8:06 AM EDT, Thu August 21, 2014
Topeka Capital-Journal 8 hours ago

Royals slammed by Rockies

DENVER — Matt McBride hit his first career grand slam and Jorge De La Rosa pitched eight crisp innings, helping the Colorado Rockies cool off the Kansas City Royals with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night. The loss trims the Royals’ lead to one game over Detroit in the AL Central. Danny Duffy (8-11) was cruising along with a 2-1 lead until a two-out error by third baseman Christian Colon in the sixth opened the door for a big inning. McBride lined a fastball from Duffy into the left-field bleachers and then zipped around the bases in exhilaration. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 12 hours ago

De'Anthony Thomas the latest Chiefs player to miss practice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Add rookie running back De’Anthony Thomas to a lengthy list of Chiefs players who are missing practice as the team prepares for its preseason game Saturday night against Minnesota. The electrifying Thomas missed Wednesday’s workout with spasms in his hamstring. Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles remained out with his foot injury. Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry is out with a heel injury and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is dealing with a quad injury. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 12 hours ago

Chiefs' Eric Fisher still trying to get up to speed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Fisher refuses to use offseason shoulder surgery as an excuse. When the left tackle was beaten by a defensive end in a preseason game in Carolina on Sunday, the former No. 1 overall draft pick punched the ground in frustration. When Fisher was beaten again later in the game in pass protection, he could be seen seething through his facemask. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 13 hours ago

KU football moving forward without top two backs

LAWRENCE — The announcement Tuesday that Kansas had lost its top two running backs to season-ending injuries hit Ben Heeney a little harder. Not only does the KU linebacker describe Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox as “two of my best friends on the team,” but he also shares an apartment with Bourbon. “It sucks for Brandon, Taylor, and it sucks for us as a team that we lost two guys like that, hard‑working guys,” Heeney said, “but De’Andre (Mann) and Corey (Avery) are both exceptional players, and they’re going to do very good.” read more
Detroit News Aug 20, 2014

Royals fall to Rockies; AL Central lead over Tigers down to a game

Duffy was cruising along until a throwing error opened the door for a grand slam by Matt McBride that sent the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 win over the rolling Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Detroit Free Press Aug 20, 2014

K.C. 7, Colorado 4: Ex-Tiger Omar Infante helps Royals maintain AL Central lead

Omar Infante had three doubles and drove in four runs to help the streaking Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 20, 2014

Infante, Royals top Rockies

DENVER — Kansas City’s Omar Infante entered Tuesday night’s game at Colorado hitting .190 with all of seven RBIs in 116 at-bats since the All-Star break. And yet Royals manager Ned Yost continued to pencil his struggling second baseman into that key No. 2 spot in the batting lineup. Good decision, Ned. Infante broke out in a big way against the Rockies, going 4 for 5 with three doubles and driving in four runs to lead the Royals to a 7-4 victory at Coors Field. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 19, 2014

KU running backs Bourbon, Cox out for season with injuries

LAWRENCE — The injury bug has hit the Kansas backfield. At Sunday’s scrimmage, senior running back Brandon Bourbon tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the 2014 season, and Monday senior Taylor Cox tore his Achilles tendon and also will miss the season. Both Bourbon and Cox have decided to stay at Kansas to further their education as both student-athletes have already earned their undergraduate degrees. They will have surgery and go through rehab in Lawrence, while Kansas explores the opportunity to file for a sixth-year clock extension due to injury. read more

Kevin Haskin: Yost for managerial honors? Sure

Musings at the mid-week: ■ Ned Yost: Manager of the Year. Sure has a nice ring to it, huh? ■ Weird ring, maybe? ■ Assuming the Royals claim the A.L. Central and earn a postseason berth for the first time in 29 years, Yost would have to be a lock for the managerial honor. ■ Right, Buck Showalter? ■ Sorry, I left my blanket out in the rain, but … August, sometimes, has a way of not transitioning into a good September. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 19, 2014

Will shorter play calls lead to better offense for KU football?

LAWRENCE — With 97,105 fans roaring at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Kansas offensive lineman Mike Smithburg couldn’t get close enough to Jake Heaps in the huddle. “We couldn’t hear anything,” Smithburg said. “We had to nonverbally communicate. That was probably the worst.” Making things even tougher on KU’s first drive against Texas last season was the fact that Heaps had a lot to say. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 19, 2014

With Chiefs' Charles out, Davis, Gray get chances

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles was still held out of Chiefs practice Tuesday after hurting his foot in an accident while moving out of the dorms last week. Charles did not make the trip to Carolina for Sunday’s preseason game after getting hurt on the final day of practice at Missouri Western. The Chiefs resumed training camp at their own facility in Kansas City in anticipation of Saturday night’s game against Minnesota. With Charles out, Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray have been getting the majority of snaps. read more
Detroit News Aug 19, 2014

Royals beat Rockies, remain two games up on Tigers

Ned Yost never has a bad birthday, but a win helps make the occasion much more special. Omar Infante had three doubles and drove in four runs to help the streaking Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night. It also brought a smile to Yost, who turned 60.
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 18, 2014

Royals win eighth straight series with victory over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four hits and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer in the seventh. Perez had two hits and two RBIs before leaving in the seventh because of discomfort in his right knee, helping the Royals win for the 21st time in 26 games. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 18, 2014

KU wideout McCay still trending up

LAWRENCE — The Kansas coaching staff believes senior wide receiver Justin McCay had a pretty strong spring. McCay, however, isn’t buying it. “What they see is something different than what I see,” McCay said. The KU coaches watched McCay start spring ball a bit slow before showing enough improvement to earn a starting spot over Rodriguez Coleman at X when the first fall depth chart was released. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 18, 2014

Chiefs' Charles sidelined by freak slip down hill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles made it through every hit from Derrick Johnson, every shot from Eric Berry and every tackle from the rest of the Chiefs’ defense during three weeks at Missouri Western. It wasn’t until he was leaving their training camp home that he got hurt. Charles was in the process of moving out of the dorms last Thursday, when the team was getting ready to shift the rest of camp to their own practice facility, when he came to a grassy slope. He wound up slipping just a bit and turned his foot just enough to set alarm bells ringing. read more

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