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Clark arrested in LA on suspicion of having concealed gun

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was arrested in Los Angeles after police saw a submachine gun in his car, police said Monday.

Clark, 28, was pulled over for a vehicle violation south of downtown at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, LAPD public information officer Tony Im said.

“Officers noticed a bag with an Uzi sticking out” in plain sight in the car,” Im said.

Clark was arrested on suspicion of having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, Im said.

He was booked into Los Angeles County jail and released Monday afternoon on $35,000 bond, according to the county sheriff’s jail inmate website.

“We are aware of the matter which will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Clark’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said the gun belonged to Clark’s bodyguard.

Clark, who is a native of Los Angeles, played his first four NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. He was part of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning team in the 2019 season and overall has 49 sacks in 91 career games.

Clark previously was arrested in 2014 on suspicion of domestic violence over an incident at an Ohio hotel, leading to his removal from the University of Michigan team. He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.

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Patrick Mahomes, Brittany Matthews introduce daughter Sterling Skye to the world

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs fans have waited months to meet Patrick Mahomes’ daughter. Today Mahomes and Brittany Matthews shared their daughter with the world for the first time.

Sterling Skye was included in a family photo shoot where Mahomes and Matthews wore his new Adidas shoe. The entire family was decked out in Adidas gear, including the 4-month-old.

This is the first time Mahomes and Matthews have shared Sterling Skye’s face. Previously Matthews said they planned to keep their daughter’s pictures private until they felt the time was right.

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'I'm good:' Chiefs head coach Andy Reid shows up at mini-camp using a cane

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid surprised everyone Thursday morning when he showed up at the team’s mini-camp using a cane.

FOX4’s Harold Kuntz tweeted video of Big Red using the cane as he interacted with quarterback Patrick Mahomes and other players during practice.

When asked about it after practice, Coach Reid didn’t elaborate much.

“I’m good. I hit 60 and things started aching, but I’m good,” Reid said.

The head coach seemed much more excited to talk about the team and what he’s seen during mini-camp than his ailment.

Reid did have a knee replacement in 2015. After the 2015-2016 season, Reid said the knee had to be removed and replaced because of an infection.

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Riverton names new head boys basketball coach

RIVERTON, Kan. — When Bronson Schaake left the head coaching position at Riverton High School to become the new head boys basketball coach at Joplin High School, it left an opening with the Rams.

It was announced last week that Riverton named Brandon Pate as its new head boys basketball coach, but it’s a place where Pate has a sense of familiarity.

“Who knew?” Pate said. “But I’m excited. It is kind of like going back home, it’s where I started. I got an opportunity to start my coaching career there. So to be able to come back all these years later, it’s special no doubt about it.”

Pate served as an assistant coach at Riverton for five years from 2012-2017 and was a part of two conference championships in back-to-back seasons in 2014 and 2015. He was also a part of two state tournament appearances with the Rams in those some years.

The new Riverton head coach attended Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ, in 1996 where he led a nationally ranked team to a 30-5 record, a conference title, Region 1 title and a national tournament appearance in Hutchinson, Kan. From there, Pate played at Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook, AZ, in 1998 before finishing his collegiate career at Pittsburg State University under then-head coach Gene Iba in 1999-00.

One of his biggest performances as a Gorilla came against Missouri Southern State head men’s basketball Jeff Boschee during his playing days with the University of Kansas Jayhawks. Pate dropped 29 points against the fourth-ranked Jayhawks on his way to becoming first team all-conference his senior year.

“I’m all about getting in the gym with my guys and playing some ball,” Pate said. “So now that this is past us, I’m just ready to get in the gym.”

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Three SW Missouri student archers make Academic All-American Team

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recognized nine Missouri student archers in the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) who made the 2021 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Academic All-American Team. Two of which came from Lamar Middle School and one from Carl Junction High School.

MDC congratulated the following Missouri student archers on the 2021 NASP® Academic All-American Team who not only excelled on the range, but who were also recognized by their school for proficiency in the classroom:

NASP Elementary Division All-American Academic Archers

  • Jake Sloan of Compass Elementary School in Platte City
  • Zara Butcher of Billings Elementary School in Billings

NASP Middle School Division All-American Academic Archers

  • Koen Littlejohn of Lamar Middle School in Lamar
  • Sydney King of Lewis & Clark Middle School in Jefferson City
  • Owen Vaught of Crane Middle School in Crane
  • Kynlee McCulloch of Lamar Middle School in Lamar

NASP High School Division All-American Academic Archers

  • Jeremiah Jones of Carl Junction High School in Carl Junction
  • Blake Moore of Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro
  • Klint Luebbering of Fatima High School in Westphalia

“NASP and the Academic Archer Title Sponsor, Easton Technical Products, are proud to recognize these top student archers as they provide an excellent scholastic example for all NASP participants in 47 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 9 other countries,” said NASP President Dr. Tommy Floyd. “Through the emphasis on academics, we truly believe that NASP continues to achieve one of its long-standing goals of helping to motivate students for success in the classroom.”

MDC also congratulated the numerous MoNASP student archers and teams who shot top scores in the national virtual competition for all NASP archers. A record 15,683 archers from 1,053 schools in 42 states competed in the virtual bullseye competition and 4,015 archers from 326 schools in 33 states competed in the virtual 3D competition.

Top teams and individuals from Missouri for the bulls-eye tournament were:

High School Division

  • Calvary Lutheran in Jefferson City — 4th place
  • Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro — 5th place
  • Fatima High School in Westphalia — 9th place
  • Carl Junction High School in Carl Junction — 10th place

Middle School Division

  • Lamar Middle School in Lamar — 8th

Individuals from Missouri stood out among the top shooters. Jeramiah Jones from Carl Junction High School in Carl Junction placed second overall with a score of 299 out of a possible 300. Ty Lower from Crane High School in Crane, Blake Moore from Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, and J.J. Quehl from Blair Oaks High School in Wardsville all shot a 295. Lexi Buechter from Blair Oaks in Wardsville placed 9th for all high school females with a score of 294.

In the middle-school division, Sydney King from Lewis & Clark Middle School in Jefferson City placed 5th in the female division with a score of 293. Also shooting a 293, Koen Littlejohn of Lamar placed 8th in the male division. In the elementary female division, Jaelyn Jordan from Mason Elementary in Lees Summit finished 2nd with a score of 281.

On the 3D range, Missouri teams and individuals excelled as well. Sydney King from Lewis & Clark Middle School in Jefferson City shot a 296 out of 300 leaving her tied for first place amongst all female shooters. Garrett Elliott from Cole Camp placed 5th for the middle school male division. Kynlee McCulloch from Lamar Middle School placed 8th in the female middle school division. Jake Sloan from Compass Elementary in Platte City placed 7th in the elementary male division. Jeremiah Jones from Carl Junction High School in Carl Junction placed 4th in his division. J.J. Quehl from Blair Oaks in Wardsville placed 8th and Jared Braun from Calvary Lutheran in Jefferson City placed 10th.

Missouri teams placing in the 3D competition in the high-school division were Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City in 2nd place, Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro in 4th place, Carl Junction High School in Carl Junction in 8th place, and Sarcoxie High School in Sarcoxie in 9th place. In the middle-school division, Lamar Middle School in Lamar took 6th place, Platte City Middle School in Platte City took 9th place, and Carl Junction Middle School in Carl Junction took 10th place. In the elementary division, Compass Elementary School in Platte City took 9th place.

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New Missouri license plate to honor Negro Leagues Museum

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missourians will soon be able to purchase license plates highlighting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, after Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation creating the plate.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Parson signed the bill into law on Monday. The law is effective Aug. 28. The museum was founded in 1990 and spotlights the league that began play in 1920 and remained popular through the 1940s. Major League Baseball’s color barrier was broken when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

On Saturday, Parson will hold a ceremonial bill signing for the plate at Kauffman Stadium before a Royals game.

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Push against trans athletes in girls’ sports fails in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans in Kansas failed Monday to overturn the Democratic governor’s veto of a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s sports, unable to convert successes in other states or Caitlyn Jenner’s support into enough momentum.

The state Senate voted 26-14 to override Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto, leaving supporters a single vote short of the necessary two-thirds majority. Senators’ decision blocked a vote in the House.

Kansas became the second state within two weeks, after North Dakota, where a legislature with Republican supermajorities failed to override a GOP governor’s veto of such a measure. Lawmakers in more than 20 states have considered such bans, and they’ve become law in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and West Virginia after Idaho enacted one last year. Florida lawmakers recently approved such a measure, and South Dakota’s governor imposed a policy by executive order.

The vote in Kansas came two days after Jenner, the former Olympic decathlon champion and reality television figure who came out as a transgender woman in 2015, said she opposes transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s sports as a “question of fairness.” Kansas conservatives seized upon her comments to a TMZ reporter in arguing that they were trying to protect fair competition and opportunities for female athletes.

“No one can accuse her of being anti-trans or interested in causing suicides, or whatever accusation they had of me for that,” Senate President Ty Masterson, a Wichita-area Republican, told reporters before the vote.

Kelly had called the proposed ban “regressive,” said it would send a message that Kansas was not a welcoming place and predicted it would hurt the state’s attempts to recruit businesses. LGBTQ-rights advocates said it would increase bullying of already vulnerable children.

“We’re not going to legislate discrimination here,” said state Rep. Stephanie Byers, a Wichita Democrat and the state’s first transgender lawmaker. “It’s going to be tough thing to fight, but we’re always going to do it.”

Many transgender-rights advocates have criticized Jenner, saying she has failed to convince them that she is a major asset to their cause. Byers suggested that Jenner is trying get attention for herself.

The proposed ban is likely to be an issue in the 2022 governor’s race, when Kelly seeks a second term. The top two Republican candidates, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and former Gov. Jeff Colyer, have said they would have signed the measure.

Kelly ran as a centrist in 2018 against polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, a former Kansas secretary of state nationally known for advocating restrictive immigration policies and tough voter identification laws. Republicans already have started trying to paint Kelly as a liberal and see her veto of the measure on transgender athletes as evidence of that.

“It shows her true, far-left leanings,” said state Sen. Renee Erickson, a Wichita Republican, a former college basketball player and the bill’s main sponsor. “I think if we make it about what it truly is — it’s protecting those opportunities for girls — that those are Kansas values and that at the end of the day, it will hurt the governor politically.”

Supporters of such proposals across the U.S. generally have been unable to cite local examples of problems. The association overseeing extracurricular activities in Kansas K-12 schools says it has been notified of only five active transgender participants in extracurricular activities, and there is no known case of a transgender athlete having won a Kansas championship.

“After a long reputation of being anti-LGBT, this state is making progress on rights for LGBT people, and it’s making progress on rights for transgender people,” said Tom Witt, executive director of the LGBTQ-rights group Equality Kansas, after tears of relief over the vote.

The decisive factor may have been a concern that sports bodies such as the NCAA would avoid scheduling tournament games in Kansas. Kansas City, Kansas, Sen. David Haley, the only Democrat who was wavering, cited that issue to reporters in explaining his no vote.

Haley previously abstained on the measure, but the Senate forced him to vote Monday. He wrestled with his decision, hashing over both sides’ arguments in an extraordinary six-minute speech.

“David Haley can’t win in this discussion,” he told his colleagues.

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McDonald County community mourns loss of Ebenee Muñoz with candlelight vigil

ANDERSON, Mo. — The McDonald County community is mourning the loss of one of their student athletes. Ebenee Muñoz, A 17-year-old McDonald County High School student was killed in a car crash on Friday night.

Members of her community gathered in Dabbs Greer Town Hole park on Sunday to honor her memory with a candlelight vigil. The crowd lit and released lanterns, which illuminated the sky.

Muñoz was both a basketball and a track athlete. Those who knew her remembered her as a kind soul and fierce competitor.

Londyn Trudeau, Ebenee’s friend/event organizer, says, “As soon as we heard, we were trying to figure out something that we could do because she was really close to us and she means a lot to us and we just wanted to show that and give everybody the opportunity to show how much they loved her.”

Sean Crane, McDonald County girls basketball coach, says, “She’s a good kid. You can see a ton of people here, she’s very involved in everything. Obviously anytime you lose a young lady or a young person at all, it’s a tough situation.”

McDonald County High School teams won’t be competing in any sporting events on Monday, April 26 out of respect for Muñoz, the school announced on their Twitter page. Participating in track practices and meets for the week of April 26 will also be optional for student athletes.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover Muñoz’s funeral expenses. To donate to the fundraiser, click here.

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Oklahoma House passes transgender sports ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Republican-led Oklahoma House has passed a bill to ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports.

The House voted 73-19 for the bill Monday, mostly along party lines. The vote sends the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate, which failed to consider a similar bill earlier this session.

Oklahoma is one of more than a dozen states where lawmakers are proposing restrictions this year on athletics or gender-confirming health care for transgender minors. In Kansas, a similar bill heads to Governer Laura Kelly’s desk after it passed both state legislatures. In Missouri, the legislation passed a House committee and will now head to the floor for a vote.

Opponents raised concerns the bill could lead to the NCAA pulling some championship games from Oklahoma. The Women’s College Softball World Series is held in Oklahoma City, generating more than $20 million annually.

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Former Chiefs QB Alex Smith announces retirement from NFL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Smith made the announcement in an Instagram post on Monday morning.

The 3X Pro Bowl selection was the starting quarterback for the Chiefs from 2013-2017, and spent 16 years in the NFL between the San Francisco 49ers, Chiefs and Washington Football Team. Smith was the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after returning to the field for Washington as the starting quarterback for the first time since suffering a leg injury in the 2018 season.

Smith was 5-1 as Washington’s quarterback last season.

He finishes his career with 35,650 passing yards and 199 touchdowns.