Royals

Yordano Ventura gets first big-league win as Royals beat Astros 4-2

Yordano Ventura picked up his first big-league victory as the Royals beat the Astros 4-2 on Tuesday night in Houston. Ventura limited Houston to a pair of runs in seven innings. He struck out seven. He threw 101 pitches. It was the fifth start of his career, and yet another example of the dynamic potential that so tantalizes this organization.

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Chiefs

The time is right for the Chiefs to trade Eric Berry

Everyone is a commodity, and for the Chiefs, Eric Berry is more valuable as a trade piece than the starting strong safety. Trading Berry would anger Chiefs fans, require some major adjustments to defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s schemes — and provide much-needed salary cap space and extra draft picks.

University of Kansas

Point guard Devonte Graham to visit KU on Friday

In its ongoing search for additional options in the backcourt, Kansas will play host this weekend to Devonte Graham, one of the top available point guards in the 2014 class. Graham, a 6-foot-2 guard from Brewster Academy, will take an official visit to KU starting on Friday, his prep school coach, Jason Smith, announced on Twitter. Kansas coach Bill Self visited Graham on Friday.

University of Missouri

NCAA rule regarding draft cuts evaluation time for players

Players have to decide by today — the day before the spring signing period, which begins April 16 and continues through May 21 for Division I basketball this year — whether to remain in the NBA Draft or lose their future NCAA eligibility. The effect is that, rather than spending a month working out for NBA teams and receiving a thorough examination, decisions by players such as Missouri’s Jabari Brown will be based primarily on scouting reports prepared by NBA executives.

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Motorsports

NASCAR’s Kyle Larson thrives while doing double duty

Kyle Larson moved full time into the Sprint Cup series this season, taking over the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, and he’s 14th in the Sprint Cup standings. He’s also competing in Nationwide series races for Turner Scott Motorsports and has finished fourth or better in five of seven starts, including a win at Auto Club Speedway in California.

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NHL news

Lightning G Bishop to miss Game 1

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Wednesday that goaltender Ben Bishop will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Montreal Canadiens.

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