Sporting KC signs draft pick Ansu Rogers

Sporting Kansas City announced on Wednesday that the club has signed forward James Ansu Rogers, the 53rd overall selection (third round) in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

The University of New Mexico product has been added to the team’s roster.

“We’re very happy for James,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said. “Because of his persistence and work ethic, he has earned himself a roster spot for Sporting KC.”

“It is a great opportunity to be with such a wonderful group of guys,” Ansu Rogers said. “I really appreciate the chance I have been given. I look forward to working hard and doing my best.”

Ansu Rogers, 21, was a member of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in 2012 after first representing the U.S. at the under-15 level in 2007. A native of Sierra Leone, Ansu Rogers moved to the United States at age 11 and competed for the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake academies prior to being recruited to the University of New Mexico.

He contributed 22 goals, fourth most in program history, and 20 assists during a four-year collegiate career, leading the Lobos to three straight first-place finishes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (2011, 2012) and Conference USA (2013). After reaching the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 16 in his first two collegiate seasons, the Lobos advanced to the College Cup semifinals for only the second time in school history in 2013.

Last month, Ansu Rogers was named one of 24 national semifinalists for the prestigious Wooden Citizenship Cup by Athletes for a Better World and was invited to attend the 2015 MLS Player Combine in Florida. He scored in one of three matches at the annual showcase event and recorded the sixth-highest vertical jump among all participants.

Ansu Rogers has appeared in all four matches for Sporting Kansas City during the team’s preseason campaign, most recently scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday.

Sporting KC will resume preseason action at 9 p.m. tonight against Real Salt Lake as the top two teams in the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup play at Kino North Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

– Story from Sporting KC

Seat belt enforcement effort taking place

A seat belt enforcement campaign is going on this week through March 6 around high schools in Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol will be patrolling areas around high schools in an effort to increase compliance with the seat belt law, according to an announcement.

According to a spokesman for the highway patrol, Kansas lost 34 teens, ages 13 to 19, in 2014 in traffic crashes. Sixty-three percent of the victims were not properly restrained by seat belts, according to the highway patrol.

The host of the seat belt campaign is the Kansas Department of Transportation’s traffic safety section, and it is being held in conjunction with Kansas’ Seatbelts are Safe for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) program.

Mild temperatures today may be followed by a little snow

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Wyandotte County is in an area that may get less than one inch of snow on Wednesday night or Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service said a slight, or 20 percent, chance of rain will be after 5 p.m. Wednesday. The high will be near 54, with a light south wind becoming south southwest 8 to 13 mph in the morning, according to the weather service.

The weather service forecast said that a wintry mix is possible this evening and Thursday as temperatures start falling. By 6 p.m., temperatures should be about 43 degrees, and by 9 p.m., 33 degrees, according to the weather service. At midnight, the temperature may be 25 degrees.

Falling temperatures Wednesday night may lead to icy patches on roadways and sidewalks especially where rain and melting snow falls Wednesday evening, the weather service said.

The wintry mix may change to all snow after 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The overnight low will be around 14, and the winds will change to the north and will be 19 to 24 mph, gusting as high as 37 mph.

The slight or 10 percent chance of snow continues before 7 a.m. Thursday, the weather service said. Thursday’s high will be near 18, and the wind chill will be between minus 3 and 3. The north wind will be 14 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Cold weather will continue Friday, when the high will be near 19.

Saturday, there is a 50 percent chance of snow after 7 a.m., according to the forecast. Snow is also likely Saturday night and Sunday, and could continue into next week, according to the forecast.

Widespread winter weather is likely Saturday afternoon into early next week, although details such as timing, precipitation type and snow or ice amounts are unknown at this time, the weather service said.

Wyandotte County is not in the winter weather advisory area. (National Weather Service graphic)
Wyandotte County is not in the winter weather advisory area. (National Weather Service graphic)