<![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 The best day in a job of a lifetime for White House press secretary and Royals fan Josh Earnest http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article91500832.html#storylink=rss White House press secretary Josh Earnest is a lifelong Royals fan

Maybe no one was happier to have them visit Thursday than the Barstow School graduate

Six months from the end of the job, Earnest’s grace and eloquence have distinguished his work despite the turbulent times

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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:22:10 CDT

Royals put imprint on White House http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article91174502.html#storylink=rss The Royals’ 2015 World Series title was celebrated Thursday at the White House

President Barack Obama took note of many of their colorful traits

But it also was a day of deep appreciation

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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:44:50 CDT

Even in defeat, the Royals provide relief amid the chaos of the times http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article90701092.html#storylink=rss Chaos of the times is reflected at Kauffman Stadium

Baseball might seem trivial, but it’s also a sanctuary and diversion

The Royals are 47-46, the same record they were at this time in 2014 just before they made their stretch run

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:30:38 CDT

Blue Valley North grad Jack Sock to compete for Team USA in Olympic tennis http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article89798372.html#storylink=rss Sock ranks No. 26 in the world individual men’s standings

He’s looking forward to making new friends in Rio

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:02:11 CDT

Royals (mostly) poised for success after All-Star break http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article88715502.html#storylink=rss With their 5-3 victory Saturday over Seattle, the Royals are 45-42

There are signs they are finding themselves despite an up-and-down first half

Among the keys to the second half: finding a way to manufacture runs and get Alex Gordon going

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Sat, 09 Jul 2016 19:43:51 CDT

Royals need more starts like Danny Duffy provided against Seattle Mariners http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article88371437.html#storylink=rss The left-hander went 6  1/3 innings and allowed two runs

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said the rotation is “an area of vulnerability”

The team is looking for more steady outings

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Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:42:02 CDT

Gregorian Chants blog: Hosmer’s kindness, Awesome bummer, gymnast Sophia Pujols, etc. http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article87715862.html#storylink=rss Eric Hosmer befriended late 8-year-old Dominic Johnson

For second straight Olympiad, Cam F. Awesome wins boxing trials but won’t be an Olympian

Sophia Pujols, Albert’s daughter, is a rising elite gymnast with Olympic aspirations

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:40:35 CDT

John Brown coached more than 10,000 boxers, but none more different than Tommy Morrison and Cam F. Awesome http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article87296367.html#storylink=rss USA boxing president John Brown of Shawnee has coached the sport for more than 50 years

He was driven to helping kids because of a lonely childhood of his own

Late heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison and Olympic hopeful Cam F. Awesome are two of his protégés

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:17:15 CDT

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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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