11:37 AM EST, Sun February 01, 2015
Topeka Capital-Journal 13 hours ago

Royals ink Denny Matthews to four-year extension

The Kansas City Royals on Saturday announced long-time broadcaster Denny Mattews has agreed to a four-year extension with the Royals Radio Network that will run through the 2018 season — his 50th in the Kansas City broadcasting booth. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 14 hours ago

Former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

PHOENIX — Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Will Shields has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Shields, who was in his fourth year of eligibility following his 2006 retirement, joins Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown and Charles Haley in the class of 2015. The class also includes a pair of contributors, Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, along with senior selection Mick Tingelhoff. The announcement was made Saturday, a day before the Super Bowl. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 15 hours ago

Energetic Perry Ellis keys KU rout of rival K-State

LAWRENCE — Perry Ellis is smiling, and that means something. Ellis is pumping up his teammates, too, which means even more. It’s just as important as anything the junior forward can do for Kansas with a basketball in his hands. The rare sight means his game has returned to normal. It means Kansas is in control. That was very much the case Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, as Ellis’ 16 points and 12 rebounds paced the No. 9 Jayhawks to a 68-57 victory over Kansas State. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 17 hours ago

Kevin Haskin: Weber's slam only theater in routine meeting at Allen

LAWRENCE – The clatter of a dry erase board was at least a new touch. Bruce Weber slammed his at the first TV time out Saturday attempting to both command the attention and stir the desire of the Kansas State basketball team he coaches. Perhaps the clipboard deserved a purple heart, something the Wildcats failed to exert at the outset of their game Saturday against Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse. “I was just disappointed,’’ Weber said. “We talked about not going one-on-one, having pride, making them earn it and not letting them just dribble down the lane for layups. … read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 17 hours ago

Healthy Alex Rios hoping to reach postseason with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Rios is a veteran of 11 seasons in the big leagues, but until this weekend he had never participated in a team’s annual FanFest. To hear Rios tell it, well, let’s just say … it never really fit into his schedule (wink wink). But Rios, the new right fielder for the Kansas City Royals, was more than happy to participate in the team’s two-day event at Bartle Hall. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 19 hours ago

No. 9 KU takes down K-State, 68-57

LAWRENCE — First-half woes once again doomed the Kansas State Wildcats at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas’ Perry Ellis scored 16 points, and Wayne Selden added 14 as the ninth-ranked Jayhawks pulled away early in a 68-57 victory over K-State on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats’ shooting was miserable early. K-State made just 6 of 35 shots and was 0-for-7 from 3 in falling behind, 33-17, at halftime. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 30, 2015

Eric Hosmer looking to take charge early for Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Hosmer is hoping the end can bring a new beginning. The Kansas City first baseman struggled last year with injuries and production, having the worst season of his career with just nine home runs and 56 RBIs. But in the postseason, Hosmer showed what the Royals have envisioned for years when he hit .351 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. read more

Native Sons and Daughters honor Royals GM as Kansan of Year

Baseball was very much a part of Dayton Moore’s youth. Enough so that he chose a profession dedicated to the game he loves and rose through the ranks to become the general manager for the Kansas City Royals. That would be the reigning American League champion Royals, by the way, in case you need to practice saying that line before Kansas City opens the 2015 season on April 6 against the Chicago White Sox in Kauffman Stadium. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 30, 2015

KU basketball picks up practice intensity before game against K-State

LAWRENCE — Kansas forward Jamari Traylor had only been through one practice since Wednesday’s TCU game, but he definitely noticed a difference. KU’s big men typically get hit with pads during certain drills in practice, but the length of those drills increased on Thursday following the Jayhawks’ 64-61 road victory over the Horned Frogs. “We’ve been getting beat on pretty bad,” Traylor said. After his team surrendered 26 offensive rebounds against TCU, coach Bill Self seems determined to not let that become a frequent issue. read more

Kevin Haskin: Early move for new Mizzou AD would be to call KU

LAWRENCE — A new athletic director is coming to Missouri. One of the first moves that person should make is to add a number into the cell phone that Mike Alden did not dial of late. Hit those digits and get Sheahon Zenger on the horn. Many Mizzou fans probably bristle at that suggestion. They blame Kansas, and its athletic director, for the current ceasefire in the Border War. Zenger declared, with no uncertainty, that KU was no longer interested in scheduling Missouri after the Tigers left for the SEC. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 30, 2015

Podcast: Previewing the Sunflower Showdown

LAWRENCE -- Sunflower Showdown Part 1for 2015 is set to tip off at 1 p.m. Saturday between Kansas and Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse, and to get you ready, here's a podcast. Media Assets Supervideo Unformatted:  read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 30, 2015

Sunflower Showdown Part 1: K-State braces for Allen Fieldhouse atmosphere

LAWRENCE — They were told what it would be like, but seeing is believing. Kansas State’s freshmen got their first taste of playing in Allen Fieldhouse a year ago, and nothing could truly prepare them for the electric atmosphere. “It was hectic,” said Wesley Iwundu, one of four K-State freshmen who played in the 86-60 loss at Kansas. “The crowd was yelling loud the whole game, something I’ve never seen before. It was a fun experience. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 29, 2015

Kevin Haskin: Finnegan delights fans during caravan stop in Topeka

Excuse Brandon Finnegan if he does not want the dream to end. Realize that the Kansas City Royals pitcher has barely had time to pinch himself. Finnegan, called up from Double-A late last season as a left-handed ringer with wicked stuff out of the bullpen, became the answer to a trivia question – the first baseball player to participate in the College World Series (for TCU) and the World Series (for Kansas City) in the same year. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 29, 2015

KU's Rock Chalk Park offers 'unreal' upgrades to teams

LAWRENCE — Standing on the mound at Arrocha Ballpark in the recently opened Rock Chalk Park, Kansas senior pitcher Alicia Pille envisions how the new home of KU softball will feel on game day. She can see the stands packed, the scoreboard lit up and the sun setting behind home plate. For KU softball coach Megan Smith, it’s the toilets at the new field that mesmerize her the most. read more
CSN Washington Jan 29, 2015

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