1:14 PM EDT, Tue September 27, 2016
Topeka Capital-Journal 18 hours ago

Reid: Chiefs handled adversity well

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs did not have many challenges in racing to a 24-3 victory over the Jets on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, yet coach Andy Reid appeared the most proud of his team for overcoming adversity. Yes, the Chiefs forced eight turnovers, including six interceptions of Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. But a fumble at the goal line, failure on a fourth-down conversion and settling for a field goal after first-and-goal from the 3-yard line could have spelled disaster. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 20 hours ago

Marcus Peters, Chiefs cornerback, has second straight two-pick game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson has played with dozens of cornerbacks over 12 years in the NFL. He admits that none of them has been quite like Marcus Peters. The second-year pro has an uncanny ability to read and react, to know where a pass is going seemingly before the quarterback. Peters had two of the six interceptions of the Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick in a 24-3 win on Sunday , his second straight two-pick game and the highlight of an eight-turnover performance. It’s not just Peters’ ability that stands out, though. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 23 hours ago

Paul Pierce, former KU great, says this will be his final season in NBA

LOS ANGELES — Paul Pierce says this season with the Los Angeles Clippers will be his last as an NBA player. Pierce made the announcement Monday in a posting on The Players Tribune . He turns 39 next month and says “it’s time to move on from the game of basketball” and says he will take time to savor every moment that this season brings. This will be Pierce’s 19th season in the NBA. The 10-time All-Star forward spent his first 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics, and has since played for the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and the Clippers. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 25, 2016

Chiefs offense 'more efficient' in win vs. Jets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Starting the season with two uneven offensive performances, the Kansas City Chiefs wanted a sound outing against the New York Jets. They got just that, with a 24-3 turnover-fueled victory Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The offense did not show much flash, but it did show efficiency and productivity, scoring 10 points off Jets turnovers. Quarterback Alex Smith said he didn’t care about style points, only that his team picked up a win. “I thought we were way more efficient today,” Smith said. “I thought we spread the field really well.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 25, 2016

Kevin Haskin: Turnovers give Chiefs easy victory against Jets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Years ago Ryan Fitzpatrick attended Harvard. Apparently, Philosophy of Red Zone Nuts and Bolts was not a required class for the Ivy League quarterback. At least there were few lectures he remembered Sunday attempting to complete scoring opportunities for the New York Jets. Kansas City smartly defended the short field, snagging two interceptions in the end zone to blunt deep New York possessions while generating eight turnovers overall as the Chiefs thwarted the Jets 24-3 in Arrowhead Stadium. The red zone breaks ended tense moments. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 25, 2016

Royals tame Tigers in 12-9 shoutout

DETROIT — The Kansas City Royals began the game by hitting for the cycle as a team, then Whit Merrifield nearly did it by himself. Merrifield hit a triple as part of Kansas City’s four-run first inning, and he later added a single and a double in a 12-9 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The Royals hit four homers to drop the Tigers in the AL wild-card race — and avoided elimination themselves. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 24, 2016

Local sports briefs for Sept. 24, 2016: ESU football wins in double overtime

The Capital-Journal ESU UPENDS NO. 13 UCM IN DOUBLE OT: It took two overtime periods, but Emporia State got its upset. The Hornets defeated No. 13 Central Missouri 37-31 in double overtime Saturday in Warrensburg, Mo. ESU defensive back MJ Mathis’ interception held UCM scoreless in the second overtime, and Hornets quarterback Braxton Marstall found Mitchell Foote for a game-winning 20-yard touchdown strike on the ensuing drive. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 24, 2016

Royals plate five in ninth to stun Detroit

DETROIT — With their playoff hopes fading fast, the Kansas City Royals showed some fight. Paulo Orlando hit a tying, two-run double and Eric Hosmer followed with a three-run homer against Francisco Rodriguez, capping a ninth-inning comeback that led the Royals over the Detroit Tigers 7-4 Saturday. Kansas City stopped a four-game losing streak, and its tragic number for elimination from postseason contention remained at three. The Royals would be the fourth straight World Series champion failing to reach the playoffs after winning a title the previous season. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 24, 2016

Former Royals Brian McRae, Al Fitzmorris happy to see team return to prominence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brian McRae had good reason to have a sore arm. McRae threw batting practice for two sessions — or about five hours — to Royals fans who took part in the Royals alumni batting practice Saturday at Kauffman Stadium. For $300 fans got to take BP on the field and in the cages and shag balls in the outfield. McRae was one of several Royals alumni who took part in the event. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 24, 2016

Chiefs' offense hopes to get untracked against Jets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have played 125 minutes of football in the 2016 season and, aside from 26 minutes of a furious rally against San Diego in Week 1, 99 minutes have showcased plenty of problems. Quarterback Alex Smith believes the Chiefs’ offensive woes boil down to one of the fundamentals of football — execution. “You hate hearing that,” Smith said. “This last week certainly, every drive we had, whether it be a penalty, a turnover, a sack or a negative play, it stalls the drive and it’s hard to overcome versus a talented defense.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 23, 2016

Tigers rout Duffy, Royals 8-3

DETROIT — Michael Fulmer pitched seven sharp innings for his first win in over a month and the Detroit Tigers homered three times in an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. Justin Upton, Victor Martinez and Cameron Maybin went deep for the Tigers, who won their fifth game in a row while chasing a postseason spot in the American League. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 23, 2016

Josh Jackson's conditioning, competitiveness as advertised, KU basketball coach Bill Self says

LAWRENCE — Friday's early morning boot camp session was coming to a close for the Kansas men's basketball team, and all that remained was a series of beat-the-clock-style sprints across the Allen Fieldhouse practice court. Point guard Frank Mason was among the leaders in the pack in drills to that point and he was closing strong, the fastest finisher through the first five sets. With only two sprint sets left in the 3-5-7-9-7-5-3 format, KU coach Bill Self stood at center court, yelling for the team to go all out. He challenged the players to see who was the fastest. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 23, 2016

Chiefs trying to right wrongs as Jets visit with hot offense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t get out of their own way in a frustrating Week 2 loss in Houston, a litany of penalties, turnovers and miscues last Sunday spoiling their chance of a 2-0 start. Probably made it tough to watch film of the Jets this week, too. New York did just about everything right — offensively, at least — in a 37-31 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 370 yards without a pick, running back Matt Forte continued his torrid start, and the Jets (1-1) finished with nearly 500 yards of total offense last week. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 22, 2016

Royals playoff hits take a hit after 5-2 loss in Cleveland

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Carlos Santana’s three-run homer pushed the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night and nearer to their first AL Central championship since 2007. Santana’s shot in the sixth inning off Dillon Gee (7-9) snapped a 2-2 tie as the Indians improved to 9-1 against the Royals this season. Kansas City’s chances of making the postseason took another blow. The defending World Series champions began the night behind six teams in the wild-card chase. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 22, 2016

Jets spread offense poses unique threat to Chiefs defense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The New York Jets offense touching down at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday might appear familiar to Kansas City fans, but offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s spread philosophy differs enough from the standard NFL offense to pose matchup challenges for the Chiefs defense. read more