7:21 PM EDT, Sun May 24, 2015
Topeka Capital-Journal 2 hours ago

Cards deck Royals in series finale

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sunday’s series finale between Kansas City and St. Louis had all the makings of a pitcher’s duel. And it was that to a certain extent. But a pair of two-run innings doomed Yordano Ventura and the Royals in a 6-1 loss to Michael Wacha and the Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium. The crushing blow against Ventura came on a two-run home run by Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter in the sixth inning, making the score 4-1, and with Wacha on the mound essentially putting the game out of reach for the Royals. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 6 hours ago

Royals' Mike Moustakas returns to lineup

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Moustakas wasn’t out for long. After leaving Saturday’s game with a bruised left clavicle, the Kansas City third baseman was back in the lineup and hitting second in Sunday’s series finale against St. Louis at Kauffman Stadium. “It’s a little sore, but it’s not that bad,” Moustakas said. The Royals third baseman was injured in the second inning Saturday when he was hit in the shoulder/neck on a ground ball by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Moustakas remained in the game until the fifth before he was taken out. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 17 hours ago

Podcast: Talking KU basketball with Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star

LAWRENCE — Did the KU men's basketball team land the next Ben McLemore when LaGerald Vick committed to the Jayhawks last week? One of Vick's closest advocates seems to think so. Media Assets Supervideo Unformatted:  VideoIcon:  off read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 20 hours ago

Gordon, Volquez lead Royals over Cards in rain-shortened game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer, Edinson Volquez pitched six solid innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium in a game that was called in the sixth inning because of rain. The Royals improved to 28-14, the best record in the majors. The game was stopped as Kansas City came to bat in the sixth, and was called after a wait of 70 minutes.
Topeka Capital-Journal May 23, 2015

Chris Young delivering goods for Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At 6-foot-8 and 255 pounds, Chris Young can be an imposing figure. But when his fastball comes in at 88-90 mph, opposing hitters’ eyes widen with belief that it is a very hitable pitch. That thought, though, is a ruse as there’s a reason the Kansas City right-hander has been nearly unhittable this year. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal May 22, 2015

Morales homers twice, drives in five runs as Royals top Cards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kendrys Morales hit two home runs and had five RBIs, Chris Young gave up six hits in six innings and the Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 Friday night. The Royals improved to 27-14, the best record in the majors, while the Cardinals dropped to 27-15, best in the National League. Morales, who leads the American League with 37 RBIs, hit a three-run homer with two out in the first. He homered again in the third with Lorenzo Cain aboard for his 13th multihomer game. The five RBIs matched a Royals’ season high. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal May 22, 2015

Diehard KU basketball fans likely to be awake at odd hours

Kansas basketball fans can officially set their schedules — and their alarm clocks — for the Jayhawks' trip to the upcoming World University Games. The tournament released its pool play schedule Friday, and KU will open with Turkey at 10 p.m. central time on July 3. It's not the only wacky tipoff time for fans back in the States. KU will continue pool play against Brazil on July 5 (6:30 a.m. central), Chile on July 7 (12:30 a.m.), Serbia on July 7 (10 p.m.) and Switzerland on July 8 (8 p.m.). read more
Topeka Capital-Journal May 21, 2015

KU basketball adds SMU player to World University Games roster

Bill Self is borrowing from a friend for his team's upcoming World University Games competition. Nic Moore, a 5-foot-9 guard from SMU, will compete with KU when it travels to Gwangju, South Korea from July 3-14. Moore plays for Self's mentor and friend Larry Brown at SMU. read more
Columbus Dispatch May 21, 2015

Royals 7, Reds 1: Cincinnati's losing streak stretched to five games

While the Kansas City Royals are off to the best start in franchise history, the Cincinnati Reds are in a tailspin. Jeremy Guthrie pitched six shutout innings on Wednesday night, and the Royals beat the Reds 7-1.
Topeka Capital-Journal May 20, 2015

Guthrie wins third straight start as Royals sweep Reds

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeremy Guthrie pitched six shutout innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Wednesday night. The Royals tied a club record with 24 consecutive scoreless innings, which was set June 9-12, 1976. That streak ended in the seventh when Brandon Phillips’ two-out double off reliever Ryan Madson scored Zack Cozart. The Royals, who won for the fifth time in six games, improved to 26-14 on the season, the franchise’s best record after 40 games. The Reds lost their fifth straight, a season high. read more
Columbus Dispatch May 20, 2015

Reds on deck

Opponent: at Kansas City Royals
Topeka Capital-Journal May 19, 2015

Ventura, two relievers shut out Reds 3-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yordano Ventura, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis combined on a four-hitter and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 on Tuesday night. The Royals, who beat the New York Yankees 6-0 on Sunday, logged consecutive shutouts for the first time since Sept. 29-30, 1992, when Dennis Rasmussen and Rick Reed blanked the California Angels. The Reds have lost four straight, matching their longest streak of the season. read more
Columbus Dispatch May 19, 2015

Royals 3, Reds 0: Cincinnati matches season high with fourth straight loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yordano Ventura, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis combined on a four-hitter, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Topeka Capital-Journal May 19, 2015

Royals' Rafael Furcal retires after 14 major league seasons

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former NL Rookie of the Year Rafael Furcal is retiring after 14 major league seasons. The 37-year-old signed a minor league contract with Kansas City during spring training, and the Royals placed him on the voluntary retired list Tuesday. He hit .240 with one double in 25 at-bats for Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal May 19, 2015

NFL to change extra-point kicks to longer distance

SAN FRANCISCO — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers. The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2. read more

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