Jun 22, 2014; Manaus, Amazonas, BRAZIL; USA goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) signals for team trainers after defender Matt Besler (5) suffered an injury in the second half against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Matt Besler, Royals Offense, Tarik Black, Daniel Sams

Matt Besler and Graham Zusi again played big roles in the United States World Cup game against Portugal on Sunday in Brazil. The United States suffered a deflating 2-2 tie after leading 2-1 until the closing seconds. Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo lifted a cross to set up the equalizer on a header by Silvetre Varela with only seconds to go in stoppage time.

I guess that’s why Ronaldo is thought by many to be the best player in the world.

The United States would have made the knockout round with a win, which was only seconds away. Despite the disappointing result, the U.S. team is still in good position to move out of group play.

The Royals continued their slide after enjoying a 10-game winning streak. The Royals have now lost their 4th straight game with their 2-1 loss at the hands of the Mariners on Sunday.

Meanwhile, KU stars Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins are not the only former Jayhawks who are getting consideration from NBA teams in the upcoming draft. Former KUpower forward Tarik Black is also working out for NBA teams.


  • Kansas City Star – Sam McDowell texts with Sporting KC defender Matt Besler after the disappointing finish in Brazil:

“It’s disappointing the way the game ended,” Besler said via text message. “We could taste the second round. We were right there.


  • Royals Review – Max Rieper writes about how the Royals offense returns to awful
  • Kansas City Star – Lee Judge talks about the ebb and flow of a baseball season
  • Kings of Kauffman – David Hill argues that the Royals need to trade sooner than later:

The problem is, the longer that the Royals wait to acquire that impact bat, the odds increase that they could find themselves falling out of the playoffs. After all, this is a team that, prior to the ten game winning streak, was hovering around .500 for the season.


  • KUSports.com – NBA teams are taking a look at former KU power foward Tarik Black before the draft

“He can take a hit. He can finish around the rim. It’s not like a ‘put-the-ball-up-at-12-feet’ kind of finish. It’s a little similar to Zach (Randolph, Grizzlies) where he keeps a guy on his body and just gets it off the glass before somebody can come over and block it,” Memphis coach David Joerger told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal after Black’s individual workout at FedExForum.


There is no excuse for allowing a play-maker like Daniel Sams to leave your program to play in the FCS. There just isn’t. Especially if you have a team that lacks explosiveness like the Wildcats do.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mls/sporting-kc/article599554.html#storylink=cpy

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