On Friday night at Globe Life Park, Edinson Volquez allowed six runs in six innings against the Texas Rangers. Three of those runs came in the bottom of the first. The Royals suffered another loss in this lost July, falling 8-3 to the Rangers in the second game of a four-game series.
The runup to the Rio Olympics has made for endless anxieties about the city’s ability to host the Games. Most every host city has had issues to overcome, and it generally seems to somehow work out. But Rio’s issues are so multi-faceted that athletes and visitors will need to approach it by focusing on finding solutions, being wary but not paranoid and flexing their senses of humor.
Ruby Tyler, a native of Australia, won her bout at the 16th annual Ringside World Championship at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence. She will fight in the championship session that starts at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry is slated to make $10.8 million this season via the franchise tag, but he doesn’t have to show up until right before the season to collect it. That said, his decision to skip the Chiefs’ veteran reporting day for training camp Friday at Missouri Western was no surprise.
Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will finish his medical degree next year. He spent the last three weeks working in a Montreal hospital. For the Chiefs, he’s expected to start at right guard again this season.
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain returned from the disabled list Friday. He hasn’t played for the Royals since June 29 because of a left hamstring strain. The Royals were 9-16 while Cain was on the DL.
The start of August marks the one-year anniversary of when Kaiser Carlile, the bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays, was accidentally struck in the head by a bat in the on-deck circle at the NBC World Series and died a day later. Kaiser’s death sent his parents spiraling, only to find the support of each other and others was enough for them to carry on.
North Texas announced Friday that it had hired Wren Baker as its new athletic director. Baker, who was hired in May 2015 as deputy athletic director at Missouri, had been serving as the Tigers’ interim athletic director since Mack Rhoades resigned July 13. MU’s interim chancellor, Hank Foley, will be the new interim A.D.
Soldiers are on the streets in Rio de Janeiro, while the navy patrols Copacabana beach. But European attacks show that so-called lone wolves are tough to monitor and catch. And Brazil is new to the threat of terror.
As the trade deadline approaches, the Royals have expressed a willingness to listen to potential offers for their players. Closer Wade Davis could command a massive return in a trade, but Royals officials also say they’re focused on winning in 2017.