Missouri senior wide receiver Wesley Leftwich is the only scholarship upperclassman on the Tigers’ roster at the position. He has caught only three career passes, but Leftwich nonetheless has emerged as a leader by necessity.
After taking Tuesday off, the Royals resume Cactus League play against the Chicago White Sox tonight in Surprise, Ariz. Jason Vargas will be the starting pitcher for Kansas City. Erik Kratz will be behind the plate as Salvador Perez gets the night off. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. Central.
The Star’s Vahe Gregorian talked with CineSport’s Noah Coslov talk about Wichita State caoch Gregg Marshall’s future and what his thinking says about the coaching profession. Plus, they talk about Marcus Foster’s situation at Kansas State.
In its annual valuate of Major League Baseball Teams, the Kansas City Royals are valued at $700 million (28th most in Major League Baseball), which is a 43 percent increase over 2014, when they were valued at $490 million.
Everyone back home sees those nice pictures of ballplayers frolicking in the sun and thinks covering spring training is a blast—and it does beat shoveling snow off your driveway—but it’s not nearly as fun as people think it is.
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The Chiefs’ decision to bring back Tamba Hali at a reduced salary should keep their vaunted pass-rush intact, but it also creates an interesting situation for second-year pro Dee Ford. He sat for most of the season as he struggled to find playing time behind Hali and Justin Houston.
My lawn is pretty terrible, if you must know. There are random spots of dirt and other stretches where the grass is brown for no apparent reason, like someone spray-painted chunks of grass to make it look like sand. First, if any of you have advice, don’t be shy. Second, my lawn reminds me of Big 12 basketball.
It’s another time of great transition for Kansas football. David Beaty, the program’s fourth head coach in the last seven seasons, will spend the spring trying to lay a foundation for his first season.
The Royals hit fewer home runs than anyone in baseball last year. Their leadoff hitter has a .299 on-base percentage, and their No. 3 hitter had five home runs last year. They employ three closers — four, if Luke Hochevar gets back to his 2013, pre-surgery self — and three Gold Glove winners and at least two more who could.
The Black & Gold Game, Missouri’s annual spring football game, will air live on the SEC Network Alternate channel at 4 p.m. April 18. The game also will be streamed live via SEC Network+ and re-air April 19 on the SEC Network.
Former Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, the reigning SEC defensive player of the year and a presumptive top-10 pick in next month’s NFL Draft, will be featured on SportsCenter and as part of ESPN’s Draft Academy in the coming month.
Clayton Custer, the former Blue Valley Northwest standout who was The Star’s boys basketball player of the year in 2014 is reopening his recruiting after announcing he was transferring from Iowa State after one season.