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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.

Laura Spencer / KCUR

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
courtesy of Kansas City Chiefs

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.

USA TODAY reports:

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.

file photo / KCUR

Kansas City, Kan. –
UPDATE: Sporting KC advances to Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.

Since the formation of Major League Soccer, it has been an uphill battle for the Kansas City franchise to carve out a niche in the local sports market. From the team's inception, its nickname has been a sore spot to some. But a literal change in landscape has transformed its newest brand - Sporting Kansas City - into one of the city's hottest tickets.

MU Curators Pass Buck On Big 12 Change

Oct 21, 2011
Photo by Dan Verbeck/KCUR.

Kansas City, MO. – University of Missouri Curators have taken themselves out of the decision to move from the Big 12 Conference, turning that task to Chancellor Brady Deaton. The action comes after Curator meetings this week at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

It was not the significant breakthough many had expected.

(Photo Courtesy of USA Boxing.)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lenroy "Cam" Thompson of Lenexa is among ten boxers on the USA national team now overseas to compete next week for the chance to reach the 2012 Olympics.

Thompson fights in the super heavyweight division. He's ranked seventh in the world, but he needs to do just a little bit better than that to make it to the Olympics. He needs to come in at least sixth in the world championships.

Thompson's chances of punching a ticket to London may be determined by the draw.

Kansas City, Mo. – After winning the 1985 World Series, Dick Howser, the Kansas City Royals manager at the time, had the honor of being the American League manager for the 1986 All-Star game. That game 25 years ago in Houston was a big moment for Howser and the two Royals players at the game, George Brett and Frank White. But it was also a major turning point in the history of the Royals franchise as KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A unique voice in Kansas City sports commemtary will be leaving town this week. Joe Posnanski was born in Cleveland, went to high school and college in North Carolina, and came to Kansas City in 1996 to be a sportswriter for the Kansas City Star.

Then in 2008, Posnanski became a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, and this year, he decided to move with his family back to North Carolina.

Kansas City, Mo. – In golf, Tom Watson notched a milestone victory yesterday (SUN) at the age of 61.

By winning the Senior PGA Championship, Watson became the oldest to win a major since the beginning of the Senior Tour in 1980.

As KCUR's Greg Echlin reports, Watson had to put in a little overtime on the golf course.

Kansas City, Mo. – The championship game of the N-A-I-A tournament Tuesday will close out the tournament basketball schedule this year for downtown Kansas City. As KCUR's Greg Echlin reports, not only did tournament interest stir up business downtown, but a basketball-related exhibit has captured attention at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

"James Naismith's Original Rules of Basketball"
March 5 - May 29, 2011
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis area medical professionals are throwing their support behind a bill making its way through the Missouri legislature. The bill would help protect high school athletes from concussions.

Among other measures, the High School Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act would require student athletes to be cleared by a doctor before returning to play or practice. It's currently awaiting a committee vote in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Lawrence, KS. –

Kansas Athletics Inc. knows it lost $1million to $3 million, and maybe more, when at least six of its employees stole more than 19,000 tickets for football and men's
basketball.

What KU officials don't know is how much of that money they'll be able to get back.

Kansas City, MO –

Sports blogger Victor Wishna of ArrowheadAddict.com joined Up to Date to read his version of Poe's "The Raven" as a rallying cry on the eve of the Chief's Sunday playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University

Kansas City, MO –
Major college institutions rely on a set of polls to determine the national championship in football, but all other NCAA divisions are in a playoff system.

Three area teams--Northwest Missouri, Missouri Western and Central
Missouri--were in the NCAA Division Two playoffs.

While the debate continues over the structure of the Bowl Championship Series, the teams on the other NCAA levels are content with settling it on the field, or so it seems.

Kansas City, MO – Looks like the University of Kansas may become home to the original typewritten rules of basketball. The game was invented by James Naismith in Massachusetts in 1892, six years before he became a KU professor and basketball coach.

Kansas City, MO – Two yellowed typewritten pages laying out the rules of one of the world's most popular sports will go on the Sotheby's auction block on December 10. The original 13 rules of basketball were written in 1892 by the Canadian-born physician, Presbyterian minister and physical education professor James Naismith.

The Wizards Sport a New Name

Nov 18, 2010
Sporting has a new logo that will appear on the team's T-shirts and bumper stickers.

Kansas City, MO – The wizards soccer team has waved a marketer's special re-branding wand and done away with their name. Instead of the wizards, they will now be called Sporting Kansas City.

Sporting Club COO Greg Cotton explains that the nickname for Sporting Kansas City will be "Sporting."

Kansas City, MO – They're calling them the Faurot Field 30 on Facebook - the thirty people that were arrested for storming the field despite advance warnings on the PA-system not to do so after Missouri beat Oklahoma 36-27 on Saturday.

Thousands of fans came pouring out of the grandstands, tore down the goal-posts and generally went wild. One person suffered a broken leg.

Police arrested 30 people and charged them with trespassing, a class-B misdemeanor. And that has parents and Mizzou fans up in arms, creating an internet campaign to get the charges dropped.

Columbia, MO – After its Saturday night victory over Oklahoma, the University of Missouri football team moved up in the football rankings.

The Missouri Tigers are now ranked seventh in the Associated Press poll. More importantly, sixth in the BCS poll because that's the one that determines the national championship

When the cannon fired after the final second, the Tigers beat Oklahoma for the first time in the Gary Pinkel 10-year coaching era.

Alexia Lang.

Kansas City, MO – Kickball is not just for kids anymore -- these days, you're just as likely to find a group of young adults running around a baseball diamond with a red rubber ball. More than 60 adult kickball teams are headed to the founder's cup world kickball championship tournament in Las Vegas this weekend. Local kickball team El Guapo was selected from thousands of teams across the nation to compete. KCUR's Alexia Lang caught up with the team earlier this week, before they left for Vegas.

Kansas City, MO – After a victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0 this season. The final score was 31-10. Before the game, the Chiefs paid tribute to Bill Grigsby, who retired this year after 62 years in broadcasting. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

Kansas City, MO – This week, the Royals hosted the Oakland Athletics in a series that resulted in 1 win for the A's and 2 wins for Kansas City. Long-time baseball fans might recognized the A's visit as a kind of homecoming; before the Royals, the A's were Kansas City's home team from mid- 50s to the mid- 60s.

Lawrence, KS – The athletics director position at the University of Kansas went through sweeping changes. Lew Perkins is no longer in charge, an interim A.D. is in place and a plan for a successor is underway

Sean Lester was named interim athletics director. He joined the KU athletic staff at the same time as Lew Perkins seven years ago. Like Perkins, Lester also previously worked at the University of Connecticut.

Lester said he was caught off-guard by the sudden departure of Perkins.

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