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.
Tyshawn Taylor was once a precocious freshman on a reloading roster. Then he was a senior playmaker who led the Jayhawks to the 2012 NCAA championship game. Now, two years later, Taylor is looking for his next move in basketball, studying options overseas — Russia or China? — and working with his second agent after spending parts of two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets.
Rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines says Berry, 25, is taking a vocal role among the defensive backs. Rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines says he often seeks out the 25-year-old Berry, a two-time Pro Bowler, for advice, though he's not the only one.
One rookie who apparently has caught the eye of special teams coordinator Dave Toub is rookie receiver Albert Wilson. Wilson, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in May, returned 31 kicks for a 23.5 average and 15 punts for a 8.3 average last season at Georgia State.
Saturday’s event, filled on a first come, first serve basis, is limited to 250 participants. The camp is designed for boys and girls in grades three through eight to learn and practice football skills through multiple drills.
Punter Dustin Colquitt and linebacker Derrick Johnson are the Chiefs’ elder statesmen, attending their 10th training camp. The occasion was not lost on Johnson, the club’s first-round pick in 2005, and Colquitt, a third-rounder.
Given the Chiefs’ well-noted money issues over the last year or so, salary-cap expert Joel Corry assesses whether the Chiefs can afford to pay both Jamaal Charles and Justin Houston with the $9.4 million they have under the cap this season.
The “KC Hardwood Classic” begins on Thursday evening at the Fieldhouse of Kansas City (12140 W. 135th Street, Overland Park), while the “Sunflower Showcase” starts the same day at Okun Fieldhouse (20200 Johnson Dr., Shawnee).
The second half begins on Friday at Fenway Park, and Kansas City will turn to the leader of its rotation. James Shields cobbled together a pair of solid outings to close out an otherwise troubling start to the season.
Now entrenched as the Tigers’ starting quarterback entering the 2014 season, Maty Mauk hopes to continue using his legs — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel lauded Mauk’s 4.51 40-yard dash — to make plays while also developing his game from the pocket.
Before Missouri faced the national spotlight during SEC Media Days, athletic director Mike Alden met with local reporters in a more intimate setting. He offered his thoughts on an array of topics, including scheduling and the SEC Network:
The Jayhawks expect to be better this season, but one of KU football coach Charlie Weis’ greater gifts is the ability to step in front of a microphone, sell his program, and usually say something that generates some buzz. Before Weis and KU head to Big 12 football Media Days, let’s look at some of the emerging themes for another Kansas football season.
The Royals were never going to make a big move before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline Thursday. They were always going to nibble at the corners and dig in their heels with the guys on the roster. Because the Royals are stuck in what is now their new normal — not good enough to expect in the playoffs, and not bad enough to blow up and start over.
Eric Hosmer was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right hand and could miss up to six weeks. The team flew to the West Coast late on Thursday evening, unsure when they would make a roster move. Kansas City plans to activate Jason Vargas for his return on Saturday. Until then, it is unclear who will replace Hosmer.
Kauffman Stadium is the 22nd ballpark where Tom Willis, a motivational speaker, has thrown the first pitch as part of his “Pitch for Awareness” tour to spread awareness of the capabilities of people with disabilities.