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

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

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.

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

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

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...

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

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.

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

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...

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

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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As The Royals Surge Toward The Playoffs, All-Star Break Trade Plans Change

Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities in Miami mark a celebration of the game and, for the players not involved, a much-needed break. But Miami is also buzzing with trade talk as the July 31 trading deadline approaches and the Kansas City Royals have been part of a lot of trade conversations.

Duration: 00:04:23

How A Lenexa Man Went From Being A Lawyer To Designing A Golf Course

The U.S. Open Golf Championship is underway this week in Wisconsin. A Lenexa man has a special connection to this golf major. But he’s not playing on the course. He helped design it, and Ron Whitten took an unusual route to becoming a golf course architect. Unlike other young golfers in the 1960s who dreamed to be the next Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer, Ron Whitten says he was fascinated with the golf course’s layout. “I wanted to be a golf course architect,” Whitten says. “When I went to...

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Independence Pitcher Paige Parker Heads To Another College Softball World Series

Independence, Missouri, native Paige Parker, a pitcher for the Oklahoma Sooners, is again competing in the Women’s College World Series. Last year, she was named the Most Outstanding Player in last year’s Women’s World College World Series. Parker, a junior, is making a name for herself beyond Oklahoma.

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Royals Fans Struggle To Stay Enthusiastic As World Series Players Leave

Kansas City fans celebrated when the Royals won the 2015 World Series, but the team has struggled since then, especially this year. Management has started to make changes, and fans are losing their enthusiasm. But there are still some hard-core fans holding out hope that they can make one more run at the playoffs before the complexion of the team changes even more.

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Northwest Missouri State Basketball Star Faced A Tough Choice His Senior Year

Northwest Missouri State junior Justin Pitts was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year this week by Basketball Times magazine. He’s a 5-foot-9-inch point guard from Blue Springs South High School.

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Raytown South's Basketball Success Masks District's Legal Troubles

The Raytown South High School boys' basketball team was only one victory short of making the state semifinals in Columbia, Missouri. Instead, Kearney High School is on its way there after beating Raytown on Saturday. Raytown South’s recent success was a lift for a program scorched by unresolved accusations of racial discrimination towards the team. Back in the day inside Raytown South’s practice gym, there was no mistaking the voice of Bud Lathrop, Missouri’s all-time winningest high...

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KU Basketball Ties Conference Title Streak Despite Season Plagued By Legal Troubles

The Big 12 men’s basketball tournament begins Wednesday downtown at the Sprint Center. Top-seeded Kansas doesn’t play until Thursday in the quarterfinals, but KU has already put itself in elite company winning its 13th consecutive regular season Big 12 title. That ties the Jayhawks with UCLA. KU faced challenges on the court, but even more trouble off the court en route to this year’s title. The Kansas Jayhawks started the season off strong, only losing one game. But trouble started to...

Duration: 00:05:32

Kansas City Royals Fans And Players Gather At The K, And Tweet, To Mourn Pitcher Yordano Ventura

Updated: Monday, 10:30 a.m. The Kansas City Royals and fans are reacting to the news of the death of one of their top young starting pitchers. Twenty-five-year old Yordano Ventura was killed on Sunday in a one-car accident in the Dominican Republic, where he grew up and lived. When Yordano Ventura was introduced in the 2015 playoffs, he was in the midst of what turned out to be the best stretch of his shortened career. Nine of Ventura’s 13 wins that year came after the All-Star break. It...

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Figure Skating Fights Diversity Issues Since Nationals’ Last Trip to Kansas City

Figure skating competitors are in Kansas City this week for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Sprint Center. It’s the first time the figure skating national championships are in Kansas City since 1985. That was a breakthrough year for diversity in the sport, the figure skating nationals have struggled since then to match that diversity. Phil Hersh, a former writer for the Chicago Tribune who covered 30 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, calls Tiffany Chin’s performance at the 1985...

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Criminal Plea Does Not End Suit Over Chiefs Parking Lot Fatality

While Arrowhead Stadium will be jammed on Sunday for the Kansas City Chiefs playoff game, the Chiefs must still deal with the case of the parking lot fatality from three years ago. Though the criminal case over the death of Kyle Van Winkle was settled last year, a wrongful death suit against the Chiefs is still pending. The victim’s family has also named the perpetrator, Joshua Bradley, in the suit. The lawsuit addresses several parking lot issues that the Chiefs continue to deal with....

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Will The Kansas City Chiefs' Post-Season Bring Celebration Or Heartbreak?

The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday in an AFC divisional playoff game. Some experts feel this year’s Chiefs have the best shot at reaching the Super Bowl since they won it in 1970. The other side of it is the heartbreak Chiefs fans have become accustomed to in the post-season. This is perhaps the Chiefs’ best team since 1997 when they signed what was thought to be the final piece—quarterback Elvis Grbac. At his introductory news conference, Grbac said, “I...

Duration: 00:05:12

Kansas City Doesn't Have An NBA Team, But It Does Have Two Head Coaches In The NBA

Kansas City may be known more as a college basketball town these days, but two NBA head coaches with Kansas City ties, Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue and Phoenix’s Earl Watson, will make history when their teams face each other on Thursday. Last June, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship and set off a celebration in that city. At the same time, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, a graduate of Raytown High School, couldn’t pry himself from the bench. He sat with his face buried in his hands....

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Northwest Missouri Football Ushers in New Era After National Title Win

The Northwest Missouri State football team won its second straight NCAA Division II championship on Saturday, but the shine from that trophy wore off when the university announced just a few hours later that football coach Adam Dorrel was leaving. He accepted an offer to coach at Abilene Christian University in Texas. Richard Wright, the newly-named coach, has hardly had time to think about the big shoes he’ll fill. In six years, Adam Dorrel took the Bearcats football team to a level the...

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