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.
Kansas City Royals left-hander Danny Duffy remains a refreshing presence as he breaks through as a major-league pitcher. There is a certain reassurance and inspiration in what is happening now for an appealing and regular guy who just happens to have an extraordinary talent.
The running back had no stomach for holding out. The gesture would have grated against his belief and value systems and, really, seized him in its own clutches as much as it would have put the Chiefs in a bind.
The latest brainchild of Sporting Kansas City, the proposed National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City, Kan., is another sign that KC is becoming the soccer capital of the United States.
The college football season that begins in a few weeks will culminate with a four-team playoff. So much will be new, including national semifinals at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl that will funnel into the championship game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. And it will be under enormous immediate scrutiny.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Heart of America Hot Dog Festival wants to bring the community together through one of our nation’s favorite pastimes. Also this week: ‘Ragtime’ at Theatre in the Park and comedian Mike Epps at Starlight.
Kim Anderson scarcely has stopped working as he takes on what Missouri athletic director Mike Alden suggested was a "CEO" role at his alma mater, where the son of Sedalia starred on the court and later was an assistant basketball coach.
As of May 28, the Royals were trudging toward irrelevance and on the verge of honoring what’s become their traditional June 1 expiration date. Then presto, just like that, virtually overnight, everything changed. And it remains different, despite the three-game hiccup of losses the Royals now are in since their 10-game winning streak.
No wonder as one of the most well-known Royals fans, along with his pals and “Big Slick” fundraising compadres Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle has had taunts crammed down his craw for years. So with the Royals atop the American League Central Division as late as June for just the second time since 1993, Riggle has something to say.
When Sporting Kansas City defender and Overland Park native Matt Besler and the U.S. Men’s National Team kick off World Cup play against Ghana on Monday in Brazil, he’ll be in a place he never reached in his dreams. No kid from the KC area has ever played in the World Cup. “Kansas City will always be a big part of me; I carry that with me wherever I go …” Besler said. “I really do feel that I’m playing for the city.”
Royals legend George Brett, beloved KC golfer Tom Watson and Chiefs general manager John Dorsey reflect on what Lou Gehrig’s disease has meant to them on the 75th anniversary of the Yankees legend’s final game, which he played in Kansas City.
The change from Pedro Grifol to Dale Sveum took place at the home park of Kevin Seitzer, whose dismissal started this whole merry-go-round. The Blue Jays, who lost to the Royals 8-6 Thursday despite hitting three homers off James Shields, entered the game atop the American League East, leading the AL in runs scored (268) and having blasted more home runs (76) than any team in baseball.
The team seems to have acknowledeged that the struggling third baseman can’t play on an everyday basis. But as Danny Valencia sees more time, the question is what will the team do with the former first-round pick?