KCK man injured in I-435 accident

A 19-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was injured and taken to a hospital after an accident at 11:21 a.m. Saturday, July 5, on I-435 in Olathe, Kan.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, a Ford Crown Victoria was westbound on I-435 just west of Quivira when the driver drifted off the right side of the road, overcorrected, went across all lanes of traffic and struck the left barrier wall.

According to the trooper’s report, he was not wearing a safety belt.


Sporting KC to play rival Chicago at 2 p.m. Sunday in KCK

Sporting Kansas City will play host to Eastern Conference rivals Chicago Fire on Sunday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The match will be nationally televised on ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes. Local coverage is on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM.

A limited number of tickets may be available, including standing room only tickets beginning at $20, and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or the Sporting Park box offices on game day.

Sporting KC enters the weekend atop the Eastern Conference with 25 points and a regular season record of 7-5-2.

Most recently, Sporting KC defeated the Portland Timbers 1-0 at Providence Park despite only traveling 16 players due to injuries and international competition. Lawrence Olum scored the game-winner in the 24th minute, his first goal of the 2014 season.

The Sporting KC defense secured the club’s seventh clean sheet of the season. Kronberg’s seven shutouts — including two in the month of June for a 242 minute active shutout streak — and 0.88 goals against average are League bests among goalkeepers with minimum of 400 minutes played in MLS this season and yielded MLS Player of the Month honors for the veteran goalkeeper.

Chicago visits Kansas City after a midweek draw with Toronto FC at Toyota Park. The Fire fell behind just before the halftime intermission. A 29th-minute red card shown to Toronto’s Luke Moore gave Chicago a man-advantage for nearly 60 minutes and rookie Harry Shipp was able to notch the equalizer with his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Chicago sits towards the bottom of the MLS standings but has lost only once in its last six matches.

In that six-match stretch, Chicago earned two victories in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play by defeating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Columbus Crew to advance to the quarterfinals of the 101st edition of the tournament.

The Fire will be without Quincy Amarikwa on Sunday as he serves a mandatory one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation. Amarikwa has scored five goals and added three assists for the Fire this season. Sporting KC midfielder Antonio Dovale will also serve the final game of his suspension for a red card received in a 2-0 win at Houston last month.

All ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early on Sunday to welcome back Matt Besler and Graham Zusi as part of a special ceremony prior to the match. Besler and Zusi spent the last seven weeks with the U.S. Men’s National Team for preparation and participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
– Story from Sporting KC


KCK race driver supports benefit for Wreaths Across America

Jennifer Jo Cobb, a race car driver from Kansas City, Kan., and her racing team have joined with the Used Truck Association to encourage fans to sponsor a remembrance wreath for a fallen veteran at the Arlington National Cemetery for $15 each.

All proceeds will go to Wreaths Across America as a charitable donation.

For every wreath sponsored between now and Veterans Day through the UTA website or at a Cobb appearance, Cobb will sign the name of each donor on a wreath decal and place it on her truck. Cobb has been racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year.

“We felt it was appropriate to kick this off on the 4th of July and we’re going to offer this opportunity through Veteran’s Day weekend. We will add the donation wreath decals to each truck I will race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series between now and the race on November 7 at Phoenix International Raceway.” Cobb said. “I’d love to meet our goal to Cover Arlington as well as cover our #10 Driven2Honor race truck with remembrance wreath decals and names of donors.”

Approximately half of Arlington National Cemetery was covered last year and Cobb and the UTA announced in February a goal to cover the remaining grave sites at Arlington with remembrance wreaths through WAA.

Approximately 100,000 more donors are needed to cover Arlington than what participated in 2013.

Wreaths Across America Day is Dec. 13. WAA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charity in Columbia
Falls, Maine, that delivered more than 540,000 such wreaths in all fifty states last year to veteran cemeteries including 142,700 at Arlington. Fans who sponsor a wreath will also be recognized with a personal thank you on the Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Facebook page as well as the honorary wreath decal. To learn more, go to www.uta.org/driven2honor or to sponsor a wreath go to www.uta.org/driven2honor/join_our_group.