Royals

Royals pitcher Bruce Chen is a comedian, mentor, translator and major-league survivor

On Thursday, Royals pitcher Bruce Chen can match Mariano Rivera’s record for major-league wins by a Panamanian. Chen, 36, cherishes the potential record, just as he cherishes his endurance. He has played for 10 teams, persisting thanks to his studious nature, dedication to his craft, ability to manipulate a baseball and the genetic gift of being born left-handed. With the Royals, where he is the eldest member of a youthful clubhouse, he doubles as cut-up and conciliator.

Royals 2014

Sporting KC

Chiefs

Breaking down the Chiefs' 2014 schedule (with poll)

The NFL has officially released its 2014 schedule. The Chiefs will open the regular season at home against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 7 and also will face the Patriots on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 29 and the Broncos on “Sunday Night Football” on Nov. 30, both at Arrowhead.

University of Kansas

University of Missouri

Few certainties in MU search, but don’t count on Gregg Marshall, Tim Floyd

An informed source continued to say Wednesday that presumed prime target Gregg Marshall of Wichita State and his camp have not been contacted by Missouri or anyone affiliated with the Tigers’ search for a new men’s basketball coach. Along with that, the brief surge in political traction that UTEP coach Tim Floyd enjoyed also crumbled by Wednesday night.

MU reaches out to Kim Anderson, Tim Floyd’s name emerges

The search for Frank Haith’s replacement as Missouri’s men’s basketball coach entered its fifth day Tuesday with athletic director Mike Alden bunkered in as promised. Still, Missouri has reached out to former player and assistant Kim Anderson. Also, Texas-El Paso’s Tim Floyd has “emerged as a strong candidate,” according to ESPN.

Kansas State University

Kansas State discussing game against Texas A&M at Sprint Center

Kansas State likely will return to the Sprint Center for a nonconference basketball game against Texas A&M next season. K-State played a regular season game at Sprint Center for six straight seasons from 2007-12, beating Florida, Alabama, IUPUI, Southern Mississippi and Florida A&M. Its lone loss was against UNLV. All six games were played in December.

High schools

Student support builds for fired Chrisman High School girls basketball coach

A player-led movement to bring back a fired William Chrisman High School girls basketball coach is headed to the hallways. A week after 11 students wrote letters to the Independence School District Board of Education, voicing their anger and confusion over the firing of Lindsay Thompson, the players and coach said they have received no clear explanation from school or district administration as to why she was dismissed as coach.

Motorsports

Outdoors

Fishing report for April 24

Brent’s best bet: Milford Lake is emerging from its winter doldrums this week. The fishing for white bass and wipers is very good in the Republican River. And blue cat fishing is outstanding on cut shad on the north end of the reservoir.

Fishing Tournament Trail for April 22

Notices of upcoming tournaments or results should be reported by noon Mondays by emailing bfrazee@kcstar.com or calling 816-234-4319. For upcoming events, provide the name of the lake, the fishing hours and dates of the tournament, the entry fee and a telephone number of someone to contact. For results, report the name of the lake, the date of the tournament, spellings of first- and second-place and big-bass winners, along with their hometowns.

NBA news

Pulse of the NBA

Some teams with NBA championship aspirations have to be feeling a little jittery right now, while we may have a dark horse in the making.

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