Royals

So much to be learned about Yordano Ventura, which makes his starts all the more thrilling

The problem with the Royals’ Yordano Ventura, who makes his seventh major-league start Friday in Baltimore, is that nobody knows. This is the wonder in watching him pitch. It is also the danger. The thrill. The fear. Baseball is a world where everything is calculated, by computer or by intuition, and Ventura doesn’t fit any of the formulas. He is the size of a high school sophomore and throws a baseball, literally, harder than anyone on earth. What can you make of a guy like this?

Royals 2014

Sporting KC

Chiefs

Breaking down the Chiefs' 2014 schedule (with poll)

The NFL has officially released its 2014 schedule. The Chiefs will open the regular season at home against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 7 and also will face the Patriots on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 29 and the Broncos on “Sunday Night Football” on Nov. 30, both at Arrowhead.

University of Kansas

University of Missouri

Kansas State University

Kansas State discussing game against Texas A&M at Sprint Center

Kansas State likely will return to the Sprint Center for a nonconference basketball game against Texas A&M next season. K-State played a regular season game at Sprint Center for six straight seasons from 2007-12, beating Florida, Alabama, IUPUI, Southern Mississippi and Florida A&M. Its lone loss was against UNLV. All six games were played in December.

High schools

Student support builds for fired Chrisman High School girls basketball coach

A player-led movement to bring back a fired William Chrisman High School girls basketball coach is headed to the hallways. A week after 11 students wrote letters to the Independence School District Board of Education, voicing their anger and confusion over the firing of Lindsay Thompson, the players and coach said they have received no clear explanation from school or district administration as to why she was dismissed as coach.

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Outdoors

Fishing report for April 24

Brent’s best bet: Milford Lake is emerging from its winter doldrums this week. The fishing for white bass and wipers is very good in the Republican River. And blue cat fishing is outstanding on cut shad on the north end of the reservoir.

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