January 25, 2015

“Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks, who was discovered while playing with the K.C. Monarchs, dead at 83

Ernie Banks in 1953 with the Kansas City Monarchs (photo from http://90feetofperfection.com)

Ernie Banks in 1953 with the Kansas City Monarchs (photo from http://90feetofperfection.com)

Ernie Banks played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues when the Chicago Cubs discovered him in 1953.  He made his major league debut at shortstop on Sept. 17 that year, and three days later he hit his first home run.

Affectionately known as “Mr. Cub,” Banks died Friday at the age of 83.

Banks hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career and was fond of saying, “It’s a great day for baseball. Let’s play two!” despite never playing on a playoff team.  Banks was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1977.

He was the first player from a losing team to win the NL MVP. Banks won the MVP again in 1959, becoming the first NL player to win it in consecutive years.

Banks’ No. 14 was the first number retired by the Cubs, and it hangs from the left-field foul pole at Wrigley Field.

Banks hit .347 in 1953 with the Monarchs and considered his time in Kansas City as the base for his Hall of Fame future.   “Playing for the Kansas City Monarchs was like my school, my learning, my world. It was my whole life.”

Wes Clark misses two free throws late as Tigers come up short again. Losing streak hits five

Teki Gill-Cesaer led Mizzou with 16 points.  (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Teki Gill-Cesaer led Mizzou with 16 points. (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Missouri, down six with just over five minutes to play, regrouped and pulled themselves to within one of Arkansas.

Wes Clark, at the free throw line with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation, clanked both and the Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 61-60, Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

The loss was the Tigers fifth in a row in SEC play.

Teki Gill-Cesaer and Jonathan Williams III postgame

The Tigers used a 10-4 run to close out the first half for a 34-30 lead.  Arkansas answered right out of the gate in the second, going on a 11-3 run to go up 41-37 with 16:59 to play.

Teki Gill-Cesaer hit a three pointer with 2:43 to play to tie it at 58-58, and hit another three to put Mizzou up 60-59 with under two minutes to play. Rashad Maddon answered with a jumper with 1:27 to play and the Tigers could grab the lead.

Gill-Caesar scored 16 points to lead Missouri (7-12, 1-5), and Johnathan Williams III added 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Keith Shamburger chipped in 10 points.

Kangaroos overcome late deficit to knock off CSU Bakersfield

FZYMWMWPCKAOVPT.20150117224545The UMKC men’s basketball squad came up big on Thursday night in the second half, turning a 12-point deficit with 5:32 to play into a 66-63 victory over CSU Bakersfield at Municipal Auditorium, making it back-to-back wins at home. UMKC freshman Collin Jennings blocked a three-point attempt in the corner with one second remaining to seal it.

The 12-point comeback was the biggest of the season in a win for the ‘Roos, who also came from 11 back last Saturday in the win against Chicago State.

“We really showed some toughness tonight,” Head Coach Kareem Richardson said. “Even though we didn’t shoot well from the line, we played very good on the defensive end down the stretch. We also took care of the basketball in the second half with only one turnover.” [Read more…]

Chiefs game in London Nov. 1st will kickoff at 8:30am local time

KCChiefsEach of the three NFL games to be played in London next season will have morning start times in the United States.

The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins will play on Oct. 4 at Wembley Stadium, then the league will play consecutive weeks in London for the first time when Buffalo and Jacksonville meet on Oct. 25 and Detroit takes on Kansas City on Nov. 1.

All three start times will be 9:30 a.m. ET in the United States.

Since the London series began in 2007, most of the start times were 1 p.m. ET in the U.S., although the Lions and Falcons played at 9:30 a.m. ET in one of this past season’s three games.

Road woes continue as Mizzou squanders halftime, falls at Texas A&M

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at MissouriJalen Jones and Danuel House both scored 16 points as the Texas A&M Aggies captured a 62-50 win over the Missouri Tigers in an SEC battle at Reed Arena.

Jones, who shot 5-of-10 from the floor, added a team-best nine rebounds for the Aggies (12-5, 3-2 SEC) as they extended their win streak to three in a row. Alex Caruso pitched in with 11 points for the hosts as well.

The Tigers (7-11, 1-4) were paced by Wes Clark who tallied a game-high 18 points, hitting 4-of-6 shots behind the 3-point line, adding six assists and five steals for a squad that has dropped four straight decisions.

Missouri opened the meeting on a 7-2 run and shot an impressive 52.2 percent from the floor in the first half, converting 5-of-8 beyond the arc on the way to a 31-24 edge at the break. Texas A&M managed to knock down just one-third of its 24 field goal attempts through the first 20 minutes of action.

In the second half the roles reversed as the Aggies hit on 52.2 percent and the visitors a total of only eight field goals. The Tigers failed to make it to the free-throw line after intermission and were outscored at the stripe, 9-0, en route to the double-digit setback.

Texas A&M won the battle of the boards, 37-24, and also outscored Missouri by a 15-2 margin at the line.