<![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 Does Tyreek Hill, taken by the Chiefs in the NFL Draft, deserve the trust of the team and Kansas City? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article75481647.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs chose the receiver, even though he had been convicted in a domestic violence case

Chiefs officials defended the selection, saying that they vetted him and that he apologized

In the aftermath of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide case in 2012, no NFL team should stand against domestic violence more than the Chiefs

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Tue, 03 May 2016 22:48:55 CDT

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Aggressiveness seems reduced to recklessness in struggling Royals’ latest loss http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article75264062.html#storylink=rss Cain being thrown out trying to steal third sets tone of futility

“We win those situations a lot more than we lose them,” Yost said

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Mon, 02 May 2016 23:30:41 CDT

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Fifteen years after son’s death, Bill Hancock stands as symbol of hope http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article74918372.html#storylink=rss Shawnee Mission East and Kansas grad Will Hancock died in the 2001 Oklahoma State plane crash

Hancock’s father, Bill, is one of the most powerful figures in collegiate sports

Bill Hancock largely has found his way by trying to provide hope for others

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:21:25 CDT

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Chiefs landed a real character in hulking defensive lineman Chris Jones http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article74831812.html#storylink=rss A jovial Mississippi native, he could be the steal of the draft

Modeling game after Houston’s J.J. Watt, he says “sky’s the limit”

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:43:49 CDT

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By trading top pick, Chiefs helped fill a void http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article74609437.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs traded their first- and seventh-round NFL Draft picks for the 49ers second-, fourth- and sixth-round picks

It was anticlimactic to not have a first-round pick, but GM John Dorsey believes the “sweet spot” of the draft is in the acquired picks

Dorsey said the move was not in response to forfeiting their third-round pick, but it’s hard to believe that wasn’t factor

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:21:00 CDT

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After turbulent year, J’den Cox stands for all that’s good at MU http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article74348682.html#storylink=rss Mizzou has had a terrible year, from campus chaos to athletics

Wrestler J’den Cox qualified for the Olympics this week

He also is a musician and good student who represents what MU attracts and cultivates

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:07:29 CDT

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NFL players should consider the same thoughts Husain Abdullah had before he retired http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article73515252.html#storylink=rss Chiefs safety retired last month at the age of 30; he’s one of at least 20 that young to do so this year

He had sustained his fifth concussion in six years and thought of Junior Seau

Seau died by suicide in 2012 and was found to have CTE, an issue that looms larger for NFL players

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 10:55:00 CDT

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Even with no NBA or NHL on horizon, KC is a model sports town http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article73221582.html#storylink=rss At APSE Commissioners Meetings, Royals and Sporting KC are pointed to as exemplary organizations

But on eve of Sprint Center’s 10th anniversary, there is no credible reason to think NBA or NHL tenant on way

And that’s a blessing in disguise as KC should focus on what it has, not what it doesn’t

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:11:08 CDT

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Salvador Perez makes the day of a cancer patient before having a big night for the Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article72781327.html#storylink=rss Before the Royals’ game with the Tigers on Tuesday, Salvador Perez spent time with a cancer patient

The patient, Teresa Thaman of Joplin, Mo., wept with joy at the gesture

Perez and the Royals “keep me healthier,” she said

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 21:31:32 CDT

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Getting to know Chris Jones, the Chiefs' top NFL draft pick http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75702527.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 19:57:20 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75702527.html John Dorsey and Andy Reid on drafting Tyreek Hill http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75646802.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 16:57:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75646802.html Tyreek Hill on explaining himself during NFL draft process http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75369007.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:53:02 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75369007.html Ten players the Chiefs should target in the NFL Draft http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article74433207.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:35:32 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article74433207.html Cancer patient Teresa Thaman meets Royals catcher Salvador Perez http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article72726707.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:35:25 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article72726707.html Tampering? Whatever. Landing Jeremy Maclin was well worth the penalty for Chiefs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article72522697.html#storylink=rss The NFL on Monday denied the Chiefs’ appeal of tampering charges in signing wide receiver

The penalty remains curious considering past penalties against other teams and the Chiefs’ clean record

Despite losing two draft picks, the Chiefs still win here because Maclin was a key missing piece

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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:34:04 CDT

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East High junior talks about how KCPD’s PAL program changed his life http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article72425552.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:25:30 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article72425552.html Kansas City Police Department’s PAL program is changing lives http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article72246727.html#storylink=rss KCPD Chief Darryl Forté will be recognized Monday for his dedication to the Police Athletic League

KCPD’s ‘PAL’ is a model for the rest of the nation and has lent its help to areas such as St. Louis County

The organization that benefits children depends on the dedicated work of police and community donations

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Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:02:59 CDT

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Jordan Spieth’s collapse paves way for Danny Willett at Masters http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article71090932.html#storylink=rss Even with the lead, on Saturday night Jordan Spieth had a shaky mind-set

He romped to a big lead in the front nine Sunday, but then he inexplicably collapsed

That opened the door for Danny Willett to become the Masters champion

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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:59:08 CDT

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Jordan Spieth navigates winds of change at Masters ... barely http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article70989202.html#storylink=rss Whipping gusts of wind disrupted the Masters for a third straight day

That made for the the third-highest third-day scores since 1956

Jordan Spieth remained atop the leader board but saw a 4-stroke lead fade to 1 in the last 2 holes

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Sat, 09 Apr 2016 21:34:51 CDT

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It wasn’t what Watson wanted, but Friday was perfect Masters ending http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article70862907.html#storylink=rss Kansas City’s Tom Watson was competing in his 43rd and final Masters

He hoped to make the cut on Friday but fell short

But that was a better scenario for full appreciation of Watson

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Fri, 08 Apr 2016 21:28:04 CDT

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Fans at Masters pay homage to golf great Tom Watson, who's in position to make the cut http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article70622797.html#storylink=rss Kansas City native is playing in his final Masters

He shot a 2-over-par 74 and could make the cut for the first time since 2010

Regardless of how much longer he plays, many fans devoted their day to him Thursday

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:22:41 CDT

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Ernie Els suffers putting nightmare at the Masters http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article70630677.html#storylink=rss He sets tournament record with a 9 on a par-4 hole

“I don’t know what it is,” he laments

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:55:52 CDT

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Augusta is an ideal setting for a Tom Watson bow http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article70421807.html#storylink=rss Kansas City native is playing in his last Masters, scene of a key breakthrough for him

He won here in 1977 and 1981, among his eight major victories

Jack Nicklaus called him one of the best to ever play

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 21:23:42 CDT

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Why Bruce Springsteen speaks to sportswriters: brilliant stories of love, loss http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article70089727.html#storylink=rss Columnist Vahe Gregorian talks to fellow sportswriters who also love the Boss

They’re drawn to his well-written songs

They also love his energetic shows

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:33:49 CDT

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Bruce Springsteen and me: How ‘The Boss’ speaks to the sportswriter in Vahe Gregorian http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article70090437.html#storylink=rss The Star columnist’s fascination started young

In 1974, Springsteen performed before 300 people in the Swarthmore College amphitheater

“All these years later, I still feed off that energy and bask in how he honors his craft and audience”

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:35:05 CDT

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Memorable Villanova-North Carolina title game grander than its stage http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article69981782.html#storylink=rss The Tar Heels came back from 10 down for a tie at 4.7 seconds

The Wildcats won the national championship on a Kris Jenkins buzzer beater

It was a beautiful thing for the game, for Villanova and the NCAA

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 02:27:34 CDT

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The Star’s Blair Kerkhoff inducted into basketball writers’ Hall of Fame http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article69926692.html#storylink=rss Blair Kerkhoff has been with The Star since 1989

He was recognized Monday at the Final Four in Houston

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:57:27 CDT

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Just like old times, Edinson Volquez sets tone for Royals’ victory over Mets http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article69803227.html#storylink=rss Starter goes 106 pitches, hands ball to KC’s bullpen

‘Steady Eddie’ demeanor has been fine model for younger teammates

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 23:27:47 CDT

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Edinson Volquez on his 106-pitch start in Royals' 4-3 win http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69808502.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 01:26:26 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69808502.html Eric Hosmer interviewed by Salvador Perez after Royals' 4-3 opening win http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69805567.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:17:43 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article69805567.html