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Giants outfielder spawns a social happening: #HunterPenceSigns

It began innocently enough, with a tweet sent in early August from a non-descript coffee shop in New York City. Little did Hunter Pence know that this tweet, a line from the TV comedy “Seinfeld” — “These pretzels are making me thirsty!” — would spawn a social-media happening: #HunterPenceSigns.

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Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain taking challenges in stride

Sure, it was a worthy challenge for Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain to make breathtaking catches and hit .533 as the most valuable player in the ALCS. But now, as he gets ready for the World Series, he’s dealing with the challenge of changing diapers on his son, Cameron Loe.

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Royals’ James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS but is ready for World Series

As the Royals wrapped up their first berth in the World Series since 1985 last week, James Shields was grappling with the effects of a kidney stone, the pitcher told The Star on Monday. Shields will face Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner after 11 days off in game one at Kauffman Stadium (7:07 p.m. Tuesday on Fox). One reason for the length of Shields’ layoff was his condition, which kept him from pitching game four of the ALCS.

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Replay: World Series Q&A with The Star’s Andy McCullough

It’s World Series time in Kansas City, and we’ll be holding live chats every day on KansasCity.com. Andy McCullough, the Royals beat reporter for The Kansas City Star, and Marcos Breton, who covers the Giants as a Sacramento Bee columnist, answered the first round of questions Monday ahead of Tuesday’s World Series game one (7:07 p.m. Central on Fox).

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Lee Jeans calls for KC to send Levi’s back to San Francisco

Lee Jeans, which calls Kansas City home, is asking people to show their support for the Royals Wednesday by ditching their jeans made by Levi Strauss & Co., which calls San Francisco home. The donated jeans will be sent to homeless shelters in San Francisco. Meanwhile, people who drop off a pair of jeans, no matter what the brand, will receive a coupon for 85 percent off of one item on Lee.com in honor of the Royals 1985 World Series win.

Cairo Santos’ clutch kick gives Chiefs 23-20 victory over Chargers

Rookie kicker Cairo Santos connected on a 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds to play in Sunday’s game as the Chiefs beat the Chargers 23-20 on Sunday in San Diego. With the win, the Chiefs evened their record to 3-3 this season and vaulted them back into the AFC West race. The victory also was highlighted by Jamaal Charles’ breaking the Chiefs’ career-rushing record.

Cairo Santos’ clutch kick gives Chiefs 23-20 victory over Chargers

Rookie kicker Cairo Santos connected on a 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds to play in Sunday’s game as the Chiefs beat the Chargers 23-20 on Sunday in San Diego. With the win, the Chiefs evened their record to 3-3 this season and vaulted them back into the AFC West race. The victory also was highlighted by Jamaal Charles’ breaking the Chiefs’ career-rushing record.

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Fishing Tournament Trail for Oct. 21

Reports of upcoming events or results can be made by emailing bfrazee@kcstar.com or by calling 816-234-4319 by noon Monday. Results should include spellings of names and hometowns of the first two places and the big-fish winner. Upcoming events should include the lake, sanctioning body of the tournament, time, date, takeoff site, entry fee and a contact number for more information.

Serena Williams hits back at Russian official

Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as "brothers" were bullying, sexist and racist, and that she supported the one-year suspension imposed by the WTA against the official.

Fishing Tournament Trail for Oct. 21

Reports of upcoming events or results can be made by emailing bfrazee@kcstar.com or by calling 816-234-4319 by noon Monday. Results should include spellings of names and hometowns of the first two places and the big-fish winner. Upcoming events should include the lake, sanctioning body of the tournament, time, date, takeoff site, entry fee and a contact number for more information.

Serena Williams hits back at Russian official

Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as "brothers" were bullying, sexist and racist, and that she supported the one-year suspension imposed by the WTA against the official.

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Years of loyalty are now paying off for Royal Lancers

Some of the Kansas City Royals’ most loyal supporters have been the longtime members of the Royal Lancers, who sold season tickets and sustained the fan base through good years and many bad years. For them, all those years of heartache make this season’s success all the sweeter.