Tree trimmer from Independence works his way to top of competitive climbing

Matt Starks, 34, of Independence, is a professional tree trimmer whose lemurlike ability to hop from limb to limb or scale a trunk are so superior that he will be one of 61 contestants to compete in the International Tree Climbing Championship on March 21 and 22 in Tampa, Fla.


Royals hope new addition Alex Rios helps outfield defense remain baseball’s best

Out of faith in new right fielder Alex Rios, KC Royals manager Ned Yost says he won’t use Jarrod Dyson as a late-game defender at the start of the regular season. That’s one reason the Royals believe Rios will be a defensive upgrade over Nori Aoki.

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Failure to lock up Justin Houston last year is John Dorsey’s biggest misstep with Chiefs

A year ago, the Chiefs could have saved themselves a lot of time, trouble and money by signing linebacker Justin Houston to a long-term contract. Had they done so, they’d today have more cap space, longer control over a premier pass rusher and more flexibility to fill other needs on their roster.


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