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Royals can blame themselves for being losers at the trade deadline

The Royals were never going to make a big move before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline Thursday. They were always going to nibble at the corners and dig in their heels with the guys on the roster. Because the Royals are stuck in what is now their new normal — not good enough to expect in the playoffs, and not bad enough to blow up and start over.

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Milgram beats Seaboard for Ban Johnson championship

For the first time since 2008, the Milgram Mustangs are the Ban Johnson League champions. Milgram won the title by defeating defending champion Seaboard 12-4 in the fifth game of the best-of-five series Thursday at the Mid-America Sports Complex.

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As Chiefs secondary takes another hit, KC signs safety Steve Gregory

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Steve Gregory, 31-year-old veteran, to aid a secondary that has been beset by injuries early in training camp. Gregory previously played for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. Sanders Commings, who was contending for a starting position next to Pro Bowler Eric Berry, broke a bone in his ankle Wednesday. And Berry left practice early on Thursday because of a sore ankle.

Eric Hosmer could miss six weeks for Royals with stress fracture in hand

The pitch that injured Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer connected with his right hand on July 20 in Boston, and induced a spate of swelling around the area. That swelling, according to Hosmer, camouflaged the underlying damage, a non-displaced stress fracture of the third metacarpal, a vexing result that could sideline him up to six weeks.

As Chiefs secondary takes another hit, KC signs safety Steve Gregory

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Steve Gregory, 31-year-old veteran, to aid a secondary that has been beset by injuries early in training camp. Gregory previously played for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. Sanders Commings, who was contending for a starting position next to Pro Bowler Eric Berry, broke a bone in his ankle Wednesday. And Berry left practice early on Thursday because of a sore ankle.

Sporting Kansas City set to honor Jimmy Conrad

Former Kansas City Wizards star Jimmy Conrad will be inducted into the hall of honor Friday as part of this year’s Sporting Legends class, along with Peter Vermes and the late Lamar Hunt. The trio will be honored during halftime of Sporting Kansas City’s match with Philadelphia.

Eric Hosmer could miss six weeks for Royals with stress fracture in hand

The pitch that injured Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer connected with his right hand on July 20 in Boston, and induced a spate of swelling around the area. That swelling, according to Hosmer, camouflaged the underlying damage, a non-displaced stress fracture of the third metacarpal, a vexing result that could sideline him up to six weeks.

As Chiefs secondary takes another hit, KC signs safety Steve Gregory

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Steve Gregory, 31-year-old veteran, to aid a secondary that has been beset by injuries early in training camp. Gregory previously played for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. Sanders Commings, who was contending for a starting position next to Pro Bowler Eric Berry, broke a bone in his ankle Wednesday. And Berry left practice early on Thursday because of a sore ankle.

Sporting Kansas City set to honor Jimmy Conrad

Former Kansas City Wizards star Jimmy Conrad will be inducted into the hall of honor Friday as part of this year’s Sporting Legends class, along with Peter Vermes and the late Lamar Hunt. The trio will be honored during halftime of Sporting Kansas City’s match with Philadelphia.

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Judging the Royals

Why the Minnesota Twins’ Phil Hughes got hit in the sixth inning

Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes pitched five innings, gave up three hits and no runs. In the sixth inning, Hughes gave up four hits — three of them doubles — and three runs. So what happened? How could a pitcher be so dominant for five innings, then get whacked all over the yard in the sixth? Probably because it was the third time through the order.

Judging the Royals

Why Jarrod Dyson did not pinch-run right away

After the game, Ned Yost said it was not a steal situation. Twins closer Glen Perkins is left-handed, so a runner has a very difficult time getting a jump. Once Perkins does go home, he only takes 1.1 seconds to get the ball there. The average is about 1.4 seconds, so Perkins is very quick to home plate — too quick for Dyson to steal.

Royals can blame themselves for being losers at the trade deadline

The Royals were never going to make a big move before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline Thursday. They were always going to nibble at the corners and dig in their heels with the guys on the roster. Because the Royals are stuck in what is now their new normal — not good enough to expect in the playoffs, and not bad enough to blow up and start over.

Royals can blame themselves for being losers at the trade deadline

The Royals were never going to make a big move before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline Thursday. They were always going to nibble at the corners and dig in their heels with the guys on the roster. Because the Royals are stuck in what is now their new normal — not good enough to expect in the playoffs, and not bad enough to blow up and start over.

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Next two weeks are critical for Tiger Woods

Since returning from surgery a month ago, Tiger Woods has been disappointed with his play. His next two tournaments, the Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship, will determine whether his season will continue.

Next two weeks are critical for Tiger Woods

Since returning from surgery a month ago, Tiger Woods has been disappointed with his play. His next two tournaments, the Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship, will determine whether his season will continue.

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Royals

Royals, in part because of financial constraints, stand pat at trade deadline as David Price joins Tigers

A lack of financial flexibility plagued the Royals’ front office as it emerged from Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline without an addition. The club intends to stay active in the trade market once players start to clear waivers in the coming days. But there was disappointment in an inability to execute any moves on Thursday. “There was just nothing that really presented itself that we felt would work at the end of the day,” general manager Dayton Moore said.

Sporting KC

Sporting Kansas City set to honor Jimmy Conrad

Former Kansas City Wizards star Jimmy Conrad will be inducted into the hall of honor Friday as part of this year’s Sporting Legends class, along with Peter Vermes and the late Lamar Hunt. The trio will be honored during halftime of Sporting Kansas City’s match with Philadelphia.

Royals

Eric Hosmer could miss six weeks for Royals with stress fracture in hand

The pitch that injured Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer connected with his right hand on July 20 in Boston, and induced a spate of swelling around the area. That swelling, according to Hosmer, camouflaged the underlying damage, a non-displaced stress fracture of the third metacarpal, a vexing result that could sideline him up to six weeks.

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