Police investigate homicide

Police found a man dead from an apparent gunshot wound about 7:46 p.m. Aug. 9 at 18th and Osage Avenue, Kansas City, Kan.

The man was inside a black sport utility vehicle, officers said. The vehicle had been reported stolen.

The identity of the victim is not being released pending positive identification and family notification, according to police.

The homicide is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s Major Case Unit, which is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Sporting KC looks to continue road winning streak Sunday at Vancouver

Sporting Kansas City will travel to Canada this weekend for a cross conference contest against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. on Sunday with live coverage locally on KMCI’s 38 The Spot beginning at 6:30 p.m. Additional coverage will be available on SKCTV across the Midwest.

Sporting Kansas City is in the midst of a five-game road winning streak including two victories in Canada against Montreal and one against Toronto FC.

Sporting KC earned a 2-1 result at Toronto on July 26 as Graham Zusi opened the scoring for the visitors and Jacob Peterson notched the game-winner. Sporting KC’s eight MLS regular season wins in Canada are tied for most all-time among American clubs and Sporting KC is the only MLS club that Vancouver has yet to beat in their four-year existence.

Sporting KC defeated the Whitecaps 3-1 the last time these two clubs met at BC Place on April 18, 2012.

A victory on Sunday would tie Sporting KC with the 2005 San Jose Earthquakes for most consecutive MLS roads wins (6) since 2000.

International duty and injuries have been a major story for the 2013 MLS Cup champions this year.

Manager Peter Vermes will be without defenders Ike Opara and Chance Myers, midfielder Paulo Nagamura and goalkeeper Eric Kronberg on Sunday. However, Sporting KC remains in first place in the Eastern Conference with 39 points and an 11-5-6 record, despite starting 22 different lineups through 22 matches played in 2014.

The Vancouver Whitecaps have lost only four matches this season, fewest in MLS along with the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake. Vancouver has earned a draw in each of the club’s last four outings against Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire and is undefeated (3-0-5) against Eastern Conference opponents in 2014.

Vancouver features first-year midfielder Pedro Morales who is tied for second in MLS with eight assists this season while Sporting KC features Major League Soccer’s second-leading goalscorer in Dom Dwyer.
– Story from Sporting KC

T-Bones, Lemurs suspended after 10

Laredo, Texas – Perhaps Friday night for the T-Bones and the Laredo Lemurs ended — at least for now — appropriately. In a 9-9 tie after 10 innings, suspended due to the league curfew rule.

After all, each team took the lead on a four-run inning late in the game, only to see it vanish.

First up was Laredo. With Kansas City leading 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Lemurs tagged T-Bones relief pitchers Pat Doyle and Hamilton Bennett for four runs (two each). Doyle gave up a lead-off single to Travis Denker and then, after recording two outs, walked former T-Bones infielder Devin Goodwin. Bennett came in and promptly walked Byron Wiley, another former T-Bones player, before Carlos Ramirez hit a grand slam that gave the Lemurs a 7-5 lead.

In the top of the ninth, though, after Matt Padgett and Nick Schwaner reached base with singles, Bryan Sabatella roped a double off Tyler Pearson that scored Padgett and Schwaner, and tied the game. Three batters later, after Vladimir Frias and Brian Erie walked, Robby Kuzdale singled to left, scoring Sabatella and Frias. That gave Kansas City a 9-7 lead with All-Star closer Kris Regas entering the game.

Regas retired the first two Lemurs he faced before walking Ramirez. A Harrison Kain double and Nick Van Stratten triple later, the game was tied at 9-9 after nine innings.

After neither team scored in the 10th, umpires suspended the game shortly after midnight according to the American Association curfew rule.

Kansas City (36-39) and Laredo (42-32) will conclude their suspended game at 6 p.m. Saturday, with game two of the four-game series scheduled to start at 7:30.

– Story from T-Bones