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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 Royals rode a five-run fourth inning and their suddenly hot bullpen to a fifth straight victory, 5-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. Three Royals relievers combined for four shutout innings in support of starter Bruce Chen, who got his first win of the season. Kansas City now is 9-7 and a few percentage points out of the AFL Central lead.
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.
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.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has the highest cap number on the team at $12,000,000. Safety Eric Berry, linebacker Tamba Hali and cornerback Brandon Flowers also are over the $10 million mark.
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.
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.
Kansas State athletics director John Currie is obviously pleased with the direction of the Wildcats’ basketball program under coach Bruce Weber. On Wednesday, he awarded Weber with his second contract extension since he was hired in 2012. Both deals added a year to his contract. His new contract runs through 2019 without an increase in pay.
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.
Pace was a word in fashion after Oklahoma City's 100-86 win over Memphis in their first-round playoff opener.
Paul George wants to guard Atlanta's Jeff Teague on Tuesday night, and it appears he'll get his wish. But how much time the Indiana All-Star spends on Teague is unclear.
NEW YORK - The Philadelphia Flyers don't have to answer questions about failing to win in Madison Square Garden anymore.
Lindy Ruff figures anyone who has watched the Dallas Stars in their first two playoff games should know they won't quit.
Michelle Wie began the week reminiscing about the first time she played on the LPGA Tour.
William Kropp closed with a 2-under 69 on Sunday to beat Angel Cabrera by one stroke and win the Abierto OSDE del Centro.
Stanislas Wawrinka captured his first ATP Masters 1000 title with a comeback win against Roger Federer in Sunday's all-Swiss Monte Carlo final.
Agnieszka Radwanska won her second singles match before teaming up with Alicja Rosolska to claim the decisive doubles and give Poland a 3-2 win over Spain in their Fed Cup World Group playoff on Sunday.