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A podcast about the biggest sports stories in and around Kansas City. Covering Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Kansas State University and more. Hosted by Blair Kerkhoff.

SportsBeat KC The Kansas City Star

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    • 4.8, 289 Ratings

A podcast about the biggest sports stories in and around Kansas City. Covering Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Kansas State University and more. Hosted by Blair Kerkhoff.

    Opt-outs on Chiefs offensive line clearing path for Keleche Osemele

    Opt-outs on Chiefs offensive line clearing path for Keleche Osemele

    On Thursday, Chiefs’ offensive lineman Lucas Niang became the first rookie to opt out of this season. Niang figured to compete for playing time with veteran guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif having already opted out. Instead, the door is open for veteran Keleche Osemele to step into a starting role.
    On SportsBeat KC, we hear from Osemele, who met the media earlier this week. He talks about his previous stops in the NFL and his reaction to getting the news that the Chiefs wanted to sign him. After a break, Frank Clark speaks publicly for the first time since the Super Bowl. Clark played a big role in the team’s success last season in his first year with the team.
    Story links:
    Chiefs rookie Lucas Niang elects to opt out of 2020 season
    This newcomer is excited to contribute, help the Chiefs continue winning. And he’s needed
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    • 28 min
    Big 12 football will happen, right? Plus, some Sprint Center memories

    Big 12 football will happen, right? Plus, some Sprint Center memories

    Big 12 schools will play a 10-game football schedule, but precisely when it starts and the one non-conference foe for each school remains uncertain. But these are uncertain times overall for the college sports landscape.
    Beat writers Kellis Robinett (Kansas State) and Jesse Newell (Kansas) discuss where things stand in the Big 12 and at the Sunflower State schools.
    After a break, the beat writers talk college basketball in Kansas City, specifically the best moments at Sprint Center for the Jayhawks and Wildcats. Thanks to a recent corporate merger, the building is now officially known as T-Mobile Center. Both programs had some great moments when the building was called Sprint.
    Story links:
    Big 12 football moving forward with plans for 10-game schedule in the fall
    K-State once again looking at famous Lockett family for wide receiver recruit
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    • 35 min
    Crafting an NFL preseason without games is Andy Reid’s challenge

    Crafting an NFL preseason without games is Andy Reid’s challenge

    In any other year, the Chiefs would be counting down the days to their first preseason game.
    In 2020, thanks to the pandemic, there are no preseason games. But there are interviews with Chiefs coaches and players. Head coach Andy Reid discusses this unique preseason, carrying on without running back Damien Williams, who has opted out due to COVID-19, and several more topics on this installment of SportsBeat KC, The Star’s daily sports podcast.
    After a break, you’ll hear from safety Tyrann Mathieu, the star safety who after one year in a Chiefs uniform has taken on a leadership role with the team. He explains the precautions he and his teammates are taking in the Chiefs’ training camp bubble and how he’s helping to set the tone for another Super Bowl run.
    Story links:
    Chiefs vets like Mathieu, Kelce will step up as leaders during this unusual training camp
    Are Chiefs players worried about COVID-19? Here’s what they say about playing during a pandemic
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    • 35 min
    Royals’ rough start personified by shortstop Adalberto Mondesi

    Royals’ rough start personified by shortstop Adalberto Mondesi

    Never has the idea of “no time like the present” to make improvements been more true than this baseball season. The Royals have lost seven of their first 10 games, and in a 60-game season, the turnaround time is greatly reduced. That also goes for individuals like Adalberto Mondesi. The promising shortstop is off to slow start, at the plate, in the field and on the base paths.
    On SportsBeat KC, The Star’s daily sports podcast, columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian break down the team’s and Mondesi’s season and what it will take to get back on track.
    After a break, the discussion turns to the opt-out decision by Chiefs running back Damien Williams and why some sports and leagues are doing a better job handling the re-start better than others.
    Story links:
    Ever real Danny Duffy deals, delivers on doing the right things during the pandemic
    Royals crater in seventh as White Sox sweep first series of season at Kauffman Stadium
    Chiefs’ Damien Williams reveals he’s opting out because of his mother’s illness
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    • 37 min
    It’s all about accountability away from facility, Travis Kelce says

    It’s all about accountability away from facility, Travis Kelce says

    Travis Kelce says the Chiefs feel safe in their training camp facility at Arrowhead Stadium. The important thing is for players to be responsible when they leave the facility to return home. The Chiefs tight end touched on a range of topics head on SportsBeat KC, The Kansas City Star’s daily sports podcast.
    Also, on the episode, running back Damien Williams tells Sirius XM that opting out this season was based on a family illness. You’ll also hear from Sporting KC’s Peter Vermes who disappointed in himself after Thursday’s elimination loss in the MLS is Back Tournament.
    Finally, Kris Bubic tells us how he found out he would make his major league debut as the Royals starting pitcher in tonight’s home opener.
    Story links:
    Chiefs vets like Mathieu, Kelce will step up leaders during unusual training camp
    Sporting KC gets bounced by Philadelphia in MLS is Back Tournament
    This Royals pitcher will make his MLB debut in Friday’s opener against the White Sox
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    • 26 min
    Opting out, Mahomes’ ranking, and Royals home opener starter - Surprise!

    Opting out, Mahomes’ ranking, and Royals home opener starter - Surprise!

    If only Chiefs running back Damien Williams could return for the playoffs. That’s where he’s done his most damage in a Chiefs uniform with 10 touchdowns in five games over two seasons. But he won’t be in uniform this season, electing to opt-out because of COVID-19. Chiefs beat writer Herbie Teope joins SportsBeat KC host Blair Kerkhoff in breaking down the Williams’ decision and what it means for the Chiefs.
    Also, there was a reason why quarterback Patrick Mahomes landed at the No. 4 spot in the NFL’s list of top 100 players for 2019, and Teope explains why.
    After a break, you’ll hear from Royals beat writer Lynn Worthy. The Royals are about to conclude their season opening road trip and play the home opener—before no fans—on Friday. What’s going right and wrong for the Royals so far, and how did manager Mike Matheny settle on a second-year pro as his home opener starter.
    Story links:
    With COVID-19 swirling, Chiefs running back Damien Williams opts out of 2019 season
    How could Patrick Mahomes be No. 4 in NFL’s top 100?
    Stellar early, KC’s Danny Duffy falters late as Tigers squeeze out 5-4 win over Royals
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
289 Ratings

289 Ratings

Yogi212121 ,

Always good insight!

Keep up the great work!

Reclemens ,

Average to Below Average

Listen to this if you’re desperate for KC STAR sports opinions, but be prepared for a bunch of “woke” writers that are Peter King wannabes. Think of any liberal cause that can inject into sports and these are your guys to listen.

They aren’t happy if there isn’t controversy, so they work hard to create them by projecting national wokeness into everything KC.

Somehow the listener is supposed to feel the writers are heroes for staying up for a late deadline, working on a holiday, traveling to other NFL cities, etc. Maybe they should try working for a job.

Cfjbiifcko ,

Way too much inside journalism

Bumped my rating up to five stars. Not my favorite podcast...it takes five minutes for these guys to make a point. But I like them all. They seem like great people who care about doing a good job.

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