Meet Michael Andrew, the 16-year-old possible heir to the U.S. swimming throne who trains in his Lawrence backyard

If all goes to plan, 16-year-old Michael Andrew of Lawrence will one day be wearing Adidas logos while he piles up Olympic gold medals and becomes America’s next great swimming ambassador — the Next Michael Phelps, perhaps. And if all goes to plan, the Andrew family will silence a litany of doubters and skeptics, proving their way — a homeschooled education, a two-lane training pool in the backyard and a household structured around born-again Christianity — was the right path all along.

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Kansas bat boy, 9, dies after being hit in head during baseball game

A 9-year-old bat boy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle says the general manager of the Liberal Bee Jays team, Mike Carlile, confirmed late on Sunday the death of Kaiser Carlile. The boy was struck by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle on Saturday afternoon.

The K Zone

Who has been the Royals’ biggest antagonist this season?

Opposing players have expressed their displeasure with the Royals (and their fans in one instance) since April, and in return those guys have seen drawn wrath from the Kansas City faithful. But who has been the Royals’ biggest antagonist this season?

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‘He was crying like a baby’: Tempers flare as Royals lose to Blue Jays 5-2

The dramatic four-game series between the Royals and Blue Jays turned ugly on Sunday afternoon in Toronto as Kansas City lost 5-2 in the finale. Neither team appeared happy with the umpiring crew as a series of hit-by-pitches escalated into an on-field confrontation. “He’s a little baby,” Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez said of Toronto’s Josh Donaldson, who twice reacted angrily when Kansas City pitched him inside. “He was crying like a baby.”

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