Briefly noted: R Park tennis courts being replaced; Bollier criticizes proposal that could hinder LGBT parents from adopting
Roeland Park officials marked the start of the court replacement project with a groundbreaking ceremony in March. Photo courtesy city of Roeland Park.Roeland Park set to start replacement of R Park tennis courts. Some of the first tennis courts in Johnson County will be replaced and made ready again for play in the coming months. Roeland Park officials in March celebrated groundbreaking of a project to replace the two tennis courts that were original to Roeland Park Elementary School on the site of what is now R Park. The total project budget is about $174,000, with grants of $20,000 from the National US Tennis Association and $12,000 from the Missouri Valley Regional USTA going toward the construction costs. City officials estimate the new courts will be open by June.Bollier speaks out against effort to allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse placement with LGBT parents. Mission Hills Sen. Barbara Bollier was among the critics of a effort advanced in the legislature last week that would allow faith-based adoption agencies, like Catholic Charities, to refuse considering placement of kids in homes with LGBT parents. Bollier said doing so would send Kansas “down a path to theocracy.” [Kansas Adoption/Foster Rules Update Snagged Over Whether Religious Agencies Can Shut Out Gay Parents — KCUR]
Related TopicsAlex GordonMLB Winter MeetingsTigersYoenis Cespedes Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede UPDATE 6:40pm – The threat of the Tigers adding one of the big name outfielders is over according to GM Al Avila.Tigers GM Al Avila tells Detroit reporters that they are out of Cespedes and Alex Gordon talks. #Tigers— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 7, 2015NASHVILLE – The 2015 MLB Winter Meetings are in high gear in Nashville, and one of the teams the Indians have to contend with in the AL Central are already looking to reload.After a down season in 2015, word is the Tigers are looking at two possible outfielders who are both free agents, Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Gordon, this according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Detroit, who last season stumbled to an 74-87 season, traded Cespedes to the Mets after they felt their season was all but over.Before they moved him, he hit .293 with 18 homers and 61 RBI. As for Gordon, who won a World Series ring with the Royals last year, he hit .271 with 13 homers and 48 RBI in 104 games.There’s no doubt that Detroit wants to make a splash at these meetings, and are willing to pay big to do it.