Here are 816 area storylines to watch this week at the Kansas Relays.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Here are 816 area storylines to watch this week at the Kansas Relays.
News and notes from 816 North high school scene.
News and notes on Johnson County area high school sports scene
Here are five storylines to watch this week at the Kansas Relays:
Johnson County runners will be among the throngs returning to compete in this year’s Boston Marathon to pay tribute and support victims.
Players have to decide by today — the day before the spring signing period, which begins April 16 and continues through May 21 for Division I basketball this year — whether to remain in the NBA Draft or lose their future NCAA eligibility. The effect is that, rather than spending a month working out for NBA teams and receiving a thorough examination, decisions by players such as Missouri’s Jabari Brown will be based primarily on scouting reports prepared by NBA executives.
For you movie buffs out there, the Chiefs made a brief appearance in the new Kevin Costner film “Draft Day,” which opened in theaters last week. I’ll give you a quick, spoiler-free explanation.
Theres been more than enough of the other end, including here, so lets flip the script and talk about the five most encouraging parts of this very young Royals season.
Only 11 games have concluded thus far, a mere sliver of the 162-game marathon, with a three-game series starting Tuesday night in Houston. But the Royals bullpen’s performance has been troubling thus far. The relievers are committing a pair of cardinal sins: They are not throwing strikes, and they are not holding runners.
The Royals stand 4-7, the worst record in the American League, and a fan base trained to expect the worst is doing what its been taught. Most baseball people like to wait 40 games, but most baseball people havent suffered through an agonizing run of letdowns. Still, outside of injuries or showing up at the wrong stadium, the Royals could not have done much more in a three-day span to crumble fans confidence.
William “PeeWee” Summers died at age 71 on Sunday from complications with diabetes, and the Kansas City area lost a former resident who not only was a respected official at several levels, including the Big Eight and Missouri Valley Conference, but also a pioneer. William Summers was the first African-American student at William Jewell when he enrolled in 1961. Summers became a star athlete at Jewell, competing in basketball, baseball and track.
The Star's Vahe Gregorian & CineSport's Noah Coslov react to Dorial Green-Beckham's dismissal from the Missouri football team after another run-in with the law and discuss what his future holds.
In its ongoing search for additional options in the backcourt, Kansas will play host this weekend to Devonte Graham, one of the top available point guards in the 2014 class. Graham, a 6-foot-2 guard from Brewster Academy, will take an official visit to KU starting on Friday, his prep school coach, Jason Smith, announced on Twitter. Kansas coach Bill Self visited Graham on Friday.
The Chiefs conducted a private on-campus workout with Virginia University of Lynchburg cornerback Keith Lewis on Monday, and apparently it went so well Lewis felt compelled to tweet about it.
The independent report by the Dowd Bennett Law Firm in Clayton, Mo., into MUs handling of sexual assault allegations by former swimmer Sasha Menu Courey was critical of the university, but her parents said they are pleased with the investigations thoroughness and recommendations. Our daughter Sasha went through a perfect storm of unfortunate events that led to her suicide, Menu Coureys parents said in a statement released Monday. Although we cannot change the past, we hope that the lessons learned from the investigation will lead to positive changes for future athletes and students.
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.
RUGBY GAMES: The Kansas City Rugby Football Club will play host to the Kansas City Blues for matches between the first teams and second teams at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Shawnee Mission North High School. For more information, call 816.213.7343.
There was an over-50 renaissance this week at the 78th Masters, with Fred Couples, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Bernhard Langer finishing strong.
Bubba Watson slipped on his second green jacket in three years after shooting a final-round 69 and finishing at 8 under par, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by 3 strokes for the Masters title.
Here is a gif of the key error in the Royals' game Sunday at Minnesota.
Federal tax returns for the Big 12 and SEC shows why it pays to be belong to a major conference. Big 12 revenue totaled $214.8 million in 2012-13. The SEC totaled $314.5 million.
Missouri junior Evan Boehm admits there were some frustrating moments last spring as he transitioned to center. Now, after starting all 14 games at center as a sophomore, Boehm is settled in during spring camp and his focus has shifted from learning to dominating.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.
So far this season, Billy Butler has only six hits in 39 at-bats. He has yet to produce an extra-base hit. Still, manager Ned Yost does not intend to shuffle his lineup. Butler will remain his No. 4 hitter, sandwiched between Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon, with catcher Salvador Perez still batting sixth.
When the Missouri Mavericks set their goals at the beginning of the season, one of the big ones was getting home-ice advantage in the Central Hockey League playoffs. Now, that hard work pays off because they will be playing host to game six against the Arizona Sundogs — and seven, if necessary.
Sophomore quarterback helps starters come back from a 7-0 halftime deficit for a 20-10 victory.
Nearly two years later, Manny Pacquiao finally got the decision most people thought he deserved the first time against Timothy Bradley.
Jordan Spieth, 20, is now one round away from becoming the youngest Masters champion in history younger even than a 21-year-old Tiger Woods in 1997. Spieth is tied with Bubba Watson for the lead after three rounds.
When FC Kansas City acquired forward Amy Rodriguez from Seattle Reign FC last November, it was looking for a player who could make a quick impression. In her first National Womens Soccer League start she did just that.
The 2014 NFL Draft will take place May 8-10. Here is The Star’s second projection of the first round. You can find the first version here.
Cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris and offensive lineman Anthony Collins, all members of Orange Bowl championship team of 2007, speak to current Jayhawks.
The Comets announced Saturday that they will be leaving the league and partnering with owners from the San Diego Sockers and Baltimore Blast to form a new-look Professional Arena Soccer League, which will begin play next season. The league will probably feature more than 20 teams, including as many as six from Mexico, according to Comets team president and part-owner Brian Budzinski.
Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Joe Morgan, Dave Winfield and the late Roberto Clemente were inducted for playing the game with the same passion, flair and skill exhibited by stars of the Negro Leagues.
Deante Burton has not had much opportunity to show what he’s got at wide receiver in game action for the Wildcats, but that is likely to change this season.
April is a time for surprises, at least in baseball. Each year a team gets out of the box quickly, defying expectations. Take the Milwaukee Brewers, who are atop the NL Central, which produced three playoff teams a year ago in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.