FC Kansas City focuses on finishing

FC Kansas City, which plays the Washington Spirit on Saturday, has a motto for this season of “Finish It” and although it is early, Andonovski and Holiday found themselves looking for a little more bite, or killer instinct.

Bob Lutz: Can (and will) Missouri dig deep enough to get Gregg Marshall?

I wrote earlier this week that if the Missouri basketball job came open (which it has), the Tigers would definitely have interest in Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall (duh) and that the Mizzou job might be a fit. I stand by that, although I’m surprised Frank Haith left Missouri on Friday to take the vacant Tulsa job. I figured Haith would have stayed one more season in Columbia, get fired, and then the Tigers would pursue Marshall.

Friday’s Royals lineup vs. the Twins

The Royals return home Friday night for a brief three-game home stand against the Minnesota Twins. Here are the lineups as Royals lefty Jason Vargas, 1-0, takes on the Twins’ Ricky Nolasco. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. and the game can be see on Fox Sports KC.

Aaron Crow’s drop in velocity ‘not a concern’

During the season’s first 19 games, Royals reliever Aaron Crow faced 27 batters. Only six reached bases, and only one produced an extra-base hit. Crow has yet to allow an earned run, and could be paired with Wade Davis in the team’s eighth-inning platoon. Yet his mid-90s fastball, the one he utilized en route to an All Star appearance in 2011, has yet to materialize. His fastball continues to register around 92 mph, according to Baseball Info Solutions, down from 94.6 mph career average.

KU to break ground on home for Naismith’s basketball rules May 2

The first look at the DeBruce Center, the new home for James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball,” is here. The University of Kansas, which will hold a groundbreaking for the project on May 2, released a photo of the new 32,000-square-foot building that will sit just northeast of Allen Fieldhouse.

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they've long sought.

Frank Haith is doing Missouri basketball a big-time favor

With Frank Haith expected to officially accept the Tulsa job, MU athletic director Mike Alden doesn’t have to worry about firing a man three (or four) years into the job. The school owes him no separation pay and, actually, as part of his contract, Haith will have to pay Mizzou $500,000 for leaving. Alden should use the money as a signing bonus for a better coach.

James Shields strikes out 12 as Royals sweep Astros 5-1

The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a row. The string of consecutive punchouts, five of them looking, nearly matched the franchise of eight set by Blake Stein in 2001. Instead, Shields settled for a 12-strikeout performance that was his best as a Royal.

Defending NCAA champion KU women’s track team motivated to win more

When Kansas track coach Stanley Redwine and Lindsay Vollmer, the individual NCAA champion in the heptathlon, waited to shake hands with President Obama in March, they experienced the twin feelings of accomplishment and motivation. The defending NCAA champions will take to the track this week for the KU Relays at Rock Chalk Park, the new $39 million facility that also includes new venues for the KU softball and soccer programs.