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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.

Kansas City, MO – A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place yesterday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for the opening of the Chiefs Sports Lab. It's part of the Arrowhead renovation project, and targeted toward children in grades three through six with a message for better health.

The sports lab, a mixture of displays and interactive exhibits, is open to anyone on game day, but meant for youths in an organized group during the week.

Kansas City, MO – Former Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 78-year-old, who played eight seasons as a first baseman and outfielder before moving to the front office, is just the 19th major league manager to be inducted.

Black Baseball Stars Honored By Stamps

Jul 15, 2010
photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, MO – The U.S. Postal Service has taken wraps off two commemorative stamps honoring baseball leagues that led the way toward racial integration. The stamp issue came at the Kansas City Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Thurgood Marshall Jr. of the Postal board of Governors noted how Jackie Robinson's 1947 breaking of the color line led to integration of sports and society and politics.

Anaheim, CA – Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria may be the long team representative at the All-Star game in Anaheim. But he's being more recognized by his fellow countrymen in Mexico. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

Photographs, basketballs, and flowers were in front of the alter at Antioch Church. Photo by Laura Ziegler

Kansas City, Missouri – Some 200 people came to Antioch Church last night - many who'd never met Manute Bol- to celebrate his life.

Since coming to live in Olathe a few years ago, Bol had kept a low profile. Since his NBA career, he'd spent most of his time, and resources, traveling back and forth from his native Sudan.

Last night, his wife and many of his family were still in Sudan, where Bol was buried next to his grandfather one week ago.

Council Expects 100:1 Return On All-Star Game

Jun 25, 2010
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Royals

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's city council honored the old adage "it takes money to make money" yesterday, voting to pick up the tab for the considerable expenses related to hosting the 2012 All-Star Game.


City Manager Troy Schulte gave the council what might have been a staggering cost estimate if not for his projected return-on-investment. Schulte told the council his staff estimates the city's expenses at $500,000, but expect an economic impact of over $50 million in return.

In this Jan. 26, 1993 photo, New York Knicks' Patrick Ewing, right, is blocked by Philadelphia 76ers' Manute Bol during an NBA game at New York's Madison Square Garden.AP Photo/Jim Sulley

Kansas City, Missouri – Former NBA center Manute Bol will be buried in his village in Southern Sudan, family members said last night.

Bol, who died Saturday at the University of Virgina Charlottesville Medical Center, told his cousin Simon Deng that when he died, he wanted to be buried next to his father in their village of Turlai. Simon Deng is now helping Bol's family in Olathe make funeral arrangements. He explained that in Sudan, it's customary for people to be buried with their relatives.

Manute Bol with fellow Dinka tribesmen in Southern Sudan. Photo Credit Tom Prichard

Kansas City, MO – Manute Bol, at 7'7" one of the tallest men to play for the NBA, died this morning in a Charlottesville, Va. Hospital. He had been ill with a variety of problems and was hospitalized a month ago upon his return from his most recent trip to his home country of Sudan. According to family members, his death was caused from irrepressible internal bleeding - a complication from a rare skin disease called Stevens Johnson Syndrome. The syndrome simulates burning of the skin, and Bol was transferred to a burn unit in Charlottesville the day after his arrival in Washington, D.C.

Kansas City, MO – Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig not only made it official yesterday by announcing the 2012 All-Star game for Kansas City, Mo. He came with a message: "Get ready for something big." KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

The impact of the All-Star game was felt last summer across the state in St. Louis, Mo.

ANNOUNCER (at the All-Star game): "Let's meet your American League and National League All-Stars (clapping)."

Kansas City, MO – There figures to be strong aftershocks this week in college athletics after last week's departures by Nebraska and Colorado from the Big 12 Conference. Decisions this week by the remaining schools in the Big 12 will determine whether the conference survives.

Metaphorically speaking, the tectonic plates represent the schools in the north like KU, K-State and Missouri and the Texas schools in the south.

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