<![CDATA[Vahe Gregorian: Sports Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/ en-us Wed, 21 May 2014 09:36:58 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Wed, 21 May 2014 09:36:58 CDT Vahe Gregorian 60 Through turbulent waters, Kendrys Morales has landed safely http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article19111938.html#storylink=rss Royals’ designated hitter Kendrys Morales escaped Cuba on his 13th try and is in the midst of second major comeback of career

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:32:47 CDT

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These Royals will not back down http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article19008351.html#storylink=rss In the span of one magical postseason, the Royals morphed from the haunted to the hunted. On Sunday it set the scene for a delirious, mesmerizing game before 36,755, a 4-2 Royals victory that proved testament to the resolve of a team depleted by injuries to three starters and its closer, and a spree of ejections.

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:38:04 CDT

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Royals can shrug off injuries now http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article18898728.html#storylink=rss Not so long ago, a vulnerable team might have crumpled with the rash of injuries they’re suddenly facing

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:40:48 CDT

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Nebraska’s Mike Riley represents stark personality contrast, and upgrade, to Bo Pelini http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article18283322.html#storylink=rss The question for new Nebraska football coach Mike Riley ultimately will be whether he can outdo his predecessor, Bo Pelini, on the field to take the Huskers back to their accustomed heights.

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:02:53 CDT

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Paulo Orlando’s meandering path to the Royals resonates in big-league debut http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article17997992.html#storylink=rss After 17 years and nine minor-league seasons and 1,017 minor-league games and 4,093 minor-league plate appearances and hundreds of endless bus rides and infinite uncertainty later, 29-year-old Brazilian Paulo Orlando started in left field Thursday for the Royals.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:15:00 CDT

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After the debacle, Missouri men’s basketball seeks its way back http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article17898848.html#storylink=rss A year after the euphoria of being hired for his dream job, MU men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson now has to take ownership of what he inherited following one of the worst seasons in program history.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:50:47 CDT

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Mike Moustakas shows trademark intensity and new swing in Royals’ opening-day victory http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article17586062.html#storylink=rss Reflecting a spring training regimen focused on hitting to left, Mike Moustakas smacked his first career opposite-field home run and dropped a sacrifice bunt to help nudge along what would become the game-winning run Monday in the Royals’ 10-1 opening-day win over the White Sox. And, yes, the bunt attempt was on his own.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:02:24 CDT

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Vahe Gregorian: Royals say they don’t lack for leadership, but the face of that is uncertain http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article17398181.html#storylink=rss Veterans James Shields and Raul Ibañez were integral to the franchise’s revival. But it’s not yet clear whether their impact is lasting and who will take the baton of leadership from them.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 17:00:00 CDT

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Credit Mark Emmert, NCAA for seizing day against Indiana discrimination http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article17340878.html#storylink=rss NCAA President Mark Emmert’s sense of the moment doesn’t necessarily absolve his past or assure his future. But the way he and the organization reacted to Indiana’s RFRA deserves commendation.

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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 17:22:28 CDT

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Notre Dame’s Steve Vasturia offers a reminder of all that’s good in sports http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article16536383.html#storylink=rss Notre Dame sophomore guard’s style reflects his mother and father, a college football teammate.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:14:30 CDT

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Wichita State’s NCAA Tournament loss could mark end of a great era http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article16443578.html#storylink=rss Shockers fall to Notre Dame in the Sweet 16, and with Coach Gregg Marshall likely to get big offers elsewhere, one wonders who will be back next season.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:33:42 CDT

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Unfazed by Jayhawks’ stature, Wichita State knocks out Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article16058621.html#storylink=rss In their first meeting since 1993, Wichita State smashed Kansas 78-65, a misleadingly close final score, to advance to the Sweet 16 against Notre Dame on Thursday in Cleveland.

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Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:22:05 CDT

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Longtime Jayhawk fan Ron Baker embodies spirit of KU-Wichita State game http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article15751943.html#storylink=rss Being of the wind and the dirt and the wheat of Kansas, as Ron Baker likes to put it, carries with it another default characteristic: a love for basketball.

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Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:32:42 CDT

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Gritty win over Hoosiers puts Shockers right where they want to be http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article15537215.html#storylink=rss So the Shockers finally get a shot at Kansas. To maximize this window of opportunity, they’re best-served to stay hungry and play angry — as their motto went two seasons back.

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:09:30 CDT

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Upset-minded New Mexico State undaunted by Kansas’ credentials http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article15400412.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:06:23 CDT

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Chris Borland’s abrupt retirement from NFL another step toward enlightenment http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article15050924.html#storylink=rss The abrupt retirement of 24-year-old San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland because of pre-emptive concerns about head injuries is in itself no critical-mass moment for the NFL. But it’s surely another step forward in a realm that can only benefit from more analysis and discussion.

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Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:20:30 CDT

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Jayhawks and Shockers on juicy men’s basketball collision course http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article14532899.html#storylink=rss If Kansas beats 15th-seeded New Mexico State and Wichita State gets past 10th-seeded Indiana in the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Omaha, Neb., what happens next will trump the wiggle room KU has used to avoid scheduling the Shockers in basketball.

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Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:47:15 CDT

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Iowa State gives athletic director Jamie Pollard a nice gift by winning Big 12 Tournament title http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article14473529.html#storylink=rss Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard couldn’t be at the Sprint Center because he was in the hospital recovering from triple-bypass heart surgery, but he was with the team in spirit.

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Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:48:25 CDT

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‘Find a way’ is what KU does in its win over Baylor http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article14122622.html#storylink=rss As KU coach Self stood winding down in a Sprint Center corridor Friday, he groped for the right words to describe KU’s identity. He finally found them when he blurted out, “I would say our identity would be ‘find a way.’ ” And after grinding past Baylor 62-52 on Friday at the Sprint Center, his Jayhawks are a win from doubling down with a victory win in the Big 12 Tournament title game Saturday night.

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:51:55 CDT

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Oklahoma connection a big part of Mindy Corporon’s life http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article13922867.html#storylink=rss Mindy Corporon attended Oklahoma, and her son, Reat Underwood, also wanted to go there. But Reat was murdered last April outside the Jewish Community Center. Corporon talked about how they were “part of the university.” which is why she was jarred by a video spewing hatred from members of a now-closed fraternity.

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:43:49 CDT

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K-State’s problems are exposed in season-ending loss to TCU http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article13681358.html#storylink=rss Kansas State likely wasn’t winning the Big 12 Tournament, but the idea going into Wednesday’s opener was to generate a last stand, to put an exclamation point on a season of radical mood swings. Instead, the clarifying signature was this: a grimace-inducing 67-65 loss to TCU that officially snuffed out a school-record five straight NCAA berths and illuminated all that went awry this season.

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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:20:09 CDT

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Establishing relationships will be key for new Mizzou A.D. Mack Rhoades http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article13160798.html#storylink=rss If he’s “to take Mizzou Athletics to even greater heights,” as his new boss said, incoming MU athletic director Mack Rhoades’ accessibility and ability to cultivate relationships with all constituents, from boosters to colleagues to coaches and anyone else who touches the program, will be the key.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 21:51:31 CDT

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By any name, pitcher Edinson Volquez is a crucial cog for Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article13061549.html#storylink=rss Edinson Volquez had a different name when he started playing professional ball in the United States, and he’s had an up-and-down career. But he will be counted on heavily by the Royals.

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Sun, 08 Mar 2015 21:46:48 CDT

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Mike Moustakas’ October surprise has potential to be transformative http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article12964652.html#storylink=rss There is reasonable logic to the case that Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas’ October was a breakthrough, not a blip, and that he can continue to play with an uncluttered mind.

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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 19:25:18 CST

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Royals need to think long-term when deciding where to put Brandon Finnegan http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article12889325.html#storylink=rss Maybe one day it will turn out 21-year-old lefty Brandon Finnegan is best-suited to be a reliever. But in the here and now of the embryonic stages of his career, in the context of the Royals’ most vital needs on the near horizon, he ideally projects in the starting rotation.

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:45:52 CST

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Royals’ Miguel Almonte makes sizzling debut that hints at bright future http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article12794432.html#storylink=rss Spontaneously during a chat in January, Royals vice-president for international operations Rene Francisco broached the name of a prospect on the cusp of being the Next Big Thing for the Royals — 21-year-old pitcher Miguel Almonte.

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Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:22:18 CST

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Royals’ power surge stirs hope of addressing missing dimension http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article12544028.html#storylink=rss It was an exhibition game, but that doesn’t mean there’s not at least reason to pause to ponder what a semblance of power might mean for the Royals, who uncorked their 2015 exhibition season with exhilarating and rare back-to-back-to-back home runs in a six-run first inning against the Texas Rangers.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:25:56 CST

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When Kansas really needs him most, Perry Ellis steps up in win over Texas http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article11820134.html#storylink=rss Perry Ellis, once a case study in the notion of paralysis by analysis, so long gridlocked by over-thinking and conscientiousness, has emerged into KU’s most reliable and mature player.

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:00:05 CST

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Being bullied gave voice to Benedictine’s Jallen Messersmith http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article11344097.html#storylink=rss Jallen Messersmith, the Benedictine Ravens’ senior from Blue Springs, is believed to be the first active and openly gay U.S. men’s basketball player.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:59:11 CST

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Court-storming can have devastating consequences http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article11097497.html#storylink=rss Chances are you’ve never heard of Joe Kay. But you should know his name as you consider where you stand on the issue of court-storming that’s been percolating anew since the mess Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum after Kansas State upset Kansas 70-63.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:06:10 CST

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