Morning Sports Report – August 19, 2016


The high school football season kicks off tonight with other youth leagues right behind that.
But is the helmet your athlete is wearing safe?

Thursday, Xenith recalled three models of its youth football helmets after 29 reports of those helmets cracking.
Here’s a look at the impact it will have on teams in the Ozarks.
David Staley received an email yesterday morning of a helmet recall.

“They are definitely a leader in helmet safety,” said David Staley.

As a former football coach, and a football parent, it hits close to home.

“Football is a sport that goes through a lot of scrutiny right now with concussions,” said Staley. “I really want to stay on top of the helmets and make sure we are selling the best.”

Staley is the manager of Springfield’s Johnny Mac’s, one of many stores gearing up for the season.

“Youth football is very big around here, even with all of the concerns. We struggle to keep them in because they are such a popular helmet.

Company wide, Johnny Mac’s sold just 4 helmets that are defective, all of which were sold in Michigan.

Locally, football leagues like Republic Youth Football, use a different brand of helmet.

Champion Youth Football, stated that they do not supply equipment, and that it is up to the parent to choose the helmet that best suites their player. They posted about the recall on their facebook page.
STANDUP — “The Xenith helmets on recall are the Epic Varsity, the X2 Varsity, and the X2E Varsity models. They come in a variety of sizes, and colors. All helmets have a white sticker with the barcode on the inside of the helmet. You can enter that information on Xenith’s website to see if the recall pertains to you.”

Xenith states that the helmets in question… were missing a “flex additive” in it’s chemical compound, making them brittle. Players should stop using these helmets immediately, and contact Xenith for a free replacement.


The Kansas Chiefs held their last practice yesterday in St. Joseph.
The Chiefs broke training camp and will fly to Los Angeles for Saturday night’s exhibition game against the Rams.   
When the team returns, they’ll settle into their regular facility at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Kansas City Chiefs made their last day at camp special by allowing military personnel and their families to roam the field and mingle with the players following practice.
The Chiefs gave away as many selfies as autographs with the soldiers.

In baseball, the Kansas City Royals opened a short four game homestand last night against Minnesota.
KC has won four in a row, and seven of their last eight.   
The Royals scored five runs in the fourth inning, Alex Gordon belted a grand slam and KC wins its fifth in a row,  8-1.

The St. Louis Cardinals had the night off – the Springfield Cardinals beat Frisco 6-2.


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