Jun 10, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd (3) watches his three run home run in the 4th inning against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Marlon Byrd, KSU/KU at USA Track Championships, Catapano

For once, the Royals pulled out a 1-run victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium on Omar Infante‘s walkoff single in the 9th. The Royals won the series 2-1, to finish off a terrible homestand in which they went 3-6.

Kansas City is still a sub-par 9-16 in 1-run contests.

Current and former KSU and KU athletes participated in the USA Track & Field Championships on Sunday. While hardly a marquee sport, the USA Championships this season can help athletes position themselves for a run at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

Mike Catapano‘s new muscle has created some buzz among fans. He’s gained 20 pounds since the end of the 2013 season, and all reports indicate that he hasn’t suffered any loss of speed or quickness. Here’s to hoping he can help out the interior line pass rush in 2014.


The 2014 Royals are an elite defensive team, but their outfield takes that eliteness to a whole new level. They each have excellent range and above average arms, at minimum. They can track down fly balls in the gap, at the warning track, or charging toward the infield. Because of the outfield’s defensive performance, they’ve turned a good pitching staff into a great one, and a below average team into a team fighting for a playoff berth.


  • KStatesports.com – Erik Kynard and KSU coach Amanda Bingson took home track and field titles on Sunday:

K-State Track and Field continued a busy offseason with current and former athletes, as well as staff, competing at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California. Highlighting the weekend for the Wildcats were current volunteer assistant coaches Erik Kynard and Amanda Bingson, who took home titles in the high jump and hammer throw, respectively.  


  • KUSports.com – KU senior Kyle Stiglar took silver in the 400 meter hurdles at the USA Track and Field Championships on Sunday:

Stigler, from Canyon, Texas, was the fourth qualifier out of semifinals Saturday in 49.86. He crossed Sunday in 49.63, just .7 seconds behind winner Johnny Dutch and .53 seconds ahead of Reggie Wyatt, the third-place finisher and the 2013 NCAA champion.


If the Chiefs can go from Hali and Houston or bust to Hali and Houston, Walker and Poe and Ford, Catapano and Allan Baily, then the defense just got significantly better. Hopefully this theory comes true.

There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom.

Tags: Erik Kynard Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Royals Kansas Jayhawks Kansas State Wildcats Kyle Stiglar Marlon Byrd Mike Catapano Nori Aoki

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