<![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 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

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

Hockey interest in KC heating up, but odds of getting NHL team are still long http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article77997827.html#storylink=rss The ECHL’s Mavericks average more than 5,000 fans per game and the Stanley Cup playoffs draw good TV ratings here

But there hasn’t been an NHL franchise in Kansas City since the Scouts left four decades ago

And the league’s return appears unlikely

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Mon, 16 May 2016 20:03:44 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 Kansas City may lack NHL team, but not passion for hockey http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nhl/article77879032.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 12:06:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nhl/article77879032.html Royals' Kendrys Morales saves 13-inning game with walk-off homer http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article77807952.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 19:57:18 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article77807952.html Gregorian Chants: on Danny Duffy, stocks, condiment crashes and sportswriter dilemmas http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article77931307.html#storylink=rss Welcome back to my weekly stream-of-consciousness blog

Some quick thoughts while we wait for this rain to stop

Should Danny Duffy stay in the Royals’ rotation long-term?

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Mon, 16 May 2016 15:24:50 CDT

Royals relegated to grinding out wins once assumed http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article77813132.html#storylink=rss Ultimately, the story of the day Sunday was Kendrys Morales’ game-winning home run

That enabled the Royals to beat the Braves 4-2 in 13 innings

It also picked up Wade Davis, who had a rare failure in the ninth inning that served to remind nothing is automatic for the Royals right now

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Sun, 15 May 2016 20:42:24 CDT

Royals have infrastructure for sustained success, but it’s on players to prove it http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article77685832.html#storylink=rss The Royals have struggled early this season after going to the last two World Series

Former KC and Atlanta GM John Schuerholz knows something about maintaining success

He sees the Royals’ potential to thrive for years to come ... but it’s on the players to do it now

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Sat, 14 May 2016 16:49:09 CDT

Royals’ victory over Braves appears to be a step in the right direction http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article77623212.html#storylink=rss Royals started season 12-6, then lost 12 of 16

Some think they’re beset by complacency or apathy

But Hosmer thinks his teammates will look back at the last few weeks as “just a tough stretch”

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Fri, 13 May 2016 23:20:25 CDT

Gregorian Chants: Royals should give Danny Duffy another shot ... and could Chiefs sell in St. Louis? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article76740802.html#storylink=rss With rotation in shambles, KC could do worse than hand Duffy ball

Thoughts on newest Chiefs, and team’s marketability in St. Louis

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Tue, 10 May 2016 12:15:45 CDT

Looking at the Royals' options in the starting rotation http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76733032.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 12:03:39 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76733032.html What's wrong with the Royals? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76575677.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 15:48:37 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76575677.html Royals catcher Salvador Perez lives for his mother http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article76276732.html#storylink=rss When his father abandoned them, Perez’s mother, Yilda Diaz, raised him with his grandmother

Her example included a relentless work ethic and a vivacious demeanor

He perhaps appreciates her more than ever after she was the victim of a carjacking in February

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Sat, 07 May 2016 10:11:58 CDT

Sal Perez: ‘I just want to make my mom happy every day’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76275447.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 07 May 2016 10:05:25 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76275447.html Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill addresses the media for the second time http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article76289762.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 07 May 2016 13:31:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article76289762.html 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 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

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 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

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

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