soony Saad Has To Say About Playing A Match In North Korea

10/20/2017
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Sporting Kansas City will have its players back from international duty for its final game of the regular season at Real Salt Lake (Sunday, 3 p.m.). Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber—the three Sporting players on the U.S. team—faced disappointment after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup. Meanwhile, Soony Saad, who plays with the Lebanese national team, had perhaps the most unusual international season this year. Saad was born in Dearborn, Michigan, and grew up playing...

Duration:00:04:50

Drive Earns Whit Merrifield A Spot On Royals' Roster

9/19/2017
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On the brink of being eliminated from the American League wild card race, questions concerning the Kansas City Royals turn to next year. Who’s coming back? And which player will lead the team? Royals fans have a good idea by now about the leadership qualities of one player in particular, Whit Merrifield, for next year. The Royals drafted Whit Merrifield only a few days before the final game of the 2010 College World Series in Omaha where Merrifield clubbed the title-clinching hit for South...

Duration:00:04:59

Leawood Payday Lending Mogul Scott Tucker Found Racing Success Before Fraud Allegations

9/11/2017
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Scott Tucker of Leawood goes on trial this week in New York for what has been called one of the nation’s biggest cases of payday-lending fraud. In recent years, Tucker made a meteoric rise in the world of sports car racing and became one of the most well-known team owners and drivers on the circuit. But on the Kansas City sports scene, Tucker’s racing accomplishments received very little attention, and that’s the way he liked it.

Duration:00:04:22

Mike Moustakas Will Probably Beat The Royals' Home Run Record, But Another Still Stands

8/16/2017
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Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is on the verge of breaking the team’s home run record. Former slugger Steve “Bye Bye” Balboni’s record of 36 home runs in one season has stood since 1985. But if you consider the Kansas City A’s era, the record is further away — but still within reach. Some die-hard Kansas City fans don’t want that record to fall. In 1999, I collected a series of essays for my book called “Sacred Records.” The year before Mark McGwire of the St. Louis...

Duration:00:04:46

Former GM John Schuerholz Good Enough For Cooperstown But Not The Royals Hall Of Fame

7/31/2017
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John Schuerholz, the Kansas City Royals general manager when they won the 1985 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame Sunday in Cooperstown, New York, but he finds himself in the peculiar position of not receiving the Royals’ highest honor.

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