Eric Berry, 27, didn’t land the long-term deal he was looking for from the Chiefs this offseason, but he says he’s turned the page and is happy to be back in the mix as the team gears up for a hopeful Super Bowl run.
The Royals wanted to see him as a starting pitcher this year before they rushed back into the playoff race. The Royals remain a postseason longshot, but they have established themselves as a dangerous one.
Football 2016, The Kansas City Star's annual preview section, is here, with stories on the Chiefs, Mizzou, K-State, KU and high schools. Here are links to all the stories, which also appear in the Sunday, Aug. 28 print edition.
Overseen by Andrea Hudy, the assistant athletic director for sports performance, KU’s basketball players have seen some dramatic results in weight gain and loss the last several months. Udoka Azubuike, for instance, has lost 27 pounds since June.
Missouri is a 10-point underdog at West Virginia and national expectations for the program are low in coach Barry Odom’s first season. The Tigers have embraced the chance to shock college football and exude a quiet confidence about the upcoming season.
K-State football coach Bill Snyder announced Monday that Jesse Ertz will start at quarterback against Stanford. He won the job by outplaying Joe Hubener and Alex Delton over the course of preseason practices.
Missouri made it official Monday with the release of its first depth chart during Barry Odom’s tenure, tapping sophomore Drew Lock as the starting quarterback. The Tigers’ first two-deep also includes eight true freshmen on the initial game-week roster.
The United States — with former Kansas runner Kyle Clemons watching from the stands — won the 1,600 relay in Rio, which earned Clemons a gold medal he’s been showing off since returning to the States last week.
Cornerback Kenneth Acker was obtained by the Kansas City Chiefs from the 49ers the day after San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick created a stir by sitting out the national anthem. Acker was Kaepernick’s teammate at the time and said he was busy watching the flag. Acker brings depth to the Chiefs’ secondary.
Earlier this month, Royals relief pitcher Luke Hochevar underwent surgery to fix thoracic outlet syndrome, a neuogrnic issue caused by the compression of nerves near the neck and shoulder. He is set to return to spring training next year. In the meantime, all he can do is watch the Kansas City bullpen rise to the top in baseball with a different cast than the one that helped the Royals win the World Series last year.
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is the winner of the Heart and Hustle Award, honoring active players who demonstrate a passion for the game and embody the values, traditions and sprit of baseball.
The people who like to sit around and figure out the odds on this sort of thing will tell you the Kansas City Royals will not make the playoffs this year. They might be right, but given their recent history they deserve the benefit of the doubt.
The Denver Broncos have named their starting quarterback. Trevor Siemian will succeed Peyton Manning. He is a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern in 2015 who served as the No. 3 QB last year to Manning and Brock Osweiler. Coach Gary Kubiak informed Siemian and quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch of his decision before telling their teammates.