Royals sign right-hander Kris Medlen to two-year contract worth $8.5 million guaranteed

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.

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KU football coach David Beaty draws from deep Texas roots in new challenge

David Beaty is taking over a Kansas football program that few up-and-coming coaches could truly want. The challenge is obvious and yet still daunting. The Jayhawks have won just 12 games in the last five seasons. Two coaches have been hired and fired before they even reached 30 games. But Beaty is still confident, in part, because he is still like the Texas high school coach who woke up before 5 a.m. to give rides to school and sell doughnuts in the hallways.

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Cindy Hoedel: Five things I will miss most about an isolated Cuba

Historic changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba are coming. Having traveled legally to the island in 2002, my feelings about the breakthrough are mixed. As I watched President Obama outline his vision of increased travel and commerce between our countries, I couldn’t kick the sensation that — poof! — one of the world’s last truly exotic destinations has vanished.

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KU hospital and medical school plan major reorganization

The University of Kansas hospital and medical school will undergo their first major reorganization in 17 years in response to changes in health care, even though the hospital’s future is threatened unless Kansas expands its Medicaid services, the Kansas Board of Regents heard.

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