<![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 Adventurous day for the Royals’ Yordano Ventura belongs in eye of the beholder http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article22155732.html#storylink=rss Royals starter Yordano Ventura surrendered four runs in seven innings Sunday against the Cardinals and opened the game in an apparent funk as the first four Cardinals reached base. But he settled down and retired 14 in a row at one point.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 18:32:30 CDT

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Royals manager Ned Yost will have little say in All-Star selections http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article22081545.html#storylink=rss If Royals manager Ned Yost could have his way, he might be inclined to stock the American League All-Star roster with his own. But Yost isn’t going to have much sway or wiggle room in forming the team.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 21:40:38 CDT

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Perception of Royals manager Ned Yost has certainly changed http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article22003476.html#storylink=rss Last season, Royals manager Ned Yost was being fitted for a dunce cap by The Wall Street Journal. After an American League championship in 2014 and his success this season, he appears to have the Midas touch.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 18:44:27 CDT

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Resurgent Mike Moustakas epitomizes rise of Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21774708.html#storylink=rss Exactly a year ago Friday, Mike Moustakas was lost in transition, gridlocked at a crossroads of his career and relegated to a remedial assignment in Class AAA Omaha. Now, Moustakas is one of the top hitters in the American League and the Royals are on top of the league.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 23:17:12 CDT

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Whitey Herzog a rare common denominator between St. Louis and KC baseball http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21623337.html#storylink=rss Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog, to be honored Friday at Kauffman Stadium, resuscitated both the Cardinals and Royals franchises.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:40:44 CDT

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A revived Royals rotation sets the winning tone http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21545739.html#storylink=rss As suddenly as starting pitching seemed to emerge as a concern for the Royals, just as suddenly it’s been revived. Punctuated by Jeremy Guthrie’s six shutout innings in a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals tied the 39-year-old franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched with 24.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 00:07:09 CDT

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Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell and ‘NFL ACTION ’72’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21401046.html#storylink=rss When I was 11 years old and we had just moved from Austin, Texas, to Ardmore, Pa., Sunoco put out a 56-page stamp album called NFL ACTION ’72. Acquiring the 624 stamps (24 per team, 26 teams at the time) to fill the pages became a quest.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 12:16:00 CDT

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Catcher Salvador Perez’s play makes needed rest a complicated issue for Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21259845.html#storylink=rss Catcher Salvador Perez arguably is the most indispensable player the Royals have — which continues to create a confounding dilemma for them: How to maximize this remarkably astute investment (Perez continues to be an absurd bargain at $1.75 million this year) while not depleting him.

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Sun, 17 May 2015 20:04:44 CDT

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Former Chief Bobby Bell gets his biggest score yet: a college degree http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21201822.html#storylink=rss A promise Bobby Bell made to his father decades ago was unfulfilled until Thursday, when he walked across a stage at the University of Minnesota to receive his degree in parks and recreation and leisure services.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 19:51:52 CDT

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Former Tiger Jeff Warren was a man to emulate http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article20715258.html#storylink=rss For a sense of who former University of Missouri basketball player Jeff Warren was and how he’ll live on after his death at age 44 on Friday, consider the gesture he made about a week before.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 19:39:31 CDT

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Royals’ bullpen works to compensate for struggling starters http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article20397753.html#storylink=rss Even with Greg Holland coming back and Luke Hochevar’s return increasingly imminent, a variable is surfacing that could either sabotage the enterprise or render it a lot less relevant. The rotation officially can be called wobbly after Danny Duffy got clobbered and KO’d without registering an out in the second inning on Wednesday in a 10-3 loss to Cleveland that illustrated some of the consequences of an overextended bullpen.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 23:16:33 CDT

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First impression of new Mizzou AD Mack Rhoades: This man has both energy and a plan http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article20191218.html#storylink=rss New Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades exudes confidence without audacity or the suggestion that he knows it all, has a plan but is open-minded, has both a sense of humor and a no-nonsense edge.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 13:24:03 CDT

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Royals-Tigers series makes for the start of a healthy rivalry http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/gregorian-chants/article20152092.html#storylink=rss Three games in the Royals’ series against the Tigers were sellouts. The crowds, of course, are testament to the Royals’ resurgence. But this was about something else, too: the anticipation of a budding — and notably respectful — rivalry with the Tigers.

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Sun, 03 May 2015 19:32:14 CDT

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Discarded newcomers have helped Royals move to another tier http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article20118300.html#storylink=rss Royals general manager Dayton Moore has patched into this team several players who are doing well in rebuilding careers and helping the Royals win.

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Sat, 02 May 2015 21:39:00 CDT

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New Chiefs offensive linemen Mitch Morse has always been ‘part of the solution’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article20073372.html#storylink=rss To understand how the University of Missouri’s Mitch Morse came to emerge as the Chiefs second-round draft pick on Friday night, to understand who he’ll be as a teammate and his abiding desire to make good, simply trace an arc back to when he was 4 years old.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 22:53:22 CDT

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Chiefs' John Dorsey, Andy Reid have faith Marcus Peters has learned from mistakes http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article19995357.html#storylink=rss Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid aren’t going to let winning a news conference or appeasing skeptics or any other vestige of political correctness sway what they think they should do with their first-round NFL Draft picks. Nor should they if they’ve done their due diligence on first-round draft pick Marcus Peters.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:49:26 CDT

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After brother’s near-death experience, Jack Sock is thankful for more than tennis http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article19463703.html#storylink=rss The Jack Sock story always has been a family story and, in fact, a brothers story. “We were always close, but this definitely makes you even closer,” said Eric, who was near death as Jack, the former four-time state singles champion at Blue Valley North, was working toward winning his first ATP World Tour singles title last month.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:02:08 CDT

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Royals must address Yordano Ventura’s emotional misadventures http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article19380393.html#storylink=rss It no longer can be doubted that Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has developed an issue with self-control. And it’s an issue that’s tainting the image of the Royals, whose demonstrative style of play is abrasive to some to begin with. Their abandon, combined with Ventura’s antics (and Kelvin Herrera’s wild behavior against the A’s), has in the span of a few weeks whisked the Royals from cuddly underdogs to virtual villains in the national lens.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:41:05 CDT

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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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Unbeaten Kentucky shows it is tough enough to win even when it isn’t perfect http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article16743371.html#storylink=rss This Kentucky basketball team isn’t perfect, coach John Calipari likes to say, just undefeated. The distinction was illuminated Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena, where the presumed inevitability of an unblemished Wildcats romp to the national title was in jeopardy until the last hundredth of a second flickered off the clock against Notre Dame.

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:54:06 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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