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The marketing catch phrase for the Kansas City Royals this year has been, "This is our time."  But after a disastrous homestand, the Royals ad campaign has backfired.

It’s time for peanuts, cracker jacks and rooting for the home team ... so we’re heading out to the ballgame!

Hours and hours of hitting little plastic golf balls and learning to make them twist and turn and bend and bounce in almost any direction.

That's one reason why golfer Bubba Watson was able to hit a shot Sunday that most duffers could never make — and do it to win this year's Masters Tournament.

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Tonight, once again, families throughout Kansas City will gather together and reflect on a simple question: “Why is this night different?”

Maybe this bipartisan thing will become a trend: As we noted, earlier today President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law flanked by Republican Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor.

And, now there's news that both President Obama and Mitt Romney agree on one thing: They both think women should be allowed to join the Augusta National Golf Club.

Former New Orleans Saints defensive coach Gregg Williams is heard telling his players to target specific opponents and he goes so far as to mention the types of injuries those opponents might be vulnerable to in an audio recording posted online by a documentary filmmaker.

They're teeing off this morning in Augusta, Ga. It's the Masters, the first of the "major" tournaments for men each year.

No Really, The Dog Ate My Masters Tickets

Apr 5, 2012

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Imagine you've scored hard-to-get tickets to a practice round at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Now, imagine you're so excited that you make big a deal out of this: You buy plane tickets, you schedule some golfing of your own, you invite three buddies. And then, one day you get home to find only chewed pieces of the tickets attached to the strings that came with them.

Suddenly, it dawns on you: "The dog ate my tickets."

Kentucky is now in the record books as this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball champion after its 67-59 win over Kansas last night.

The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 Monday night in New Orleans, claiming their eighth NCAA men's basketball title and head coach John Calipari's first.

The Jayhawks trailed by 14 at halftime, and just 5 points separated the teams with about a minute left in the game. But Kansas couldn't get any closer to beating Kentucky, a team stacked with young talent that had dominated the whole tournament.

The final dance of this college basketball season is tonight. Fans everywhere are counting on their team to pull off the big win in New Orleans.

Two "powerhouse" programs — Kansas and Kentucky.

Rosters full of potential NBA stars.

All the hype you would expect from an NCAA men's basketball championship.

But, alas, don't be surprised if there aren't as many "silky smooth jumpers" and other great shots as you might expect during tonight's big game, NPR's Mike Pesca reports.

Three things are working against the teams:

In the history of men’s college basketball, only Kentucky has won more games than the University of Kansas. 

Sporting KC: Players Tell All

Mar 15, 2012

Get to know a sliver of this season’s Sporting KC soccer team, including the leading goal-scorer from Sierra Leone, a hometown boy from Rockhurst High & the Danish goalie fans call the white puma.

A Fan's Notes: The Madness of March

Mar 8, 2012
A new report says five former players and recruits say McGee paid for strippers at on-campus parties.

In just a few days the field of the NCAA basketball tournament will be set and March Madness will begin in earnest.

In the latest installment of "A Fan's Notes," Victor Wishna looks for a method in the madness and finds that the road to the Final Four is paved with poetic intentions:

Ask a mother how her day went and you may often hear the word “running” in the answer as in: running errands, running after the kids, running to make an appointment.

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Two days after clinching at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title, the University of Kansas basketball team plays again Monday night at Oklahoma State.

Will The Tiger Lie Down With The Jayhawk?

Feb 20, 2012

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, a more than 100 year-old tradition will come to an end. It's a competition that some say has roots in the Civil War era. 

The nominations have all been announced and the Academy Awards are almost here. As any sports fan knows, the thrill of athletic competition is the stuff dreams--and movies--are often made of.

Female Race Car Drivers Speed Forward

Feb 2, 2012

Ladies start your engines! On this Thursday's Central Standard, we get to know area women with a soft spot for fast cars.

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Major League Soccer has tried new ways in recent years to generate publicity for the SuperDraft – when college graduates and others are signed to the league. On January 11, the day before the SuperDraft took place in Kansas City, MLS prospects mixed it up...at a museum.

According to a Kansas City Star article by sportswriter Kent Babb, "secrecy, intimidation, fear and a watchful eye have become hallmarks of working for the Chiefs."

Writer and sports commentator Victor Wishna greeted this week's news of the Kansas City Chiefs' interim-become-permanent coach the way many others did: with a tribute to The Bard of Avon.

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With the interim tag removed from Romeo Crennel, the question now for the Kansas City Chiefs head coach is how he'll turn around a team that finished 7-9 this season. 

It Starts With The Quarterback

One of Romeo Crennel's first moves as the interim head coach was to insert Kyle Orton as the Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback.  It paid off with victories in two of the Chiefs last three games, and Crennel hasn't forgotten it.

“I'm probably not sitting here if Kyle hadn't done the job that he did and I'm very appreciative of that,”’ says Crennel.

Inside Hyperlocal Sports: Metro Sports at 15 Years

Dec 13, 2011

Joining us for the second half of Central Standard, anchor Brad Porter from Metro Sports joins us for a look at what makes KC one of the best sports cities in the country. Plus, we'll hear latest on the Chief’s decision to fire coach Todd Haley.

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The 37-10 blowout loss on Sunday to the New York Jets sealed Todd Haley's fate with the Kansas City Chiefs.  Late Monday morning, they announced that Haley was out.

The final straw was the loss to the Jets. It was another one-sided loss, the fifth by more than 25 points. In a written statement, Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said the team has "not made meaningful progress" and the organization felt it was "necessary to make a change."

Kansas City Chiefs Fire Todd Haley

Dec 12, 2011
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Todd Haley, whose record as head coach with the Kansas City Chiefs was 19-27, has been fired, the team announced today. The decision comes a day after the team's fifth loss in six games: a 37-10 loss to the New York Jets. The Chiefs held a news conference at 2 p.m.

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It’s long since been commonplace for presidents to flaunt their inner sports fan…to joke about their golf game, invite championship teams to the Rose Garden, or toss out that ceremonial first pitch.

But perhaps, says "A Fan's Notes" commentator Victor Wishna, politicians - including the President and Congress - should pay more attention to sportsmanship.

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