<![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 Chiefs’ Jeremy Maclin strengthened by life experiences, including exodus from Philly http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article32802171.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs wanted and needed receiver Jeremy Maclin as a catalyst and playmaker for an offense marred by a stupefying void last season: failing to create one touchdown pass to a wide receiver. But when the Chiefs signed Maclin, they also signed a charismatic veteran who is poised and wise beyond his 27 years.

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:21:55 CDT

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Hard road ahead of Marcus Mariota? As former elite draft pick, Chiefs’ Alex Smith can relate http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article32717499.html#storylink=rss Ten years ago, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was in an uncannily similar position to Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota after he had finished fourth in Heisman voting and was drafted first overall by a 49ers organization that had gone 2-14 the year before.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:23:32 CDT

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Two poor outings aren’t enough to start worrying about Johnny Cueto, Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article32507541.html#storylink=rss In the news business, we figure twice is a coincidence and three times is a trend story. So starter Johnny Cueto’s outings Wednesday night n the Royals' 8-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles and earlier in Boston against the Red Sox aren’t reason for Kansas City fans to panic.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:25:59 CDT

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Video: When Alex Gordon returns to Royals, what position will Ben Zobrist play? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article32479932.html#storylink=rss Kansas City Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian and CineSport’s Noah Coslov discussed Royals pitcher Kris Medlen’s first start, where Ben Zobrist will play when Alex Gordon returns and the uptick in play from Omar Infante and Alex Rios.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:41:04 CDT

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Loving coach Janice Ninemire Van Gorp saw potential in every life she touched http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article32400129.html#storylink=rss Janice Ninemire Van Gorp, who died last week at 46 following a brain aneurysm, touched untold numbers of lives during her teaching and coaching career in Johnson County. That she told many people “you have potential” didn’t diminish the meaning of those words, it enhanced it.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:34:35 CDT

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For one Staley senior, an extended family made a return to football, and much more, possible http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article31927422.html#storylink=rss As LeAnn Cruce gazed down from the stands at some 200 young football players from Blue Springs and Staley High, she thought about how every one of them probably has faced something difficult to contend with in life. She knows about one of these stories for sure: Staley’s Kyle Cambrice, a senior linebacker who doesn’t know his birth father and essentially was abandoned by his mother along with his older brother at a year old.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:56:31 CDT

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The Huddle: What's right and wrong with the Chiefs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article32163066.html#storylink=rss In this episode of The Huddle, The Star's Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger give their takeaways at the midpoint of the Chiefs preseason and also remind you to pick up our season football preview special section in Sunday's print edition.

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Derrick Johnson’s inspiring return to Chiefs after Achilles tear was no sure thing http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article31634222.html#storylink=rss Derrick Johnson’s ruptured Achilles tendon in last year’s season opener might well have spelled the end for a then-31-year-old linebacker who hadn’t missed a season since he began playing as a 9-year-old. Instead, it was the start of yet another Chiefs success story.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:18:55 CDT

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Watch: The Jeremy Maclin effect with the Chiefs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article31543715.html#storylink=rss Kansas City Star columnist Vahe Gregorian chatted with CineSport’s Noah Coslov about the impact wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is having on the field and in the locker room during his first camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:28:20 CDT

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Jamaal Charles is the Chiefs’ most indispensable playmaker http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article31865673.html#storylink=rss Sometimes, star running back Jamaal Charles recently blurted out, he feels like he’s “the LeBron (James) of football, especially at my position, because I can do so much.”

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:14:43 CDT

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An odd story about how Jamaal Charles’ hometown was founded http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article31476360.html#storylink=rss Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City Chiefs’ superstar running back, is from Port Arthur, Texas, which was founded by Arthur Stilwell on the apparent advice of supernatural voices.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:45:47 CDT

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Chiefs safety Eric Berry’s comeback inspires because so many can relate http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article31237541.html#storylink=rss NFL preseason games generally are numbing trivialities, but there was a thrilling exception to this Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, where the unfathomable return of Chiefs safety Eric Berry to action nine months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma brought meaning to the mundane.

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:29:38 CDT

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Before he could fly, Jamaal Charles had to overcome childhood fears and disabilities http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article31196342.html#storylink=rss In a town battling the typical tolls of poverty, without his father in his life, Jamaal Charles ultimately took flight because of a nurturing extended family, plus teachers and friends in special education classes. Classes that led him to what he considered a life-changing opportunity to compete in Special Olympics at age 10. “When I got in the classroom, people didn’t want to be my friend,” said Charles, now a star Chiefs running back. “But when I stepped on the field, everyone wanted to be my friend.”

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:15:12 CDT

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Royals’ Kendrys Morales is renewed after freak injury five years ago http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article31073502.html#storylink=rss Kendrys Morales is having a great season in his first year with the Royals, leading the team in doubles with 32 and RBI with 82, after a long comeback following an awkward celebratory landing at home plate in 2010 which broke his left ankle and derailed his career.

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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:58:23 CDT

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The Yordano Ventura roller coaster may be going up for the Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article30815457.html#storylink=rss Watching Yordano Ventura pitch has become something like, say, seeing a box of chocolates set atop a roulette wheel in a Hitchcock movie. You never know what you’re going to get, where it’s going to stop or how it’s going to end. Fresh off surrendering 11 runs in 12 innings over his last two starts, Ventura gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings Tuesday night to stake the Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 22:20:58 CDT

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Watch: How to handle Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article30926799.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian talked with CineSport’s Noah Coslov about how the Royals should and can handle pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose unpredictable outings may be the Royals biggest concern.

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:20:27 CDT

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Johnny Cueto shows what a true No. 1 starter looks like http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article30672888.html#storylink=rss Fifteen days before, the announcement of Johnny Cueto’s acquisition on the Kauffman Stadium scoreboard had prompted booming applause over the mere idea of the void he might fill for the Royals. But when Cueto at last materialized here in person for his first home start as a Royal on Monday, he somehow exceeded the anticipation.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:35:19 CDT

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Sunday victory over White Sox illuminates major key to 2015 Royals season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article30619302.html#storylink=rss Even after a breakthrough season in 2014, the Royals knew they had to enhance their roster. They did, thanks in great part to some remarkable comebacks.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:43:20 CDT

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Now it’s about survival, not redemption, for Aldon Smith http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article30514530.html#storylink=rss It’s tempting to view the undoing of Raytown High and University of Missouri product Aldon Smith, the seventh pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, as a reflection of entitlement conferred by stardom and riches — and multiplied by immaturity. Maybe that’s part of the problem.

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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 18:39:06 CDT

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Royals’ recent moves show their singular purpose: winning World Series http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article30477975.html#storylink=rss The bold moves to acquire ace starter Johnny Cueto and utilityman extraordinaire Ben Zobrist weren’t exactly an extreme makeover of the team, which already had a potent nucleus and was well-perched to defend its American League championship. But the team is dealing with uncertain starting pitching, particularly opening day starter Yordano Ventura, who trumps every step forward with several back.

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Fri, 07 Aug 2015 23:13:34 CDT

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Platte City woman with lymphoma meets Chiefs’ Eric Berry, says she’ll beat the disease, too http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article30151686.html#storylink=rss Alyssa Crabtree, 24, of Platte City, long had thought of safety Eric Berry as her favorite Chiefs player. Then in late June she developed a more discernible link to Berry: doctors found a mass in her chest that would be diagnosed as lymphoma. That’s why she held a placard at Chiefs camp Wednesday that read: “FUTURE LYMPHOMA SURVIVOR (JUST LIKE BERRY).”

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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:44:13 CDT

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‘Delaney’ 30-for-30 film about Chiefs running back screened for fans http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/gregorian-chants/article29923645.html#storylink=rss Movie producer Grant Curtis remembers being “a card-carrying member of the Chiefs Huddle Club” when he was a youngster. So it made sense for him to be involved with “Delaney,” a ESPN 30-for-30 Short about Chiefs running back Joe Delaney which had an advanced screening Monday night in Kansas City.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:26:37 CDT

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Royals stretch run begins now with focusing on big picture http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article29644471.html#storylink=rss KC Royals executives and players weren’t appeased by reaching game seven of the World Series last season in the franchise’s first playoff foray in 29 years. Instead, the breakthrough whetted their appetite for more and to seize the moment and momentum that often are fleeting in baseball. That is why trading prospects for established players in Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist was a smart decision.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:35:13 CDT

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Watch: Vahe Gregorian on the Royals’ trade for Ben Zobrist http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article29165134.html#storylink=rss The Royals acquired Ben Zobrist from the Oakland Athletics for minor-league pitchers Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks on Tuesday. The Star’s Vahe Gregorian and CineSport’s Noah Coslov break down the deal.

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With the Johnny Cueto deal, the Royals add an ace to a winning hand http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article28783480.html#storylink=rss Days of speculation and anticipation and fretting about solving the Royals’ most glaring vulnerability ended Sunday afternoon with the acquisition of ace pitcher Johnny Cueto. In one monumental burst arrived a harmonic convergence coinciding with a resurgence by Yordano Ventura that we could well look back on as the flashpoint when one of the best teams in baseball morphed into, in fact, the best.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:47:13 CDT By VAHE GREGORIAN

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The Huddle on the Johnny Cueto trade http://www.kansascity.com/incoming/article28845097.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:01:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/incoming/article28845097.html Royals richer because of Latin Americans on the team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article28735294.html#storylink=rss One day after ESPN dismissed broadcasting personality Colin Cowherd for his racist remarks about Dominicans, the Royals celebrated Hispanic culture at Kauffman Stadium — and celebrated a victory.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:39:19 CDT

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Replacement Royals paying big dividends http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article28480585.html#storylink=rss Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando are doing more than just keeping the Royals afloat in Alex Gordon’s absence.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:02:55 CDT

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Yordano Ventura’s move to Omaha could be just blip in larger narrative for young starter http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article28073152.html#storylink=rss Jarring as this might seem, the notion of optioning Yordano Ventura to Class AAA Omaha was one the Royals needed to make lest they be perceived as being guided by one of the definitions of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:34:40 CDT

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Watch: What is next for Yordano Ventura after being sent to Class AAA Omaha? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article28319569.html#storylink=rss What does the future hold for pitcher Yordano Ventura and the Royals after Kansas City sent its opening-day starter to the minors? The Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian and CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss the transaction.

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