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.
From lemon-scented espresso to jungle juice-style cocktails made with tropical-flavored rum, this list of iced Crossroads Arts District drinks will keep you cool this First Friday — and all summer long.
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.
In Tuesday’s loss to the Twins, the Royals had a lineup that was similar to the one that was used on opening day. The difference? Billy Butler was dropped from fourth to sixth. Manager Ned Yost says that Butler will stay as the team’s designated hitter as long as he keeps hitting.
Thomas struggled from a fitness standpoint early during offseason training, so it was fair to wonder how he would hold up once the pads came on during training camp on the Missouri Western campus. The good news for the Chiefs is Thomas, a fourth-round pick in May, appears to be every bit as fast and shifty in three practices wearing full football gear.
After the game, Ned Yost said it was not a steal situation. Twins closer Glen Perkins is left-handed, so a runner has a very difficult time getting a jump. Once Perkins does go home, he only takes 1.1 seconds to get the ball there. The average is about 1.4 seconds, so Perkins is very quick to home plate — too quick for Dyson to steal.
The team the Royals need to be down the stretch would seem to have include a big bat from designated hitter Billy Butler. Whether they prove to be catalysts of blips, those two game-winning home runs and five RBIs as Butler went six for nine last weekend against Cleveland were potent reminders of the impact he can make.
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