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NCAA women’s basketball regional coming to Sprint Center in 2018 — For the second time this week, Kansas City was awarded an NCAA basketball tournament regional final. Sprint Center will be the site of the 2018 women's Midwest Region semifinals and championship game. The winner will advance to the Final Four.

Around the Nation: Game of the week, upset of the week and top 25 schedule — Blair Kerkhoff picks his game and upset of the week in college football, plus other games to watch.

UMKC beats Missouri S&T 90-77 in home men’s basketball opener — So much of UMKC's inspired efforts to open the season revolved around point guard Martez Harrison's scoring ability. In the Kangaroos' 90-77 home opening victory over Missouri S&T on Wednesday, his playmaking was on display. Harrison finished with 11 assists, the most by a UMKC player since 1999 and two short of the school record.

Ray Sadecki dies at 73; won 20 games for '64 Cardinals — Ray Sadecki, the lefthander from Kansas City, Kan., who won 135 games in his 18-year major-league pitching career - and the 1964 World Series opener for the Cardinals - died Monday afternoon in Mesa, Ariz., from complications of blood cancer, according to his family. Sadecki was 73.

K-State plays on Thursday next year, too, as Big 12 releases 2015 football schedule — Kansas State will play host to Baylor on a Thursday night during the 2015 season, one of the highlights of next season's football schedule released by the Big 12 Conference. Kansas will play host to K-State on Nov. 28.

TCU’s close win over Kansas costs the Horned Frogs in College Football Playoff rankings — The closeness of TCU's 34-30 victory over the Jayhawks contributed to the Horned Frogs' drop from fourth to fifth in the rankings. The difference between fourth and fifth in the rankings means being included in the College Football Playoff semifinals or not. TCU is behind Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State.

KCK native Ray Sadecki, standout major-league left-hander, dies at 73 — Ray Sadecki, the Kansas City, Kan., native and Bishop Ward grad who won 135 games in his 18-year major-league pitching career - and the 1964 World Series opener for the St. Louis Cardinals - died Monday afternoon in Mesa, Ariz., from complications of blood cancer, according to his family.

KU, Kentucky each place four players on Wooden Award preseason top 50 list — Kansas and Kentucky, meeting Tuesday in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis, led the Wooden Award preseason top 50 list announced Monday. The Jayhawks and Wildcats each placed four players on the list. Also on the list are Kansas State's Marcus Foster and Wichita State's Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet.

Oklahoma State could miss first bowl game in nine years — Oklahoma State started hot with a 5-1 record but a four-game losing streak has increased the possiblity of the program missing its first bowl game in nine years. Inexperienced and poor line plus a strong second-half schedule has contributed to the skid

NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s Midwest Regional coming to Sprint Center in 2017 — The Sprint Center will hold the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals and final for Division I men's basketball in 2017, the NCAA announced Monday.
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Nov 20, 2014

Correction: That's a regional final for Kansas City with the women's tournament, not first- and second-round.

Nov 20, 2014

Kansas city/Sprint Center gets 2018 NCAA women's tournament first- and second-round.

Nov 19, 2014

Chiefs fans remind me no NFL/college conflict first week of Nov. next year. That's when Chiefs play in London.

Nov 19, 2014

On Nov. 5, 2015, a Thursday, Baylor plays at K-State and Mississippi St plays at Mizzou. Wonder if Chiefs will play that night?

Nov 19, 2014

2015 Big 12 FB sked highlights; Baylor at KState on Nov. 5, a Thurs. KState at KU, Nov. 28. WVu at KState Dec. 5

Nov 19, 2014

If Billy Butler is gone…, he ranks on KC career lists: 7th hits, 6th 2Bs, 4th BA, 6th RBI, 7th HR

Nov 17, 2014

@todpalmer It's early but guessing it won't be an RPI killer, not with this UMKC team

Nov 17, 2014

Chase Coffman with first career NFL TD, leaping catch back of EZ vs. Steelers, (Ray-Pec, Mizzou)

Nov 17, 2014

KState tops UMKC 83-73, Martez Harrison 21 pts, 5 assists. This is a different UMKC team, will be competitive every game.

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