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Royals clinch playoff spot with win over White Sox »

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By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) – The mob arrived as soon as Salvador Perez squeezed that final foul popup, officially bringing Kansas City’s playoff drought to an end. Yes, the Royals are going back to the postseason. Kansas City clinched a playoff spot Friday night for the first time in 29 years, […]

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Royals close in on playoffs, beat White Sox »

Lorenzo Cain's infield single  drove in the game-winning run in the Royals 4-3 victory over Chicago Monday night. (Photo: Chris Vleisides)

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) – Whether it’s through a wild card or the AL Central title, Lorenzo Cain doesn’t care how the Kansas City Royals reach the playoffs. He just wants to get there. Eric Hosmer homered and drove in two runs, Cain had four hits and scored twice, and the […]

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Chiefs’ Reid hopeful Charles available vs Pats »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid could have quite the pleasant problem come Monday night. Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles is expected to return to the field after missing last week’s win in Miami with a high ankle sprain. And that means Reid will have to figure out how to distribute […]

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Royals beat Indians 2-0, gain on Tigers »

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Duffy pushed the Royals a little closer to the top in the AL Central and nearer their first playoff appearance in 29 years. Duffy pitched six shutout innings for his first win in more than a month as Kansas City moved within one game of first-place Detroit and kept some distance […]

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Chiefs relishing must-win victory over Miami »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The sense of relief at One Arrowhead Drive was palpable. The first nine games last season were followed by what Chiefs coach Andy Reid calls “Victory Monday.” With the exception of some meetings and treatments, players were mostly given the day off as a reward for a winning performance the […]

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Alex Smith leads Chiefs past Dolphins »

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By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The first victory of the season provided some relief for the injury-ravaged Kansas City Chiefs. Alex Smith shook off five sacks to throw three touchdown passes and help the Chiefs beat the Miami Dolphins 34-15 on Sunday. Smith led touchdown drives of 62, 76 […]

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Aoki, Guthrie, Royals avoid sweep, beat Tigers »

Nori Aoki's tiebreaking triple in the fourth put the Royals ahead for good in their 5-2 win o over Detroit Sunday at Kuaffman Stadium. (Photo: Chris Vleisides)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Each win moves the Royals one step closer to the end of their long playoff drought, and Sunday was a big one. Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple, and Kansas City beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 to avoid a sweep in the weekend series between the AL Central’s top teams. […]

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Cozart sends Kansas past Central Michigan »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Montell Cozart threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Justin McCay to break a fourth-quarter tie, and Kansas pulled away for a 24-10 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday. Tony Pierson ran 74 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening play, and Cozart added a […]

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Tigers win appeal, top KC to boost AL Central lead »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers won their appeal on a wild play, and Joe Nathan escaped a ninth-inning jam to hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Saturday and boost their AL Central lead. The Tigers increased their edge to 2 1/2 games over the Royals. Kansas City fell […]

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No. 5 Auburn holds off No. 20 K-State »

K-State's Charles Jones scores a touchdown against Auburn at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on September 18, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Gus Malzahn squeezed into his postgame news conference, gripping both sides of the podium and exhaling deeply. Fifth-ranked Auburn had just eked out a 20-14 victory over No. 20 Kansas State, and Malzahn was asked whether it was the kind of nip-and-tuck nonconference game that […]

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Cain, Aoki power Royals to win over White Sox »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Perhaps the Royals are rousing from their offensive slumber at just the right time. Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Nori Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and Kansas City roughed up Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory […]

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Chiefs QB Smith takes responsibility for offense »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The past two weeks, when the Kansas City Chiefs have struggled to score touchdowns in the red zone, Andy Reid has insisted that he needs to put his players in better position to succeed. What happens when he puts the Chiefs in a bad position, though? Well, the Chiefs are paying […]

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Rare flop for Royals bullpen in loss to White Sox »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One swing by Conor Gillaspie ended long shutout streaks for Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis. Both relievers gave up runs for the first time in nearly three months as the Kansas City Royals’ dominant bullpen was touched up Tuesday night in a 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Davis […]

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