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In ALCS-clinching win, Royals play small ball again — In Anaheim, Calif., and Baltimore, the Royals flexed their muscles knocking the ball over the wall. In Kansas City, they returned to their seasonlong identity of manufacturing runs. Wednesday's American League Championship Series-clinching 2-1 victory matched the score of Game 3, and on both days the Royals scratched and clawed for their offense.

Jason Vargas delivers Royals’ best effort in series by starter — Jason Vargas became the fifth pitcher in postseason history with at least two starts and a minimum of 10 innings pitched to allow five or fewer hits in both starts.

With runs scarce, Billy Butler makes sure that the Royals get theirs — Billy Butler owns a deceptive postseason battling line.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive announces his retirement — SEC commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday that he will retire July 31, 2015. A national search for his successor will begin immediately.

Mississippi native Jarrod Dyson plants the state football flag in Royals’ clubhouse — Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson doesn't get to watch much college football, but he's happy to see the major schools in his home state of Mississippi climb the polls. Mississippi State is No. 1 for the first time, Ole Miss is third in both major wire service rankings.

Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie gets game three start in ALCS against familiar opponent — The Royals have named Jeremy Guthrie their ALCS game three starter against the Orioles, the organization where Guthrie spent more years and pitched more games than any other, making the apperance all the more special to him.

Royals’ four-extra inning home runs in the postseason is a baseball record — According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Inc., the Royals' four extra-inning home runs in the postseason are the most of any club in baseball history. The 2011 Rangers hit three.

Orioles decide to start Bud Norris for game two against the Royals’ Yordano Ventura — The Royals announced Yordano Ventura as their ALCS game-two starter on Tuesday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter took his time announcing his starter but finally settled on Bud Norris.

Missed opportunities for Royals? No worries — Not even the most squandered of opportunities could topple the Royals.

Royals thrive with new batting order — The Royals shook up their batting order in mid-September, getting speed at the top, and it's paid off in a higher batting average and on-base percentage. The key moves: Putting Alcides Escobar at the top and Lorenzo Cain in the third spot.
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Oct 19, 2014

Jamaal Charles passes Priest Holmes to become #Chiefs career rushing leader. On U of Texas' career list, Charles is 4th, Holmes 36th.

Oct 18, 2014

Mizzou will go to 7-3 in SEC road games since joining the league and will have won at every East stadium

Oct 18, 2014

Stunner in Maryville. D2 No. 1 NW Mo State falls 35-17 to No. 17 Pittsburg St. Bearcats had won 21 straight. No undefeated teams in MIAA

Oct 18, 2014

A Bearcat Stadium record crowd of 11,002 is watching their No., 1 NW Missouri St, trail Pitt St 35-10, early 4th

Oct 18, 2014

Halftime in Maryville, Pittsburg St. 28, Northwest Missouri St. 10.

Oct 18, 2014

For college football playoff watchers, remember a year ago Auburn entered this weekend ranked 24th. FSU was No. 5

Oct 18, 2014

Pitt State 28, NW Mo State, No, 1 in Division II, 0. 10:51, 2nd

Oct 18, 2014

Crazy things happening in Maryville, Pitt St recovers 2nd straight onside kick. Had a 3rd one earlier but was offside

Oct 18, 2014

Pitt State increases lead over NW Mo State to 21-0, 12:54 2nd

Oct 18, 2014

Early 2nd Q at Maryville, Mo. Pitt State leads 2D No. 1 NW Missouri State, 14-0

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