Sit With the Guru – For A (Final) Day in the Life

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In everyone’s life there come various events that provide watershed moments, the kinds of things that lead to changes. Certainly one of those occured February 1, 2014, when my mother passed away. I had overseen her final seven years since she moved here from Omaha, a life mission that provided its share of ups and […]

Kansas charges back to beat Baylor 74-64

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Kelly Oubre and Perry Ellis each scored 18 points as the Kansas Jayhawks fought back from an early 13 point deficit to turn back Baylor 74-64 Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, maintaining a one and one half game lead in the Big 12 race. The Bears led throughout the first half, taking the early advantage on […]

Sit With the Guru – Remembering A Legend

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I have to admit I was never a fan of North Carolina basketball growing up as a child, and for that matter, even into adulthood. Part of that is, unless I have a specific rooting interest, I didn’t (and still don’t) really like teams or individual players (like in golf) who seem to dominate their […]

Steelers make playoffs as They Take Down Chiefs

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Not even Alex Smith’s first career regular season 300 yard passing game could save the Chiefs Sunday at Heinz Field as the Pittsburgh Steelers took a 20-12 victory to earn their own playoff berth and effectively end Kansas City’s chances of a second post-season berth. The Chiefs got field goals on their first two possessions […]

Late turnover costs Chiefs in Arizona

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Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had an excellent statistical game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, catching seven passes for 110 yards. But a key fumble with just under six minutes left cost the Chiefs dearly in a 17-14 loss at University of Phoenix Stadium. It was Kansas City’s third straight loss and dropped their record […]

Sit With the Guru . . . Into the Future . . .

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“Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ . . . into the future.” Those words were sung by Steve Miller on his massive hit “Fly Like An Eagle” back in the mid-70’s. And it could be a description of the Big 12 Conference today after it was left out of the College Football Playoff despite having […]

Sit With the Guru – Will the Royals Be An Outlier?

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The 2005 Houston Astros. The 2007 Colorado Rockies. The 2008 Tampa Bay Rays. All three of these teams were participants in the World Series for the first time in that team’s history. And the only time, as it turns out. They were all underdogs, and the Astros and Rockies were more improbable than anything (especially […]

Chiefs start slow, then roll Rams 34-7

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Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis each scored two touchdowns as Kansas City took control in the second quarter and went on to a 34-7 demolition of the St. Louis Rams Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Rams scored on the opening possession of the game for a 7-0 lead. The Chiefs punted on their first possession, […]

Sit With the Guru – And Keep Expecting to Party

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Nothing like waiting until less than two hours before game time to post an analysis of the coming World Series – especially when I could have written this over the weekend and said pretty much the same thing.  Which is this – I expect the Kansas City Royals to complete their two year rags-to-riches fairy […]

Royals win with two in ninth, take 2-0 ALCS lead

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Alcides Escobar’s double broke a four all tie in the ninth as the Kansas City Royals won their sixth straight post-season game, beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 Saturday at Camden Yards and taking a two games to none lead in the American League Championship Series.  Omar Infante led off the ninth with an infield single […]

Sit With the Guru – and Remember 1985

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“No outs to go . . . the Royals have won the 1985 World Series!” You have probably heard that legendary call by now, the words spoken by Royals Hall of Fame broadcaster Denny Matthews at the conclusion of Game Seven of that I-70 Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  I heard them live while […]

Royals lose Duffy, game in New York

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The Kansas City Royals lost 6-2 Saturday to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, but a bigger loss could have occured after just one pitch.  Danny Duffy, the Royals young left hander who had made a significant impact on the rotation, left with shoulder pain after throwing his first pitch to Jacoby Ellsbury. Duffy […]

Royals shut out Yanks, pick up ground

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Nori Aoki’s third inning single drove in the only run of the game as the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees 1-0 Friday night at Yankee Stadium to open a six game road trip. Aoki drove in Alcides Escobar, who had reached on an error by third baseman Chase Headley. Each team had […]

Rangers cool off Royals 3-1

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Scott Baker, who beat up the Royals regularly when he pitched with Minnesota, won his first game as a starter in over three years as Texas beat the Royals 3-1 t0 salvage the final game of their series Sunday in Arlington, Texas. Baker had pitched […]

Sit With The Guru – Real or Not For Real?

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Close to three weeks ago in my last blog edition, I pretty much poo-pooed the Royals playoff chances. They had started 2-4 in their post-All Star break schedule and looked like, well, the same Royals that had showed up for much of the tenure of David Glass as the club’s owner.  And I wasn’t the […]

Gordon, Perez power Royals to seventh straight win

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Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez hit two run homers to power the Kansas City Royals to a 7-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. It was the seventh straight win for the Royals and their second consecutive series sweep, both over teams from the National League West. Gordon’s blast to right […]

Shields, Royals take Sunday rubber game at Oakland

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James Shields threw five perfect innings and the Royals scored all their runs in the third as they beat Oakland 4-2 Sunday at the Coliseum, taking two of three from the team with the best record in baseball. The Royals first run came when Nori Aoki singled in Christian Colon, then Omar Infante followed with […]

Sit With The Guru – Because TGIF

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Yes, the day this blog post appears is a Friday, but that’s not what TGIF in the title stands for – not in this instance.  No, it means “Thank Goodness It’s Football” – because that time is quickly approaching. The Royals have proved beyond all doubt that they aren’t capable of shedding mediocrity and going […]

Dwyer scores a goal, a selfie and a card in Sporting’s Sunday match

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Celebrations for scoring goals in soccer dwarf anything else in sports.  NFL touchdowns? Celebrating has practically been penalized out of existence.  Walk-off home runs in baseball?  A mass mob at home plate is kind of blah.  Hockey goals, especially game winning ones (and even more so in the Stanley Cup playoffs) can get a little […]

Sit With the Guru – Just Past the Quarter Pole

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I have been this close several times the past few weeks about writing a blog entry pretty much giving up on the Royals. And just when the time seems right, here they go taking off on some small winning streak, trying to do their best to make me seem foolish for ever thinking such a thought.  Well, […]

Graham comes in as Tharp leaves KU

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The Kansas Jayhawks didn’t have to wait long to find a replacement for Naadir Tharpe. 6’2′ point guard Devonte Graham announced Friday he was committing to the Jayhawks over North Carolina State. Graham spent this past season at Brewster Academy in Massachusetts, the same prep school Thaarp attended before coming to Kansas. He originally signed […]

Sit With the Guru – A Better Way to Do Things

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For those who know me well, I can certainly get cynical about certain things in life and sports, and my detector has been going crazy ever since reports started surfacing Thursday about Kansas senior-to-be point guard Naadir Tharpe transferring to another school.   So much of this column will be devoted to the opinion I have […]

Twins prevent KC sweep, win 8-3

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Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki drove in two runs each as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, stopping the Royals winning streak at five and preventing a weekend sweep. Plouffe doubled in Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer in the first to stake the Twins to a 2-0 lead […]

Royals winning streak reaches five

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The Kansas City Royals used one big inning and great relief pitching Saturday to beat Minnesota 5-4 at Kauffman Stadium to run their winning streak to five. The Twins took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth when Alex Gordon led off with a single against loser Kevin Correia. Billy Butler doubled him […]

Sit With the Guru On Opening Day

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Let’s go for another trip in the way-back machine, folks – this time all the way back to April 3, 1989 – a date which will live in infamy (ha)! Actually, it was my first day as an actual on-air employee of WIBW Radio. I had checked in at the old station building on Menninger Hill each […]

Sit With the Guru – In The Magic Chair

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There are several studios here at the radio station, and lots of chairs and microphones in each of them. One studio in particular is quite busy each day. It has a large round table that has a small opening at one end where one of the hosts of various local daily programs sits. Kelly Lenz, Roger Heaton and […]

AUDIO: Ellis’ Career Day Leads Jayhawks Past TCU

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For a while Saturday it seemed like the Kansas Jayhawks could do nothing right.  They couldn’t hit shots, make free throws or hang onto the ball.  But then about eight and a hlaf minutes into the game, the light went on and from that point the Hawks looked more like a team ranked seventh nationally, […]

Foster, Cats end UT winning streak

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Both Kansas State and Texas had only one player in double figure scoring Saturday.  The difference was that K-State’s Marcus Foster had double the total of UT’s Isiah Taylor as the Wildcats throttled the Longhorns 74-57 at Bramlage Coliseum.  Foster, the Wildcats’ star freshman, scored a career high 34 points and he didn’t wait to […]

High School Basketball Scores – Friday, January 31

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CITY SCORES – BOYS Topeka High 46 Washburn Rural 45 Highland Park 56 Junction City 39 Seaman 70 Topeka West 63 Shawnee Heights 61 Hayden 54 GIRLS  Highland Park Tournament Derby 61 Blue Valley West 21 (consolation) Shawnee Heights 48 Olathe North 38 (consolation) Wichita South 33 Washburn Rural 20 (semi-final) Great Bend 37 Highland […]

High School Basketball Scores – Friday, January 24

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CITY SCORES – BOYS Topeka Invitational Tournament Highland Park 67 Olathe South 52 Lawrence High 87 Washington 81 (OT) Topeka High 47 Wichita Northwest 34 Topeka West 58  Wichita South 56 Aquinas Saints Classic Barstow Academy (MO) 70 Washburn Rural 64 Valley Center January Jam Seaman 65 Junction City 62 (OT) Ralph Miller Classic, Chanute […]

High School Basketball Scores – Tuesday, January 21

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CITY SCORES BOYS  Hayden 69 Park Hill (MO) 52 (at Basehor-Linwood Tournament) GIRLS Hayden 67 Platte County (MO) 32 (at Baseh0r-Linwood Tournament) Manhattan 33 Washburn Rural 27 Lawrence 71 Topeka High 37 State Scores Holcomb 60, Hays-TMP-Marian 43 Balko, Okla. 66, Moscow 51 Burlingame 77, Waverly 59 Fowler 75, Minneola 43 Kiowa County 46, Ingalls […]

Sit With the Guru – Because the more things change . . .

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If you listened to Sports Talk Friday, January 10, during the Sports Guru segment at 4:40 where I sit in with Jake and Mark to talk about the coming weekend’s events, you would have known almost to the exact number what the score of Saturday’s KU-K-State alleged Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence would be.  86-59 I […]

Sunflower Beatdown – KU mauls K-State again

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It shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone, ever – sure as death and taxes, Kansas beats up on Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse.  This year it was 86-60 in a game which ended the Wildcats ten game overall winning streak and, with Iowa State losing at Oklahoma, puts the Jayhawks in a potentially commanding […]

Cats Take Down Cowboys in Big 12 Opener

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An 8-0 run brought Kansas State from behind late in the second half as they beat sixth ranked Oklahoma State 74-71 at Bramlage Coliseum Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.   The Cats trailed much of the game but never let the Cowboys get too far in front before scoring eight straight […]

Turnovers doom Chiefs, lose game and division

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Five turnovers were the difference as the Indianapolis Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 at Arrowhead Sunday.  The Chiefs loss, coupled with Denver’s win over Houston, means they will be the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs and could play the Colts again in two weeks in an opening round wild card game. The […]

K-State upsets Zags

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Marcus Foster and Thomas Gipson led a balanced scoring effort with 14 points each as Kansas State knocked off 15th ranked Gonzaga 72-62 at the Wichita Wildcat Classic at Intrust Bank Arena Saturday. Foster scored seven straight points during a stretch in the second half where the Cats pulled out to an eight point lead. […]

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CITY SCORES – BOYS Shawnee Heights 60 Seaman 50 Ottawa 86 Topeka West 78 GIRLS Seaman 47 Shawnee Heights 28 Ottawa 52 Topeka West 18 Olathe South 64 Highland Park 29   BOYS Andale 56, Wellington 44 Andover 63, Arkansas City 31 Ashland 60, Attica 49 Augusta 70, Circle 59 Axtell 61, Washington County 45 […]

Hail to the Chiefs – KC whips ‘Skins in D.C.

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Kansas City controlled things from the start Sunday at FedEx Field as they beat the Washington Redskins 45-10 for their tenth win of the year.  The victory also ended a three game losing streak for the Chiefs while extending the Redskins losing streak to five. The Chiefs jumped to a 31-0 lead thanks to two […]

Jayhawks advance in Battle for Atlantis

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Andrew Wiggins scored 17 poins as the Kansas Jayhawks fought off a comeback attempt by Wake Forest in an 87-78 victory in the first round of the Battle for Atlantis Thursday in the Bahamas.   The Jayhawks took a 40-26 lead at halftime but coach Bill Self got disgusted with his starters when the Demon […]

Chiefs lose pass rush, then game

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The Kansas City Chiefs lost more than a game Sunday at Arrowhead.  They lost their pass rushing combo of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali to injuries in the first half. It isn’t known how serious the injuries to them are – Houston hurt an elbow while Hali went out with a lower leg injury – […]

Sit With the Guru – Credit Where Credit is Due

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Of course I am talking about the Denver Broncos, who played a practically perfect game Sunday night in ending the Chiefs’ unbeaten season.  To be honest, even though I didn’t get a chance to say it on the air beforehand, this game was very predictable. Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning has, among other things, made a […]

Last second field goal lifts KSU to victory

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Jack Cantele kicked a 41 yard field goal with :03 left to give Kansas State a wild 33-31 come from behind victory Saturday in Manhattan.  It was Cantele’s fourth field goal of the game and it negated a 56 yarder by TCU’s Jaden Oberkrom that gave the Horned Frogs the lead with just 2:13 left. […]

Rock Hawk – KU thumps West Virginia in football

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Someone posted on Facebook right after the game that it had been a while since the famous Rock Chalk chant had been heard at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence.  But it sure was on Saturday as Kansas knocked off West Virginia 31-19 for their first Big 12 win since beating Colorado in 2010, breaking a 27 […]

Cats win third straight, take down Tech 49-26

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Kansas State football has been looking more and more like the team that won the Big 12 title last season, and Saturday the Wildcats did it against a top 25 team as they knocked off Texas Tech 49-26 in Lubbock, handing the Red Raiders their third straight loss and likely knocking them out of the […]

High School Playoffs – Tuesday, November 5

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^Class 4A=^Bi-District= Abilene 27, Goodland 26 Andale 60, Larned 0 Baldwin 19, St. James Academy 0 Buhler 14, Ulysses 7 Chanute 28, Louisburg 14 Coffeyville 47, Frontenac 12 Holton 45, Hesston 0 Independence 33, Columbus 14 KC Piper 28, Jefferson West 24 McPherson 37, Clay Center 7 Mulvane 47, Wichita Collegiate 45 Paola 24, Fort […]

Cats crush Cyclones for second straight Big 12 win

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Don’t look now, but Kansas State is now looking a lot more like the defending Big 12 champions they are.  The Cats put together their best overall game of the season Saturday in Manhattan as they took care of Iowa State 41-7 in their annual game dubbed “Farmageddon”. The Cyclones had played the Wildcats within […]

KU hooked again by Longhorns

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Texas beat Kansas 35-13 in Austin Saturday, the 26th straight Big 12 loss for the Jayhawks.  Malcolm Brown scored four touchdowns for Texas and finished with 119 yards rushing.  Chris Whaley added a 40 yard fumble return score for the Longhorns.  Whaley’s score broke the game open late in the second quarter, with Brown adding […]

Sit With the Guru – At the halfway point

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First I want to apologize for not having updated this particular blog very often.  I have had some issues away from work involving an ill parent that have taken much of my time over the past weeks, and likely will take more of it in the coming weeks.  I hope to add my two cents […]

Chiefs survive 17-16, now 7-0

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Case Keenum had about a solid of a performance as anyone could expect in his first NFL start for Houston, but in the end the Chiefs stellar defense proved too much as Kansas City beat Houston 17-16 Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium to run their record to 7-0.  Keenum, a star at the University of Houston, […]

OU Comes Back to Beat Kansas 34-19

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Sterling Shepherd caught two touchdown passes as Oklahoma allowed the first 13 points, then stormed back to beat the Kansas Jayhawks 34-19 Saturday in Lawrence.  The game began as if the Hawks were primed for ESPN’s Upset Watch as Jake Heaps hit Jimmy Mundine for a one yard score on their opening drive, then James […]

Defense keeps Chiefs undefeated, beats Raiders

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The Kansas City Chiefs defense turned three interceptions into 17 second half points to run away from the Oakland Raiders 24-7 Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, keeping the team undefeated at 6-0 this season.   They needed all the defense they could get against their arch-rivals, as the offense was not effective for much of the […]

Cats lose third straight

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Kansas State took the lead with a major third quarter rally against 15th ranked Baylor Saturday but that rally ran out of steam in the fourth quarter as the Bears came back to take a 35-25 win in Manhattan.  The Bears led 21-10 at halftime thanks to a pair of long touchdown passes by Bryce […]

Jayhawks play closer but lost at TCU

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TCU beat Kansas 27-17 Saturday in Fort Worth, handing the Jayhawks their second straight Big 12 loss in 2013.  The Horned Frogs scored two touchdowns in the first five and a half minutes of the second half to take the lead for good and hold the Hawks at bay.  Trevone Boykin hit David Porter with […]

Harvick wins Kansas from pole

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Kevin Harvick led 138 laps but needed a big break late to win the NASXAR Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday afternoon.  Harvick, who won the pole position Friday in qualifying, was running second behind Brad Keselowski when Keselowski ran out of gas just before making a scheduled pit stop with around 30 laps […]

Chiefs dominate early, late to go 5-0

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The Kansas City Chiefs scored the first 13 points and the last 13 points as they turned back the Tennessee Titans 26-17 Sunday at LP Field in Nashville for the team’s first 5-0 start in 10 years.  They did it mostly with big defensive plays setting up scores, first with Marcus Cooper recovering a muffed […]

Chiefs run away from Giants 31-7

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The Kansas City Chiefs committed their first three turnovers of the season Sunday but the New York Giants couldn’t capitalize on them.  The Giants committed three of their own and made plenty of other mistakes the Chiefs did capitalize on and the game turned into a 31-7 rout at Arrowhead, just the third 4-0 start […]

Sox outslug Royals, avoid 100 losses

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All the runs scored on home runs in Chicago Saturday night, and that usually is not a good sign for the Kansas City Royals.  And in this game it wasn’t as the Chicago White Sox beat the Royals 6-5, hitting four home runs to three for the Royals.   The Sox got back-to-back solo shots […]

Ichabods get past Bronchos 28-19

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The Washburn Ichabods scored their fewest points in a game all season, as well as allowing the most points in a game so far in 2013, but both totals still added up to a 28-19 win over winless Central Oklahoma at Yager Stadium Saturday.   The Bronchos had been drilled for over 500 yards by […]

Royals beat Rangers in home finale

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The only runs of the game were scored on the final pitch of the game when Justin Maxwell hit a grand slam off former Royals closer Joakim Soria as the Royals beat Texas 4-0 in 10 innings before a home season-closing sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadium.  The Rangers outhit the Royals 6-5 and had runners […]

Chiefs hold off Cowboys 17-16 in home opener

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Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and the Chiefs got two big breaks in the final moments as they beat the Dallas Cowboys 17-16 at Arrowhead Sunday to go 2-0 to start the 2013 season.  Smith shredded the Dallas defense on the game’s opening drive, hitting Jamaal Charles on a two yard scoring pass for […]

Avila’s homers deal big blow to Royals’ hopes

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Alex Avila hit two home runs, including an eighth inning tie-breaking solo shot, as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Sunday at Comerica Park in Detroit. Avila hit a two run homer in the second inning to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.  Alex Gordon’s solo shot leading off the fourth made […]

Sit With the Guru – Never Say Die

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Well, certainly the Royals won’t say it.  And every time I think the trigger has been pulled, they just pick themselves up and jump right back in with a couple of victories.  That’s what happened again this week as they followed up a horrible loss in Cleveland – Progressive Field has been a death trap […]

Big Game James wins one for KC in Cleveland

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James Shields pitched eight-plus innings and the Royals parlayed a three run first into a 6-2 victory at Progressive Field Wednesday, assuring themselves of being no worse than three games out in the wild card race.  Shields allowed two hits in the first, including a two run single by Michael Brantley, but no other hits […]