Alex Smith says his agent is working on a contract extension with Chiefs

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said on Monday that his agent, Tom Condon, has been in negotiations with the club about a contract extension, and that’s the way Smith wants it. Smith, who will earn $7.5 million in 2014, said he has not set a timetable for when he’d like to get a deal done, nor does he feel any insecurity not playing under a long-term contract.

MU interim coach Tim Fuller reportedly is a candidate for Florida A&M job

Missouri interim coach Tim Fuller has emerged as a candidate for the Florida A&M head coaching vacancy, according to Jeff Bozrzello of CBS Sports. When asked if he was interviewing for the Florida A&M job, Fuller told The Star in a text message, “I am under contract at Mizzou until June 30 — I will weight options after that.”

American Meb Keflezighi wins emotional Boston Marathon

American Meb Keflezighi has won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured. He ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street on Monday in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. No U.S. runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women's title in 1985; the last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983.

Billy Butler likely moving back to cleanup spot

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.

Yordano Ventura struggles as Royals lose 8-3 to Twins

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.

Struggling Royals DH Billy Butler hasn’t been plugged in at the plate

Billy Butler hits baseballs. Hard. This is what he does. So what happens when the hitting stops, inexplicably if temporarily, at the start of what might be the most important season of a career? “I don’t think he’s ever been through anything like this,” Royals manager Ned Yost says. “I’ve never been through anything like that,” Butler says.

In Black and Gold Game, Maty Mauk shows he’s ready to take Missouri’s reins

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.

Royals win fifth straight with 5-4 victory over Twins

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.

Firsts for Billy Butler, Justin Maxwell fuel Royals’ rally

For Billy Butler and Justin Maxwell, the Royals’ 5-4 victory Saturday over the Twins marked some firsts. Butler collected his first extra base hit of the season, a double to right field that was a key hit in the Royals’ five-run fourth inning. An inning later, Butler added a single for his first multihit game of the year. Maxwell also pitched in during the fourth inning, smacking an RBI single, his first base hit of the year.

FC Kansas City focuses on finishing

FC Kansas City, which plays the Washington Spirit on Saturday, has a motto for this season of “Finish It” and although it is early, Andonovski and Holiday found themselves looking for a little more bite, or killer instinct.

Bob Lutz: Can (and will) Missouri dig deep enough to get Gregg Marshall?

I wrote earlier this week that if the Missouri basketball job came open (which it has), the Tigers would definitely have interest in Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall (duh) and that the Mizzou job might be a fit. I stand by that, although I’m surprised Frank Haith left Missouri on Friday to take the vacant Tulsa job. I figured Haith would have stayed one more season in Columbia, get fired, and then the Tigers would pursue Marshall.

Friday’s Royals lineup vs. the Twins

The Royals return home Friday night for a brief three-game home stand against the Minnesota Twins. Here are the lineups as Royals lefty Jason Vargas, 1-0, takes on the Twins’ Ricky Nolasco. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. and the game can be see on Fox Sports KC.