7:48 PM EST, Mon December 22, 2014
Topeka Capital-Journal 1 hour ago

Olathe North coach Gene Wier to join KU football staff

Olathe North football coach Gene Wier will be accepting a position with the Kansas football team, O-North athletic director Jason Herman confirmed Monday afternoon. Wier will announce his plans to North's football team at a 10 a.m. meeting Tuesday morning. Wier won six state titles during the first of two separate tenures at Olathe North. He also coached for nine years at Richland High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. KU has not yet made Wier's hiring official, though he is expected to take an off-field position with the Jayhawks' staff.
Topeka Capital-Journal 2 hours ago

Chiefs need plenty of help to return to playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs did their playoff aspirations no help on Sunday. Nor did they help out their fans trying to figure out what it’ll take to get them in. After losing 20-12 to the Steelers, the Chiefs are suddenly desperate for a whole lot of help. They must beat the Chargers in their regular-season finale next Sunday, and then hope Cleveland can beat Baltimore and three-win Jacksonville can somehow upset Houston. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 5 hours ago

Move over, Rudolph; Royals take Christmas Eve stage

Sports fans weary of watching Christmas Eve shows about reindeer will have a Moose alternative this year. For the third year, cable and satellite TV provider Fox Sports Kansas City will run a Christmas Eve marathon of five games deemed by viewers to be the best of the Kansas City Royals' 2014 regular-season campaign. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 8 hours ago

KU's Oubre named Big 12 newcomer of the week

Kansas freshman Kelly Oubre was named the Big 12's newcomer of the week following a career effort Saturday against Lafayette. The 6-7 guard scored 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting with 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. He also added 4-for-7 accuracy from 3-point range. Oubre is the first Jayhawk to win the league's newcomer of the year award this year. Perry Ellis won player of the week on Dec. 1.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 21 hours ago

Missed chances haunt Chiefs against Steelers

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid admitted he would reconsider his failed fourth-and-1 just before halftime. But in that moment Sunday, his team wanted a ...
Topeka Capital-Journal Dec 21, 2014

KU facing Temple team that has improved in last week

PHILADELPHIA — Perry Ellis will return to Wichita later this week, planning to relax while spending time with his family for the holiday. He says his focus is on Philadelphia for the time being, though, as KU plays its final road nonconference game against Temple at 6 p.m. Monday (Topeka time). “Everybody wants to go home happy, wants to go home to their family happy,” Ellis said. “We know we have to go down there and compete.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Dec 21, 2014

Steelers beat Chiefs, clinch playoff berth

PITTSBURGH — A two-year playoff absence is barely a hiccup in most NFL cities. In Pittsburgh, it’s a drought that forced one of the league’s most successful franchises to rebuild itself on the fly. Consider the project right on schedule. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 220 yards and a touchdown, Le’Veon Bell added a score and the Steelers locked up a postseason berth with a methodical 20-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Dec 20, 2014

KU notebook: Greene sits first half; Ellis has off day

LAWRENCE — Bill Self made two late changes to his planned starting lineup, starting Kelly Oubre over Brannen Greene and Landen Lucas over Cliff Alexander. Greene sat the entire first half and played just six minutes after showing up a half hour late to a 1 p.m. weight-lifting session Friday. “If you’ve had a son or a daughter or anybody, there’s a time that maybe they’re late to dinner too, or maybe they got a late start and they were late to school. That happens sometimes,” Self said. The coach said there would be no further punishment for Greene. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Dec 20, 2014

Oubre shows dynamic potential in KU victory over Lafayette

LAWRENCE — Start with the dunk. Just make sure you look past it. The dunk represented most of what Kansas freshman guard Kelly Oubre Jr. has dealt with in his first semester as a Jayhawk, but not all of it. Midway through the first half, Oubre broke past his defenders at half court and was all alone heading to the basket. That’s when he eased up, gathered himself and rose with the ball gradually cocking back behind his head. And when it seemed like Oubre was moving in slow motion he let it all go, unloading a quick one-handed slam with force born of frustration. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Dec 20, 2014

Chiefs travel to Pittsburgh for game filled with playoff implications

PITTSBURGH — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith would just as soon not have to spend the last Sunday of the year staring at a scoreboard during timeouts. A loss in Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh and Kansas City (8-6) will need a victory over San Diego in the regular season finale and plenty of help. “You have been working hard to put yourself in this position,” Smith said. “You wanted the stages to get bigger and bigger and be more meaningful and here we are.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Dec 20, 2014

Mickelson, Oubre break out in KU's 96-69 victory over Lafayette

LAWRENCE — Kansas’ offense had turned stale, and a 19-point second-half lead had been trimmed to eight. So midway through the second half, when KU needed a bucket against Lafayette, of course it turned to junior post player … Hunter Mickelson? Sure enough, the 6-10 forward came through, putting in a shot with a foul then cleaning up and offensive rebound on the next possession for a two. The quick offensive burst put the 10th-ranked Jayhawks back on track, as they ran away with a 96-69 victory over the Leopards on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Dec 19, 2014

Bowe questionable for Steelers with flu

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe missed his third straight day of practice with the flu Friday and is questionable for Sunday’s pivotal game at Pittsburgh. The Chiefs (8-6) would not be eliminated from the playoff race with a loss to the Steelers, but they would need a lot of help. Kansas City plays San Diego in the final week of the season. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday that he believes Bowe will be able to play, but if he’s unable to go, Frankie Hammond Jr. and Jason Avant likely will be called upon. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Dec 19, 2014

KU big men get lesson from past before Jayhawks' game against Lafayette

LAWRENCE — Landen Lucas has been trying too hard. Kansas’ 6-foot-10 big man has often used most of his energy to muscle up in the post, battling for a few extra inches inside. Ultimately, though, it wasn’t getting much accomplished. “All that extra work,” Lucas said, “isn’t always necessary.” With seven days off between games, both Lucas and KU freshman Cliff Alexander were given a chance to refocus on their fundamentals this week. read more
Orange County Register Dec 19, 2014
Angels acquire 2B Johnny Giavotella from Royals

Angels acquire 2B Johnny Giavotella from Royals

The Angels acquired second baseman Johnny Giavotella on Friday from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for right-hander Brian Broderick, who had just been signed to a minor league deal this winter. Giavotella, 27, who was designated for assignment by...
Topeka Capital-Journal Dec 19, 2014

Royals officially ink outfielder Rios to $11 million, 1-year contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals announced the signing of veteran outfielder Alex Rios to an $11 million, one-year deal Friday that includes a mutual option for the 2016 season. Rios, who will take over right field for departed free agent Nori Aoki, will make $9.5 million this season. The deal includes $12.5 million the following year with a $1.5 million buyout. read more

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