Sporting KC’s Claros to compete for Honduras tonight in Venezuelan match

Sporting KC midfielder Jorge Claros and the Honduras Men’s National Team will face Venezuela tonight at Estadio Agustin Tovar in Barinas, Venezuela.

The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. Central time.

The international friendly is the final tune-up for Honduras, No. 72 in the latest FIFA rankings, before meeting French Guyana on March 25 (away) and March 29 (home) in a play-in series for the final berth in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Claros played 45 minutes last Wednesday in Los Catrachos’ opening match of 2015, a 3-2 home loss to Venezuela. He entered the game at halftime for his first minutes under new head coach Jorge Luis Pinto.

Claros, who has earned 56 international appearances since his 2006 debut, played all three matches for Los Catrachos at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and has also represented Honduras at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The 29-year-old joined Sporting KC in July 2014 from Motagua of the Honduran Liga Nacional. He made eight MLS appearances and featured in all four of the club’s matches in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League group stage.

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Hollywood Casino showed revenue increase in January, compared with one year ago

A casino revenue report released today showed a slight decline in revenues from December to January, but a slight increase from January 2014 to January 2015.

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway revenues showed a slight drop, almost $400,000, from December to January, while increasing about $1.3 million when January of 2014 was compared to January 2015.

In a written report to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, Bob Sheldon, general manager of Hollywood Casino, stated that slot revenue was up 16.5 percent when compared to the previous January, while table games revenue was down 5.6 percent compared to the prior year. There was a higher than normal hold percentage on table games in 2014, according to the report.

He attributed good January 2015 results to promotions that were held, as well as to unusually good weather last month compared to January 2014.

At today’s Kansas Lottery Commission meeting, Keith Kocher, the lottery’s director of program assurance and integrity, stated that Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City reported about $3.55 million in revenues, and Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan., reported slightly more than $15 million in revenues for January.

These figures were increases from January 2014, according to lottery records.

When compared to the December figures, the January figures represented a slight decline at Kansas Star, while a slight increase at Boot Hill, according to the records.

Kansas Lottery officials were happy today about the increase in Powerball ticket sales in the state. The Powerball jackpot today was over $500 million, lottery officials reported.

The lottery’s director, Terry Presta, reported that Powerball ticket sales were up 1.4 million, almost 1 percent, in Kansas.

It is the first week in about a year that Powerball has been up over $300 million, lottery officials said.

Fire on North 47th may have been electrical

A fire at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 2929 N. 47th St. was possibly electrical in nature.

A spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department stated the fire is under investigation as electrical.

When fire crews arrived, within 4 minutes of the call, they saw smoke coming from the attic of the one-story wood-framed home, according to the spokesman.

All the occupants had already evacuated the building, and the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes, the spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the estimated damage to the structure and contents was $8,500. The estimated pre-fire value to the structure was $80,000.

There were no injuries, the spokesman said.