Two days before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Royals sent outfielder Brett Eibner to the Oakland A’s in exchange for center fielder Billy Burns. In making the deal, the Royals acquired a cost-controllable center fielder with major-league experience in exchange for a 27-year-old who made his big-league debut this season.
The runup to the Rio Olympics has made for endless anxieties about the city’s ability to host the games. Most every host city has had problems to overcome, and it generally seems to somehow work out. But Rio’s issues are so multifaceted that athletes and visitors will need to approach it by focusing on finding solutions, being wary but not paranoid, and flexing their senses of humor.
The Kansas City Chiefs announced Saturday that they had locked up Eric Fisher, their 25-year-old starting left tackle, to a four-year extension worth $48 million. The deal includes $40 million in guaranteed money and averages $12 million a year, making Fisher the third-highest paid left tackle in football.
The Royals lost 8-3 to the Texas Rangers on Friday night, and after the game, manager Ned Yost said there wasn’t much that the team could do except keep grinding away. That’s true if you’re playing well and just having bad luck, but the Royals aren’t playing well. It’s not all bad luck. There are things the Royals can control … and they’re not controlling them.
After three years on the bench, Sporting KC defender Jimmy Medranda is playing “one of the best left backs in the league,” coach Peter Vermes says. His mom, who lives in Colombia, is in town to see him play for the first time.
On Friday night at Globe Life Park, Edinson Volquez allowed six runs in six innings against the Texas Rangers. Three of those runs came in the bottom of the first. The Royals suffered another loss in this lost July, falling 8-3 to the Rangers in the second game of a four-game series.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry is slated to make $10.8 million this season via the franchise tag, but he doesn’t have to show up until right before the season to collect it. That said, his decision to skip the Chiefs’ veteran reporting day for training camp Friday at Missouri Western was no surprise.
Ruby Tyler, a native of Australia, won her bout at the 16th annual Ringside World Championship at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence. She will fight in the championship session that starts at 11 a.m. Saturday.
North Texas announced Friday that it had hired Wren Baker as its new athletic director. Baker, who was hired in May 2015 as deputy athletic director at Missouri, had been serving as the Tigers’ interim athletic director since Mack Rhoades resigned July 13. MU’s interim chancellor, Hank Foley, will be the new interim A.D.
Missouri women’s tennis coach Sasha Schmid resigned Friday and will become the head coach at Iowa, her alma mater. The Tigers announced that associate head coach Colt Gaston will serve as the interim until Schmid’s successor is hired.
Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will finish his medical degree next year. He spent the last three weeks working in a Montreal hospital. For the Chiefs, he’s expected to start at right guard again this season.