Does Chiefs’ DL Bennie Logan have the right stuff?

Does Chiefs’ DL Bennie Logan have the right stuff?

One of the most important Kansas City Chiefs acquisitions of the off-season was signing Bennie Logan. The loss of Dontari Poe via free agency left More »

With changes ahead, the Royals should have an intriguing off-season

With changes ahead, the Royals should have an intriguing off-season

The World Series is over and that means the free agent season is beginning, which will signify the dismantling of the 2015 World Series champions. More »

Chiefs’ Harrison Butker doesn’t fit the stereotype of NFL placekickers

Chiefs’ Harrison Butker doesn’t fit the stereotype of NFL placekickers

Harrison Butker decided in high school that he wanted to sign up for Twitter. It was the cool thing to do at Westminster (Ga.) High More »

Andy Reid: Where does he stack up in the Chiefs’ coaching legacy?

Andy Reid: Where does he stack up in the Chiefs’ coaching legacy?

We are halfway through the fifth season with Andy Reid as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and I have begun to examine More »

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Current issue of KC Sports is now available at over 700 locations…plus online!

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The quality house hockey programs at KC Ice Center change travel teams

The numbers were down this fall for the first time in many years for players trying out for the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association travel teams.

While that may sound bad, it’s not. The decrease reflects the success of the house program at the Kansas City Ice Center that has been so dramatic.

“Our house numbers are way up, because so many kids stayed with the house program,” said Dean Nelson, general manager of the KCIC. “Our hockey numbers are up, and that is reflected in the number of kids in the house leagues.

Heartland Soccer brings families together with fashion show October 29

Get ready to rock the runway with Heartland Soccer Association’s fashion show.

A pair of shows on Sunday, October 29, at the Ritz Charles event space in Overland Park will feature local soccer folks strutting their stuff in fashions from some of the area’s best retailers.

The event is designed to bring together people from the Kansas City soccer community in a non-traditional, off-the-field gathering.

Sports specialization can have a detrimental effect on young athletes

When a young kid shows an early talent for a sport, it’s easy to want to focus solely on developing that talent via sports specialization.

It’s become much more common in recent years for a child to go through intense training in one sport and exclude all others. Many parents believe the best way to have an elite athlete is to master that sport from a young age.

However, studies have shown early sport specialization can actually have detrimental effects to an athlete, including burnout and increased risk of injury, and typically does not lead to college scholarships or professional contracts.

Disc Golf: a low-key sport that is easy to start and fun for all ages

Do you like to throw stuff? Who doesn’t! That’s pretty much the main requirement for playing disc golf. This sport has continued to increase in popularity – and with good reason, too. Disc golf is easy to start, welcomes players of all skill levels, and can be found all around the metro.

Kansas City is actually a hotbed for the sport. According to the Kansas City Flying Disc Club, there are about 30 disc golf courses in the KC area. National tournaments are played here, and Kansas City is home to two disc golf stores.

So what’s so great about disc golf?

KC Royals started and ended the 2017 season with disappointment

The hole was Grand Canyon-deep from the beginning. The Royals dropped eight straight in late April. They lost 20 of their first 30 games, putting them seven games out on May 7.

Yet, they slowly climbed out of that. They went 17-9 in June and in late July they reeled off a nine-game winning streak. They were seven-games above .500 on July 28. They moved to within 1 ½ games of the division-leading Cleveland Indians.

General manager Dayton Moore went all in, acquiring Melky Cabrera from the Chicago White Sox and pitchers Trevor Cahill, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer from the San Diego Padres.

Moore said he has no regrets about the trades with the hopes of giving this group of Royals one more chance to make it to post-season.

It did not happen.

After lengthy run, the Royals will probably lose core players due to free agency

There is a Neil Sedaka classic song, which Clay Aiken of America Idol fame redid, called “breaking up is hard to do.” That should have been the Kansas City Royals theme song for the final weekend of a disappointing 2017 season.

Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar made their Royals’ debuts in 2011, along with Salvador Perez. The first four are about to test the free agent market for the first time. They all played together the last time on October 1.

Mizzou’s Logan Cheadle grinding through team’s defensive struggles

Missouri ended September with a 51-14 loss to ranked Auburn, who took advantage of the Tigers’ defensive shortcomings. Senior Logan Cheadle, the emerging leader of the cornerback unit, misread two passes that factored into Auburn’s 482-yard night. The cornerbacks finished with a season-low seven tackles.

Mizzou surrendered four touchdowns on Auburn’s first five offensive drives in an effort where Mizzou finished without a defended pass, forced fumble or an interception for the first time this season.

“We game-planned them hard,” Cheadle said. “We saw a lot of things we were expecting, but guys just didn’t make plays, me especially.”

Peyton Bender – shows skill and poise…moves forward as Jayhawks QB

The Peyton Bender era officially began for Kansas football Sept. 2 at Memorial Stadium in the season opener against Southeast Missouri State in front of 32,134 fans with mostly sunny skies and 83-degree weather.

On KU’s first play from scrimmage, Bender caught the snap in shotgun from center Mesa Ribordy and threw a four-yard pass to wide receiver Jeremiah Booker.

Daniel Sorensen soars for Chiefs defense. Safety finds success from raw talent and hard work.

When a recent photo of Kansas City Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen going airborne over a blocker to harass Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz went viral, the only thing missing was Sorensen’s Superman cape.

“I love it,” Chiefs All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston said.  “(He’s) putting it out there. That’s something that we ask of each other, everything that’s in your heart, we hope that you put it out there on the line every game, every snap, every play.

Fast-rising Wildcat Dalton Schoen has moved quickly up the receiver depth chart

Third-year mechanical engineering Kansas State student Dalton Schoen is a smart young man.

Dalton Schoen is a walk-on receiver from Overland Park with deceptive speed. At 6-2, 208 pounds, he might remind some long-time K-State fans of another big receiver from a decade ago. But he wouldn’t go there when asked to compare himself to Jordy Nelson, the former walk-on from Riley County.

“It’s impossible to compare myself to someone like that,” Schoen said.