The Star's new sports show, "Holding Court" with Blair Kerkhoff, is at the Big 12 Tournament all week. In this morning's episode, Blair and Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian discuss the strength of the field, the impact of Joel Embiid's injury and more before Wednesday night's games tip off.
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Mar 12, 12:44 AM
Missouri guard Jabari Brown has been a basketball nomad, but family has always been important to him. He has found another family with the Tigers, who have given him support since his father was diagnosed with cancer.
Mar 11, 11:25 PM
Sporting KC takes the next step in the competition Wednesday and its the biggest challenge yet. Cruz Azul sits in first place in the Mexico Primera standings. When you think about it like that, it took a lot for us to get here, midfielder Graham Zusi said. When you put in all that work its been two years basically you dont want to blow your one opportunity. Thats why were so excited for it. We want to win it.
Mar 11, 10:58 PM
Based on preseason projections, Oklahoma State and Baylor figured to take the express lane to the NCAA Tournament. All signs point to the Cowboys and Bears reaching that destination, but both got confused with directions along the way.
Mar 12, 7:36 AM
This is the 18th Big 12 Tournament, and after the NCAA selection committee does its thing on Sunday, the guess is we will not have seen anything like it. Baylor coach Scott Drew marveled at the field. Toughest I can remember, Drew said. Not even close. More teams can win it this year. Normally, going in there are two or three teams that are the favorites.
Mar 12, 8:22 AM
There’s a chance Missouri’s next game at the Georgia Dome will be lower scoring than the Tigers’ last appearance. Of course, we’re talking different sports here.
Mar 12, 7:04 AM
Over the past two months, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have taken turns repeating the mantra build through the draft. So when free-agency officially began at 3 p.m. Tuesday, and five Chiefs starters were snapped up by other teams within the first 90 minutes, it hardly qualified as a shock. Also Tuesday, the Chiefs re-signed backup safety Husain Abdullah to a two-year deal, a source told The Star.
Mar 11, 11:04 PM
Kansas State freshman Marcus Foster, an unheralded recruit from Wichita Falls, Texas, has indeed made a name for himself this year. Still, Foster understands his future will only remain bright if he learns to do more. That means developing into a complete player, a process that will require work and improvement. Not just as a sophomore or as an upperclassman — right now.
Mar 12, 6:54 AM
Missouri’s House has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would enshrine a fundamental right for parents to raise their children as they see fit.
Mar 11, 11:17 PM
Missouri kicked off spring practice Tuesday and there was a different aura around the program. “It’s a different mentality this year,” senior running back Marcus Murphy said. “Last year, we were trying to get back on track and have a winning season. But this year, we want to build off what we did last year and do better than we did. We had a real good season and we want to use the confidence and all the momentum coming into this season.”
Mar 11, 11:02 PM
Kansas City, as you may know, has no NBA team. But this week the city will be a site to view future NBA talent, perhaps top talent if draft projections are considered.
Mar 12, 8:42 AM
The man, Derek T. Brownlee, 35, pleaded guilty to robbing the Metcalf Bank in Overland Park and then leading police on a chase that reached 90 mph.
Mar 11, 11:43 PM
For those who have watched Andrew Wiggins lead the Jayhawks to a 10th straight Big 12 championship, heres the question about his big-game reputation: If Wiggins can rise to the occasion, playing his most beautiful basketball against the most high-profile opponents, why doesnt he turn it on more often?
Mar 11, 11:11 PM
Sporting Kansas City announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Antonio Rodriguez Dovale on Tuesday. Dovale, 23, commonly referred to as “Toni,” was most recently a member of Celta Vigo, a Spanish club playing in La Liga, the top professional soccer division in Spain.
Mar 12, 12:48 AM
Outfielder Jarrod Dyson, the most successful 50th-round pick in the last two decades, is not guaranteed a spot on the Royals' roster, but his place feels secure. He appeals as both an insurance policy for oft-injured center fielder Lorenzo Cain and a prized late-game pinch runner.
Mar 12, 7:00 AM
A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that could raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $10 an hour.
Mar 12, 12:11 AM
KU’s Andrew Wiggins, the Big 12’s freshman of the year, may be the future of Canadian basketball. But he’s just one of many northern exports that will be on display this week during the Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center. Here’s a look at The Star’s All-Canadian Big 12 team — and how it would compare to an American counterpart.
Mar 12, 12:13 AM
The NCAA selection committee will hunker down in a room on Sunday in Indianapolis, piecing together a bracket of 68 teams. The committee members will consider many variables: Quality wins. Strength of schedule. And this year, yes, injuries. The latest test case for how the committee should deal with a teams health: Its right here in Kansas.
Mar 11, 10:31 PM
In a renaming that reflects its broader health network, Shawnee Mission Medical Center is now Shawnee Mission Health. The new name, unveiled today, will cover three major health care facilities, hospital officials said. The networks flagship hospital at 75th Street and Interstate 435 in Merriam will continue to be called Shawnee Mission Medical Center.