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A One-Year Delay Of The Tokyo Games Could Work In Favor Of This Missouri Olympian

Zach Garrett, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist in archery, is one of a handful of athletes in the Kansas City metro affected by the postponement of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo until 2021. But it has also affected others in Kansas City who participate in and follow archery. Garrett, who hails from Wellington, Missouri, just east of Kansas City, has been training in southern California under the tutelage of USA Archery’s national team coach, Kisik Lee. Though he’s disappointed by the...


If Their Teams Win Titles, This Brother And Sister From St. Joseph Will Make NCAA Basketball History

Diego and Daejah Bernard of St. Joseph, Missouri, have a shot to do something never accomplished in college basketball at any NCAA level: A brother and sister duo winning national championships at two different schools in the same season. Each of the Bernard siblings is a starting guard for their respective teams at the NCAA Division II level. Diego plays for defending men's national champion Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Missouri. Daejah stars for Drury University in Springfield,...


This K-State Lineman Could Be The First Out Gay Player To Make An NFL Roster

Scott Frantz has been quietly preparing for what lies ahead since Kansas State’s football season ended at a bowl game on Dec. 31. It’s a future that could change NFL history. Frantz, an offensive lineman from Lawrence, is gay. His teammates and the Wildcat faithful have known that for three years. But not since Mizzou’s Michael Sam has a college football player been out publicly before seeking a pro career.


Kansas City's Super Bowl Dreams Come True As Mahomes Rallies Chiefs — Parade Set For Wednesday

No more waiting, Kansas City: The Chiefs are Super Bowl champions again, and it’s time to party.


Chiefs Fans Invade Miami For Super Bowl, Find Barbecue And Boulevard To Make Them Feel At Home

Kansas City Chiefs fans are among the tens of thousands of people pouring into South Florida this week, joining Midwest expats already here for a celebration of the team’s first Super Bowl appearance in half a century.


What Kansas' Katie Sowers Says About Being The First Woman To Coach In The Super Bowl

Katie Sowers’ childhood passion for football has carried her from Hesston, Kansas, to Miami — and the Super Bowl, where she’ll be the first woman to ever coach in the title game. Sowers is an assistant coach on offense for the rival San Francisco 49ers, and will be in the skybox with the other coaches strategizing against the Kansas City Chiefs, and the city she loves so much the skyline is tattooed on her left forearm. She’s also the first openly LGBTQ coach in the NFL and, thus, Super Bowl...


'We're Going To The Super Bowl!' Kansas City Celebrates End To 50-Year Drought

For the first time in half a century, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24 at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday to win the AFC Championship, a year after falling just short in a heartbreaking overtime loss to the New England Patriots.


Why There's Only a 30% Chance Missouri Hired The Right Football Coach

Fans have high expectations for Eliah Drinkwitz, the newly named University of Missouri head football coach. But a former college president’s research has found that if history holds, Tigers fans’ hopes could be dashed. Former Kansas State University President Jon Wefald estimates that Drinkwitz, or any coach in a similar position, has at best a 30% chance of success. “I’m not a mathematician,” said Wefald, who retired from Kansas State in 2009. “I just use common sense. Quite a few people...


The Bite Of Hot Dog You Didn't Finish? Sporting KC Has A Plan For That

It seems odd that Sporting Kansas City would make a presentation this week at a national sustainable agriculture summit. After all, professional sports eat up lots of resources: jet and diesel fuel for trips to away games, water to keep the turf or fairways looking lush and electricity to fire up their fans and keep score.


This Grain Valley Gymnast Hopes The World Championships Are A Stepping Stone To The 2020 Olympics

A Grain Valley teen is one of five athletes picked to compete at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Germany for the United States women’s team. Kara Eaker, 16, is competing for the U.S. on the senior level for her second straight year. She made the balance beam final at last year’s world championships in Doha, Qatar. Eaker looks back at the experience as a useful tool for this year’s competition, especially “being able to get used to going for that long (trip) away from home...


How A Kansas City Woman Is Changing The NFL's Culture From Within

In the best of times for the Kansas City Chiefs and through the worst, the organization has heard women’s voices loud and clear. Since the 1990s, the team has been conscientious about listening to the players’ wives and girlfriends when it comes to family concerns. “It was amazing … to hear them and their side of it,” said Lamonte Winston, the team’s former executive director of player development until 2009. He first joined the Chiefs as a scout in 1993.


Why More Of Kansas City's Elite Young Athletes Might Not Want To Compete In College

Three women gymnasts from the Kansas City area — Leanne Wong, Kara Eaker and Aleah Finnegan — have a shot at making the United States' Olympic team when the USA Gymnastics national championships get underway at the Sprint Center on Thursday. None of the three is scheduled to graduate from high school until 2021.


Despite His Doubles Prowess, Kansas City Tennis Star Jack Sock Wants To Stick With Singles

Jack Sock is back on his singles game, looking to rekindle a career that peaked in 2017 with a No. 8 world ranking, then sliding to 9-22 in 2018.


Despite The T-Bones' Overdue Bills, Leaders Hope To Keep Baseball In Wyandotte County

The Kansas City T-Bones have 17 seasons and 3 independent baseball league championships to their name. But for almost a year, they’ve been up for sale with no takers and behind on their bills. “The market has changed. Kansas City has changed, so a lot of things have changed,” T-Bones general manager Chris Browne said.


Women Are A Rare Sight In Royals' Front Office, Around MLB. It's Something The League Wants To Fix

Major League Baseball is staring down a gender problem. And despite initiatives meant to bring more women into its dugouts, executive offices and broadcast booths, everyone — including women in high-powered positions — says things won’t change quickly. “Look, I think there’s no sugar-coating this. There’s a lot to do,” said Renee Tirado, MLB’s chief diversity officer.


Mid-Major Conferences Say NCAA Tournament Fills Their Coffers, But More Than One Team Rarely Gets In

Blue Valley Northwest graduates Clayton Custer and Ben Richardson helped Loyola Chicago through their bracket-busting run in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last year. They also helped revive the Missouri Valley Conference, a mid-major that relies on men’s tournament money, often from a lone team.


Missouri's State Wrestling Championships Aren't Just For Boys Anymore

Since the 1930s, Missouri and Kansas high school boys wrestlers have gone to the mat to find out who’s the best in their respective states. This year, Missouri added girls’ wrestling to its state championship lineup, only the 12th state to do so.


With One Game Between The Chiefs And The Super Bowl, Here's A Latecomer's Guide To Fandom

Just four quarters, barring any overtime, stand between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Super Bowl. That, and the NFL’s most consistent franchise in a generation in the New England Patriots. If you’re reading this and already are confused, keep going. Here’s what you’ll want to know when you’re watching Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium (5:40 p.m., CBS).


Remembering Kansas City's High School Basketball Coaching Vanguard, And Looking To The Future

In the last year, three boys high school basketball coaching stalwarts in and around Kansas City, Missouri — Willie Bowie, Bud Lathrop and William Madison — have died. As holiday tournaments get underway, the coaches’ longevity and success are sure to be remembered, all while the next legends establish themselves.


Kansas City QB Mahomes' Breakout Year Is Good For Business Beyond The Stadium

No matter how many different puzzle pieces fit together to make the Kansas City Chiefs a success this season, the perception is that it’s The Patrick Mahomes Show. The starting quarterback has capitalized on not only being surrounded by high-level skill players, but also a marketing team that has positioned Mahomes to make good money — and for more than just himself.