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Greg Echlin

Sports Reporter

Ever since he set foot on the baseball diamond at Fernwood Park on Chicago's South Side, Greg Echlin began a love affair with the world of sports.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Greg worked as a TV sports anchor and a radio sportscaster in Salina, Kansas. He moved to Kansas City in 1984 and has been here since covering sports.  Through the years, he has covered multiple Super Bowls, Final Fours and Major League Baseball's World Series and All-Star games.
 
With his high metabolism rate, Greg is able to enjoy a good meal and stay slim when he's not running around on the sports scene. He loves desserts — even making them; cheesecakes, pies and parfaits are the most common around the Echlin household.

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Kansas City, MO – In college sports, Division II schools, like Emporia State and Central Missouri, will begin play in the NCAA baseball tournament Thursday. They're hoping to reach the Division II World Series, which this year will be held outside Raleigh, North Carolina.

Soon there might be a day when those schools will play in the Division II World Series close to home. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.

Kansas City, MO – The pitching of Kansas City Royals starter Zach Greinke has become the biggest story in baseball this month. Greinke is featured on the cover of "Sports Illustrated" magazine this week, the first time a Royals player has graced the cover since 1993. When Greinke took the mound last night, the home crowd anticipated history. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

The Royals wrap up their four-game series against the Blue Jays Thursday afternoon.

Kansas City, MO – For the first time since 2002, both Missouri and Kansas are in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

In Boise, Idaho, the Missouri Tigers defeated Marquette, 83-79. So they'll move on to Glendale, Arizona, outside Phoenix. The Tigers will take on second-seeded Memphis this Friday.

The Kansas Jayhawks advanced after a 60-43 victory over Dayton in Minneapolis. KU will meet Michigan State this Friday in Indianapolis. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

Kansas City MO – For the first time in six years last (MON) night, Kansas and Missouri faced each other while both teams were nationally ranked. Kansas was ranked 16th in this week's Associated Press poll; Missouri was right behind at No. 17.

In Columbia, the Tigers squeezed out a 62-60 victory on alast second shot by Zaire Taylor. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

Kansas City, MO – Demolition of the now closed Bannister Mall began Wednesday to pave the way for the site's redevelopment. An 18-thousand, 500-seat soccer stadium is planned there, which will be the permanent home of the Kansas City Wizards. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Chiefs have named a new general manager to succeed Carl Peterson, who resigned last month. Scott Pioli (pee-OH-lee) is the choice. He has spent the last nine years in the front office of the New England Patriots.

Kansas City, MO – Longtime Kansas City Chiefs executive Carl Peterson has resigned. He held the titles of president, general manager and CEO. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt made the announcement through a written statement Monday. Peterson was unavailable for comment. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

The announcement took place on the heels of a heartbreaker against the San Diego Chargers, the Chiefs' 12th loss in 14 games this season.

Lincoln, NE – The University of Kansas and Missouri football teams began their Big 12 schedules over the weekend with road victories. It was especially sweet for the Missouri Tigers. They picked up their first victory in Lincoln, Nebraska, since 1978. But MU didn't leave without some parting shots.

KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.

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As the Nebraska fans filed into Memorial Stadium, inside the Missouri Tigers were taking the field for their pre-game warmups. It was then when MU quarterback Chase Daniel says he was rudely welcomed

Kansas City, MO – The image of KU athletics took a severe hit Wednesday when two of the Jayhawks' best basketball players from last season were asked to leave the NBA's rookie transition program. Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur, each of whom left school early to turn professional, were the two players involved. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains why.

Kansas City, MO – One of the world's fastest women grew up in Kansas City. Since graduating from Central High School, Muna Lee's path has taken different twists and turns, but now it leads to Bejing.

Lee qualified in both the 100 and 200 meter dash in the track and field trials, earning a spot on the US Olympic team for a second time.

Mayberry In Seattle?

Sep 10, 2002

KANSAS CITY – After a series in Kansas City over the weekend, time is running out on the Seattle Mariners. Not only in their hopes of winning the American League West, but of locking up a top prospect from Kansas City to a contract. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains...

KANSAS CITY – KCUR Sports reporter Greg Echlin brings us the story of Kit Pellow, an Olathe native who couldn't let his Major League dream die.

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