A day after they were closing in on an agreement with one free-agent starting pitcher, the Royals formally announced the signing of another. Former Braves right-hander Kris Medlen, who missed the 2014 season while recovering from the second elbow-ligament replacement surgery of his career, joined the Royals on a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017.
The cane of an 8-year-old blind boy was taken away by a school bus driver Monday morning after Dakota Nafzinger allegedly struck a bus aide with it. As punishment, school officials gave him a foam swimming pool “noodle” to help guide his steps.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Alex Pope will be culinary director of the new Cleaver & Cork, opening in spring 2015 in the current Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge. Maker’s Mark plans to close on Jan. 1. Express Factory Outlet also will open in the spring in Legends Outlets Kansas City.
In the first football game ever played at Sporting Park, a soccer stadium, Minnesota State-Mankato will play Colorado State-Pueblo for the NCAA Division II football championship at 3 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2).
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his first mock draft of the year on Wednesday, and even though the order has yet to be finalized — there’s still two games left in the regular season — he does have the Chiefs addressing a significant position of need.
We asked Chiefs defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson five questions to learn a little more about his life away the football field. Then we asked fellow defensive lineman Nick Williams to guess Vickerson’s replies.