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Paulo Orlando’s triple helps lift Royals over A’s 6-4

kansascity.com — The Oakland A's at Kauffman Stadium, a sellout crowd and even a Salvador Perez knock down the left field line. An April regular-season game or a September playoff game? It wasn't a Wild Card Game, but the Royals 6-4 victory on Friday was wild.

Royals’ Alcides Escobar suffers knee sprain after hard slide by A’s Brett Lawrie

kansascity.com — Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar suffered a mild left knee sprain and contusion and left Friday night's game against Oakland following a controversial slide by the A's Brett Lawrie.

Billy Butler returns to cheers in first game at Kauffman Stadium as an A’s player

kansascity.com — Billy Butler received his American League championship ring about 20 minutes before first pitch Friday in a brief ceremony.

Royals to hand out Gold Gloves to Gordon, Hosmer, Perez

kansascity.com — The Royals are scheduled to hand out Gold Gloves before Friday's game. Three players - left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez - won Gold Gloves in 2014, symbolic of fielding excellence.

The best four-year KU basketball players under Bill Self (with photos)

kansascity.com — When Perry Ellis said he was returning for his senior season, Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self thought about the possibilities. Ellis will have a chance to be remembered as one of the top players recruited by Self who used all of his eligibility, and it got us wondering, who were the best of those four-year players?

Perry Ellis coming back for his senior season at Kansas

kansascity.com — Kansas forward Perry Ellis said he'll return for his senior season. Ellis, who averaged 13.8 points in his All-Big 12 junior season, made the announcement at the team's award banquet on Monday night.

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg to have heart surgery

kansascity.com — Throughout the basketball season, Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg knew he needed open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. Now he knows when. Hoiberg will have the procedure on April 17 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Willie Cauley-Stein among seven Kentucky players headed to NBA Draft

kansascity.com — Willie Cauley-Stein, the former Kansas high school star, was one of seven Kentucky men's basketball players who declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday. Joining Cauley-Stein, a junior, are freshmen Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles and Devin Booker, sophomores Dakari Johnson and Andrew and Aaron Harrison.

Give the Blue Devils their due, Duke takes championship

Former KU star Jo Jo White elected to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

kansascity.com — Boston Celtics great Jo Jo White was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday. He is a former Kansas star who was involved in one of the most memorable plays in the Jayhawks' tournament history.
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Apr 17, 2015

RT @blawrie13: Trying to win all the time !! I would never try to hurt anyone ever , just know that I'm playing my ass off and wouldn't ever hurt someone

Apr 17, 2015

Paulo Orlando has 5 major leauge hits, 4 triples. The latest just gave the #ROyals a 5-4 lead in the 8th.

Apr 17, 2015

Escobar has mild strain of left knee and a contusion and listed as day to day.

Apr 17, 2015

RT @McCulloughStar: A fastball from Yordano Ventura will probably make contact with Brett Lawrie tomorrow.

Apr 17, 2015

Development at The K: Lawrie hard slides into Esky at 2nd, Esky hurt, helped off field. Benches clear but didn't get near each other

Apr 17, 2015

Once again, A's answer immediately after #Royals score, on Vogt's HR. Herrera enters game for Guthrie, 1 batter too late

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