1:47 AM EDT, Mon June 27, 2016
Topeka Capital-Journal 6 hours ago

Ian Kennedy strikes out 11 as Royals top Astros 6-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ian Kennedy knew Kansas City needed a long outing, and he delivered. Kennedy struck out 11 over seven innings, Kendrys Morales hit two home runs and the Royals snapped the Houston Astros’ seven-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Sunday. After Royals starters Edinson Volquez and Chris Young were roughed up in blowout losses in the first two games of this series, lasting a total of 31/3 innings, Kennedy allowed one run and three hits with one walk. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 25, 2016

Reeling Royals no match for Astros

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chris Young had a memorable night, but mostly for the wrong reasons. Young, the Kansas City right-hander, gave up seven runs in 21/3 innings against the Houston Astros, and the Royals lost 13-5 Saturday at Kauffman Stadium. For Young, it was his worst start of the season. There have been a couple of bad ones, but this one was especially tough to take. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 25, 2016

Dog of the Year: Reporter's dog, like namesake Max Scherzer, has differently colored eyes

Former Topeka Capital-Journal employee Ashley Nickle this week submitted her Australian shepherd, Max, for the Jim Ramberg Dog of the Year contest. Max was named after former Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, now with the Washington Nationals, whom Nickle covered during her time as a reporter in Detroit. She chose his name because both Scherzer and her dog have different colored eyes. The cause is a genetic anomaly called heterochromia iridum. Scherzer’s dog also has the condition. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 25, 2016

Royals' Alex Gordon comes off disabled list

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals reinstated left fielder Alex Gordon from the disabled list before their game Saturday against the Houston Astros. Gordon, the three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, fractured his right wrist in a May 22 collision with third baseman Mike Moustakas while chasing a foul ball at Chicago. Moustakas suffered a season-ending torn ACL on the play. Gordon, who signed a $72 million, four-year contract in January after filing for free agency, hit. 211 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 42 games before the injury. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 25, 2016

Star power: Royals' Eric Hosmer eyes first All-Star Game appearance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Hosmer walks toward his locker and a gaggle of reporters move toward him inside the Kansas City clubhouse. Specially designed gray T-shirts dot the black chairs with the blue Royals logo on the back. Each shirt has Lorenzo Cain’s emoji-like face on it and it reads “#VoteLoCain,” his wide, gleaming smile encouraging Royals fans to vote Cain in as a starter for next month’s All-Star Game in San Diego. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 24, 2016

Topeka man takes "Crying Jordan" meme to next level

The images have been shared countless times online — basketball legend Micheal Jordan’s crying face plastered on the body of an emotional celebrity, sports icon or sometimes just an average person. Some of the most prolific and hilarious images, those featuring crying LeBron James, crying Steph Curry, crying Donald Trump and others, were created by Topekan Bryce Wood. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 24, 2016

Bill Self believes undrafted KU basketball trio will end up on NBA rosters

LAWRENCE — For months Bill Self said Cheick Diallo would have the last laugh on his teammates, and that appeared to come true Thursday when the sparingly used Kansas basketball freshman was the first — and only — Jayhawk selected in the NBA Draft. Now the KU coach contends a trio of undrafted Jayhawks — Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden and Brannen Greene — have a good shot at getting the last laugh on the players picked ahead of them. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 23, 2016

Former KU basketball forward Cheick Diallo selected in second round of NBA Draft

The wait was longer than expected — for both the player and his former college team — but Cheick Diallo eventually got his new NBA home. Diallo, the former Kansas basketball freshman, became the first former Jayhawk picked in the NBA Draft when the Los Angeles Clippers selected him with the 33rd overall pick Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Clippers are expected to trade Diallo’s draft rights to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of TheVertical.com. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 23, 2016

Omar Infante clears waiver, becomes free agent

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante cleared waivers Thursday and became a free agent. Infante was designated for assignment June 15 despite the Royals owning him nearly $14 million on his contract that runs through the end of the 2017 season. Infante began this season as the team’s starting second baseman but his and production declined even further and he was relegated to backup duty for a stretch. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 22, 2016

Perry Ellis, three KU basketball teammates await fate in NBA Draft

Like many basketball fans growing up in Kansas, Perry Ellis never really had a favorite NBA team. Unlike his childhood peers, though, Ellis’ transcendent talent on the court translated to a standout college career, and as a result, he is close to claiming an NBA team through different means. Ellis, the former KU basketball forward, will almost certainly end up with an NBA team in the coming days, whether it comes as a pick in the league’s draft at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPN) or in the aftermath as a free-agent signee. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 22, 2016

Teenage encounter with Kansas legends left Topeka native Brian Hanni with tip of a lifetime

A chance encounter with three Kansas legends left Topeka native Brian Hanni $7 richer — and with a wealth of advice that would guide the next two decades of his life. Hanni, a 1998 graduate of Topeka West, was working a high school summer job as a bag boy at Topeka Country Club when a foursome including Roy Williams, Dean Smith and Max Falkenstien approached him on the 18th fairway, looking for someone to clean their golf clubs. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 22, 2016

Mets sweep Royals in two-game series

NEW YORK — Matt Reynolds snapped a sixth-inning tie with his first major league home run, leading Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets past the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday for a two-game sweep in their World Series rematch. Asdrubal Cabrera homered for the second straight day and scored with an acrobatic slide to help Syndergaard (8-2) win his sixth consecutive decision. The only bad news for banged-up New York was another injury, this one to Yoenis Cespedes. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 21, 2016

Mets' bullpen silences Kansas City in 2-1 victory

NEW YORK — Bartolo Colon’s early injury put the New York Mets in a major bind, but they won a battle of bullpens against the best relief corps in baseball and defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Tuesday night in a World Series rematch. Yoenis Cespedes hit his 18th home run and Asdrubal Cabrera also connected for New York, which had lost three straight and six of eight. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 21, 2016

A look at how freshmen have fared with NBA one-and-done rule, including 2 Jayhawks and a Wildcat

NEW YORK — Last season was the year of the senior in college basketball. Thursday’s NBA draft is not. LSU freshman Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram are expected to be the top picks this year, continuing the league’s tendency to go with youthful potential over NCAA experience. The numbers for the one-and-done picks are impressive. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jun 21, 2016

Landen Lucas says KU basketball freshmen helping team in two key areas lacking last season

As the adage goes, kids say — and sometimes ask — the darndest things. Landen Lucas found that out firsthand. The Kansas basketball senior was in the process of answering questions Tuesday at Bob Chipman’s youth basketball camp at Lee Arena when one of the youngsters broached a somewhat sensitive subject matter. “How did it feel to lose to Villanova?” the camper asked, referring to the Jayhawks’ 64-59 defeat last season in the Elite Eight to the eventual national-champion Wildcats. Lucas paused for a moment. “Not very good,” he admitted. read more

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