<![CDATA[Vahe Gregorian: Sports Columns & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:05:59 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:05:59 CST Vahe Gregorian 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Bedridden and on feeding tube, former Chiefs great Otis Taylor is cared for by loving sister http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article60120616.html#storylink=rss The original Chiefs star receiver has been unable to speak for years now

He has been debilitated by Parkinson’s disease and associated dementia

Taylor’s sister, Odell, is a nurse who ministers to him 24-7, 365

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:24:17 CST

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber is a work in progress, not a failure http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article59710166.html#storylink=rss Despite 82-72 loss to No. 21 Baylor, Bruce Weber is what Wildcats need for long term

Many people doubt Weber’s abilities, but athletic director John Currie isn’t one of them

Currie sees progress and the right trajectory in building a program, not just a team

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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:05:22 CST

Overlooked Landen Lucas now stepping to forefront for KU http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article59473286.html#storylink=rss Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg were heralded recruits in the forecourt

Landen Lucas seemed likely to take a step back in their shadow

But he played the game of his life as KU beat West Virginia on Tuesday

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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:25:21 CST

Former Chiefs coach Hank Stram’s legacy looms large http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article58911003.html#storylink=rss Stram died in 2005 but that force of nature is still with us

The innovative coach was a character with character

He was the architect of Chiefs teams that played in two of the first four Super Bowls

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 18:18:37 CST

Jackie Joyner-Kersee epitomizes spirit of WIN for KC http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article58569613.html#storylink=rss The former Olympic athlete was the featured speaker at the annual WIN for KC event attended by more than 1,500

WIN is a branch of the KC Sports Commission that seeks to empower women and girls through sports

JJK is considered the greatest female athlete of the 20th century, and her example still resonates

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:11:32 CST

Wayne Selden stokes KU comeback in potentially pivotal game http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article57570828.html#storylink=rss After losing three of five, Kansas was down eight in the second half to Kentucky

The Jayhawks have been at a loss for dynamic on-court leadership

Wayne Selden took over the game and finished with a career-high 33 points

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:30:28 CST

Maty Mauk case is a delicate test for new MU coach http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article56750903.html#storylink=rss A video appears to show Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk snorting cocaine

His father and teammates say it’s an old video

Mauk now has been suspended three times in four months, but is this a new transgression or just new to the public?

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:23:54 CST

Kansas slogs out win against Texas, but Jayhawks remain vulnerable http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article56323310.html#storylink=rss Coach Bill Self is still figuring this team out as Kansas is seeking its 12th straight Big 12 title

But getting this team right for the NCAA Tournament is the priority

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Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:01:56 CST

Kim Anderson’s dream job has become a nightmare, but patience is needed http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article56155260.html#storylink=rss Mizzou men’s basketball team has sputtered in Anderson’s first two seasons

A.D. Mack Rhoades knows Anderson inherited a mess but still has to evaluate program

Even Norm Stewart struggled initially, and he calls for patience with Anderson

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:29:46 CST

Alex Smith’s scramble looked like a spark, but Chiefs’ remarkable run ends http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article55143640.html#storylink=rss After falling behind the Patriots 21-6 on Saturday, the Chiefs briefly hinted at a comeback

But they couldn’t sustain it and their 11-game winning streak came to an end

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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 21:41:58 CST

Chiefs have created own way back from ruins of following the ‘Patriot Way’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article55005250.html#storylink=rss Chiefs hired Scott Pioli in 2009 believing could duplicate Patriots’ success

The Pioli regime proved a disaster

Now John Dorsey and Andy Reid have paved their own way

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:05:35 CST

Once-suspect Eric Fisher coming of age for Chiefs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article54955890.html#storylink=rss Lineman struggled to make good on expectations that came with being NFL’s No. 1 pick in 2013

Injuries hampered much of his first season and perhaps had a role in his struggles last year

The season began with skepticism about his toughness, a question he has since answered

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:52:28 CST

Any ‘faith in Haith’ was misplaced, Missouri basketball fans discover http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article54609680.html#storylink=rss NCAA violations announced for Mizzou stem from Frank Haith’s tenure as coach

The program already was left in disarray after he departed

Penalties, including recruiting restrictions, only make the rebuilding harder

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:34:05 CST

Chiefs’ Chris Conley is ready to serve as Jeremy Maclin’s understudy http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article54379175.html#storylink=rss Star receiver Maclin’s status is vague for Saturday’s playoff game at New England

Rookie receiver Conley is “next man up,” and he’s shown promise

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:38:43 CST

Chiefs end playoff skid, but potential loss of Jeremy Maclin presents challenge http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article53971150.html#storylink=rss Star receiver was knocked out of win over Houston with knee injury

Rookie replacement Chris Conley stepped up with a touchdown catch

If Maclin is out rest of postseason, Chiefs have at least shown resiliency

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Sat, 09 Jan 2016 21:42:22 CST

A coach finds new life in Kansas City: Andy Reid and Chiefs needed each other http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article53790390.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs went 2-14 in 2012 but have won 31 games since Andy Reid arrived

Reid’s fortune had faded in Philadelphia, where he was just 12-20 his last two seasons

Each has been revitalized by the change as the Chiefs seek their first playoff win in 22 years

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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:11:49 CST

Chiefs try to shrug away ghosts of 2014 and that awful playoff loss at Indianapolis http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article53712730.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs have had a long history of playoff failures

The last time they won a playoff game was 22 years ago

But maybe nothing can top their last loss, in which they bungled a 28-point lead to Indianapolis

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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 12:07:52 CST

Alex Gordon’s deal with Royals reflects the goodwill of both sides http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article53427630.html#storylink=rss Royals GM Dayton Moore couldn’t picture Alex Gordon in another uniform

Gordon entertained other possibilities

But his heart always was with the Royals and the deal reflects that as much as business

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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 20:48:48 CST

Forget about Alex Smith’s strange day http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article52886435.html#storylink=rss Chiefs quarterback is known for being risk-averse

He threw interceptions on back-to-back passes Sunday

But Smith has had a good season and is driven by past playoffs

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Sun, 03 Jan 2016 21:48:34 CST

Wayne Selden has become KU’s breakout star http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article52793925.html#storylink=rss Junior scores 24 points in 102-74 win over Baylor

He ranks as one of the top three-point shooters in the nation

Bill Self calls him “hands-down” the Jayhawks’ best player

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Sat, 02 Jan 2016 21:06:50 CST

Royals, Chiefs and more: KC became the ‘city that never quits’ in 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article52352925.html#storylink=rss The Royals had well-deserved reputation for being kings of the comeback

En route to Royals winning the World Series, mayor calls KC “city that never quits”

Chiefs provide further testimony of that, recovering from 1-5 start to win nine straight

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Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:57:37 CST

Chiefs join Royals in postseason for first time in same season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article51828970.html#storylink=rss With a 17-13 win over Cleveland, the Chiefs won their ninth game in a row

The victory secured a playoff berth for the Chiefs despite a 1-5 start

It also means that for the first time the Chiefs and Royals will make the playoffs in the same calendar season

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Sun, 27 Dec 2015 20:39:05 CST

Despite foibles, Travis Kelce’s game is major boost for Chiefs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article51689625.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs’ tight end is bound for the Pro Bowl

He still makes mistakes and some are crucial

But they come from his zeal from the game, and he’ll only get better

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:11:16 CST

Holiday will be special for MU assistant basketball coach Brad Loos and his family http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article51439730.html#storylink=rss His 5-year-old daughter is fighting stage 4 cancer

Rally for Rhyan cause has attracted a lot of support

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 22:06:37 CST

Chiefs’ Tyvon Branch changes game with alert play http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article50838270.html#storylink=rss The game was tied 7-7 when the Ravens’ Javorius Allen fumbled

In the scrum, few on the field knew the ball had gotten loose

The Chiefs’ Tyvon Branch saw the ball, scooped it up and went 73 yards for a touchdown

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 19:53:28 CST

Lenexa boxer makes Awesome return in bid to be Olympian http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article50671960.html#storylink=rss Lenroy Cameron Thompson of Lenexa was on the verge of competing in the 2012 Olympics

But he missed three drugs tests in 18 months and was suspended for a year

That led to devastation but ultimately rebirth ... as Cam F. Awesome, who is on cusp of making the 2016 Games

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 15:36:01 CST

Chiefs’ rookie wide receiver Chris Conley has a unique perspective on the ‘Star Wars’ fervor http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article50590195.html#storylink=rss Chiefs’ rookie receiver has been a major fan of the franchise since 1999

Before his senior year at Georgia, he made a 26-minute movie tribute

The movie, “Star Wars: Retribution,” has attracted more than 500,000 viewers on YouTube

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:54:27 CST

Figure skating championships arrive at the right time for Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article50197180.html#storylink=rss Kansas City has been awarded the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

The benefits go well beyond the projected economic impact of $18 million

The competition could be a portal to more high-profile sporting events in the future

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:46:55 CST

Dee Ford breaks through, but Chiefs linebacker’s real arrival still awaits http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article49605660.html#storylink=rss Former first-round draft pick led team in tackles and sacks on Sunday

Ford had twice as many sacks, three, as he’d had cumulatively in two seasons

But the second-year pro is still is developing and knows much work lies ahead

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:18:56 CST

Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah is one of the faces of true Islam http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article49515765.html#storylink=rss Abdullah is a devout Muslim

He gave 30 tickets to an Episcopal Church in gratitude for a kind gesture

As Muslims are being stereotyped, he is an example of the actual teachings of the religion

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 21:35:15 CST