Monthly Archives: January 2015

Additions Rios, Morales are key to Royals’ offense

Royals-Rios-Morales

JANUARY 2015 – Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales are coming off a gloomy season, but both have feasible reasons on why 2014 was a down year.

The Kansas City Royals are counting both free agent signees having a bounce back season. Rios, who turns 34 in February, was signed for $11 million for one season with a mutual option for 2016. Morales signed a two-year contract for $17 million. He will pocket $6.5 million in 2016 and $9 million in 2016 with a $1.5 million buyout for an $11 million option for 2017. Plus, he could earn another $750,000 each year on bonuses based on plate appearances.

Chiefs win at end, but miss playoffs

Chiefs-Justin Houston

JANUARY 2015 – In 2006, an improbable series of events on the final regular season weekend got the Kansas City Chiefs into the playoffs.

The Chiefs beat Jacksonville 35-30 to finish with a 9-7 record, but still needed Pittsburgh to beat Cincinnati, New England to beat Tennessee and the most unlikely San Francisco to beat Denver to back into the playoffs as a wildcard. Check, check and check.

Of course, the Chiefs were one-and-done in the playoff losing at Indianapolis and Peyton Manning.

“That year it happened for us,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said. “This year it didn’t.

Selden returns to KU, but shooting remains inconsistent

KU's Wayne Seldin, Jr.

JANUARY 2015 – Two days after Kansas’ heartbreaking loss to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, freshman guard Wayne Selden Jr. made a Twitter announcement that comforted Jayhawk fans.

“Want to let Jayhawk Nation know, I will be returning for my sophomore season! Can’t wait to get to work and back in the fieldhouse.”

After starting all 35 games and averaging 9.7 points last season while showing glimpses of greatness, Selden likely would have been a late first round or early second-round NBA Draft pick. But he knew he could improve with another year under KU coach Bill Self.

Selden, though, had a bigger reason to come back.

Williams seizing the opportunity at Kansas State

KSU-Williams

JANUARY 2015 – For a college basketball player—unless you have freaky skills—success often comes when you take advantage of opportunities. Such is the story of Nino Williams.

Williams, a 6-5 Kansas State senior forward, has a career of opportunities seized. Let’s start with his prep career.

Williams is from St. Louis, but prior to his sophomore year of high school, his school’s coach got fired. He decided to look for other options, and the best one appeared to be at a prep school in Kansas City. However, he quickly realized that it was too good to be true.

Williams maintains Tigers inside presence

MU-Williams

JANUARY 2015 – Johnathan Williams III, one of the few returning Missouri regulars, hopes to bring rebounding skill and tough inside play to coach Kim Anderson’s young squad.

Only Williams and forward Ryan Rosburg return as starters, as the roster includes six freshmen and three transfers. The Tigers bring back just four players back from Frank Haith’s final season in Columbia.

Williams was one of the SEC’s top freshman last year, providing fearsome defense with 57 blocked shots, ranking eighth nationally at 1.6 per game, and 11th in the league with 227 rebounds, which was the fourth-best rebounding season for freshmen in school history.  The blocks rank second for a Missouri freshman and fifth-best overall.

Fighting the blahs…How to “cheer up” during the winter months

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JANUARY 2015 – For the past 3 years, I have offered readers information about the health and nutrition industry. You can read previous articles online at www.kcsportspaper.com beginning with the 12/12 edition.

Being “fit” includes being physically AND mentally fit.  This month I will share some information on a mental condition that most of you have heard about, some of you have experienced or are experiencing, but few understand.

Don’t let your resolutions fall by the wayside!

new year's resolutions

JANUARY 2015 – you started a new workout regimen in January, you’re probably starting to see some benefits from your daily or weekly workouts.

However, you might start seeing some of the downside to them as well. If you are doing the same workout every time, you could be risking an overuse injury by working the same muscles every time.

Keys to Peak Performance – Acceleration, Deceleration and Skill

Acceleration, deceleration and Skill

JANUARY 2015 – Would you get into a fast moving race car knowing it lacked brakes?  Unless you’re a true daredevil the answer is no.

So why do the same thing with your body?  Race car drivers rely on their team to provide three distinct areas of performance: 1) acceleration mechanisms (i.e. engine and fuel injection systems); 2) deceleration and control mechanisms (i.e. brakes, steering mechanisms and tires); and 3) driver skill (sport technique).

During movement your body must also possess efficiency in all three areas to perform at its best.

Swope Village inspires enthusiasts, grows soccer in KC

Youth Soccer-Swope Village

JANUARY 2015 – The opening of Swope Soccer Village was intended to bring a soccer presence to the inner city and give kids greater access to the “world’s game.”

It has become so much more than that.

Contributing to Kansas City’s growth as soccer capital of America, Swope Village has become a place to inspire kids and soccer enthusiasts of all ages.

‘Everyone Has A Role’ with the Kansas City Jets

KCIC-Jets Hockey

JANUARY 2015 – There may not be an “I” in “team,” but Gary Emmons says there is an “I” in “win.”

Emmons, the former Kansas City Blades star coaches the Kansas City Jets, the top traveling hockey team in the Kansas City area that makes its home in the Kansas City Ice Center.

Emmons stresses to his team that each player on the roster has a key role in the success of the team.

“Everyone has a role,” he said. “Not everyone can be Wayne Gretzky. If I can get everyone playing in their own capabilities and accepting the role they’re in, we’re a much better hockey team.”