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Ten greatest athletes in Kansas City sports history

Ten greatest athletes in Kansas City sports history

While the history of sports in Kansas City is largely tied to the Chiefs (NFL) and the Royals (MLB), the narration is threaded much deeper than the names on the front of the jerseys. The “team first” mantra will always ring true, however, there are some athletes that are Considered the anchors for their colleagues, Organizations, cities and even generations.
Though not as vast as some of the bigger cities of the – oftentimes resulting in an astronomical popularity – Kansas City has seen some of the best call it home.

Here are the 10 most beloved athletes of professional sports in Kansas City history.
Who sits atop this list for you?
* List is in alphabetical order
* List includes only athletes; no coaches or owners INVOLVED
Nate “Tiny” Archibald (Kings, 1972-76)
His nickname may be “Tiny,” but he had a big game. With the Kings / Omaha Kings, Archibald enjoyed some of his best years in the NBA.

In the 1972-73 season, his first year with the Kings, the point guard averaged 34 points and 11.4 assists per game – leading the league in both categories. In fact, Archibald Became one of the rare players to lead the NBA in both assists and points in one season.
With the Kings, Archibald was a three-time All-Star, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

George Brett (Royals, 1973-93)

The unequivocal leader of the Royals during their glory days of the 1970s and 1980s, Brett’s name is synonymous with Kansas City sports – even leading the team to its lone World Series title over cross-state rival, the St.. Louis Cardinals, in 1985.
Having played his entire career with the Royals, the Hall-of-Fame third baseman is also the franchise leader in most major statistical categories.

Brett stayed in the Kansas City area following his playing days and has always been closely tied to the organization. He was named the team’s interim hitting coach Earlier this season.

Len Dawson (Chiefs, 1963-75)

Not originally a member of the Chiefs, Dawson’s career did not really get going until joining the Dallas Texans five years into his professional football days. The franchise moved to Kansas City one year later, and the rest is history.
Dawson led the Chiefs to two Super Bowl appearances, losing the very first one to the Green Bay Packers and winning the franchise’s lone Super Bowl title three years later against the Minnesota Vikings. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
His close connection to the organization and the city after his player career keeps Dawson’s name among Kansas City’s elite.

Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs, 1997-2008)

Though Gonzalez is now a member of the Atlanta Falcons, he will be best remembered for his days donning Chiefs’ red at Arrowhead Stadium – at least in the eyes of Kansas Citians.
Gonzalez has made the best-tight-end-ever argument an open-and-shut case, having tallied 1,242 receptions for 14.268 yards and 103 touchdowns – all records for his position. These numbers, however, make it imperative to include his name among the greatest pass-Catchers of all time, Regardless of position. The 16-year veteran ranks second in catches, seventh in receiving yards and sixth in touchdown receptions in NFL history.
Even though he did not get a postseason victory until joining the Falcons, Gonzalez will forever be a part of the Chiefs’ family.

Maurice Greene, the Olympians (Track and Field)

Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Greene took the entire world by storm by being Anointed the world’s fastest man back in 1999. The speedster would go on to take gold in both the 100m and 4x100m relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Greene’s stretch of dominance from 1997-2001 is one that will not soon be forgotten. He has been an avid participant at the Kansas Relays and is now a track and field coach at UCLA.

Bo Jackson (Royals, 1986-90)

Bo Jackson hit 109 HRs in four-plus seasons with the Royals. (USA Today Sports)
Though it may have seemed like a flash in the pan, it is debatable that no other Kansas City athlete’s Stardom and fame shined brighter than that of Jackson’s.
One of the greatest pure athletes that we will ever see, Jackson’s football career with the Los Angeles Raiders was cut all too short after he sustained a freak hip injury in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January of 1991. He would never be the same either on the baseball field.

An example of just how well he is Regarded in Kansas City was during MLB’s 2012 All-Star Game festivities. Jackson was the coach of the American League celebrity softball squad that also featured Brett, among other greats and big names in the world of pop culture; but it was Bo who stole the show.

It was late in the game with his team way down on the scoreboard when the fans started chanting his name relentlessly. They wanted Bo to take one final at bat in Kansas City as if to signify what they had missed out on over a decade before.
It was supposed to be Joe Carter’s turn at the plate – who also has ties to the Kansas City area – but he INSISTED that Bo do the honors. It was the most breathtaking infield pop-out that the game has ever seen.

Buck O’Neil (Monarchs, 1938-43, 46-48)

O’Neil on coming to Kansas City: “I knew I was coming to the Heart of America … I did not know I was coming to the center of the universe!”
“O’Neil loved Kansas City and Kansas City loved him back. You’d be hard-pressed to find any one individual who did more to raise the profile of our great city and he did so unassumingly and selflessly. The barbecue baron, Ollie Gates, has Often said that the two most important people in Kansas City history were H. Roe Bartle and John ‘Buck’ O’Neil.: I could not agree more! ” – Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine District.

Derrick Thomas (Chiefs, 1989-99)

Though his time with the Chiefs and on this Earth were abruptly cut short back in the winter of 2000 after a tragic car accident, Thomas will certainly never be forgotten for what he meant to this organization and to this city.
On the field, the nine-time Pro-Bowler was one of the most feared pass rushers the game has ever seen – tallying 126 1/2 career sacks and an NFL-record seven sacks in one game against the Seattle Seahawks during the 1990 season. Off the field, Thomas planted himself in the Kansas City community early in his career by starting the Third and Long Foundation.
The Chiefs organization has since named its player of the year award after Thomas and a charter school opened in his name (Derrick Thomas Academy) in 2002.

Tom Watson, Professional Golfer

Born in Kansas City, Watson paved a career during the 1970s and 1980s that saw him Become one of the greatest golfers of all time. He won eight Majors from 1975-1983, Including the British Open five times.
Watson has tacked on another six Major tournament on the Champions Tour Victories.
While his hometown is not Regularly featured on the Tour, Watson’s name is peppered all over the golfing community in Kansas City – Including his involvement in designing the new Loch Lloyd Country Club and also The National Golf Club of Kansas City, located on Route 45 , or better known as Tom Watson Parkway.

Frank White (Royals, 1973-90)

One of only four jersey numbers retired by the Royals (Brett, Dick Howser and, of course, Jackie Robinson), White played his entire 18-year baseball career in Kansas City.
Though born in Mississippi, White’s story really Began in Missouri.
In 1970, then owner Ewing Kauffman started the Royals Baseball Academy Essentially which was designed to develop inner-city athletes into baseball players. White spent 18 months in the program before being signed to one of the organization’s minor league affiliates.
White played by Brett’s side during the Royals’ glory days, winning one World Series title (1985), an ALCS MVP (1980), a Silver Slugger Award (1986), eight Gold Gloves, and was named to five All-Star teams. The slick-fielding second baseman has stayed close to the game, most recently as a coach for the Kansas City T-Bones who play in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

Sebastian Coe wants four-year ban for failed drugs tests

Sebastian Coe wants four-year ban for failed drugs tests

Sebastian Coe

“We have to go back from two years to four years. The move down to two did a lot of damage to my sport,” Lord Coe told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.

“It is for the clean athletes. I don’t care about the cheats we weed out. These people are trashing my sport.”

While the 1500m gold medallist from Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 does not believe trust in the sport has completely evaporated, Lord Coe is concerned people are losing faith in athletics.

“It is depressing. Trust sits at the heart of this,” said Lord Coe, who is also vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

“I don’t think trust is gone entirely, but it was a bad day for the sport. The big challenge here is to go on fighting, this is not a fight we can afford to lose.

“It is about trust. If fans can’t trust the athletes and go there knowing what they are watching is questionable, then we will descend to American wrestling where most of the crowd know it is fake and, worryingly, don’t care.”

Lord Coe believes that athletes are currently taking risks by cheating as the two-year ban does not take enough time out of their career to be a deterrent.

But the London 2012 organiser and current British Olympic Association chairman knows that lifetime bans are not possible.

The BOA, before Coe was elected chairman, had a policy of banning any British athletes from competing in Olympic Games for life if they had previously failed a drugs test.

 

However, in April 2012 the governing bodylost its battle with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to keep the policy.

It allowed athletes such as Dwain Chambers, who failed a drugs test in 2003, to compete at London 2012

“If I could bring lifetime bans in I would,” said Lord Coe.

“The legal inhibitor to be able to do that is profound. We are not going to be able to have life bans, they would be challenged and when we have done it we have lost.

“Four years does make people think, it is a big chunk of your career but two years with appeals is often only 18 months. Too many athletes have been prepared to take the risk.”

Hadi Escaped to Ukraine

Hadi Escaped to Ukraine

Sudirman Hadi, from West Nusa Tenggara sprinter managed to qualify for the Youth World Athletics Championships 2013 in the Donetsk, Ukraine. The championship will take place on 10-14 July.
According to Secretary PB PASI, Tigor Tanjung, Sudirman managed to record time 10.96 seconds in the men’s 100m at the National Athletics Championships Junior and Youth 2013.
“The times were owned Sudirman deliver him to the World Junior Championships. World Championship record limit is 11.15 seconds, in the junior category, “he said in Jakarta, Monday (8/4).
National Athletics Championships Junior and Youth 2013, which was held in Madya Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta on 3-6 April is the effort of PB PASI doing coaching athletes. In this tough competition occurs among athletes who make the emergence of a record-national record.
Tigor adds, national record through tough competition in the junior and youth categories this year increased. Last year only six rekornas that telampaui, but now increased to 11 rekornas.
“These conditions provide fresh air to coaching track and field athletes from all over the country. Therefore, in addition to be a junior championship qualifying event to the world championships, also a sustainable level of coaching athletes, “he said.

Legendary Pole vaulter visit Indonesia

Legendary Pole vaulter visit Indonesia

Pelompat Galah Legendaris Sambangi Indonesia

JAKARTA – pole vault world record holder from Ukraine, Sergey Bubka Nazarovich a visit to Indonesia on Tuesday (06/25/2013).
“I am delighted to be visiting Indonesia. It is a beautiful country, “he met at the office of Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI), Jakarta.
Bubka record 6.15 meters in Donetsk, Ukraine, on February 21, 1993. 20 years later, the record was not resolved.
Some pole vault athletes strive to surpass the record belongs Bubka, but until now there is no new record.
“It takes skill and technique surpassed the record high for that. Young athletes should do the analysis first and then to improvise in order to surpass my record, “he said.
Sergey Bubka is the Pole Vault gold medalist in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He’s run for Presidential election exchanges Olympics.

Mo Farah breaks record 2 1500 Meter Run

Mo Farah breaks record 2 1500 Meter Run

Mo Farrah (foto : Reuters)

MONACO – Mo Farah broke the record for the United Kingdom category run 1500 meters when undergoing Diamon League in Monaco yesterday (07/20/2013). Previously, Steve Cram holds the record for the last 1985 years.

See his record broken by the Somali-born runner, Cram said he was surprised considering he was laughing at a joke before Mo who want to break that record.

“I was surprised. Mo had joked to record megalahkan United Kingdom and I laughed. But I have to take my hat off to him, to 5000 meter runners seemed, could berlaris eperti it very hard to believe, “said Cram told BBC Sport.

3 minutes 28.81 seconds was the time recorded by Farah Cram to pass time record for 3 minutes 29.67 seconds which had stood for 23 years. In addition, a time of Mo also passed a European record for the fastest, Fermin Cacho who recorded a time of 28.95 seconds for 3 minutes.
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Jokowi Open MUSORPROV X KONI Jakarta

Jokowi Open MUSORPROV X KONI Jakarta

Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo officially opening the X Provincial Sports Council (Musorprov X) KONI Jakarta in 2013 at the Hotel Mercure Ancol, Jakarta, on Saturday (6/4).
On that occasion, Jokowi, greeting familiar Joko Widodo also presented awards to six athletes in the sport DKI tennis and track and field athlete ever to ASEAN Para Games in Surakarta.
“By saying bismilah, Province X Koni Sports Council of Jakarta in 2013 was officially opened this morning,” said Jokowi.
After a welcome start, Jokowi, which comes with a white shirt and black pants, immediately start hitting the gong sign Musorprov event X KONI Jakarta in 2013. He hoped that the event will run smoothly.
As is known, this Council was held to discuss the three main agenda. Ie to discuss the report of activities DKI KONI 2009-2013 tenure. The second item on the agenda to discuss and establish a draft work program KONI Jakarta term of office from 2013 to 2017. After that, the activities will be followed by the election of the Chairman of KONI Jakarta period 2013-2017.

Java runner seize Bob Hasan Sprint

Java runner seize Bob Hasan Sprint

East Java runners dominated the numbers ran 60 yards teenage girls in National Championship Athletics’ Bob Hasan Sprint “after passing four runners to the semifinals in Madya Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta.
In the preliminary round held Wednesday, from seven series passed 16 runners who competed for the semifinals which consists of the champions and runners-up of each series plus two runners with the best record.
Java passed four runners, each series champion Nia Fatul Aini 1, Febi Ulfa 4 series champion, and Eka Cahya 5 series champion and runner-up Sri Wahyu 7 series.
Other runners who qualified for the semifinals include Anisa Aprilia (Sulawesi), Agustina Mardika (North Sumatra), Barkah Sekar (DKI Jakarta), Mira Maryanti (Jabar), Habibah Amalia (Jabar), Deni Syahputri (West Sumatra), Neng Arisma ( Jabar), Brima Pramesti (DIY Yogyakarta), Austien Velicia Mofu (DKI Jakarta), Sri Mayasari (South Sumatra), Irene Alisjahbana (DKI Jakarta), and Yuni Eka (Central Java).
The surprise was the failure of runners from North Sulawesi, Anggreina Rorong to the semifinals for only ranked 30th with a time of 8.48 seconds.
The best record of 60 meters preliminary round girls recorded by Hasruni with time of 7.73 seconds, followed by Mira Maryanti 7.86 seconds, and 7.98 seconds Eka Cahya.
Rekornas this number is owned by Nurul Imaniar (NTB) with a time of 7.61 seconds recorded 2009.
According to the schedule, the semifinals will be played on Thursday (8/12) at 14.15 pm, followed by the finals at 16:30 pm.
Besides the rarely run 60 yards young women, the first day Wednesday also play preliminary round junior daughter ran 60 yards, 60 yards young men, junior men’s 60 meter, 1,000 meter teenage sons, 4 x 1,000 meter relay juniors and young men and women.
The first day of National Championship “Bob Hasan Sprint” is characterized by the presence of the Chairman of the new KONI Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Tono. The newly elected leaders last week in KONI National Conference Center in Lombok, NTB, said they were proud of what has been done by PB.PASI dipimpinan Bob Hasan.
“This should be followed by a parent-the parent organizations. Despite success in the SEA Games, PB.PASI still did not stop coaching, especially for junior athletes, “said Tono.

Sprinter Usain Bolt Will Eventually Strengthen Manchester United

Sprinter Usain Bolt Will Eventually Strengthen Manchester United

The world’s fastest runner, Usain Bolt can soon fulfill his dream to strengthen England’s elite clubs, Manchester United.

Bolt, 26-year-old Jamaican, aspires to join United, but has never reached expectations. He could only watch as the stars of United’s play.

Well, in August, Bolt could use costumes United at Old Trafford Stadium, while United face test against Sevilla party.

“My presence will be different at United, I can run fast and play ball,” said Bolt.

When United’s Alex Ferguson handled, Bolt can never permit. Now with the move to coach David Moyes, Rio Ferdinand as a close friend and eventually persuaded Bolt Bolt’ll play with costumes United on 9 August.

Fast learner Quintana makes immediate Tour impact

Fast learner Quintana makes immediate Tour impact

PARIS (Reuters) – Watch and learn – that was the directive Nairo Quintana received when he was included in his Movistar team’sTour de France roster.

The diminutive, swarthy-faced Colombian climber did more than just that on his Tour debut, surpassing expectations with a brilliant three-week display to secure second place overall.

Quintana, 23, reached the Champs Elysees in Paris having won a stage and claimed both white and polka-dot jerseys for the best young rider and the best climber.

On Saturday, he won the 20th stage at the top of Semnoz after a final 11-km ascent – nothing intimidating for a rider who would descend 16 kilometers every day to go to school on a 20-kilo mountain bike.

“And I had to come back every evening,” he says with a smile.

 He caught the eye of Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue when, aged 20, he won the Tour de l’Avenir – the most prestigious young riders’ race.

Unzue was looking for Colombian riders for his Spain-based team.

“Finding a Colombian rider who climbs well is easy,” said Unzue, referring to the ‘Beetles’, the Colombian climbers of the 1980s.

“But finding one who climbs well and who is also a good time-trialist is more rare.”

Quintana, however, is not just a physically talented rider. He is also a clever one.

“The other thing that struck me is his character,” said Unzue.

“He’s got a lot of self-confidence and he analyses a race very well. When you listen to him debrief his day, you understand right away that he is not just a fast rider.”

Quintana showed during the Tour that he is a fast learner.

 Starting the race with the task of helping team leader Alejandro Valverde secure a podium finish, the Colombian found himself thrust into the role of leader after the Spaniard lost considerable time on a flat stage following a mechanical problem.

“Everybody in the team believed in me. Everyone helped me, especially psychologically, to achieve this. At 23, I was not prepared for that,” he said on Saturday, sobbing between sentences.

“When they asked me if I was up for it (after Valverde’s hopes were dashed), I said ‘yes, sure, I’m ready to be team leader but I hope you will forgive me if my legs don’t respond at some point’.”

 His legs responded well as Quintana finished second behind Tour champion Chris Froome of Britain in the stage finishing up the iconic Mont Ventoux, although he briefly lost consciousness after crossing the line.

That day, he probably attacked too early. On Saturday, he showed that he had learned his lesson, waiting for Froome to attack on the slopes of the Semnoz before countering him in the final kilometer to take the stage.

The win capped years of hard work, Quintana said, still shaking his head in disbelief.

“I worked very hard and I had the support of my parents, my team. A year ago, when I turned professional, it was difficult to imagine that I would be here today,” he said.

“As a kid I didn’t dream this could happen to me. I was taking things on a daily basis.”

Quintana has emulated compatriot Luis Herrera, who won the King of the Mountains title in 1985 and 1987, but he is setting his sights higher than the polka dot jersey.

“These performances give me a lot of confidence for the following years. In 2015 I could be gunning for yellow. I will continue to work every day to achieve that,” he said.