<![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 Jeremy Maclin makes the Chiefs a different team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article47106310.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs threw no touchdown passes to wide receivers last season

They acquired Jeremy Maclin to address that issue, among others

Maclin on Sunday had his best game in a Chiefs’ uniform with 160 yards

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:56:10 CST

Chiefs distance themselves from 1-5 start to become playoff contenders http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article45976635.html#storylink=rss Chiefs’ season seemed over when they were 1-5 after five straight losses

But their 33-3 win at San Diego on Sunday was their fourth in a row

Don’t look now, but that makes Andy Reid’s team viable playoff contenders

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:37:06 CST

A year later, Eric Berry’s mother rejoices in his recovery http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article45828475.html#storylink=rss Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry was diagnosed with cancer this weekend a year ago

Despite her fears, his mother, Carol, strived to stay positive and maintain normalcy

Berry set an immediate tone but was buoyed by his family’s love

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19:49:10 CST

Sporting KC’s naming-rights deal with Children’s Mercy is a win-win http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article45560799.html#storylink=rss Sporting Park will be renamed Children’s Mercy Park

Sporting now is aligned in 10-year deal with hospital that’s a symbol of excellence

Club was wounded by its last naming-rights deal, with Livestrong

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:37:18 CST

Vahe Gregorian talks about his first meeting with Gary Pinkel in 2000 http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article45631857.html#storylink=rss Vahe Gregorian shared the story of his first meeting with Gary Pinkel 15 years ago

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:14:04 CST

Missouri faces momentous task in replacing football coach Gary Pinkel http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article45433623.html#storylink=rss New Mizzou AD Mack Rhoades learned of Gary Pinkel’s illness in May

But he didn’t expect to have to replace him this quickly

He acknowledges being “partial” to Tom Herman, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fit

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 21:28:43 CST

Missouri’s Gary Pinkel confronted by life without football http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article45136530.html#storylink=rss Pinkel is retiring at season’s end because of cancer

For the first time in about 50 years, football won’t be center of his world

His health is the utmost concern and his battle will be bolstered by experiences of his siblings

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:29:50 CST

Something for Gary Pinkel, Mizzou football team to celebrate http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article44973972.html#storylink=rss “We talked about focus and eliminating distractions,” Pinkel says after MU beats BYU 20-16

Coach announced Friday he has non-Hodgkin lymphoma and will retire at end of the season

Pinkel danced with players, who chanted “GP,” on field after the game

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 23:34:11 CST

Gary Pinkel transformed Mizzou football program http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article44836425.html#storylink=rss Coach inherited a program in shambles and made it a winner

He announced Friday he has non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is retiring at the end of the season

The program is at a crossroads again but much better off than he found it

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:50:58 CST

The racial-awareness movement on the Mizzou campus is real, valid and honorable http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article44807838.html#storylink=rss The same MU that rallied around Michael Sam is doing so again

Scorn toward African-Americans isn’t widespread, but it exists

Those who truly love the place should be accepting of others

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:47:10 CST

Watch: Takeaways from the protests at the University of Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article44276829.html#storylink=rss Kansas City Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian talked with CineSport’s Noah Coslov about his takeaways from the protests at Missouri

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:02:18 CST

Amid the confusion at MU, coach Gary Pinkel makes clear statement http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article43706811.html#storylink=rss University of Missouri African-American football players are boycotting team activities

The players have joined a movement seeking the ouster of MU President Tim Wolfe in the wake of a string of racial incidents on campus

Coach Gary Pinkel made it clear that he stands with his players

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 20:42:33 CST

Anatomy of a transformation: Luke Hochevar wins World Series for Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article43620696.html#storylink=rss Luke Hochevar once represented all that had gone wrong for KC

He was franchise’s only overall No. 1 draft pick and long seen as a bust

But his character enabled him to reinvent himself — one of many such stories for Royals

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 16:40:44 CST

Royals’ World Series parade is tribute to the fans http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article42798258.html#storylink=rss Hundreds of thousands come out to celebrate team

But the Royals shine the mirror back on the crowd

The relationship between this team and this town is unique

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 20:35:08 CST

Showing pure heart, Edinson Volquez paves way to Royals’ rally with own remarkable comeback http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article42184143.html#storylink=rss Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez’s father died on Tuesday

It was unclear whether he’d even be able to pitch Sunday

But Volquez gave an incredible performance to enable the Royals to win Game 5 and the World Series

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:48:45 CST By Vahe Gregorian

The Kansas City Star

Sleight of hand works for Royals, too, as they capitalize on Mets’ goofs for 3-1 Series lead http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article42118725.html#storylink=rss Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard set an ominous tone to Games 3-5 Friday

On Saturday night, the Royals became the aggressors thanks to NY errors

The result has Kansas City ahead 3-1 in this Series, on verge of a title

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:00:03 CDT

Royals infuriated by Noah Syndergaard’s cheap trick http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article42048891.html#storylink=rss Noah Syndergaard said he had a trick up his sleeve for Alcides Escobar

It turned out to be throwing near his head on the first pitch of the game

The Royals were livid afterward as Syndergaard just doubled down

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 00:56:44 CDT

With a chance to administer a knockout punch, Royals falter http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article42039810.html#storylink=rss The Royals had a chance to take a 3-games-to-none lead in the World Series

Twenty-three of 23 teams that have done that have gone on to win the Series

But the Mets crunched the Royals 9-3 to change the dynamic

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 23:07:40 CDT

Royals’ Yost has chance to make indelible mark on game against team that drafted him http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article41884848.html#storylink=rss Once reviled, Royals manager Ned Yost will be revered if the Royals win the World Series

There would be a certain symmetry in doing it against the Mets, who drafted him in 1974

Yost had a largely inauspicious minor-league career with the Mets, but made an impression, too

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:44:43 CDT

Just as the Royals planned (sort of), Johnny Cueto shines in moment of truth http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article41771757.html#storylink=rss Royals acquired Johnny Cueto to put them over the top in World Series

Cueto struggled along the way, including his wretched last outing

But he came through under the brightest lights on Wednesday at The K

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:56:33 CDT

Drama fills Royals’ 14-inning victory in World Series Game 1 http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article41654622.html#storylink=rss KC starter Edinson Volquez’s father had died at age 63 earlier in the day

Alcides Escobar’s inside-the-park home run came on the first pitch from the Mets’ Matt Harvey

Alex Gordon yanked Gold Glove first baseman Eric Hosmer off the hook for Hosmer’s rare error

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:47:28 CDT

Royals were devastated, then motivated, by 2014 World Series loss http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article41499828.html#storylink=rss Reaching Game 7 of the 2014 World Series was a breakthrough

But losing the game left many inconsolable even after their long drought

That feeling ultimately fueled a drive to return

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 18:54:07 CDT

Charcandrick West emerges in place of injured Jamaal Charles http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article41410824.html#storylink=rss No one can replace the injured Charles for the Chiefs

But West, an undrafted free agent, rushed for 110 yard and a TD

His performance gives the Chiefs flickering life after their 1-5 start

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 19:53:38 CDT

No one can cast stones at Royals owner David Glass’ house any more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article41341293.html#storylink=rss Royals owner David Glass is basking in his team’s second straight AL title

After so many years of futility, the idea of this transformation still seems surreal

But Glass was willing to change, encapsulated by the hiring of Dayton Moore

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:10:53 CDT

Core Royals players overcame challenges, carried their team and swept away doubts http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article41304042.html#storylink=rss New additions to club helped Royals return to World Series

Nucleus of the Royals developed from the shambles of losing years

Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer again big contributors in crucial win

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:28:53 CDT

Before he was a Royal, Ben Zobrist’s baseball career hinged on a $50 tryout camp http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article41120313.html#storylink=rss Everything seems meant to be now for utilityman Ben Zobrist

He had a Royals T-shirt from the time his family lived in KC

But his baseball career seemed to be over after high school

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Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:57:17 CDT

It’s never over until it’s over in baseball, but the Royals can still bounce the Jays on Friday http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article40808592.html#storylink=rss The Royals seemed on the verge of putting the ALCS away with a 14-2 win on Tuesday

But every game of baseball takes on its own properties and personality

The Blue Jays shut down the Royals on Wednesday, sending the series back to Kansas City

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Wed, 21 Oct 2015 21:12:57 CDT

Alex Rios’ resurgence at the plate makes Royals potent throughout batting order http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article40557246.html#storylink=rss Alex Rios at 34 is playing in the postseason for the first time

Rios began his career with Toronto, whose fans have been taunting him

For at least the third time this postseason, he helped the Royals win

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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 21:19:31 CDT

That was a flying green pepper at the Rogers Centre during Game 3 of ALCS http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article40523934.html#storylink=rss A green pepper apparently was thrown during Game 3 of the ALCS

There is a stand at the Rogers Centre that sells vegetables

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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:29:33 CDT

Royals get a reality check as Blue Jays remind us that they’re in this series, too http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article40424577.html#storylink=rss Early in Monday’s Game 3, the Royals appeared on their way to a commanding ALCS lead

But the Blue Jays had the best offense in baseball this season

They finally broke out against Johnny Cueto, changing the tone of the series

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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 23:01:08 CDT