Sporting travels to San Jose on Saturday

Riding a five-game MLS unbeaten run, Sporting Kansas City (2-1-3, 9 points) travels to northern California this weekend to face the San Jose Earthquakes (1-5-0, 3 points) on Saturday at Avaya Stadium.

The Western Conference clash will kick off at 9 p.m. CT with three hours of live television coverage beginning at 8:30p.m. CT on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest Plus. Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM (Spanish) will carry local radio broadcasts.

Coming off a dramatic run to the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Semifinals-the best showing of any MLS team in the tournament-Sporting approaches Saturday’s contest with a full week of preparation under their belts for the first time this year.

The club has already played a league-high 12 matches in all competitions and can now focus full attention on the MLS regular season campaign, currently occupying the seventh and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings.

Manager Peter Vermes’ men pushed their MLS unbeaten streak to five matches with a dramatic 2-2 home draw on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls, receiving a late equalizer from blossoming 16-year-old Gianluca Busio.

The U.S. youth international has become the youngest MLS player to score in consecutive regular season matches-doing so in three straight games since March 30-and has the opportunity to join Preki and Dom Dwyer as the only players in Sporting history to score in four straight league fixtures.

Forward Johnny Russell was also on target in Sunday’s stalemate, bagging a first-half goal to bring his total to four on the year. He joins striker Krisztian Nemeth (eight goals) and winger Gerso Fernandes (four goals) as part of a prolific front line that has already amassed 16 goals in all competitions this season.

On the opposite sideline, the maladies that plagued San Jose’s historically poor 2018 campaign have carried into 2019. Their 5-26-9 record and three total clean sheets over the last two seasons are both the worst marks in MLS.

The Quakes are under new guidance this season and have begun to show signs of improvement under first-year head coach Matias Almeyda, who guided Liga MX side Chivas de Guadalajara to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League title.

Almeyda’s high-pressure, man-marking system has vaulted San Jose into the top five in MLS in possession and interceptions.

Despite a 1-5-0 record, San Jose recently secured a 3-0 home victory over the Portland Timbers and poses a threat through the likes of attackers Danny Hoesen and Cristian Espinoza, the latter of whom played for Argentine giant Boca Juniors from 2017 to 2018.

The Quakes took a narrow 2-1 defeat at the Houston Dynamo last Saturday, equalizing in the second half through Jackson Yueill before conceding a 60th-minute strike to Tomas Martinez.

Recent history in the series belongs to Sporting, who are 5-0-1 in their last six regular season meetings against the Earthquakes. This stretch includes a 3-2 home win last March and a 5-1 thumping at Avaya Stadium last September that saw Gerso explode for two goals and two assists.

San Jose’s last win over Sporting came by a 1-0 score in April 2016, when striker Chris Wondolowski delivered the game’s only goal from the penalty spot.

Now in his 10th season with the club, the San Jose legend is two goals away from breaking Landon Donovan’s all-time MLS regular season scoring record which stands at 145. The 36-year-old Wondolowski, who has hit double-digit goals every year since 2010, has nine goals in 17 career appearances versus Sporting.

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Blue Devils drop 2-1, 3-2 softball decisions at Labette

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College got outstanding softball pitching performances Thursday. Unfortunately, Labette’s hurlers were a shade better.

Limiting the Blue Devils to six hits in two games, the Cardinals posted 2-1 and 3-2 wins in the doubleheader played in Parsons.

The losses dropped the Blue Devils (11-7) into sixth place in the Jayhawk Conference standings with two games to go against Cowley College at KCKCC Sophomore Day next Thursday.

The Blue Devils close out non-conference play Tuesday when they play host to Crowder College. Both doubleheaders are scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m. No. 12 ranked Johnson County (13-3) continues to lead the conference followed by No. 5 Highland and Cowley, both 13-5; Hesston (11-5) and Labette (12-6).

“The sweep was vital for us,” Labette coach Ryan Phillips said. “Kansas City Kansas is a very well-coached program. So coming out with a sweep is huge. It gives us two big wins against a great team.”

Shay Grosstephen (14-8) allowed just four hits in the 2-1 opening loss but two of the four were home runs, the second a walk-off round tripper by Grey Holland leading off the bottom of the seventh that broke a 1-1 tie. Payton Nigh had the other home run in the first.

The Blue Devils were held to just two hits by Victoria Gonzales, a single by Jennica Messer and a double by Hannah Redick that drove in KCKCC’s only run in the third inning.

Labette took a 3-1 lead in the third inning of the second game and held off a late KCKCC rally for the 3-2 win. Brittney Beck had two of the Blue Devils’ four hits and both figured in the scoring, a single after an error in the second inning and a double in the seventh. Redick and Grosstephan had the other two KCKCC hits off winner Haylee VanDeventer.

Mackenzie Pinkerton (14-8) took the loss, allowing seven hits, walking two and striking out seven. Trailing 1-0, the Cardinals tied the game in the second on a single and double and then scored what proved to be the winning runs on a walk, double and two-out single in the third.

“I thought the pitching was very good on both sides,” KCKCC coach Lana Ross said. “Shay gave up just four hitters but two were home runs. And I thought we play well defensively (no errors).”

Supreme Court affirms district court decision based on file-stamp date of document

The Kansas Supreme Court today upheld the Wyandotte County District Court’s dismissal of a petition alleging medical malpractice and negligence claims in a case where the plaintiff’s husband died.

Several doctors and other medical personnel were among those named as defendants in the lawsuit.

According to court documents, the district court clerk file-stamped the petition, indicating it was received one day after the statute of limitations period had expired.

The lawyer for the plaintiff argued that the petition was timely because she filed the petition one day earlier, but it was rejected by the clerk.

The attorney argued the statute of limitations should not have barred her filing because the petition was electronically submitted before the statute of limitations ran, and the attorney promptly responded when the clerk returned it because of an electronic filing issue.

The supreme court, however, stated that there was no evidence in the record to support the assertion that the attorney timely submitted the same petition as the one eventually file stamped by the clerk. The attorney failed to meet the evidentiary standard required when responding to a motion to dismiss with facts outside the pleadings, according to the court.

The supreme court stated the district court had appropriately granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss.