NCAA rule regarding draft cuts evaluation time for players

Players have to decide by today — the day before the spring signing period, which begins April 16 and continues through May 21 for Division I basketball this year — whether to remain in the NBA Draft or lose their future NCAA eligibility. The effect is that, rather than spending a month working out for NBA teams and receiving a thorough examination, decisions by players such as Missouri’s Jabari Brown will be based primarily on scouting reports prepared by NBA executives.

Chiefs make cameo in ‘Draft Day’ movie

For you movie buffs out there, the Chiefs made a brief appearance in the new Kevin Costner film “Draft Day,” which opened in theaters last week. I’ll give you a quick, spoiler-free explanation.

Royals relievers struggling to hold runners during 4-7 start

Only 11 games have concluded thus far, a mere sliver of the 162-game marathon, with a three-game series starting Tuesday night in Houston. But the Royals bullpen’s performance has been troubling thus far. The relievers are committing a pair of cardinal sins: They are not throwing strikes, and they are not holding runners.

Yes, 11 games is too soon to panic, but Royals fans have no basis for hope

The Royals stand 4-7, the worst record in the American League, and a fan base trained to expect the worst is doing what it’s been taught. Most baseball people like to wait 40 games, but most baseball people haven’t suffered through an agonizing run of letdowns. Still, outside of injuries or showing up at the wrong stadium, the Royals could not have done much more in a three-day span to crumble fans’ confidence.

Former William Jewell star athlete PeeWee Summers dies at 71

William “PeeWee” Summers died at age 71 on Sunday from complications with diabetes, and the Kansas City area lost a former resident who not only was a respected official at several levels, including the Big Eight and Missouri Valley Conference, but also a pioneer. William Summers was the first African-American student at William Jewell when he enrolled in 1961. Summers became a star athlete at Jewell, competing in basketball, baseball and track.

Point guard Devonte Graham to visit KU on Friday

In its ongoing search for additional options in the backcourt, Kansas will play host this weekend to Devonte Graham, one of the top available point guards in the 2014 class. Graham, a 6-foot-2 guard from Brewster Academy, will take an official visit to KU starting on Friday, his prep school coach, Jason Smith, announced on Twitter. Kansas coach Bill Self visited Graham on Friday.

Sasha Menu Courey’s parents hope Mizzou learns from investigation

The independent report by the Dowd Bennett Law Firm in Clayton, Mo., into MU’s handling of sexual assault allegations by former swimmer Sasha Menu Courey was critical of the university, but her parents said they are pleased with the investigation’s thoroughness and recommendations. “Our daughter Sasha went through a perfect storm of unfortunate events that led to her suicide,” Menu Courey’s parents said in a statement released Monday. “Although we cannot change the past, we hope that the lessons learned from the investigation will lead to positive changes for future athletes and students.”

The Week Ahead for April 14

RUGBY GAMES: The Kansas City Rugby Football Club will play host to the Kansas City Blues for matches between the first teams and second teams at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Shawnee Mission North High School. For more information, call 816.213.7343.

Missouri Comets break from MISL and will move into new league

The Comets announced Saturday that they will be leaving the league and partnering with owners from the San Diego Sockers and Baltimore Blast to form a new-look Professional Arena Soccer League, which will begin play next season. The league will probably feature more than 20 teams, including as many as six from Mexico, according to Comets team president and part-owner Brian Budzinski.

The Rundown: Milwaukee Brewers get out of the box fast

April is a time for surprises, at least in baseball. Each year a team gets out of the box quickly, defying expectations. Take the Milwaukee Brewers, who are atop the NL Central, which produced three playoff teams a year ago in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.