Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler (16) is congratulated after scoring on a single by Justin Maxwell in the fourth inning during Saturday's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on April 19, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
A week ago, the Royals’ bullpen blowup reached its most perplexing stage. After a loss at Minnesota, the group’s ERA had ballooned to 5.13. This from a pen considered by some to be baseball’s best last year.
Billy Butler hits baseballs. Hard. This is what he does. His father wore out a shoulder throwing him endless batting practice as a kid. Billy has worn out countless gloves and batting cage nets and daylight hours hitting baseballs. Hard. This is who he is.
Sporting KC’s Dominic Dwyer (center) got to celebrate two goals Saturday. He’s scored four goals in his last four matches.
Peter Vermes walked through the Sporting Kansas City locker room late Saturday night long after his club had completed a satisfying 4-0 victory against visiting Montreal and planted himself in front of a wall-mounted TV showing another MLS game. Aurelien Collin was already watching.
It might just be the typical predraft pump fake, all being spewed by coaches and executives trying to dupe each other in the lead up to the NFL Draft.
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk throws a pass during the first half of Missouri's Black and Gold spring NCAA college football scrimmage Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
As spring games go, Missouri’s Black and Gold Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium was a thriller.
For the fourth time since becoming Missouris athletic director in 1998, Mike Alden is in the market for a new mens basketball coach after Frank Haith jumped ship Friday for the same gig at Tulsa.
Mike Alden has been here before.
Kansas City Royals' Justin Maxwell (27) celebrates after scoring on a single by Norichika Aoki in the fourth inning during Saturday's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on April 19, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
For Billy Butler and Justin Maxwell, the Royals 5-4 victory Saturday over the Twins marked some firsts.
If Leticia Romero chooses to transfer from Kansas State, she will have to without the university’s blessing.
John Braun used the timer on his camera to take a “selfie” of him and one of the turkeys he shot with his bow.
Looking for proof of John Braun’s success bow hunting turkeys? Study his photo gallery, which shows him posing with each of the 29 birds he took over the last 12 years.
The message came across loud and clear.
For the second straight game the Blues were held to just one goal despite having several opportunities.
Hurdler Michael Stigler (second from right) had a time of 49.35 seconds Saturday, the best time by a collegian this year and the fifth-fastest time in the world in 2014.
Michael Stigler is a college junior who may one day find himself on an Olympic medal podium. But more than two years ago, he had another position in mind: Defensive back.
NeKiesha Bailey has never been one to sell herself short. She joined the North Kansas City track team two years ago, then promptly told coaches she would graduate as the school record holder in the high jump.
The foundation was built with butyl rubber and polyurethane, the materials bonding together to forge a force-reduction layer on the new KU track at Rock Chalk Park. If that sounds complicated, here’s a translation for track neophytes: The track surface at Rock Chalk Park was engineered for speed.
It was a battle between former teammates.
A fan of bygone days may have thought the Houston Astros had gone crazy during their three-game series last week against the Royals.
Running in this year’s Boston Marathon are these Kansas City area runners (from left): 63-year-old Marc Hardin of Lenexa, 32-year-old Jason Parr of Kansas City, 47-year-old Jeff Maher of Overland Park, 27-year-old Ali Hatfield Mohsen of Mission Woods and 68-year-old Bobby Fernandez of Shawnee.
Monday marks the 13th anniversary of the stroke that brought Marc Hardin to his knees. But the gritty longtime marathoner eventually began running again.
Tod Palmer, The Star's sports writer covering Mizzou, tweets from the Tigers' final spring football scrimmage, along with others.
Missouri’s first-string offense will start the Black and Gold Game trailing 14-0 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The Royals' Mike Moustakas (8) was congratulated by Billy Butler (16) after Moustakas' two-run homer in the sixth inning during Friday's game against the Twins at Kauffman Stadium.
These were the Royals of the preseason promise.