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Lawrence swimmer Michael Andrew’s Olympic bid falls short but oozes promise

Michael Andrew of Lawrence finished fourth in the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday. The 17-year-old’s performance in his first U.S. Olympic swimming trials gives him more currency and confidence. He has four more events here, but the 100 breaststroke likely was his best chance. But since he turned pro as a 14-year-old, it’s generally been believed he would peak for the 2020 Olympics.

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Swimming phenom Michael Andrew advances to finals in first Olympic trials

Lawrence’s Michael Andrew, 17, became the youngest pro swimmer in U.S. history at age 14. He has earned national attention as an up-and-comer in the sport -- and also because of being coached at home by his father -- but had plateaued in the last year. But an adjustment in training with his father and coach, Peter, helped him manage his nerves and set the U.S. junior record in the 100-breaststroke twice on Sunday.

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Shannon Vreeland heads to Olympic swimming trials looking for one more golden moment

As Shannon Vreeland, a Blue Valley West graduate who was the first Kansas City-area athlete to win Olympic gold since 2000, enters her anticipated final U.S. Olympic Swimming trials June 26-July 3 in Omaha, she does so knowing there is no assurance she’ll qualify for the Rio Olympics in August. The trials are exacting enough in themselves, but she also is contending with a shoulder popping and out of its socket from the punishing cumulative effects of years of relentless dedication to the sport.

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Muhammad Ali and Hank Stram had a unique bond

Muhammad Ali and former Chiefs coach Hank Stram got to know each other through Angelo Dundee, Ali’s trainer. Their relationship became such that Ali visited the Stram home in 1971 and called on the Chiefs in 1974. Stram’s son Dale spent two weeks with Ali in 1978 and was fascinated by what he saw.

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Wellington, Mo., archer clinches spot in 2016 Summer Olympics

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Swimming phenom Michael Andrew of Lawrence

Swimming phenom Michael Andrew of Lawrence on advancing to semifinals and setting world junior record in the 100-meter breaststroke on Sunday in his first race in the U.S Olympic Swimming trials in Omaha, Neb.
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Swimming phenom Michael Andrew of Lawrence 1:07

Swimming phenom Michael Andrew of Lawrence

Gymnast Brenna Dowell talks about move named after her about women's nationals 0:51

Gymnast Brenna Dowell talks about move named after her about women's nationals

Tyronn Lue's grandmother, Olivia George, on his connection to Mexico, Mo. 1:44

Tyronn Lue's grandmother, Olivia George, on his connection to Mexico, Mo.

Royals' Eric Hosmer supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters 2:13

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