Sam Mellinger

Royals fans deserve to celebrate like this

Twenty-nine years of frustration rushing into euphoria transforms Kauffman Stadium to the city’s biggest party in quite some time. Fireworks explode over the video board. Fans wipe away tears and hug whoever’s next to them. When was the last time you saw a game like this? When was the last time Royals fans could feel like this?

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Judging the Royals

The best game I ever saw: The Royals beat the Athletics

It’s 1:17 in the morning and I’m sitting here covered in champagne and beer, trying to figure out how to describe what I just witnessed. Half a dozen players asked me how I was going to write about that game. Longtime Royals scout Art Stewart wanted to know if I’d ever seen one like that. Eric Hosmer walked by and said: "Un-real." A dozen other players and coaches said they’d never seen anything like it. Then Jason Frasor said: "Why don’t you just say it was the best game you ever saw?" OK: the Royals played 12 innings, kept their playoff dreams alive, drove a crowd of over 40,000 people insane while beating the Athletics 9-8 in the best game I ever saw.

MU reinstates D’Angelo Allen, Jakeenan Gant to basketball team

Missouri kicks off the Kim Anderson era Monday with its first men’s basketball practice of the 2014-15 season. But on Wednesday, Anderson announced that freshmen D’Angelo Allen, a 6-foot-7 forward from Dallas, and Jakeenan Gant, a 6-8 forward from Springfield, Ga., had been reinstated.

MU reinstates D’Angelo Allen, Jakeenan Gant to basketball team

Missouri kicks off the Kim Anderson era Monday with its first men’s basketball practice of the 2014-15 season. But on Wednesday, Anderson announced that freshmen D’Angelo Allen, a 6-foot-7 forward from Dallas, and Jakeenan Gant, a 6-8 forward from Springfield, Ga., had been reinstated.

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Today's Circulars

Wichita State basketball team lands second KC-area recruit

Point guard Tyrone Taylor of Grandview gave the Wichita State basketball team a non-binding commitment on Sunday morning. Taylor is the second guard to commit to Wichita State, joining Landry Shamet of Park Hill. Both plan to sign in November. Rivals.com ranks Taylor a three-star prospect. Shamet, who committed earlier this month, is ranked No. 87 nationally by Rivals.com.

Wichita State basketball team lands second KC-area recruit

Point guard Tyrone Taylor of Grandview gave the Wichita State basketball team a non-binding commitment on Sunday morning. Taylor is the second guard to commit to Wichita State, joining Landry Shamet of Park Hill. Both plan to sign in November. Rivals.com ranks Taylor a three-star prospect. Shamet, who committed earlier this month, is ranked No. 87 nationally by Rivals.com.

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Djokovic rolls along in Beijing

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and French Open titlist Maria Sharapova notched wins, while former world No. 1 Carolina Wozniacki was sent packing Wednesday at the $5.4 million China Open.

Fishing report for Oct. 2

Brent’s best bet: The fish continue to bite at Truman Lake. Crappies, hybrids and catfish are being caught on the reservoir and below the dam.

Djokovic rolls along in Beijing

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and French Open titlist Maria Sharapova notched wins, while former world No. 1 Carolina Wozniacki was sent packing Wednesday at the $5.4 million China Open.

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Chiefs

Share your #PaperChiefs photos and win prizes

Look for our Chiefs Extra print section in The Kansas City Star each Friday before the Chiefs play for a new action figure. Tweet your most creative photos with the hashtag #PaperChiefs or email them to sports@kcstar.com for a chance to win prizes. Check out our photo gallery of some of the best submissions so far.

Royals

Royals win AL Wild Card Game in walk-off thriller, 9-8

Playing in their first postseason game in 29 years, the Kansas City Royals twice erased deficits, forced extra innings and advanced to the American League Division Series when Sal Perez drove home the winning run in the 12th inning of a 9-8 victory over the Oakland A’s on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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