The Royals, known for two decades as a punchline, made it all the way to the World Series. This group did that, these talented ballplayers who bonded during bus rides in the minor leagues, then common struggles and triumphs in the big leagues. They lost in the end, but along the way changed baseball in Kansas City for a group of fans who’ve been waiting through more heartache than should be allowed.

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No bear hugs but a blown kiss to fans as fairy-tale season ends

When the San Francisco Giants finished off the Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the World Series a little after 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, there was only the stunned silence of a Royals fan base that had come to believe that this team had been tapped by destiny. But an hour later, manager Ned Yost emerged from the dugout to blow a kiss to a few hundred fans who remained.

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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has dealt with shoulder injuries before

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith missed all or parts of three seasons during his eight-year career at San Francisco because of shoulder issues, so when St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn slammed Smith to the turf on back-to-back plays at the end of the first half of the Chiefs’ win Sunday, he recognized the symptoms of a sprain to his right shoulder.

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For Tom Watson, honored at NAIA event, character counts

At the 1977 British Open, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus started leaving the pack behind in the third round and staged The Duel in the Sun, blistering Turnberry over the final two days. Watson’s 2-foot putt on the 72nd hole clinched the championship, and he’ll never forget what happened after Nicklaus shook his hand.

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Relieved Giants say the Royals earned their respect

The smell of liquor filled the air in the San Francisco Giants’ locker room Wednesday night, combined with the sounds of laughter and shouting. For the third time in five years, the Giants were celebrating a World Series championship, and they were intent on making the most of it.
 
 

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