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Kansas City Royals' Yordano Ventura delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Houston. All the players on both teams are wearing jerseys with No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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Kansas City Royals' Yordano Ventura delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Houston. All the players on both teams are wearing jerseys with No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Yordano Ventura gets first big-league win as Royals beat Astros 4-2

He emerged in the clubhouse with splotches of Miller Lite still glistening in his closely-cropped hair. Yordano Ventura shivered as he walked across the Royals’ clubhouse, but he beamed as teammates called out to congratulate him on his first career victory after a 4-2 win Tuesday over the Houston Astros.


Kansas State coach Bill Snyder

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Kansas State coach Bill Snyder

Kansas State offensive line works at plugging gaps

Kansas State’s offensive line is lost in transition.


Kyle Larson won the Nationwide race in Fontana, Calif., last month.

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Kyle Larson won the Nationwide race in Fontana, Calif., last month.

NASCAR’s Kyle Larson thrives while doing double duty

NASCAR’s Kyle Larson is enjoying the advantages of double dipping.

Missouri Mavericks’ season ends with 4-3 loss to Arizona in double overtime

The fans at the Independence Events Center stood and gave the Missouri Mavericks one last rousing ovation after Tuesday’s season-ending 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Arizona Sundogs.


The Royals will send a representative to two-time All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan’s showcase for teams on Thursday, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Hanranhan, the 32-year-old right-hander who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the past, underwent Tommy John surgery in May.

File photo by Gene J. Puskar | The Associated Press

The Royals will send a representative to two-time All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan’s showcase for teams on Thursday, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Hanranhan, the 32-year-old right-hander who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the past, underwent Tommy John surgery in May.

Royals among teams expressing interest in free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan

As their big-league bullpen flounders in the early weeks of the season, the Royals are keeping their eyes peeled for external upgrades. The team will send a representative to two-time All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan’s showcase for teams on Thursday, according to people with knowledge of the situation.


Lorde will reportedly meet her muse, George Brett, tonight in Las Vegas. (Photo, Twitter)

Lorde will reportedly meet her muse, George Brett, tonight in Las Vegas. (Photo, Twitter)

Report: George Brett, who inspired the song ‘Royals,’ finally meeting Lorde

This is the meeting we’ve all been waiting for, isn’t it? George Brett will finally get to meet Lorde in Las Vegas tonight, according to TMZ.

NCAA committee approves expanded meal allowance

The NCAA's Legislative Council approved a proposal Tuesday to expand the meal allowance for all athletes.


FILE - In this May 16, 2013 file photo, Baseball commissioner Bud Selig answers a question during a news conference at Major League Baseball headquarters, in New York. Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.

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FILE - In this May 16, 2013 file photo, Baseball commissioner Bud Selig answers a question during a news conference at Major League Baseball headquarters, in New York. Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.

Bud Selig calls replay start 'remarkable'

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.


Missouri's Jabari Brown, top center, is surrounded by Southern Mississippi’s Jeremiah Eason, right, Neil Watson, left, and Aaron Brown as he tries to pass during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the NIT tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

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Missouri's Jabari Brown, top center, is surrounded by Southern Mississippi’s Jeremiah Eason, right, Neil Watson, left, and Aaron Brown as he tries to pass during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the NIT tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

NCAA rule regarding draft cuts evaluation time for players

Missouri junior shooting guard Jabari Brown basically had three weeks to make one of the most important decisions of his life.

Chiefs make cameo in ‘Draft Day’ movie

For you movie buffs out there, the Chiefs made a brief appearance in the new Kevin Costner film “Draft Day,” which opened in theaters last week.


Eric Berry

JOHN SLEEZER | The Kansas City Star

Eric Berry

Twitter Tuesday: trading Eric Berry, overreacting to the Royals, dismissing DGB, Andy Reid hot dog race

There’s been more than enough of the other end, including here, so let’s flip the script and talk about the five most encouraging parts of this very young Royals season.


Royals pitcher Wade Davis

JOHN SLEEZER | The Kansas City Star

Royals pitcher Wade Davis

Royals relievers struggling to hold runners during 4-7 start

On Sunday morning, before the Royals’ bullpen imploded once more, pitching coach Dave Eiland attempted to put its early-season travails in perspective.


Dorial Green-Beckham

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Dorial Green-Beckham

Video: Vahe Gregorian on whether Mizzou was right in Dorial Green-Beckham's case

The Star's Vahe Gregorian & CineSport's Noah Coslov react to Dorial Green-Beckham's dismissal from the Missouri football team after another run-in with the law and discuss what his future holds.


Sasha Menu Courey

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Sasha Menu Courey

Sasha Menu Courey’s parents hope Mizzou learns from investigation

University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe picked up the phone Friday after the release of an independent counsel’s report into MU’s handling of sexual assault allegations by a former swimmer.


Bubba Watson (right) shook hands with Jordan Spieth, who finished tied for second, after Watson’s victory Sunday in the Masters.

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Bubba Watson (right) shook hands with Jordan Spieth, who finished tied for second, after Watson’s victory Sunday in the Masters.

Bubba Watson wins Masters for the second time in three years

At just past 7:20 p.m., as twilight began to fall on the pristine Georgia hills, Jordan Spieth pushed through a doorway and stepped out onto a walkway that sits behind the first fairway of Augusta National Golf Club.


Sean Manaea

JOHN SLEEZER | The Kansas City Star

Sean Manaea

Royals prospect Sean Manaea throws five shutout innings in Wilmington's win

Left-hander Sean Manaea gave up four hits in five shutout innings on Monday, but didn’t get a decision in Class A-Advanced Wilmington’s 3-1 home win against Winston-Salem.

Power dunks in vogue in NBA, and they're dangerous

Shane Larkin is perhaps the poster child toward revealing the dangers lurking for players who have an affinity for power dunking a basketball.

Point guard Devonte Graham to visit KU on Friday

In its ongoing search for additional options in the backcourt, Kansas will play host this weekend to Devonte Graham, one of the top available point guards in the 2014 class.


Minnesota Twins’ Brian Dozier, left front, looks back as home plate umpire Laz Diaz, back left, makes the safe call while Kansas City Royals pitcher Wade Davis looks for the call during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Minnesota won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

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Minnesota Twins’ Brian Dozier, left front, looks back as home plate umpire Laz Diaz, back left, makes the safe call while Kansas City Royals pitcher Wade Davis looks for the call during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Minnesota won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

Victory slips away from Royals as Twins win 4-3, sweep series

In the precious seconds that cost the Royals on Sunday afternoon, the critical moments of a 4-3 defeat to Minnesota, Wade Davis committed two mistakes. One was physical. The other was mental.


Missouri reported $21.1 million in conference revenue in 2012-13, almost doubling its income from the final years in the Big 12. The Tigers’ biggest windfall from their Big 12 era came in 2011, when they received $12.8 million. Gary Pinkel's football team won the Southeastern Conference's East Division champion and won the Cotton Bowl.

Missouri reported $21.1 million in conference revenue in 2012-13, almost doubling its income from the final years in the Big 12. The Tigers’ biggest windfall from their Big 12 era came in 2011, when they received $12.8 million. Gary Pinkel's football team won the Southeastern Conference's East Division champion and won the Cotton Bowl.

Latest round of conference income for Big 12, SEC schools rivals ticket sales

Federal tax returns for the Big 12 and SEC show why it pays to belong to a major conference, and provides insight into why power conference schools want their own voting structure.