Sam Mellinger

Jamaal Charles’ deal was easy, now comes the hard part for the Chiefs

Jamaal Charles earned every cent of his contract extension. The shelf-life of running backs is cruelly short, and Charles is absolutely right to get paid while he can. More importantly for the Chiefs’ future, this does not affect their ability to work out more complicated contract situations with Justin Houston and Alex Smith.

Sam Mellinger

When the pressure’s on, the Royals turn off

As the 6-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday showed, the mark of these Kansas City Royals is that they shrink as the moment grows. The Royals are dropping an opportunity eight years in the making with a combination of weak hitting, bad decisions and an inability to justify the trouble. They seem to wait until the stakes are just high enough to let you down.

Sam Mellinger

The Sporting player who was shot in the head and lived to tell the story

New Sporting Kansas City defensive midfielder Jorge Claros, “The Pitbull,” talks about the day he almost died with a chilling calm. Three years ago in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, he was shot twice while in a car with his wife. One bullet lodged next to his shoulder blade, the other entered the back of his head, millimeters from his brain and death.

Sam Mellinger

Royals still have margin for error in playoff chase

When the team you follow owns the longest playoff drought in major North American sports, it’s easy to think you must be perfect, that any little mistake or shortcoming will cost your guys glory. At least this year, in the Kansas City Royals’ situation, that’s not true. This is not a treacherous climb up a mountain as much as it is a brisk jog, most of it uphill but also with a few water breaks along the way.

Sam Mellinger

Doing it his way makes LeBron’s return to Cleveland all the more remarkable

LeBron James is leaving the beaches of Miami and taking his basketball talents to the rust belt of Cleveland, and the shocker is that he was able to do this in his way, on his terms. If it’s true that no athlete of this generation has faced the specific scrutiny of LeBron, it is also true that no athlete has done a better job of controlling his own message. The entire sports world was after his story this week, and he was still able to tell it in his own words.

Sam Mellinger

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