Sam Mellinger

Sam Mellinger

Sam Mellinger: KU is playing better than ever, as evidenced by Sweet 16 stomping of Purdue

My editor is standing over my shoulder telling me we’re at the Sprint Center, but I know what I saw, and more than that know what I heard. So I’m telling him this was Allen Fieldhouse because I saw Kansas beat Purdue 98-66 in a Sweet 16 game on Thursday with That Moment: A breakout 360-degree dunk by Lagerald Vick, an in-and-out miss by Purdue, and then Josh Jackson looked Purdue’s best player in the eyes, smiled and buried a three-pointer.

Sam Mellinger

Mellinger Minutes: NCAA bracket answer key, KU-Iowa State, Bruce Weber, Cheslor Cuthbert and more

Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger answers your questions every week in his Mellinger Minutes column. What’s the best NCAA Tournament upset pick? Are Kansas basketball fans relaxed? Could K-State’s Bruce Weber bolt after this tournament? How hard would Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall troll KU if he took the Mizzou job? What’s the proper punishment for Royals backup catcher Drew Butera?

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Crown Chasers episode five: Royals want to reclaim spark that changed a losing culture

In the fifth installment of the six-part video series "Crown Chasers," Sam Mellinger recalls the massive challenge for Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore on his hiring in 2006 to reverse the culture of losing inside the team's clubhouse. Moore did exactly that over the course of eight years by finding players that shared a common trait: baseball players who had a burning desire to be great. They used that attitude to win the World Series in 2015, but need to recapture that attitude and spark in 2017.

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Crown Chasers episode five: Royals want to reclaim spark that changed a losing culture

In the fifth installment of the six-part video series "Crown Chasers," Sam Mellinger recalls the massive challenge for Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore on his hiring in 2006 to reverse the culture of losing inside the team's clubhouse. Moore did exactly that over the course of eight years by finding players that shared a common trait: baseball players who had a burning desire to be great. They used that attitude to win the World Series in 2015, but need to recapture that attitude and spark in 2017.
David Eulitt and Sam Mellinger The Kansas City Star
Crown Chasers episode five: Royals want to reclaim spark that changed a losing culture 4:23

Crown Chasers episode five: Royals want to reclaim spark that changed a losing culture

Crown Chasers episode four: 2017 season could be Ned Yost's defining challenge 2:54

Crown Chasers episode four: 2017 season could be Ned Yost's defining challenge

Mellinger Minutes: Facebook Live Q&A on the NCAA Tournament, KU, Chiefs, Royals and more 23:28

Mellinger Minutes: Facebook Live Q&A on the NCAA Tournament, KU, Chiefs, Royals and more

Royals owner David Glass on the possibility of re-signing Eric Hosmer 0:54

Royals owner David Glass on the possibility of re-signing Eric Hosmer