College basketball arena rankings: No place like Kansas’ home

Athlon Sports recently released its poll of a dozen college basketball media members around the nation that asked them to rate their 10 favorite venues in terms of atmosphere, experience and amenities. Allen Fieldhouse at Kansas was the winner and that got Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian thinking about his own list.

Chiefs' loss was as much Indy's explosion as KC's implosion

For all the blame and scapegoating you might want to assign, for all the issues that were illuminated once and for all about the Chiefs' defense that was radiating fool’s gold early in the season, this was done to the Chiefs as much as by them. Mostly, it was about Andrew Luck, the Colts' ridiculously talented quarterback.

Mizzou’s football season needs grand finale

As well they should, the accolades are cascading down now over the Missouri football program. But for plenty of reasons, all these good vibes require an exclamation point in the Cotton Bowl for the season to have real resonance after MU’s 59-42 loss to Auburn in the SEC championship game.

Dogged determination connects Sporting’s Besler and Zusi

One way or another, Sporting KC’s Matt Besler and Graham Zusi have been tethered together since each was drafted in 2009. And they will be for the foreseeable future. As paupers with the then-Wizards, the Sporting KC stars became roommates at Besler’s parents’ house in Overland Park, where Zusi flopped in the basement. Now, four days before the MLS Cup game against Real Salt Lake on Saturday at Sporting Park, they were named to the league’s Best XI team for the second straight season.

An A-Z rewind of the Chiefs' 23-13 victory over Buffalo

A is for Armageddon, or at least the Chiefs next game: Nov. 17 at Denver, where the 9-0 Chiefs and their remarkable defense take on the 7-1 Broncos and their frightening offense. Something’s got to give. The Star's Vahe Gregorian breaks down the Chiefs' victory against the Bills and looks ahead to the game at Denver.

MU's L'Damian Washington draws strength from his shattering childhood

If you want to know where the acute senses of compassion and sheer emotional strength in Mizzou receiver L’Damian Washington came from, the character that allowed him to lead the way in consoling kicker Andrew Baggett after Mizzou’s 27-24 double overtime loss to South Carolina, you need look only to how he overcame the shattering circumstances of his childhood.

Togetherness is key to standout play by Missouri's offensive line

A pivotal difference between No. 5 Missouri’s play this season and last has been the remarkable health of an offensive line that was ravaged by injuries in 2012. “The continuity of playing together, there’s nothing like it,” Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel said. “That doesn’t mean you’re not going to have any mistakes, but certainly the consistency at that position helps a lot.”