Even if everything you see in a preseason NFL game has to be qualified by context and restraint, well, they do play the games. And the half the Kansas City Chiefs’ regulars played against Carolina on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium was distressing enough to make you wonder if there actually was some broader validity to what took place.
Fully immersed in the crucible of a pennant race as the American League Central leaders, Kansas City shrugged off Jarrod Dyson’s miscue and a seemingly demoralizing interference call on Alcides Escobar, tapped a reset button and dispensed with Oakland 7-3.
Despite an ugly 11-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, the Royals are poised for the stretch. And one clunker doesn’t puncture the special time, at least not automatically. But it does bring us face to face with the real question: How sustainable is a division race for the Royals? The answer is completely because the Royals remain anchored by what’s been steadfast and constant all season: pitching.
At 75, the Wildcats head football coach remains elusive about a timeline for his departure, but it’s inevitable if not imminent. Whenever that is, K-State will be charged not with replacing the helm of a system but a rare presence more resembling a force of nature.
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The KC Chiefs secondary began the preseason Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium by immediately conjuring cringe-inducing flashbacks to their second-half defensive meltdown against Indianapolis in January. But later in the game, Sean Smith showed why he is the Chiefs’ best cornerback, particularly considering the skills and assets defensive coordinator Bob Sutton values most.
Royals Hall of Famer Frank White says his agenda simply is to serve the community. He won the Democratic primary for a vacant at-large seat in the Jackson Country legislature with 77 percent of the vote.
The overall No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft struggled as a rookie for many reasons. The 2014 season essentially is a fresh audition to prove who he is and, in fact, for vindication of the first pick of the new Chiefs regime. Now, there are ample reasons to believe his theoretically vast upside will be harnessed.
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.
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.