<![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 Swimmer Shannon Vreeland’s Olympic encore bid falls short but reminds of her legacy http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article86567747.html#storylink=rss Overland Park’s Shannon Vreeland won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, the only one by a Kansas City-area athlete since the 2000 Sydney Games

She had hoped to return to the Olympics to put an exclamation point on the end of her career

A shoulder injury stifled her, but it became a night to appreciate what the sport has meant in her life

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:52:46 CDT

Lawrence swimmer Michael Andrew’s Olympic bid falls short but oozes promise http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article86346857.html#storylink=rss 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

Since turning pro as a 14-year-old, it’s generally been believed he would peak for the 2020 Olympics

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:29:40 CDT

Swimming phenom Michael Andrew advances to finals in first Olympic trials http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article86145847.html#storylink=rss 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 for being coached at home by his father — but had plateaued in the last year

But an adjustment in training helped him manage his nerves and set the U.S. junior record in the 100-breaststroke twice on Sunday

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:35:46 CDT

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps is revived by his fall http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article86062577.html#storylink=rss With 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold, swimmer Michael Phelps has had an unfathomable career

But for years, he was a prisoner of his own success

That led to burnout and trouble with alcohol, but rehab was a turning point for him

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:13:39 CDT

Odessa’s Brenna Dowell seeks Olympic gymnastics berth http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article85665792.html#storylink=rss She was a member of the 2015 gymnastics world championship team

Dowell has distinguished herself in the sport, including having a move named after her

She is a long shot to make a deep team but has an X-factor of determination that coach Al Fong has never seen before

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:57:17 CDT

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stays true to his hometown of Mexico, Mo. http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article84975122.html#storylink=rss Cavaliers coach mentions his hometown on TV after winning NBA title

He has a street named after him in Mexico

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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:53:04 CDT

Shannon Vreeland heads to Olympic swimming trials looking for one more golden moment http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article84633052.html#storylink=rss Swimmer from Blue Valley West is dealing with shoulder ailment heading into U.S. trials

In 2012, she made the American team as a longshot and was part of gold-medal winning relay team

Her parents are wary of the Zika virus in Rio

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Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:18:56 CDT

Royals’ Danny Duffy finding his way again as starter http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article84328912.html#storylink=rss Left-hander hasn’t been perfect but has been successful by challenging hitters

Ned Yost sees Duffy as stabilizing force to rotation

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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:43:03 CDT

Muhammad Ali and Hank Stram had a unique bond http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article83828102.html#storylink=rss Ali and the former Chiefs coach 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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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:53:59 CDT

Boxing coach is hopeful for Cam F. Awesome’s Olympic bid http://www.kansascity.com/sports/olympics/article86895567.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:26:02 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/olympics/article86895567.html Swimming phenom Michael Andrew of Lawrence http://www.kansascity.com/sports/olympics/article86106532.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:27:16 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/olympics/article86106532.html Gymnast Brenna Dowell talks about move named after her about women's nationals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article85773252.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:02:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article85773252.html Tyronn Lue's grandmother, Olivia George, on his connection to Mexico, Mo. http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article85052417.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:59:54 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article85052417.html Funnyman Cam F. Awesome aims for Olympics, Luke Hochevar’s Royals anniversary and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article82025277.html#storylink=rss Funnyman boxer Cam F. Awesome is off to Azerbaijan in hopes of qualifying for the Olympics

This week marks 10 years since the Royals selected Hochevar first overall in the MLB draft

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 10:09:31 CDT

Even in the most unlikely of places, Muhammad Ali inspired awe http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article81799442.html#storylink=rss When the champ visited a baseball clubhouse in 1989, even the stars were starstruck

Ali had that effect on people of all backgrounds throughout his lifetime

Those around him didn’t always agree with Ali’s views, but that burnished his legacy

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Sat, 04 Jun 2016 12:59:25 CDT

Star Royals first baseman Hosmer embraces Big Brother role in more ways than one http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article81607862.html#storylink=rss Hosmer strives to be a mentor in the clubhouse and with his charity work

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City raves about his impact on the program

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Fri, 03 Jun 2016 14:00:25 CDT

Royals' Eric Hosmer supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article81641742.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:42:04 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article81641742.html Royals have surged since injuries threatened season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article81279857.html#storylink=rss Only 10 days before the Royals’ won their sixth in a row Wednesday, their season appeared jeopardized

The collision between Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon injured both

It looked worse when Sal Perez was hurt Saturday, but KC is rolling now

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Wed, 01 Jun 2016 22:23:58 CDT

Gregorian Chants: ‘Unthinkable’ archery adventure, leaving Royals games early and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article80935647.html#storylink=rss Archer Zach Garrett is all the rage in Wellington, Mo., after securing an Olympic berth

One of his teachers and coaches says what he’s done is “unthinkable”

And a quick-hit look at other recent happenings

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Tue, 31 May 2016 15:09:44 CDT

Wellington, Mo., archer clinches spot in 2016 Summer Olympics http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article80776737.html#storylink=rss Zach Garrett, wearing lucky Royals hat, finished second in the USA Archery trials process and qualified for Rio de Janeiro

Garrett, 21, is from Wellington, Mo., population 812, and was introduced to the sport as a 4-year-old

While his family is thrilled for him, the analytic archer already has his sites set on medals in Rio

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Mon, 30 May 2016 14:40:21 CDT

Royals make more magic after relief over Salvador Perez http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article80707182.html#storylink=rss The Royals unfurled a third straight comeback win over the White Sox on Sunday, winning 5-4

The sweep built on newcomers puts them in first place after winning 10 of their last 13

But the best news of the day was that catcher Sal Perez is expected only to be out 7-10 days with a knee injury

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Sun, 29 May 2016 19:04:17 CDT

Royals’ dazzling comeback comes with an asterisk http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article80624592.html#storylink=rss They trailed the White Sox 7-1 before unleashing a 7-run ninth inning

But All-Star catcher Sal Perez suffered an injury, tentatively being called a quad contusion

It’s unclear how long Perez will be out, but the Royals could be facing time without their most essential player

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Sat, 28 May 2016 20:53:00 CDT

New mix of players help Royals piece together comeback win over first-place White Sox http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article80516527.html#storylink=rss The likes of Brett Eibner, Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert give Royals hope they have right pieces to fill in for injured players

Royals, with new-look lineup, top the White Sox 7-5

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Fri, 27 May 2016 23:25:02 CDT

Ouster of Briles and Starr at Baylor is surprising only in that it took this long http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article80146522.html#storylink=rss Ken Starr reassigned, Art Briles forced out as Bears clean house

This is what happens when institutions, fans crave victory at any cost

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Thu, 26 May 2016 16:33:21 CDT

Bow and arrow in hand, Zach Garrett has sights set on Summer Olympics in Rio http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article79907987.html#storylink=rss Archery has taken 21-year-old from Wellington, Mo., to cusp of Games

He’ll seek to qualify for U.S. team this weekend in Florida

He’s currently in second place in the U.S. cumulative standings

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Wed, 25 May 2016 17:24:34 CDT

Gregorian Chants: Poll is a misleading way to view name of Washington’s NFL team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article79346172.html#storylink=rss The Washington Post commissioned a poll of American Indians’ views of the local NFL team

The poll said nine in 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by the slur

But that is a minor point in the obvious big picture

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Mon, 23 May 2016 14:32:32 CDT

Electric football keeps foothold in KC thanks to devoted band of hobbyists http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article78871217.html#storylink=rss Game many played as kids is reaching new heights in local bars and basements

The technology has advanced such that strategy plays a larger role than ever

Ultimately, keepers of the game’s flame say it’s mostly about camaraderie

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Fri, 20 May 2016 13:55:26 CDT

Nostalgia meets competition in the KC Electric Football League http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/article78718777.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 17:46:51 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/article78718777.html Discussing the Royals, 40 games into the season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article78516987.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 19:36:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article78516987.html Despite late loss, Royals seem to be returning to form heading into key series with White Sox http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article78550367.html#storylink=rss Through May 12, the Royals had lost 12 of 16 to leave fans fretting

But as of Wednesday afternoon, they’d won four of five and three in a row

Most encouraging was that they won with the trademarks that made them special the last two years

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Wed, 18 May 2016 22:25:36 CDT