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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?
The magician’s show lasted about 80 minutes. Bruce Chen mystified the Indians for four innings and 12 batters. The performance ended in a swift and painful fashion for the Royals, who fell 5-1 after Chen imploded.
This Royals team appears on the verge of a breakthrough, but so have others in the franchises history that ended up crumbling under the pressure.
Mike Moustakas traveled to Venezuela in an attempt to uncover what was missing from a swing that once made him a star in waiting.
It's some feat to turn one of the world's most storied and valuable sports brands into a mere also-ran in the space of 10 months.
Sporting KC announced Monday that it has loaned Kevin Ellis to OKC Energy FC, a move to get the 22-year-old defender more playing time.
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.
Teams looking for tight end bargains in the NFL Draft and yes, the Chiefs certainly qualify might be tempted by two players, Washington junior Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Oregon junior Colt Lyerla, who are believed to have first-round talent but have seen their stock slide because of off-field issues.
It’s lining up to be a convenient basketball recruiting week for Kansas. The nation’s No. 1 overall player in the class of 2015 — combo guard Malik Newman — is expected to be in KU’s own backyard this week, competing in the Under Armour Jayhawk Invitational in Gardner.
Kansas football coach Charlie Weis explained in detail Tuesday why he chose sophomore Montell Cozart as his starting quarterback. We didnt want to do was go into the summertime misleading our players about who the starting quarterback was, Weis said.
Xavier men’s basketball coach Chris Mack (above) has not been contacted about the vacancy at Missouri, a source close to Mack told The Star on Thursday. “Chris is happy at Xavier,” the source said. Also on Thursday, Dayton confirmed that it has not been contacted by Missouri or any third party about Flyers coach Archie Miller’s interest in the Tigers’ vacancy.
Dismissed Missouri forward Zach Price was charged Thursday with felony tampering in the first degree for defacing a motor vehicle, according to the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office. According to the statute, Price could face up to seven years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.
Wildcats star was drafted by Cleveland last year, but he didnt sign because he wanted to play his senior season with the Wildcats. While K-State has struggled this year, Kivett doesnt wish he had gone pro.
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.
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.
Rod Briggs of Lansing High School is the recipient of the Paul Lambert Coach of the Year Award.
In the new, win-and-your-in format for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kevin Harvick is the only driver with two victories this season, including the most recent race, the Southern 500 at Darlington.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver and former Kansas State star Jordy Nelson will drive the pace car on May 10 for the start of the Kansas 400 — the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup series night race at Kansas Speedway.
Ken White has been hunting turkeys since 1960, Missouri’s first season. Since then, he has established a record that would be difficult to match.
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.
The NBA has fined Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts $20,000 for his hard foul on LeBron James in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
If empty seats are any indication, the Washington Wizards are just as big of a surprise in their own city as they are to the rest of the NBA.
Two-thirds of the Anaheim Ducks' top line is injured, including their captain and leading scorer. Their most beloved player has been benched, and their rookie goalie looks shakier with every game.
One more game, and the Chicago Blackhawks will have linchpin defenseman Brent Seabrook back in the lineup.
More people than ever have signed up for a chance to play in the U.S. Open.
RBC Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot doesn't want to return to the dark, sponsor-less days of just a few years ago when his longtime PGA Tour stop didn't know if it would make it through to the next year. So everyone connected with the event is making sure that won't happen.
Third-seeded French star Gael Monfils reached the quarterfinals, while second-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny came up a second-round upset victim Thursday at the $590,000 BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy tennis event.
Novak Djokovic is going to need to get into the swing of being a father.