Vahe Gregorian

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Vahe Gregorian: Next 20 games loom as pivotal for Royals

The Royals are 7-14 after losing seven straight games and scoring 17 runs in their last 10. It’s still early, and there’s still reason to believe they can turn this around, but they have to snap to life soon considering impending free agency for four key players means decisions to be made by the trade deadline. With 16 of their next 20 games at home, including the next 10, this is the time for them to make their move.

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Vahe Gregorian: Chiefs should avoid another controversial draft pick, like Joe Mixon

Last year, the Kansas City Chiefs took a major public-relations hit and a big risk by drafting Tyreek Hill, who only months before had pleaded guilty to domestic violence on his then-pregnant girlfriend. By all accounts, the gamble has worked out well off the field and Hill has excelled on the field. So the Chiefs may be tempted to draft a talent like Joe Mixon, who punched a woman in 2014. That would be a bad idea.

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Vahe Gregorian: Whit Merrifield’s return feels like home

Whit Merrifield lost out on the numbers game in spring training despite proving himself last season. So he promptly set out to make himself essential to the Royals, who called him up from Class AAA Omaha to give them some offensive punch. In his first game back, he hit a home run and was on base four times in the Royals’ 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Giants on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

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Vahe Gregorian: ‘One Shining Moment’ depends on the fortunes of fate

North Carolina and Gonzaga play for the national title tonight, and the winner will be hailed while the loser will be scrutinized for what went wrong. But the line between winning and losing likely will be thin, as Carolina’s loss in last season’s title game and victory over Oregon attest. And the suffering of Oregon’s Jordan Bell in the wake of the UNC loss reminds that teams win and lose, not individual players.

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Vahe Gregorian: Temper and all, Frank Martin thrives

Frank Martin has the South Carolina Gamecocks men’s basketball team in the Final Four five years after leaving the Kansas State Wildcats in a clash with then-athletic director John Currie. Martin is still prone to excesses, but his sincerity makes his all-consuming style good for the game.

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Danny Duffy's grandmother also played baseball ... and she was a lefty

Danny Duffy's grandmother Terry Schneider played baseball in the era of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as chronicled in the movie "A League of Their Own." Schneider, a left-hander, played shortstop and outfield for New York Life Insurance, where she worked during the day. Danny Duffy's arm strength may be attributable to her arm and that of his mother, Deanna, a longtime softball player who played many catch games with her son. Duffy's father, Dan, showed off Schneider's glove.

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Vahe Gregorian: Bittersweet or not, Frank Mason’s journey one to celebrate

On Thursday, Kansas senior guard Frank Mason was named The Associated Press national player of the year —- the first AP player of the year in KU’s storied history. It’s a bittersweet time for Mason, who Tweeted that he felt like his life was over after KU’s 74-60 loss to Oregon in the Elite eight last week at the Sprint Center. But Mason should bask in his success story.

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Vahe Gregorian: Cuonzo Martin is right on time for Mizzou

Six years ago, Missouri saw Cuonzo Martin as a backup candidate to replace Mike Anderson. But Martin had already been offered the Tennessee job when Matt Painter rejected Missouri, and he wasn’t going to go back on his word. That tells a lot about who he is, where he’s from and perhaps where MU is going.

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The A-Team reacts to Chiefs signing a quarterback: Patrick Mahomes

For the first time in 34 years, the Chiefs drafted a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Kansas City Star sports writers Terez Paylor, Blair Kerkhoff, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger react to the selection of Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech at No. 10 overall Thursday.
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The A-Team reacts to Chiefs signing a quarterback: Patrick Mahomes 1:47

The A-Team reacts to Chiefs signing a quarterback: Patrick Mahomes

Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin on his wedding planning role: 'Saying yes to everything' 5:36

Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin on his wedding planning role: 'Saying yes to everything'

Danny Duffy's grandmother also played baseball ... and she was a lefty 0:58

Danny Duffy's grandmother also played baseball ... and she was a lefty

Danny Duffy's childhood home in Lompoc, California filled with memorabilia, memories 3:48

Danny Duffy's childhood home in Lompoc, California filled with memorabilia, memories