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Tarik Black not assured spot with Rockets
October 25, 2014
Former Kansas University forward Tarik Black, who has started the Houston Rockets’ last two preseason games in place of Dwight Howard (arm laceration), still isn’t guaranteed a spot on the NBA team’s roster as the next round of cuts looms Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reports. By Gary Bedore
Royals take 2-1 lead in World Series
10:28 p.m., October 24, 2014 Updated 12:20 a.m.
Jeremy Guthrie pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a pair of nifty catches, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 World Series lead.
Series shifts to quirky AT&T
October 24, 2014
Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall.
Butler delivers for Royals
October 23, 2014
A big-and-burly thumper still has a place on these flash-and-dash Kansas City Royals, it seems. Especially if he can deliver clutch hits in the World Series, the way Billy Butler did Wednesday night.
Roy Williams never doubted he’d succeed at Kansas
October 23, 2014
Roy Williams was asked about the obvious confidence he took into his first college head-coaching job at KU in 1988-89, despite the fact he was third assistant on KU grad Dean Smith’s UNC staff. By Gary Bedore
Charles passes concussion tests, Chiefs say
October 23, 2014
Jamaal Charles has passed a battery of tests and does not show symptoms of a concussion, the Chiefs said Wednesday — one day after the running back told a radio show he saw “light bulbs” after a hit in Kansas City’s win over San Diego.
Royals beat Giants 7-2, even World Series 1-1
October 22, 2014
Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants’ brilliant bullpen and even the World Series. Perez broke open Game 2 with a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning, and the Royals’ own cast of clutch relievers kept the Giants in check in a 7-2 victory Wednesday night that certainly spiced things up as the Series shifts to San Francisco for the next three games.
Phony World Series tickets, merchandise seized
October 22, 2014
Federal agents have seized phony World Series tickets worth tens of thousands of dollars, along with counterfeit Royals panties and other merchandise.
K.C.’s Shields shaky in opening setback
October 22, 2014
The Kansas City Royals had adopted the scrappy, intense attitude of Royals starter James Shields during their thrilling postseason run. They followed his cue on Tuesday night, too. It just happened that Shields was tight from the very first pitch. The veteran starter was pounded for five runs on seven hits and a walk, failed to record an out in the third inning and was pulled from Game 1 to a smattering of boos. Kansas City went on to lose 7-1 to the San Francisco Giants in its first World Series appearance in 29 years.
San Francisco halts Royals’ postseason streak, 7-1
October 22, 2014
Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll.
Game 2 starters Ventura, Peavy show contrasts
October 22, 2014
The starting pitchers for Game 2 of the World Series are a study in contrasts.
Behind the Lens: Journal-World photographer recalls Royals’ 1985 World Series run
October 21, 2014
Not long after Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder started work at the newspaper, the photo staff covered the Kansas City Royals in the 1985 playoffs and the World Series. Yoder shares his images and memories from that postseason run.
A Royal love affair
Team has come to symbolize its home town
October 21, 2014
As the Royals prepare to play the San Francisco Giants in the World Series on Tuesday, capping their first postseason appearance since winning the title in 1985, the relationship they have established with their long-suffering fans harkens back to a bygone era.
Column: Jayhawks recall Royals reliever Finnegan
October 21, 2014
Just six months ago, left-hander Brandon Finnegan stared in at the catcher’s signs from atop the mound at Hoglund Ballpark, a Jayhawk in the batter’s box. By Tom Keegan
Finally! Rested/rusty Royals, Giants begin Series
October 21, 2014
Going into Game 1 tonight at Kauffman Stadium, both the Royals and Giants will deal with a familiar issue this deep in the postseason: Does an extended layoff translate into rest or rust?

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