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 By David Skretta    Sports    July 26, 2020

Jones wins overtime NASCAR Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Brandon Jones must have learned something during two stifling Truck Series races at Kansas Speedway. He knew exactly what to do when he stepped in his Xfinity ride. The 23-year-old Jones came roaring around the outside of...

 
 By David Skretta    Sports    July 15, 2020

AP source: Chiefs, Jones agree to 4-year, $85M extension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones agreed to a four-year contract that could be worth up to $85 million on Tuesday, the latest in a lavish spending spree by the Super Bowl champions as they...

 
 By David Skretta    Sports    June 3, 2020

Will open seats be familiar sight in sports as virus fades?

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Empty seats have been the norm the past few years at the University of Kansas, where a succession of football coaches has failed to turn around the flailing fortunes of the Jayhawks. Now, all those open seats — and short...

 

Future of stadiums, arenas promises high tech, low capacity

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The smell of barbecue wafts through the parking lots hours before kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium, and when the first salvo of fireworks explode overhead, thousands of Chiefs fans begin to march en masse toward the entrance gat...

 
 By David Skretta    Regional    May 17, 2020

Chiefs' Hill completes year-long reclamation of himself

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The steady stream of nurses filing out of St. Luke's Hospital for close to an hour was finally slowing down, which was altogether fortunate, because the young man with thighs like tree trunks was running out of food to give...

 
 By David Skretta    Sports    May 10, 2020

Chiefs among centerpieces of NFL slate as they chase repeat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the makeshift interview room just outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, defensive tackle Chris Jones yelled across to Chiefs teammate Frank Clark, vowing that the Super Bowl championship they had just won would not be the...

 
 By David Skretta    Sports    May 8, 2020

NCAA calls alleged Kansas basketball violations "egregious"

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men's basketball program Thursday, calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred "egregious" and arguing that they undermine and threaten" college...

 
 By David Skretta    Sports    April 22, 2020

Chiefs strike gold with Mahomes after QB draft troubles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — BEST FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK: Patrick Mahomes. Good luck finding a more recent "best first-round pick" than the No. 10 overall choice in 2017. After a learning season behind Alex Smith, the QB from Texas Tech led the Chiefs...

 

Transfer portal causing college basketball coaches headaches

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gregg Marshall began his career as an assistant at tiny Randolph-Macon and Belmont Abbey, but it was during eight years on the staff of Hall of Fame coach John Kresse at College of Charleston that he learned to build a...

 

USA Cycling putting timely emphasis on personal well-being

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — Kelsey Erickson had spent nearly a decade working in the mucky world of international anti-doping when she heard that USA Cycling was looking for someone to build and administer a wellness program for riders at all levels. She...

 
 By David Skretta    Sports    April 10, 2020

AP source: Chiefs bring back CB Breeland on 1-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are bringing back cornerback Bashaud Breeland on a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4.5 million, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press, helping to alleviate one of the Super Bowl...

 
 By David Skretta    Sports    March 27, 2020

Royals new owner patiently awaiting rescheduled opening day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The morning dawned bright and sunny over Kauffman Stadium, just to the east of downtown Kansas City. The outfield grass was a perfectly manicured ocean of green, the infield dirt brushed as if by a fine-toothed comb. In the...

 

Kansas back atop Top 25 as Baylor slides to No. 2 after loss

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is back on top of the college basketball world after knocking off Baylor in a matchup of Big 12 heavyweights, while the Bears dropped to No. 2 in The Associated Press men's poll Monday after their nip-and-tuck loss in...

 

No. 1 Baylor welcomes No. 3 Kansas in Big 12 showdown

A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND The biggest game of the weekend in the Big 12 is arguably the biggest game in college basketball so far this season: No. 1 Baylor against third-ranked Kansas. The Bears (24...

 

Garrett's career-high 24 points lead No. 3 KU past Oklahoma

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Marcus Garrett has carved out a reputation at Kansas as one of the nation's best defenders, the kind of consummate leader and team-first player just about every team with national title aspirations needs on its roster. He...

 

Top of AP poll steady as Baylor, Kansas set collision course

Baylor and Kansas just keep winning, setting up a monumental showdown Saturday between the top-ranked Bears and No. 3 Jayhawks that could help decide not only the Big 12 title but the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament. The two teams were...

 

Parity party has college basketball's best on constant edge

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The season was barely a week old when Michigan State lost to Kentucky in the Champions Classic, a defeat of the nation's No. 1 team that could be written off easily as a high-profile battle of heavyweights on a neutral court...

 

Schools, coaches more willing to fight NCAA allegations

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The ink on the NCAA's notice of allegations was but a few hours old when officials at Kansas huddled with Jayhawks coach Bill Self and crafted a strongly worded response that not only disputed the claims but went on the offens...

 

K-State beats up on Kansas, sends notice to Big 12

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — There is a documentary series called "Miles to Go" chronicling Les Miles' first season at Kansas, and during an episode following the Jayhawks' last-second win over Texas Tech, he brazenly walked into the locker room and...

 

Thompson scores 4 TDs as K-State stuns No. 4 Sooners, 48-41

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Skylar Thompson and Kansas State dealt a big blow to No. 5 Oklahoma's national title hopes. The Wildcats' quarterback threw for 213 yards while running for four touchdowns, the defense did just enough against Heisman Trophy...

 

NFL at 100: Packers beat Chiefs in first Super Bowl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs had no way of knowing what the Super Bowl would become when they met at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 15, 1967. All they knew was they didn't like each other much....

 

Kansas-Missouri hoops series to resume next season in KC

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Border War is returning to college basketball. The acrimonious rivalry between Kansas and Missouri, once the longest continually played series west of the Mississippi River, will resume next season in Kansas City. The...

 

Hemric beats playoff drivers for NASCAR pole at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Daniel Hemric gave his hopes of landing a Cup Series ride for next season some help by taking his No. 8 Chevrolet to the pole for Richard Childress Racing at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Hemric, who was told last month that...

 

Drama to unfold as NASCAR elimination race begins at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Daniel Hemric is on the pole alongside David Ragan on Sunday, but all the action figures to happen behind them when the elimination race for NASCAR's playoffs begins at Kansas Speedway. Ryan Blaney starts third and Kyle...

 

Hurts provides 4 TDs as No. 6 Sooners beat Jayhawks, 45-20

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley was dissecting his team's latest easy victory, this time a 45-20 blowout of Kansas, when he was interrupted by the sound of a toilet flushing in the nearby visiting locker room. "That's what they thoug...

 

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