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On Sunday, fresh off his first big-league victory last week, Yordano Ventura reminded observers of that fact he is only 22. Ventura stumbled through only four innings in an 8-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The Royals saw their five-game winning streak snapped and their budding young right-hander humbled.
The reason is two-fold: Butler has been five for 14 in his last four games and appears to be rounding into his usual form. Meanwhile, Salvador Perez. who replaced Butler as the No. 4 hitter, has batted just .108 in his last nine games. He has one hit in his cleanup cameo.
This Royals team appears on the verge of a breakthrough, but so have others in the franchises history that ended up crumbling under the pressure.
Mike Moustakas traveled to Venezuela in an attempt to uncover what was missing from a swing that once made him a star in waiting.
Sporting KC remained unbeaten at home with a 4-0 victory against Montreal in front of 20,306 fans, the 40th consecutive sellout at Sporting Park. Sporting KC, 3-1-2, pulled even with Columbus for a tie for first in the Eastern Conference. Dom Dwyer scored two goals, giving him a team-best four this season.
Sporting KC punished Montreal on Saturday to remain unbeaten at home. Kansas City is now tied with Columbus for first in the Eastern Conference.
Veteran runners arent getting big bucks in free-agency, and those in 2014 NFL Draft will get less guaranteed money the lower they are selected. The financial realities of the situation means that it behooves college running backs to get into the league as soon as possible so they can get their free-agency clock started.
In recent weeks, it appears the talk of the teams at the top of the draft passing on top quarterbacks has intensified to the point the Chiefs may need to be prepared for at least one of them to fall to the No. 23 pick in the first round. But the Chiefs may be more inclined to take a QB in the mid-to-late rounds.
The foundation was built with butyl rubber and polyurethane, the materials bonding together to forge a force-reduction layer on the new KU track at Rock Chalk Park. If that sounds complicated, here’s a translation for the track neophytes: The track surface at Rock Chalk Park was engineered for speed.
It was a battle between former teammates. Paris Daniels, who helped the Kansas women to the NCAA outdoor championship last year, edged Kansas senior Diamond Dixon in the women’s 400 meters on Saturday.
As spring games go, Missouri’s Black and Gold Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium was a thriller. Of course, the final score — the reserves, who started with a 14-point lead, rallied for a 21-20 victory in the closing seconds — doesn’t matter much. The 15th and final spring practice for a Tigers team that is eager to build off a 12-2 season in 2013 was less about winning than it was about preparing to win.
Missouri executive associate athletic director Tim Hickman provided a guided tour of the Memorial Stadium east-side expansion, which he said is on budget and expected to be finished on time before the 2014 football season commences.
John Hubert, the second-leading rusher in program history, has played his last game, which means DeMarcus Robinson, Jarvis Leverett and Charles Jones are competing for the starting job they have long desired.
If Leticia Romero chooses to transfer from Kansas State, she will have to without the university’s blessing. Romero, a star guard on the Wildcats’ women’s basketball team, said Friday that an appeals committee denied her request for a transfer. She can still enroll at another school, but she won’t be eligible for an athletic scholarship for a year.
NeKiesha Bailey has never been one to sell herself short. She joined the North Kansas City track team two years ago, then promptly told coaches she would graduate as the school record holder in the high jump.
Truex’s best finish in eight races this season was 14th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Tim Karrick, a multiple champion at Lakeside Speedway, cruised to victory in the USRA A-Modified feature at the track on Friday night.
Kansas City hunter has a rare record of success hunting turkeys with a bow in Missouri and Kansas.
State agency listened to hunters who were upset with lower deer numbers and agreed that it was time for some changes.
Damian Lillard knocked down the go-ahead free throws with 17 seconds left to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 overtime win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series.
LaMarcus Aldridge had just fouled out late in overtime after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 points when he went to Portland teammate Damian Lillard with a simple message.
Joe Pavelski collected a goal and two assists, and the San Jose Sharks reeled off seven unanswered goals to post a convincing 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings and take a 2-0 series edge in this Western Conference quarterfinal.
The San Jose Sharks got a spark from an unusual place and turned a close game into another laugher against Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Matt Kuchar's smile returned Sunday, not that it was ever gone for long.
Matt Kuchar overcame a four-stroke deficit to finally finish on top, his stunning chip-in on the 18th hole giving him a 64 and a victory at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.
Caroline Garcia is still trying to figure out her recent success.
Germany sealed its place in the Fed Cup final by beating Australia after Angelique Kerber clinched the victory with a three-set win over Sam Stosur on Sunday.