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Chiefs look for ways to exploit talents of pass-rushing trio

It may not happen right away (and almost certainly won’t happen often), but the Chiefs hope to find a way to get sack masters Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the field at the same time as first-round pick Dee Ford during the upcoming season.

Don't Kill The Mellinger

Royals can live with how this Mike Moustakas is producing

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas became such a flashpoint around the Royals early, it fortified some minds and allowed people to dig in a bit on whether he can be a good player going forward. But since his demotion, Moustakas’ .741 OPS is comparable to the season numbers of Aramis Ramirez (.750), Sal Perez (.749), Manny Machado (.731), David Wright (.739) and Jason Heyward (.730). That’ll play.

Sam Mellinger

Royals have a legitimate chance at earning wild-card spot

The last game of the Cleveland series left a bad taste in the Royals’ mouths, but with 58 games left, the team can still turn this season into a happy memory.  They will need to play their best of the season from here on out. But the difference between what’s required and what they’ve shown might not be as big as you’d think.

Carlos Santana shows his evil ways as Indians beat Royals 10-3

Cleveland slugger Carlos Santana reached base all five times he came to the plate Sunday at Kauffman Stadium — a walk, a hit by pitch, a single, a pair of two-run homers and a single — as the Indians overpowered the Royals 10-3 and snapped Kansas City’s five-game winning streak.

Carlos Santana shows his evil ways as Indians beat Royals 10-3

Cleveland slugger Carlos Santana reached base all five times he came to the plate Sunday at Kauffman Stadium — a walk, a hit by pitch, a single, a pair of two-run homers and a single — as the Indians overpowered the Royals 10-3 and snapped Kansas City’s five-game winning streak.

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Judging the Royals

The Ryan Raburn play wasn’t as bad as it looked

If you’re a baseball fan you’ve probably already seen it. Cleveland outfielder Ryan Raburn spiking a ball into the ground on a throw from left field. Raburn’s throw allowed Mike Moustakas to circle the bases and that eventually sent the game to extra innings where the Royals beat the Indians 2-1 on Thursday night. What hasn’t gotten as much publicity is why Raburn spiked the ball.

Sam Mellinger

Royals have a legitimate chance at earning wild-card spot

The last game of the Cleveland series left a bad taste in the Royals’ mouths, but with 58 games left, the team can still turn this season into a happy memory.  They will need to play their best of the season from here on out. But the difference between what’s required and what they’ve shown might not be as big as you’d think.

Judging the Royals

Kelvin Herrera gets a seventh-inning save

Every day, the Royals provide official game notes to the people who cover the team, and here’s part of what Saturday’s game notes said: When the Royals lead after six innings, they’re 37-2. When they lead after seven, they’re 40-1. And when they lead after eight innings, the Royals are 44-1. Now let’s look at the other side. When the Royals trail after six innings, they’re 8-38. Trailing after seven, they’re 4-42. And when they trail after eight innings, they’re 2-44. So here’s the lesson: Make sure you have a lead after six innings. Saturday night they did.

Big 12 football facilities always on the grow

Baylor’s new football home, a $260 million behemoth on the Brazos River named McLane Stadium, is the toast of facility upgrades in the Big 12. But an arms race is heating up across the conference, with programs looking to spend huge sums on stadium improvements. Kansas State, which finished $90 million in construction on its football stadium last summer, has another $65 million renovation on the way. Iowa State has announced a $60 million project to enclose its south end zone. West Virginia will use much of a $75 million bond to upgrade its stadium. And Oklahoma will spend $370 million to renovate its already massive stadium.

Big 12 football facilities always on the grow

Baylor’s new football home, a $260 million behemoth on the Brazos River named McLane Stadium, is the toast of facility upgrades in the Big 12. But an arms race is heating up across the conference, with programs looking to spend huge sums on stadium improvements. Kansas State, which finished $90 million in construction on its football stadium last summer, has another $65 million renovation on the way. Iowa State has announced a $60 million project to enclose its south end zone. West Virginia will use much of a $75 million bond to upgrade its stadium. And Oklahoma will spend $370 million to renovate its already massive stadium.

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy is keeping it real

Kansas City Royals left-hander Danny Duffy remains a refreshing presence as he breaks through as a major-league pitcher. There is a certain reassurance and inspiration in what is happening now for an appealing and regular guy who just happens to have an extraordinary talent.

Royals have a legitimate chance at earning wild-card spot

The last game of the Cleveland series left a bad taste in the Royals’ mouths, but with 58 games left, the team can still turn this season into a happy memory.  They will need to play their best of the season from here on out. But the difference between what’s required and what they’ve shown might not be as big as you’d think.

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy is keeping it real

Kansas City Royals left-hander Danny Duffy remains a refreshing presence as he breaks through as a major-league pitcher. There is a certain reassurance and inspiration in what is happening now for an appealing and regular guy who just happens to have an extraordinary talent.

Royals have a legitimate chance at earning wild-card spot

The last game of the Cleveland series left a bad taste in the Royals’ mouths, but with 58 games left, the team can still turn this season into a happy memory.  They will need to play their best of the season from here on out. But the difference between what’s required and what they’ve shown might not be as big as you’d think.

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Hunters are up in arms over Jackson County ordinance

An ordinance approved in December bars people from shooting guns, arrows or other projectiles across patches of eastern Jackson County, including areas previously hunted. The Jackson County Legislature and law enforcement officials passed the ordinance to discourage negligent gun owners within those areas from firing bullets toward nearby homes, but critics want the law changed.

Zack Sucher wins Web.com Midwest Classic in Overland Park

With his win in the Midwest Classic on Sunday at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Sucher moved into fourth place on the Web.com Tour’s money list and wrapped up a PGA Tour card for the 2014-15 season beginning in October. Sucher shot 1-over-par 72 in the final round and finished at 19-under 265, but the win didn’t come easily.

Hunters are up in arms over Jackson County ordinance

An ordinance approved in December bars people from shooting guns, arrows or other projectiles across patches of eastern Jackson County, including areas previously hunted. The Jackson County Legislature and law enforcement officials passed the ordinance to discourage negligent gun owners within those areas from firing bullets toward nearby homes, but critics want the law changed.

Zack Sucher wins Web.com Midwest Classic in Overland Park

With his win in the Midwest Classic on Sunday at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Sucher moved into fourth place on the Web.com Tour’s money list and wrapped up a PGA Tour card for the 2014-15 season beginning in October. Sucher shot 1-over-par 72 in the final round and finished at 19-under 265, but the win didn’t come easily.

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Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson’s play is worth a thousand tackles

Whether it is stuffing a runner between the tackles, chasing a speedster on the perimeter, covering a receiver out of the backfield or rushing the quarterback, linebacker Derrick Johnson is the most consistent playmaker in the Chiefs’ defense. He needs just 19 tackles to break the team record and reach 1,000 for his career.

Golf

Zack Sucher wins Web.com Midwest Classic in Overland Park

With his win in the Midwest Classic on Sunday at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Sucher moved into fourth place on the Web.com Tour’s money list and wrapped up a PGA Tour card for the 2014-15 season beginning in October. Sucher shot 1-over-par 72 in the final round and finished at 19-under 265, but the win didn’t come easily.

Golf

Mission Hills golfer Bryan Norton wins third Kansas Amateur title

It was the veteran versus the young gun Sunday at Mission Hills Country Club for the Kansas Amateur title. But it was the experienced player, Bryan Norton from Mission Hills, who took home his third Kansas Amateur title with a 2 and 1 victory over Sam Stevens of Wichita after 36 holes of match play. Norton also won the title in 1980 and 2002.

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