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    Summer of Salloi continues and KC NWSL gets new training facility

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 27:42

    Sporting Kansas City headed into a break in the schedule with a resounding 4-0 victory over Minnesota United with goals from four different players. One of them came from Daniel Salloi, who heard “MVP” chants break out from the crowd at Children's Mercy Park. Sporting finds itself atop the MLS Western Conference heading into the weekend. The news has been better for KC NWSL lately. The team is coming off a 0-0 decision against North Carolina and is 2-2-1 in its previous five games. Also, KC NWSL made news Friday with the announcement of a new training facility that should be ready in 2022. Star soccer reporter Shaun Goodwin covers these topics and more, including the early returns from the USMNT as it attempts to qualify for the 2022 World Cup on today's SportsBeat KC. Story links: How soundly did Sporting KC defeat Minnesota? Start with four goal by four different players Salloi faced the world's best: Sporting KC star analyzes his international soccer debut Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    How the Chiefs plan to extend their winning streak vs. Ravens to 4 games

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 42:24

    The Chiefs should have a good sense of the AFC North after this weekend. After knocking off the Browns in their season opener, it's time to face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football. In this episode of the daily SportsBeat KC podcast, we talk about both games with beat writer Herbie Teope, columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger and host Blair Kerkhoff. What needs to be fixed, and what must Chiefs do to make it four victories in four years over the Ravens? Story links: Chiefs Orlando Brown Jr. faces former team, but he's no snitch Thrown into action, Chiefs (and former Mizzou linebacker) Nick Bolton made plays How Patrick Mahomes is handling the “priceless” feeling of parenthood Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Skylar Thompson can't catch a break, plus meet our new Mizzou beat writer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 33:33

    Not again. Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson suffered another injury, this time to his knee, that will force him to miss games. Remember, a year ago, Thompson missed half of the season with an injury. He returned for a sixth year and got the season off to a terrific start with a resounding triumph over Stanford. Now, he's in recovery mode once again. But he won't be out for the season, K-State officials say. Beat writer Kellis Robinett discusses the Wildcats' quarterback situation on today's SportsBeat KC. Also on topic list: The invitations have been extended and accepted. Houston, Brigham Young, Central Florida and Cincinnati will be in the Big 12. We talk financies and scheduling possibilities. After a break, you'll meet new Missouri beat writer Lila Bromberg and hear about the path that brought her to The Star. Story links: Chris Klieman shares positive injury update on K-State quarterback Skylar Thompson K-State AD Gene Taylor not expecting Big 12 revenue to drop after Oklahoma, Texas exit KC Star introduces new beat reporter to cover Missouri Tigers athletics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Let's talk about the Royals, including hot-hitting Benintendi's future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 36:13

    In this episode of SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily podcast, we talk about the Royals, especially the future of left fielder Andrew Benintendi. But there was also some big Royals news after we finished recording. The Royals have promoted general manager Dayton Moore to club president and elevated assistant GM J.J. Picollo to Moore's former position. We discuss that and other Royals developments. Beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger look ahead to the Royals' 2022 season, starting with Benindenti, who is swinging one of the hottest bats in baseball, and what the club's lineup might look like next spring. Story links: Royals promoting Dayton Moore to president, JJ Picollo to GM Andrew Benintendi makes himself at home in Minnesota, leads Royals offense Mellinger MInutes: Chiefs, Royals, all things Kansas City sports Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Chiefs were losing to Browns, then reversed their fortunes. Here's how

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 34:28

    Early in the fourth quarter, the Cleveland Browns had about an 87% probably of winning their season opener against the Chiefs. Never count out Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, who rallied for a 33-29 triumph Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The SportsBeat KC crew discussed the dramatic triumph after the game. You'll hear from The Star's Sam Mellinger, Vahe Gregorian, Herbie Teope, Blair Kerkhoff and Sam McDowell, along with Andy Reid and Mahomes and an audience that supplied many questions and comments. We talk about the critical moments of the game, like Mahomes' 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill, the Browns' dropped punt that led to the go-ahead touchdown, and much more. Story links: Chiefs' rally over Browns is testimony to hard-wire resolve of Mahomes' era After trailing early, Chiefs make big statement in beating Browns in opener Chiefs beat Browns with overwhelming pressure, “It's just that fast.” “I saw this little hand pop. up:” How Mahomes TD pass to Tyreek Hill unfolded Chiefs grades: Mahomes, Hill, Kelce (really entire offense) can cure plenty of ills Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Get out the measuring stick for Saturday's Missouri-Kentucky game

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 28:13

    Missouri visits Kentucky on Saturday in an SEC East game between teams that aren't in the polls. But there's plenty riding on this contest. Both teams are bidding to become the top challenger to division leaders Georgia and Florida, and there's the matter of Mizzou ending a five-game losing streak in the series with an emphatic victory last season in Columbia. In this episode of SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily podcast, John Clay, sports columnist for The Lexington Herald-Leader and host of the John Clay Podcast, breaks down the game and the budding rivalry between the programs. After a break, you'll hear from Mizzou coach Eli Drinkwitz about last week's season-opening victory over Central MIchigan and this weekend's statement game. Story links: Mizzou linebacker Blaze Alldridge has big debut in victory over Central Michigan Missouri at Kentucky: Details and five things to know John Clay: There will be some NFL-style scheming when Missouri plays Kentucky The John Clay Podcast: Kentucky-Missouri football preview Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    You have questions, we have answers as Chiefs prepare for Sunday kickoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 41:20

    The team that has played in three straight AFC Championship Games and back to back Super Bowls is about to kick off the 2021 season and we're here to talk about it. Beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian join Blair Kerkhoff to discuss all things Chiefs. The show started as a SportsBeat Live stream with questions and comments from you. We covered the challenge of starting over at offensive line with five new starters, the Chiefs' top wide receiver after Tyreek Hill, what oddsmakers think of the Chiefs and much more. Story links: Why Patrick Mahomes is more prepared for this opener...and defenses less so for him What the Vegas odds say about the Chiefs' Super Bowl chances and the 2021 season Protecting Mahomes: Chiefs quarterback likes the look of his new offensive line Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    K-State impressed in opening-game win; KU did too, by simply not losing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 34:40

    Major college football in Kansas is undefeated after one week. Kansas State was an impressive 24-7 winner over Stanford and Kansas won its first game since 2019 by defeating South Dakota 17-14. On today's episode of The Star's daily podcast, SportsBeat KC, beat writers Jesse Newell and Kellis Robinett break down the games and discuss whether those outcomes change their perspective about the season. Also, since we're talking Big 12, realignment is always a topic. How might a new 12-team Big 12 shape up? Story links: Here's what KU coach Lance Leipold was most pleased about in KU victory Why K-State Coach Chris Klieman will never overlook an FCS opponent like Southern Illinois Predicting what's next for the Big 12 and expansion targets Houston, BYU, Central Florida and Cincinnati Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Developing the Royals' young pitchers, and why metrics hate Salvy Perez

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 37:30

    One more victory and the Royals can't lose 100 games this season. So, that's one objective that should be easily met. How about the rest of them? We talk about that and more Royals topics in this episode of SportsBeat KC with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger. How are the Royals going to use Adalberto Mondesi the rest of the season? And why do advanced metrics seem to disrespect Salvador Perez, who is on his way to having one of the greatest seasons in team history? Story links: Andrew Benintendi's bat and glove were crucial late as Royals beat Orioles Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs, Royals, college football Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Missouri Tigers poised to take next step in Drinkwitz's second season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 34:00

    Missouri's football season begins Saturday. The Tigers open the second year of coach Eli Drinkwitz's tenure Saturday, when Central Michigan visits. It's also the second year as a starter for quarterback Connor Bazelak. Nationally, the Tigers are seen as middle-of-the pack in the SEC East. We should have a better feel for that in the season's second week, when the Tigers visit Kentucky. In this episode of our daily SportsBeat KC podcast, you'll hear from Drinkwitz, who expects Bazelak to take the next step. He also challenges fans to show up at Faurot Field Saturday. After a break, defensive coordinator Steve Wilks shares his thoughts about returning to the college game after spending 14 seasons in the NFL. Story links: Missouri TIgers quarterback Connor Bazelak has to earn his stripes all over again New look Mizzou defense doesn't want to pick up where it left off in 2020 Five predictions and game-by-game picks for the Missouri Tigers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Kansas State enters season with advantage of experienced quarterback

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 32:49

    Kansas State opens the football season on a big stage — AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas — against Stanford on Saturday. There is optimism in the Wildcats' camp, with starting quarterback Skylar Thompson back after sitting out most of last season with an injury. Only a handful of major-college quarterbacks have more career starts than Thompson's 30. On today's episode of our daily SportsBeat KC podcast, beat writer Kellis Robinett breaks down Kansas State as coach Chris Klieman begins his third season. A 10th bowl in 12 years is expected in Manhattan. After a break, you'll hear from Klieman, who discusses opening the season in a high-profile game, his team's depth and what to expect from running back Deuce Vaughn. Story links: “Pretty cool experience' for K-State in opener might not be a one-time thing Why Chris Klieman expects major improvement from Wildcats on defense Is K-State's Skylar Thompson among Big 12's best? Only if it excels at this stat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    After a decade of futility, there's only one way to go for KU football

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 37:35

    A new era begins for Kansas Jayhawks football, and maybe it's time to see signs of progress. New coach Lance Leipold got a late start on the job when he was hired in April, and as of midday Wednesday he still hadn't named a starting quarterback for Friday's opener against South Dakota. But there is nowhere to go but up for a program that went winless in nine games last season and hasn't won more than three games in a season since 2009. KC Star beat writer Jesse Newell offers analysis on the Jayhawks, and after a break we'll hear directly from Leipold, who met with reporters earlier in the week. Story links: This KC-area standout is expected to start - at a new position for KU KU game-by-game picks and bold predictions for 2021 season Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Celebrating Salvy ... but why is this Royal's best season happening now?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 35:40

    Behold Salvador Perez. He's swinging baseball's hottest bat, with home runs in five straight games. That matches a Royals record, which he can own exclusively Tuesday night. He has also tied the team mark for home runs in a month with 12. Perez has gone from being a good hitter to great this season, and we talked about why it's happening this season on SportsBeat Live, The Star's daily sports podcast with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian. Story links: Mellinger Minutes: Celebrating Salvy, Chiefs predictions and keeping secrets With Salvador Perez mashing, we recall some of the Royals' top offensive seasons Perez is AL Player of the Week after historic stretch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Final thoughts on who makes Kansas City Chiefs' 53-man NFL roster

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 37:23

    The Chiefs checked every box in their preseason finale on Friday, a 28-25 victory at home over the Minnesota Vikings. The starters on offense and defense excelled and Patrick Mahomes and company looked ready for the regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns. But there is some work to be done before that Sept. 12 game. The roster must be trimmed from 80 to 53, and on this episode of SportsBeat KC, beat writers Sam McDowell and Herbie Teope break down what they believe will happen as the Tuesday deadline for cuts approaches. Where to players like Jody Fortson, Daurice Fountain, Cornell Powell, DeAndre Baker and Tim Ward stand? Listen to what the beat writers have to say. Story links: The Chiefs' toughest 53-man roster decisions and our predictions for them Final Chiefs preseason report card, and some thoughts on those impending roster moves Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    With 2 wins now, KC NWSL aims to keep season headed in right direction

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 27:41

    KC NWSL is on a roll, and that's a nice change from the season's first few months. The team picked up its second straight home victory, a 2-1 decision against Louisville this week, and now seeks its first road win of the year this weekend. In this episode of our daily SportsBeat KC podcast, soccer writer Shaun Goodwin explains how the first-year club has turned the corner. Also, Sporting KC continues to find success this season. Peter Vermes' club earned a scoreless draw at Minnesota after playing a man down for the final 70 minutes. Goalkeeper Tim Melia was terrific, per usual. And what's a soccer podcast in Kansas City without mentioning Daniel Salloi? A goal in this week's MLS All-Star Game and a national team call-up? It's been the summer of Salloi. Story links: Twice is nice: KC NWSL record second straight victory, beating Louisville How KC NWSL's Rachel Corsie was able to adapt to a new life, and soccer style in America Sporting KC's Salloi scores in penalty shootout to help MLS All-Stars to victory With Tim Meila's stout effort in goal, KC manages scoreless draw in Minnesota Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    These positions are up for grabs going into final Chiefs preseason game

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 37:24

    One preseason game remains for the Chiefs, Friday at home against the Minnesota Vikings. The Chiefs' starters are expected to play most of the first half. After the game, it's decision time for Andy Reid and Brett Veach. The team's decisions makers must get the roster to 53 players by next Tuesday. Where are the roster battles? The starters are established, so the shakeups lurk down on the depth chart. The final corps of wide receivers, tight ends, defensive backs will be known soon. And their last audition is Friday. In this episode of our daily SportsBeat KC podcast, beat writer Herbie Teope speculates on the roster and discusses what he expects to see from the Chiefs in their final tuneup game. Story links: Updates on Chiefs hobbled running backs and how much starters are expected to play How Jody Fortson put himself in position to make Chiefs' 53-man roster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    ‘Love ya, Big 12. But you're not part of our power-conference alliance'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 44:01

    A new alliance of power conferences was formally introduced Tuesday, when commissioners Kevin Warren of the Big Ten, Jim Phillips of the ACC and George Kliavkoff of the Pac-12 met with reporters to lay out their plans for consolidating influence in the wake of the SEC's recent power-grab of Texas and Oklahoma. Conspicuously absent from that allied group? Bob Bowlsby and the Big 12. In this episode of our daily SportsBeat KC podcast, K-State beat writer Kellis Robinett and Drew Davison, who covers TCU for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, discuss the alliance with host Blair Kerkhoff and attempt to determine what it all means for the Big 12. After a break, you'll hear from the commissioners, who were asked directory about the future of the Big 12. Story links: What does the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 alliance mean for the beleaguered Big 12? The Big 12 column I'd rather not write: Options for the league's remaining eight schools stink What's next for the Big 12 and realignment? We make some predictions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Royals' rotation sizzling, and how does middle infield line up in '22?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 32:39

    Only a few weeks of evidence is available, but what a stretch for the Royals' rotation. With Carlos Hernandez and Daniel Lynch leading the way, they've won seven of eight and their starters are 5-0 in that run. On this episode of our daily SportsBeat KC podcast, which originated as SportsBeat Live stream Tuesday morning, beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian project what this means for the future. And, speaking of next season, where will Nicky Lopez, Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi and Bobby Witt Jr. find themselves on the diamond in 2022? Plenty of flexibility there. Finally, Salvador Perez is having a career year when it seems his trajectory should be headed in a different direction. Story links: Royals win fourth in a row, Merrifield, Rivera lead the way in Houston Daniel Lynch's bounce back has been a big win for the organization Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs defense, over analyzing, Royals future and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The more Kansas City Chiefs' starting defense plays the better it looks

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 33:39

    The Chiefs returned from Arizona with a victory in their second preseason game, a contest where the starters played well into the second quarter. The defense was terrific for a second straight game. The starting offense put together two long drives against the Cardinals' starter but managed only three points. No cause for concern. But there's plenty to discuss when it comes to personnel. What will the Chiefs do at wide receiver, tight end and other positions. Roster decisions will soon have to be made and the Chiefs have many quality candidates at several positions. On today's SportsBeat KC, beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell break down the roster. Story links: That's a show: No need for Patrick Mahomes to take more risky snaps Chris Jones is going to be a big problem for opponents Chiefs starters saw more action in win over Cardinals: Observations FIve things that stood out in Chiefs win over the Cardinals Chiefs grades: When starters played, defense dominated in victory at Arizona Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Another goal for Daniel Salloi, and Adrianna Franch comes home to Kansas

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 28:23

    Daniel Salloi continued his magical season Wednesday evening with another goal. This one, in extra time, enabled Sporting Kansas City to salvage a draw against the visiting Portland Timbers. We asked soccer writer Shaun Goodwin where he would've placed Salloi on a list of preseason MVP candidates. Also in this episode of SportsBeat KC, our daily sports pod: KC NWSL won its first game, then traded away its goalkeeper. Abby Smith was sent to Portland, and in comes Adrianna Franch, the Salina, Kansas native who started for the USWNT in the squad's Olympic bronze-medal victory this month in Japan. Story links: KC NWSL new star goalkeeper Adrianna Franch is in KC for more than just soccer KC NWSL breaks through for first victory Salloi scores late as Sporting salvages draw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Here's who needs to make a good second impression for the Chiefs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 31:35

    Starters will see more action Friday when the Chiefs play their second preseason game, It might be an entire first half of snaps for the first team offense and defense as the regular season inches closer. On today's SportsBeat KC, beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell share what they expect to see when the Chiefs travel to Arizona, and who needs to make a good second impression. Also on today's show, the latest on Tyrann Mathieu's contract extension and what the Chiefs might do with their wide receiver and tight end numbers. Story links: Chiefs' camp at Missouri Western is over. Here's a look at their final session and what's next Why Chiefs expect a big leap from Willie Gay in his second NFL season Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Talking football, basketball and league musical chairs for KU, K-State

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 32:33

    Kansas State and Kansas are preparing for football season, which kicks off in two weeks, and it's never not basketball season at KU. But any discussion involving athletics at those schools starts with conference realignment. Among the latest news: Officials from the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 meeting last week without the Big 12. Not good news for schools in this part of the country. On today's SportsBeat KC, Kellis Robinett, who covers Kansas State and KU beat writers Gary Bedore and Jesse Newell offer up the latest on conference musical chairs as it involves the Big 12. There's also some football and basketball to discuss. Story links: Big 12 faces difficult realignment questions as ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 talk alliance Joe Ervin once again shining for Kansas State after opt out season “He's a generational-type athlete:” This KU Jayhawk - in a new role - is an early standout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Why Adalberto Mondesi can't play ... and Whit Merrifield can't not play

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 35:06

    Whit Merrifield is the Royals' new iron man, breaking Alcides Escobar's club record for consecutive games played. The streak stands in contrast to the status of infielder Adalberto Mondesi, who has suffered another yet injury setback. Merrifield's streak is the leadoff topic in this episode of SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast, with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian. Also, it's not longer a matter of when Bobby Witt Jr. will make his major-league debut this season, but if he will at all. We also discuss the recent Field of Dreams game between the Yankees and White Sox up in Iowa. Story links: Toughness and grit and grind: Why Merrifield is Royals' new iron man Royals place Greg Holland on IL and latest on Adalberto Mondesi's injury Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Two plays stood out for Chiefs' offensive line in that preseason opener

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 31:21

    Offensive line performance? Check. Defensive front pressure? Check. No injuries. Check. Those important boxes were filled by the Chiefs in their preseason opener at the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. As a bonus, they got a late touchdown drive from reserve quarterback Shane Buechele to win the game. On today's SportsBeat KC, beat writer Sam MCDowell and columnist Vahe Gregorian break down the game, identify the standouts and the not-so-stellar moments. It starts with the offensive line, five players suited up for the Chiefs for the first time and looked solid. Story links: The Chiefs' new offensive line can convert the boring way and that's a compliment Why Chiefs receiver Byron Pringle deserves a closer look in prime time Chiefs 19, 49ers 16: What we learned Five players who stood out in Chiefs' preseason opener First report card of the (pre) season is in: Good enough in San Francisco Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    All eyes on Kansas City Chiefs' new offensive line as preseason begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 35:22

    Members of the Chiefs' new offensive line have had a few months to get acquainted and acclimate. Now they get to work as a group and battle someone besides their own teammates. The Chiefs' 2021 preseason begins with an opener Saturday evening in San Francisco, and while there are plenty of players at several positions to watch, the offensive line is the position group that commands the most attention. The Chiefs are expected to start five new O-linemen after the team lost badly in the Super Bowl about 6 1/2 months go. Three of them will be seeing their first NFL action. In this episode of SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast, former Chiefs lineman Joe Valerio shares his thoughts on the new group and what to expect from them. Valerio played for several playoff teams in the early 1990s. The show kicks off with Star beat writer Sam McDowell breaking down what he's seeing from the offensive line and other players at training camp, and some other key things to look for during Saturday's game in the Bay Area. Story links: KC Chiefs players to watch in preseason opener How much KC Chiefs starters will play in preseason opener Bleav in Chiefs podcast with Joe Valerio, Jeff Fedotin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Peter Vermes' Cup conundrum and who's the best soccer player on earth?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 33:29

    To be or not to be—at full strength. That was the question for Sporting KC's Peter Vermes this week as his team was assigned at Leagues Cup contest in the heart of a busy stretch of MLS games. Sporting lost to Club Leon of Liga MX 6-1 at Children's Mercy Park and on today's SportsBeat KC, Shaun Goodwin, who covers soccer for The Star, speaks to the Cup conundrum with host Blair Kerkhoff. After a break, we discuss how close KC NWSL is to grabbing its first victory, and the transfer of Lionel Messi from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain opens the door to this discussion: Is he the best soccer player in the world...and of all-time? Story links: Was Sporting KC right to field young tam for Leagues Cup? Let's analyze pros and cons KC NWSL loses on the road 3-1 to Racing Louiville: analysis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Introducing Mizzou's new athletic director, Desiree Reed-Francois

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 29:57

    Missouri rolled out the welcome mat to new athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois on Wednesday. Hear what she had to say on several topics, including why she was interested in the job; how her son, Jackson, had agreed to walk on to coach Cuonzo Martin's basketball program before the Mizzou job came open; and lessons learned from one season of rowing at UCLA, even though she didn't earn a letter. Also, you'll hear from University of Missouri president Mun Choi and Board of Curators chairman Darryl Chatman, a former Tigers linebacker, on the hiring of Reed-Francois. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    These two players' encouraging futures showcased in Royals' wild loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 31:38

    The Royals-Yankees game on Monday was one for the books. All zeroes on the line score through six innings, and all runs for both teams every inning after that. The Yankees prevailed 8-6 in 11, blowing four leads along the way. It was a gritty effort by both teams. We talk about the game, and the emergence of starting pitcher Carols Hernandez plus several other topics, in this edition of The Star's daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC. The show started as a SportsBeat Live stream Tuesday morning with beat wrtier Lynn Worthy, columnist Sam Mellinger and host Blair Kerkhoff. Also, why is Mike Matheny going with a six-man rotation? And although the Royals are not in the postseason hunt, some players are making strong cases to be part of this team's future. Story links: Royals rally from behind in 4 straight innings but lose in 11 to Yankees Mellinger Minutes: Nicky Lopez, Big 12 mistakes, awesome SKC and football superspreaders Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    At Mizzou, a new football season comes with a new athletic director

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 34:07

    Well, that was quick. Two weeks after Missouri announced Jim Sterk was stepping down as athletic director, the university found a successor in Desiree Reed-Francois, who had spent the previous five years at UNLV. She'll become the first woman to lead the Tigers' athletic department. On today's SportsBeat KC, Briar Napier, who has covered the Tigers for The Star, joins host Blair Kerkhoff to discuss the hiring of Reed-Francois. Also discussed: The opening of football camp. Head coach Eli Drinkwitz and defensive coordinator Steve Wilks spent time with reporters last week and hear what they had to say about the upcoming season. Story links: Five things to know about Desiree Reed-Francois Missouri Tigers hire first woman as athletic director, UNLV's Desiree Reed-Francois “We got to improve,” Eliah Drinkwitz on Missouri's first preseason practice Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Sporting KC dives into transfer pool & should USWNT be OK with bronze?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 30:16

    One out the door, another in for Sporting Kansas City. The Gianluca Busio transfer to Venezia FC in Italy became official, and so did the team's signing of Jose Mauri, an Argentine-Italian midfielder. We talk about both on SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast, with Shaun Goodwin and Cora Hall. Also on the menu: Sporting KC has been on fire, a 4-1 triumph at LAFC as its latest conquest. Daniel Salloi continues to impress and was named to the MLS All-Star team. The USWNT, coached by Kansas City's Vlatko Andonovski, claimed an Olympic medal but not the one they had hoped, and KC NWSL was reprented in the Olympic gold-medal match. Story links: Busio's move to Italy is the latest of MLS homegrown talents taking the next step Sporting KC transfers Gianluca Busio to Italian Serie A club. Here are the details Sporting KC records historic win at LAFC and is on top of the Western Conference Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Camping out with Chiefs coordinators - mostly good, work to do

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 29:03

    SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast, returns to Chiefs training camp today and you'll hear from the coordinators. Steve Spagnuolo offers up what he's liked about the defense, giving his assessment of the young linebackers, and identifies a rookie free agent who is having a superb camp. Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy spoke of the new faces along the offensive line and the running back group. And what does he mean about a hiring sign at camp? After the coaches, you'll hear from a Darrius Shepherd. He's a wide receiver prospect who went to Blue Springs High and North Dakota State, where he played for current Kansas State coach Chris Klieman. He's a hometown product trying to stick with the team he grew up cheering for. Story links: Darrius Shepherd, from Blue Springs High, fulfills childhood dream with KC Chiefs A mic-up Steve Spagnuolo on Patrick Mahomes: I'm glad he's on our side If NBA considers Kansas City for expansion, guess whose hand is up? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Talking latest on Big 12's future. Does it include a relationship with Pac-12?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 31:12

    Every week brings a new set of story lines for the Big 12 since the news of Texas and Oklahoma's impending departure to the SEC. Earlier this week the commissioners of the Big 12 and Pac-12 had a conversation about the future of their leagues and the possibility of some kind of alliance or merger. On today's SportsBeat KC, three Big 12 beat writers Kellis Robinett, Gary Bedore and Drew Davison, who cover Kansas State, Kansas and TCU join host Blair Kerkhoff to discuss the latest happenings. Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram also tells us what he heard at the Texas Senate Select Committee on the Future of College Sports earlier this week. Story links: Appealing options exist for Big 12, Pac-12 as commissioners talk realignment alliance Here's how much money the Big 12 expects to lose without OU and Texas “A major and perpetual blow,” Big 12 commissioner speaks out on UT, OU leaving the Big 12 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Planning for the future at shortstop, and return on Royals' deadline moves

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 33:52

    So, the Royals plans for shortstop going forward have been changed. Adalberto Mondesi isn't written in ink. General manager Dayton Moore said because of Mondesi's history of injuries the Royals need to create depth at the position. What will the position look like in 2022? That was the leadoff topic on today's SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Vahe Gregorian, who also discussed the team's trade deadline decisions that resulted in moving longtime Royals left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy to the Dodgers, and team home run record holder Jorge Soler to the Braves. Story links: How this season has reshaped the Royals thinking of Adalberto Mondesi Before leaving, Danny Duffy helped a stranger having a medical emergency Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Some call Mahomes ‘The Franchise.' Could also be known as ‘The Owner'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 36:32

    Patrick Mahomes had already joined such luminaries as LeBron James, James Harden and Venus and Serena Williams as sports stars who've bought into pro sports franchises. For Mahomes, that happened last year, when he purchased a stake in the Royals. But Mahomes didn't stop with one team. Within the past week, he also bought into Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. Mahomes spoke about this latest purchase after a recent practice at Chiefs training camp in St., Joe, and we discussed this and many other topics on SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily podcast. Beat writers Sam McDowell and Herbie Teope and columnist Vahe Gregorian dish on Mahomes and share other observations from camp at Missouri Western. The show started as a SportsBeat Live stream with comments and questions from the audience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Day 2 of full-squad Chiefs camp is about Chris Jones (and Pilates)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 28:48

    The Chiefs worked through the heat on the second day of full-squad training camp and are beginning to work out the kinks now, too. The defense seemed ahead of the offense this week, and defensive end Chris Jones moved well in his new position. You'll hear from Jones in this episode of our daily SportsBeat KC podcast, including some of the changes he made during the offseason. Also, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire feels ready to make big strides in his second season, and tells us why. KC Star beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell share some best highlights from practice in this show, which started out as a SportsBeat Live stream Thursday. Our next show is slated for 3 p.m. Friday here at Story links: What's behind this new health kick for Clyde Edwards-Helaire Why Chris Jones added yoga, pilates to his offseason routine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Tyrann Mathieu's contract extension talk extending into training camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 36:34

    The Tyrann Mathieu contract extension continues to be a story at Chiefs training camp. The Chiefs All-Pro safety discussed his position on the prospective deal after Wednesday's practice and you'll hear what he had to say on today's SportsBeat KC. The show started as a SportsBeat Live with Chiefs beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell. They share their observations from practice, detailing position battles, who's looked good and who needs to look good. A programming note: SportsBeat Live from Chiefs training camp will continue Thursday, Friday and on Aug. 2, with the shows beginning at 3 p.m. Join us with your questions and comments. Story links: Two rookies on the O-line? Here's who started for the Chiefs to open camp Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu continues to focus on football, not contract extension KC Chiefs prioritize mental health as Simone Biles withdraws from Olympic all-around Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Breaking down the Big 12's future, assuming there is one

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 33:09

    The Big 12 is in a state of flux. Texas and Oklahoma have formally applied to the SEC. It's only a matter of timing for those schools to be part of major college football's first 16-team conference. What happens to the remaining Big 12 schools? On today's SportsBeat KC, Kansas State beat writer Kellis Robinett (KC Star, Wichita Eagle) and TCU beat writer Drew Davison (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) join host Blair Kerkhoff in covering the Big 12 and college sports landscape. They discuss the possible options for the schools. Some could be better than others. And how basketball could look in a different Big 12. Story links: Stay or go? What are options for Big 12 leftovers once Texas, OU leave? With the Big 12 on life support, what's next for TCU? We break down some options Former KU football coach Mark Mangino hopes Big 12 can survive loss to OU, Texas Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Why the Royals are hot again and who might be on the trading block

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 36:17

    Break up the Royals. Heck, maybe that happens with the trade deadline approaching. But what a run since the All-Star break. After dropping two of three from the Orioles, the Royals have put together a season-high six-game winning streak. They've done it with excellent starting pitching and power hitting from the likes of Jorge Soler and Salvador Perez. Also, with baseball's trade deadline is approaching what should the Royals do, and what is possible trade bait? Whit Merrifield, Jorge Soler, Danny Duffy? We discuss the possibilities. Story links: Jorge Soler powers Royals to sixth consecutive win with another two-home run game Whit Merrifield hopes he's still with the Royals when the winning starts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Chiefs begin to find answers for 2021 at training camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 45:53

    The Chiefs are at Missouri Western for training camp and it feels right. The team conducted camp at Arrowhead Stadium last year because of the pandemic, but they're back in St. Joseph for the 11th time in 12 years. Coaches, quarterbacks and first-year players arrived on Friday. The veterans reported on Monday and fans are allowed to attended at mid-week. On today's SportsBeat KC, Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes are among the Chiefs who met with reporters at camp. Reid addressed Frank Clark, vaccines, and what he wants to get out of this year's camp. Mahomes provided an update on his health. Chiefs beat writer Herbie Teope gets the conversation started with host Blair Kerkhoff. Story links: Why Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill sees a rebound season coming this fall Andy Reid gives update on Frank Clark, camp, in wake of gun requests Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    It was the Eli Drinkwitz Show at SEC Media Days as MU coach held court

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 25:28

    The college football festival that is SEC Media days wrapped up this week, and Missouri football coach Eli Drinkwitz was one of the stars of the show thanks to his sharp wit and sense of humor. You'll hear Drinkwitz's question and answer session with reporter in this episode of SportsBeat KC, The KC Star's daily sports podcast.. Star columnist Vahe Gregorian was in Hoover, Ala., to cover the event and shares his thoughts about Drinkwitz and the Tigers, who return 16 starters, including quarterback Connor Bazelak, and figure to land somewhere behind Georgia and Florida in the preseason SEC East projections. Story links: Mizzou coach Eli Drinkwitz holds court at SEC Media Days Amid buzz around Texas, OU, other Big 12 schools should be considering options, too SEC commissioner Greg Sankey: COVID-19 vaccinations not a political football Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    A-Rod traded; SKC non-call blasted, USWNT loses, how was your day?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 37:07

    Amy Rodriguez is no longer a member of KC NWSL. Johnny Russell wasn't penalized in the box in Sporting KC's draw with the San Jose Earthquakes. The US Women's National Team didn't win (or draw) it's Olympic opener. All of this happened over about a 30-hour stretch and we break it all down on SportsBeat KC with soccer scribes Shaun Goodwin and Briar Napier. And the U.S. Men's National Team third straight victory at Children's Mercy Park in Gold Cup play with Sporting's Gianluca Busio in the starting lineup again, we discuss that as well and wonder if Busio has played his final game in a Sporting uniform. Story links: KC NWSL trades star captain A-Rod for three players Sporting KC coach Vermes blasts decision to call back penalty: “It's disrespectful” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    It's a huge week for Kansas City Chiefs, with training camp set to begin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 33:43

    Chiefs training camp begins Friday at Missouri Western in St. Joseph, and story lines abound. Who lines up on the right side of the offense line? How will the defensive end rotation work? Position battles, impact newcomers, it all begins when quarterbacks and first-year players report on Friday. The full squad arrives the following week. Today's SportsBeat KC previews camp with beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell with host Blair Kerkhoff. We start by asking why Andy Reid camps tend to be different than those of other teams and the value of the most recent signing, defensive end Alex Okafor. And no Chiefs conversation these days is complete without mentioning Tyrann Mathieu's contract progress and Frank Clark's legal situation. Story links: With camp approaching, Chiefs turn to familiar face for pass-rush help Chiefs go camping: What look for, sleepers and more as practices loom Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    That day when the more interesting Royals game was in Papillion, Nebraska

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 40:55

    On Tuesday, the Royals played at the Milwaukee Brewers. But a more interesting game happened in Papillion, Nebraska, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers. Suiting up for the Royals' Class AAA team were top Royals prospects Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto, who were called up this week from Northwest Arkansas. Daniel Lynch was the Storm Chasers' starter. In this episode of the daily SportsBeat KC podcast, Star columnist Sam Mellinger joins host Blair Kerkhoff to track the prospects' progress and expectations in their new environment. Of note, this episode was recorded right before the Royals placed starting pitchers Danny Duffy and Brady Singer on the injured list. Story links: Mellinger MInutes: Royals promote Bobby Witt Jr. and Pratto How the Royals' Nicky Lopez got his swagger back at the plate Royals' Hunter Dozier opens up about root of his issues at the plate Worthy tweet 0720 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Olympic Games in Tokyo begin this week. Can we enjoy them?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 39:34

    When the 2020 Olympic Games were postponed until 2021, the hope was the COVID-19 pandemic would have been eradicated … or at least no longer be a major storyline. That is not the case. With competition beginning Tuesday and opening ceremonies scheduled for Friday, the Summer Games in Tokyo, a humongous city that‘s been reporting more than 1,000 new cases each day for the past week, are happening. This will be the first Olympics contested without fans present. And already, athletes are testing positive for the virus, including United States gymnast Kara Eaker from the Kansas City area. In this episode of the daily SportsBeat KC podcast, Vahe Gregorian, who has covered numerous Olympic Games, joins host Blair Kerkhoff to discuss the event and pose this question: Can we enjoy these Olympics? Story links: Alternate from U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team from KC tests positive for COVID-19 NBC News: Tokyo 2020 sponsor Toyota pulls Olympic TV ads public support lags Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    U.S. men remain golden in KC, and the many reasons to love Ted Lasso

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 24:17

    The U.S. Men's National Team was more aggressive in Thursday night's 6-1 Gold Cup victory over Martinique at Children's Mercy Park. And the scoring was capped by a goal with local flavor: Sporting KC's Gianluca Busio's cross found the cleat of Nicholas Gioacchini, a Kansas City native. In this episode of The Star's daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC, Shaun Goodwin, Cora Hall and Briar Napier break down the game and what's in store for the USMNT team with host Blair Kerkhoff. Among other topics covered: What's coming up for Sporting KC, KC NWSL and the USWNT team coached by Kansas City's Vlatko Andonovski in the Olympics, and why we've enjoyed the soccer-based TV series Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis — who's also from Kansas City — as the show's second season approaches. Story links: Sellout for Sunday's U.S.-Canada Gold Cup match sign of times in rivalry Kansas City players combine for storybook goal in U.S. Soccer's 6-1 victory over Martinique U.S. soccer cruises to Gold Cup victory over Martinique in Kansas City Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    How well has the Big 12 served league influencers Texas and Oklahoma?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 28:50

    The Big 12 has completed a quarter century of competition. In those 25 years, four teams departed, two were added and eight original members have stuck it out. It hasn't always been a one-for-all spirit but it has survived. On today's SportsBeat KC, two columnists that have covered the conference since its inception answer the question: How well as the league served the schools they cover? Kirk Bohls has written for The Austin American-Statesman since 1973. Berry Tramel has been with The Oklahoman since 1991 and was at the Norman Transcript for more than decade before that. The Big 12 has been terrific for Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and others, including West Virginia. And you'll hear from Mountaineers radio play-by-play man Tony Caridi. But how about for league bell cows Texas and Oklahoma? The experts weigh in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Virus can't be ignored as Big 12, Kansas State kick off Media Days

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 32:37

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he would have loved nothing better than to end the COVID-19 pandemic conversation and speak only to this football season. But the latest spike in numbers didn't allow for that. So football and virus precautions were the primary topics on Big 12 Media Days on Wednesday. You'll hear from Bowlsby on today's SportsBeat KC, also from Kansas State beat writer Kellis Robinett and Wildcats football Coach Chris Klieman on various topics. K-State looks to upgrade its receiving corps and improve its defense from last year's 4-6 team that scored one of the season's crazy's outcomes when it defeated Oklahoma by scoring the game's final 24 points. Story links: Five noteworthy things K-State football coach Chris Klieman said at Big 12 Media Days  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Why Royals took a high school draft path + HR Derby coverage irritation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 42:12

    The Royals went young and local with their first few selections in this week's major league draft, which concluded Tuesday. KC's first-round selection, left-handed pitcher Frank Mozzicato, was a surprise based on projections. But the Royals' second and fourth overall picks, Blue Valley Southwest pitcher Ben Kudrna and Park Hill catcher Carter Jensen, are fairly well known around here. What does the youthful trend signal about the Royals? In this episode of The Star's daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC, beat writer Lynn Worthy joins columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian to discuss the draft and other events associated with All-Star week, including Salvador Perez's terrific performance in the Home Run Derby and why Royals fans were upset with ESPN's coverage. Story links: Royals fans rip ESPN for coverage of Salvador Perez at Home Run Derby Salvador Perez sets a record for catchers at Home Run Derby Royals draft Connecticut high schooler with seven pick. Here are the details Royals select local high school standouts with second and third round picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Going inside Kansas City's bid for the 2026 World Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 27:59

    During this period of international soccer action — Euro, Copa, Gold Cup and more — the biggest world event was a conversation topic in Kansas City on Monday. The city's bid be a host site for the 2026 World Cup got a lead image as the KC2026 Bid Committee partnered with OUTFRONT Media to create a wallscape that measures 90 x 90 feel on the north-facing side of the building at 1627 Main Street. On today's SportsBeat KC, Sporting Kansas City director of marketing Aaron Borns and Kansas City Sports Commission president and CEO Kathy Nelson take us inside Kansas City's World Cup bidding process. After a break, you'll hear from Gianluca Busio, who made his USMNT debut on Sunday night in the U.S.'s 1-0 victory over Haiti in the Gold Cup opener at Children's Mercy Park. Busio, 19, spoke to reporters on Friday about his feelings of representing the United States for the first time. Story links: Sporting KC's Busio adapting, impressing at USMNT Gold Cup camp ahead of Sunday's match U.S. Men's National Team opens Gold Cup soccer run in Kansas City with win over Haiti Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    How we put together list of top 25 best games by KC-area teams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 52:19

    Reaction to our list of the top 25 greatest games in Kansas City sports history has been strong. The story was posted on last weekend and appeared in the Tuesday editions of The Star and many generally agreed with the choices and enjoyed the trip down memory lane. A common thought among those who disagreed was our omission of Chiefs regular season games. One was included: The Joe Montana-led victory at Denver on Monday Night Football in 1994. We consider several more. On today's SportsBeat KC, Pete Grathoff and host Blair Kerkhoff discuss the list with columnist Vahe Gregorian and Chiefs beat writer Sam McDowell. The podcast was recorded before the stories appeared in the newspaper and on the website. Story link: Check out these 25 best ever games involving Kansas City-area teams. What did we miss? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Another Sporting victory, a marvelous KC NWSL goal and Gold Cup on deck

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 33:53

    Kansas City will feel like the nation's soccer center over the next couple of weeks. Sporting Kansas City remains molten-hot, collecting a 2-0 victory at the Los Angeles Galaxy last weekend. KC NWSL didn't just earn a 1-1 draw with FC Gotham, it did so in style with a goal by Mariana Larroquette that made ESPN's top plays highlights for the day. Add to that the arrival of Gold Cup group play at Children's Mercy Park starting Sunday with the U.S. Men's National Team, and it's a packed schedule. We talk about all of it on this episode of the daily SportsBeat KC podcast with guests Shaun Goodwin, Cora Hall and Briar Napier. Story links: KC NWSL breaks skid, gains point on Larroquette goal from distance that tied Gotham 1-1 Sporting KC scores two late, earns three points at LA Galaxy and takes lead in West race Gold Cup games in KC: It's homecoming for this U.S. Men's National Team player Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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