2:56 PM EDT, Sat August 29, 2015
Topeka Capital-Journal 1 hour ago

Salvador Perez becoming revered Royal with play and playfulness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  It starts with a smile, and from there it can really go anywhere for Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez. His smile alone has helped Perez become a fan favorite, but more than that, it’s his ability on the diamond and love for the game that sets him apart. “It’s my job, and I love it,” Perez said. “I love to play the game. All the guys in here, we’re a family. We’re happy when we win and not when we lose. We play the game with energy and you have to do that to be successful.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 5 hours ago

Kevin Haskin: Last shot for Bourbon comes at Washburn

Brandon Bourbon is penciled in as a starter. Assuming his body complies and lets him start the football season. Injuries have tormented Bourbon ever since the tailback signed with Kansas after once amassing 451 yards rushing in a single game for his high school in Potosi, Mo. The setbacks Bourbon incurred at KU stopped the clock that was ticking in Division I. That left D-II as his football salvation. At that level, athletic eligibility is regulated by a different timer relative to semesters enrolled. read more

Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett fined for hit on Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was fined $17,363 for a hit on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the first quarter of the teams’ preseason game last week. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport first reported the news on Friday. Bennett hit Smith on the Chiefs’ first offensive play of the game, drawing a roughing […]

Kevin Haskin: Alex Smith plays within himself, looks sharp in Chiefs romp

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No need Friday for Alex Smith to go crazy and uncork a bomb again to begin a preseason game for the Kansas City Chiefs. Not when a 12-year-old guitarist went all Jimi on the crowd in Arrowhead Stadium and strummed an awesome rendition of the National Anthem. Pressure off, the Chiefs reverted to typical play-calling that’s true to the skills of their quarterback. After being flushed out of his cleats a week earlier, Smith used ample protection to patiently carve the Tennessee Titans. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 16 hours ago

Kendrys Morales, Ben Zobrist power Royals past Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kendrys Morales hit his 15th homer, Edinson Volquez pitched into the seventh inning and the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Friday night. Morales put the Royals up 3-1 with a two-run shot in the third off Erasmo Ramirez (10-5) that struck an overhanging catwalk. He has 89 RBIs this season, including a major-league best 46 with two outs. Volquez (12-7) allowed two runs and six hits in 62/3 innings. Greg Holland, the third Kansas City reliever, got three outs for his 29th save. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 27, 2015

Kevin Haskin: Ventura showing form Royals expected this season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The biggest disappointment for the Kansas City Royals during the first half of the season was Yordano Ventura. Forget about the cases made for Alex Rios and Omar Infante. Watching Ben Zobrist helps us forget as he continually deposits pitches in the outfield grass at Kauffman Stadium as if he is hitting fungos, while capable of playing positions manned by Rios and Infante. So then, let’s revisit the case for Ventura. Remember that the right-hander was supposed to be the Royals ace this season – a rising star with flame that burned white hot. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 27, 2015

Ventura strikes out 11 in Royals victory over struggling Orioles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yordano Ventura struck out a career-high 11 in just six innings, Paulo Orlando homered and the Kansas City Royals hung on to beat the struggling Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Thursday. Ventura (9-7) allowed two hits and four walks to improve to 5-0 in his last seven starts. The Royals’ usually solid bullpen nearly gave it away, though. Kelvin Herrera served up a homer to Ryan Flaherty in the seventh, and Greg Holland allowed two more runs in the ninth before getting Gerardo Parra to ground out with a runner on to end the game. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 27, 2015

Chiefs' Knile Davis could hold key to running success

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There may be no more valuable player on the Kansas City Chiefs than Jamaal Charles, the game-breaking running back with the slick moves and world-class speed. His success this season could be closely tied to that of Knile Davis. The Chiefs have given Charles a remarkably light load in training camp and preseason games in an effort to keep him healthy, and that has meant more work for Davis. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 27, 2015

Kansas football coaches work to help young players avoid 'freshman wall'

With the first week of classes beginning, the Kansas football coaches must keep reminding their freshmen of something they’ve been telling them all summer. When freshmen approach the end of training camp, they are likely to reach a point that coach David Beaty calls “the freshman wall.” Coaching staffs all around the country face similar dilemmas, but the way it is handled is different. At KU, players are given a choice. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 26, 2015

Trio of 2-run shots power Orioles to 8-5 win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop each hit a two-run homer off Johnny Cueto, and the Baltimore Orioles totaled five long balls in all Wednesday night to power their way to an 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals that snapped a six-game skid. Wei-Yin Chen (8-6) allowed three runs for the Orioles while scattering 10 hits over 62/3 innings. The losing pitcher against the Royals in Game 3 of last year’s American League Championship Series, he has now gone seven straight starts without a defeat. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 26, 2015

KU football true freshman receiver should play right away

LAWRENCE — Dillon’s is the closest grocery store, so whenever Montell Cozart receives the phone call, it’s usually the place he takes Steven Sims. Without a car on campus, the true freshman was paired with Cozart this season as part of the Kansas football team’s “big brother” program. For KU’s starting quarterback, that means volunteering rides to the store — and also additional trips through the produce aisle. read more
Denver Post Aug 26, 2015
Knile Davis could hold key to running success for Chiefs

Knile Davis could hold key to running success for Chiefs

There may be no more valuable player on the Kansas City Chiefs than Jamaal Charles, the game-breaking running back with the slick moves and world-class speed.
MASN Sports Aug 26, 2015

Domenic Vadala: Orioles can learn from the way Royals carry themselves - Orioles Buzz

Gary Thorne and Mike Bordick brought up a great point in regards to the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. They mentioned that the team was playing with a lot of confidence, and there can be no doubt about that....
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 25, 2015

Royals hold off Orioles 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kendrys Morales hit a solo homer, Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer also drove in runs and the Kansas City Royals leaned on their bullpen to beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Tuesday night. Danny Duffy (7-6) dodged trouble for most of 52/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. The left-hander struck out five in a start that began in crisp efficiency and ended with the Orioles threatening to pull ahead in the sixth inning. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 25, 2015

Cozart hopes to improve on below-average rushing season

After being announced as KU’s starting quarterback Monday, Montell Cozart expects a tremendous improvement in his running game this season. Though Cozart is known as a dual-threat quarterback, he had a below-average rushing season last year. The Junior carried the ball 52 times for 63 yards last season, and he’s averaged 2.3 yards per rush in his career at KU. But Cozart’s running game also is something that he worked hard to improve on during camp. read more

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