5:52 AM EDT, Wed July 23, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times 5 hours ago

White Sox help Royals come alive in 7-1 loss

Mike Moustakas homered twice, Bruce Chen pitched five effective innings and the Kansas City Royals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-1 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Moustakas, who has 12 homers this season, went 3 for 5 with three RBIs. The Royals entered the game with a major league-worst 55 homers and had managed a total of six runs during the losing streak. Chen (2-2) allowed one run and five hits in five innings. Adam Dunn went 2 for 4...
Topeka Capital-Journal 5 hours ago

Moustakas belts two homers as Royals halt four-game slide

CHICAGO — Mired in a woeful stretch that had seen them lose four straight games after the All-Star break and seven of eight overall, the Kansas City Royals tried something different Tuesday. They decided to talk a good game. Fox Sports Kansas City reported that the Royals called a 20-minute, players-only meeting before their game against the Chicago White Sox. The subject of the conversation wasn’t complicated. “We just talked about winning,” center fielder Lorenzo Cain told FSKC. read more

Rapid Reaction: Royals 7, White Sox 1

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's three-game series against the Kansas City Royals was evened at a game apiece after a 7-1 defeat Tuesday. How it happened: The White Sox managed to keep it close until the Royals broke it open with four runs in the sixth inning. White Sox starter Scott Carroll gave up one run over five innings but put the first three runners on base in the sixth before he was removed. He gave up five runs and 11 hits over five-plus innings.
Topeka Capital-Journal 9 hours ago

Former KU coach Mark Mangino making strong first impression at Iowa State

DALLAS — Tom Farniok didn’t know how to act around new offensive coordinator Mark Mangino. The Iowa State senior offensive lineman had heard the stories. He knew Mangino had resigned from his head coaching position at KU in 2009 following accusations of player abuse. “I was kind of gun-shy to talk to him,” Farniak said. “I’m not going to lie.” That was all until a day recently when Mangino called Farniok into his office, telling him he just wanted to get to know his starting center a little better. The two ended up talking for 45 minutes. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 11 hours ago

Super Bowl champion Seahawks slotted No. 1 in opening NFL power rankings

NEW YORK — The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. In balloting by 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL, the top three teams in the AP Pro32 were the Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. The Kansas City Chiefs were ranked 14th in the opening poll with 214 points. The Super Bowl champion Seahawks grabbed 11 first-place votes on Tuesday and had 383 points. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 12 hours ago

Source: Cavs will sign former Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins

CLEVELAND — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It’s still not clear if he’ll play for them. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jul 21, 2014

Royals silenced again in 3-1 loss to White Sox

CHICAGO — Another dominant lefty made sure the Royals’ post-break blues continued Monday. Chris Sale pitched seven effective innings in his first outing since his All-Star appearance and Adam Dunn had two RBIs and scored a run to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 3-1 victory over the slumping Royals, who are now 0-4 since the All-Star break. read more

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Royals 1

CHICAGO -- The White Sox nailed down the series opener with a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday and are 3-1 on the homestand. How it happened: The White Sox put their first four batters of the game on base, scored twice in the opening inning and starter Chris Sale made it stand up. Adam Dunn had a two-run single just to the left of the defensive shift to bring home both first-inning runs. Sale gave up just one run on seven hits over seven innings.
Topeka Capital-Journal Jul 21, 2014

KU notebook: Bill Self speaks to football team; Charlie Weis says team has potential 'statement' game

DALLAS — During a team meeting a few months ago, Charlie Weis left the room then returned with a guest speaker that he said was going to talk to the team about winning. A few seconds later, in walked Kansas basketball coach Bill Self. “Coach Self is the biggest face in Lawrence. Everyone knows who coach Self is,” KU linebacker Ben Heeney said. “When he came to talk to us, it really showed that all these guys care, and they really care about what happens to us and what we’re doing. It definitely left a big impact on our team.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jul 21, 2014

Slimmer Charlie Weis committed to health, long term with KU football

DALLAS — The meeting came in February, with Charlie Weis promising his wife, Maura, that he would make significant changes. From that point on, the Kansas football coach has committed himself to losing weight. He rides an stationary bike in his office nearly every day for 45 minutes, and some days he invites strength coach Scott Holsopple to sit beside him for extra motivation. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jul 21, 2014

Depth, contract extensions among lingering questions for Chiefs

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — One year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were coming off a two-win season that led to the ouster of the general manager and coach, and the turnover of roughly half the roster. There’s a different feel heading to training camp this season. General manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid are firmly entrenched, and there has been less personnel turnover. That means most players will have had a year in Reid’s system, and that could help build on an 11-5 season that ended with a playoff loss to Indianapolis. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jul 21, 2014

Bulls re-sign former KU guard Kirk Hinrich to 2-year deal

The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal. The Bulls announced the move Monday, along with the signing of second-round pick Cameron Bairstow. A person with knowledge of the deal said Hinrich will make $2.7 million next season. The contract includes a player option for the second year. The person requested anonymity because the team doesn’t publicly comment on contract details. Hinrich, who played collegiately at Kansas, has spent nine of his 11 seasons with the Bulls. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jul 21, 2014

Quick hits: KU coach Charlie Weis says 'we haven't done a thing in two years I've been here'

DALLAS —  Here's a quick synopsis of Kansas coach Charlie Weis' comments from the podium at Big 12 media day. - Tight end Jimmay Mundine has become a more well-rounded player. He's become more efficient blocking-wise. With KU going more to a spread, Weis believes the tight end will be utilized more. He has a chance to be an integral part of the offense. read more

Series preview: Royals at White Sox

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox will return to American League Central play this week, set on tracking down not one, but two break-even points in the standings. The White Sox will play host to the Kansas City Royals for a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field starting Monday night with a 17-21 record in division play and a 47-51 overall record. Monday's game is the start of a 13-game run all against AL Central rivals. After the Royals, the White Sox will head to Minnesota and Detroit, before coming home to start August with a series against the Twins.
Topeka Capital-Journal Jul 20, 2014

Royals' offensive woes continue as Lester, Red Sox earn sweep

BOSTON — Jon Lester allowed no earned runs for the third time in four starts, and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 6-0 win Sunday. In eight innings, the All-Star left-hander struck out eight and gave up two walks and four hits. Only one Royals player reached third base. Lester (10-7) is 4-0 with a 0.85 ERA over his last seven starts with 47 strikeouts and eight walks in a span of 522/3 innings. He has yielded just one earned run in 31 innings. read more

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