Deal for Ben Zobrist makes Royals even stronger, proving again front office has players’ backs

Adding another key piece via trade in the do-everything Ben Zobrist, the Kansas City Royals again show themselves to be a club that is very clearly chasing the highest goals. A year after the players had the front office’s back, in other words, the favor has been returned.


Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe reinjures back, will miss most of preseason

The Chiefs announced Tuesday that Pro Bowl nose tackle Dontari Poe ― who was plagued by back spasms during organized team activities in June ― reinjured his back during the players’ monthlong break in July and recently underwent surgery for a herniated disk.

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Cowboy churches in Kansas and Missouri find their own trail to faith

Cowboy churches strive to avoid the trappings of traditional church, like many nondenominational churches. But cowboy churches go further: They don’t have a roster of members. They don’t pass a collection plate. They don’t have a dress code. Worshippers wear cowboy boots — and their cowboy hats, except during prayer.

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Cuba is poised for change with new diplomatic ties

Our first glimpse of Cuba’s future occurred at the airport in Tampa, Fla. The checked bags and packages of Cubans returning to Havana included large flat-screen TVs, electronics, appliances and shrink-wrapped large luggage loaded with consumer items that they couldn’t get in their country.

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