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It May Be Time for a Royal Reload

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The Tiger Club of Kansas City is proud of its tradition of welcoming the Missouri athletic director for its first meeting of the fall. That’s no small feat, getting a six-figure ...(full article)

If the Chiefs have their way, Nick Foles will never start a game for them but his arrival is a clear signal that the team is all-in for a Super Bowl push. As camp opened, I saw thr...(full article)

By trading for Alex Smith, the Chiefs were able to give their fans competitive football while they built the perfect box around him. This is the end result. Outside of the quarterb...(full article)

Bill Snyder got the program its first win in three seasons in Year 1. By Year 3, Kansas State won seven games. By Year 5, the Wildcats began a string of 11 consecutive bowl games, ...(full article)

After back-to-back years of October brilliance, we have all learned about the dangers of doubting Ned Yost and his Kansas City Royals.  They’ve been awesome in the posts...(full article)

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Royals Tiring of Ventura's Punk Kid Act

Recently, inside the Kansas City Royals’ clubhouse, Yordano Ventura was talking about how he planned on hitting Jose Bautista with a pitch the next time he faced him. The peop...

Agitator Ventura Incites More Violence

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Missouri's Odom Navigating Rough Waters

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Royals Winning World Series of Bad Luck

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Stats (Usually Wrong) Undervalue Royals

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In Royal Family, GM Shares Glory

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Jayhawks Epitome of Consistency

LAWRENCE, Kan. — There was no Facebook the last time Kansas missed out on the Big 12 men’s basketball championship. It was called “Thefacebook” then, one wo...

Jayhawks Look Like National Title Favorites

In this unpredictable college basketball season in which no No. 1 is permanent in the polls and bracketology seeds have wildly fluctuated, it has become increasingly difficult to a...

K.C. Not Praised for Obvious Talents

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Kansas Bringing Big 12 to Its Knees

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Royals Find Value in People Over Stats

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Jayhawks Finally Looking Mortal in Big 12

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NFL Coaches Need Grade-School Math

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Big Programs' Big Problem: Big Men

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Young Talent Not Producing for Jayhawks

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It's Time Reid Learns Clock Management

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Missouri Pulverized as Haith Walks Free

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Chiefs Finally End Playoff Drought

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Hield Heroic Despite Crushing Loss

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Good Reasons to Fear Kansas City

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Manziel Blocks Path to Chiefs' 9th in Row

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Missouri Athletes Win One for Free Speech

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Lifetime of Good Luck, Surpassing Talent

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Manager-of-Year Balloting an Absurdity

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Why Everybody Wants to Sign Zobrist

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Only His Storied Name Is Sparing Manning

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Pinkel Made Missouri Better

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Expect Big 12 to Have Big Presence in March

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Sleazy Attempt to Discredit Mizzou Race Story

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Missouri 'Incidents' Might Be Based on Lies

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Objectivity Sacked in Missouri Protest

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Missouri Shakes NCAA to Its Very Core

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Missouri Puts Power in Athletes' Hands

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Missouri Players Show Power of the Pigskin

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At Missouri, It's Sideshow Over Education

“I would like to build a university of which the football team could be proud,” quipped the late, longtime University of Oklahoma President George Lynn Cross. On Monday, Univ...

Tigers Score Biggest Win Off the Field

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Missouri Boycott's Fallout: What's Next?

Forget about Missouri’s 4-5 record and current string of four consecutive losses. Forget about how the Tigers generated only 25 points during that mini-slide. And forget about h...

Missouri Football Made a Difference

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Black Missouri Players Going on Strike

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Withey Could Be Difference-Maker

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OSU-KU Different From December

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Glockner: 10 Burning Questions

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Don't Forget About the Point Guards

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Kansas-Ohio St. Is Game to Watch

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Ohio State, Kansas Evenly Matched

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Missouri's Memorable Season Ends

Long numb from the shock, Kim English slouched in Missouri's locker room after the biggest disappointment in program history and struggled to speak.He untied his shoelaces, but h...

Beware These 10 Darkhorses

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Baylor Spoils Border War Rematch

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Where Might Manning Land?

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Denmon Gives Missouri Edge

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AL Central Now Tougher for Royals

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Kansas Hands Baylor 1st Loss

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Baylor Holds Off KSU, Stays Undefeated

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Chiefs Tab Crennel as Coach

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Supporting Cast Carries Kansas

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Mizzou Survives Scare, Stays Perfect

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Missouri Earns Bragging Rights

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Balance Behind Missouri's Success

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Kentucky Tuns Back Kansas

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Missouri Doesn't Commit to Big 12

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Chiefs Have Cause for Concern

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Hali Agrees to Extension With Chiefs

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Royals Squeak by Cardinals

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Indians Take All 3 From Royals

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