Royals

As spring training ends, Royals still seek answers on opening-day roster

In an ideal world, when the Royals broke camp on Wednesday afternoon bound for a two-game exhibition series in Houston, manager Ned Yost could determine the final 25-man roster for his defending American League champions. But Yost does not live in an ideal world. The prime issue appears to be the fate of veteran reliever Ryan Madson.

Campus Corner

How The Star snubbed All-American Willie Cauley-Stein during high school

When The Kansas City Star selected its All-Metro high school basketball teams in spring 2012, it did not deem Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein worthy of the first or second team. Yes, that’s right. A 7-footer headed to a blue-blood program and a future unanimous first-team All-American was not thought to be one of the 10 best players in a metro area of about 2.3 million people. Who was the genius that decided this?

University of Kansas

KU freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. will enter NBA Draft

Kelly Oubre Jr., a 6-foot-7 small forward, announced his decision to enter the NBA Draft on Wednesday morning, ending his college career after just one season at KU. His father, Kelly Sr., told The Star that his son is leaving Kansas in good academic standing and would like to complete his degree in the coming years.

As spring training ends, Royals still seek answers on opening-day roster

In an ideal world, when the Royals broke camp on Wednesday afternoon bound for a two-game exhibition series in Houston, manager Ned Yost could determine the final 25-man roster for his defending American League champions. But Yost does not live in an ideal world. The prime issue appears to be the fate of veteran reliever Ryan Madson.

As spring training ends, Royals still seek answers on opening-day roster

In an ideal world, when the Royals broke camp on Wednesday afternoon bound for a two-game exhibition series in Houston, manager Ned Yost could determine the final 25-man roster for his defending American League champions. But Yost does not live in an ideal world. The prime issue appears to be the fate of veteran reliever Ryan Madson.

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Judging the Royals

Why mistake pitches might not be the ones that get hit

The other day Jason Vargas gave up four solo home runs, and after the game he said one of them was hit on a good pitch. I asked Jason if that meant he was unhappy with the location of the other three pitches and he said he was more bothered by falling behind in the count and having to throw those pitches.

Campus Corner

How The Star snubbed All-American Willie Cauley-Stein during high school

When The Kansas City Star selected its All-Metro high school basketball teams in spring 2012, it did not deem Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein worthy of the first or second team. Yes, that’s right. A 7-footer headed to a blue-blood program and a future unanimous first-team All-American was not thought to be one of the 10 best players in a metro area of about 2.3 million people. Who was the genius that decided this?

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Unbeaten Kentucky shows it is tough enough to win even when it isn’t perfect

This Kentucky basketball team isn’t perfect, coach John Calipari likes to say, just undefeated. The distinction was illuminated Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena, where the presumed inevitability of an unblemished Wildcats romp to the national title was in jeopardy until the last hundredth of a second flickered off the clock against Notre Dame.

Unbeaten Kentucky shows it is tough enough to win even when it isn’t perfect

This Kentucky basketball team isn’t perfect, coach John Calipari likes to say, just undefeated. The distinction was illuminated Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena, where the presumed inevitability of an unblemished Wildcats romp to the national title was in jeopardy until the last hundredth of a second flickered off the clock against Notre Dame.

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Royals

Rusty Kuntz still pointing Royals in the right direction

The Royals felt they could not lose the voice of first-base coach Rusty Kuntz this offseason. He spends four or five hours each day poring over iPads and binders and spray charts to prepare Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and newcomer Alex Rios to retain their crown as the game’s elite outfield defense. The Royals blazed into October on a path partially paved by Kuntz’s tutelage.