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What you need to know about getting to The K for the World Series

With traffic expected to be congested around the Truman Sports Complex beginning around midday Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging baseball fans to arrive early to Kauffman Stadium for Game 1 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants.

Chiefs’ successful late drive against Chargers offers proof of progress

In two of the Chiefs’ three losses this season, they had the ball late on the road with a chance to win. So when the Chiefs got the ball back Sunday with the score tied and 1:57 left against the Chargers in San Diego, it would have been hard to blame anyone for doubting whether they could get the job done.

Chiefs’ successful late drive against Chargers offers proof of progress

In two of the Chiefs’ three losses this season, they had the ball late on the road with a chance to win. So when the Chiefs got the ball back Sunday with the score tied and 1:57 left against the Chargers in San Diego, it would have been hard to blame anyone for doubting whether they could get the job done.

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Don't Kill The Mellinger

Frank White and the Royals: a silly Cold War

This Sam Mellinger column appeared in the July 12, 2013 editions of The Kansas City Star, but it’s just as relevant as the Royals play in the World Series for the first time since 1985. The feud between franchise icon Frank White — who has only recently returned to Kauffman Stadium, as a fan, since his public fallout with the team more than two years ago — and the Royals is petty and unbecoming of each side.

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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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Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5 year prison term

Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A South African judge cited the “gross negligence” the Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home when she delivered the sentence. Pistorius’ prison term begins immediately.

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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’ 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.