Around the Kingdom: Rany thanks Sung Woo Lee, Berry, Poe, Kempin


Looking Around the Kingdom, the Oakland A’s snapped the Royals winning streak at 8 games by crushing Kansas City 11-3 Tuesday night. The A’s thoroughly dominated the game, reminding us all why they have the best record in baseball.

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However, the Royals caught a break when the Tigers lost their 2nd in a row to the Pirates—leaving Kansas City atop the AL Central with a precarious 1/2 game lead.

I’ll take it.

Eric Berry threw a scare into KC fans by leaving practice with an injured heel on Monday. The last thing the Chiefs need in 2014 is a banged-up Berry.

Football players aren’t all that different from fans. What do you do on a hot August day? Cannonball into a pool to cool off. Dontari Poe did that very thing the other day in St. Joseph, but a 345-pound defensive tackle gets a slightly different result than most of us when he tries it.

Native Kansas Citian Jon Kempin made his MLS debut playing the last 45 minutes of Sporting’s match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday. While Sporting lost 2-0 to break their streak of 5 consecutive road wins, Kempin made a penalty kick save that has been nominated for MLS Save of the Week. You can vote for Kempin’s stop here.


"In the end, this really isn’t a sports story, or at least it’s not a story about sports themselves. It’s a story about what sports does to us. It’s a story about how sports can bring us to a higher place, about why we cling to fandom no matter how bad our team is playing or how far away they are. The reason we’ve all stayed Royals fans through a generation of sadness and failure is because the joy we took from being Royals fans wasn’t derived solely from their success on the field. It was from the joy of being part of something bigger than ourselves. It was from the joy that comes from connecting with others. Being linked together by sadness and failure is far better than not being linked at all."


"The final diagnosis: Tendinitis in the heel.“Eric Berry, his heel again was bothering him,” Andy Reid said Tuesday, via quotes from the Chiefs. “He put on some ice back there. He works a few days and then if it bothers him a little bit we back off.”"

  • Arrowhead Pride – Video of Dontari Poe diving into the pool after a hot day at training camp


  • SportingKC.com – homegrown talet Jon Kempin makes his MLS debut in goal for Sporting:

"The Leawood, Kansas native played the final 45 minutes of Sporting KC’s match Sunday night, coming on at halftime to replace an injured Andy Gruenebaum. As if a 2-0 deficit wasn’t enough of a challenge, Kempin was called upon in a big way, when Aurelien Collin was whistled for a foul in the penalty box in the 84th minute."


"Young in the face but wise where it counts, Cozart spent the past few months fine-tuning his game so he would be ready for showtime. He worked on his accuracy by widening his base. He developed his relationships with KU quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus and first-year offensive coordinator John Reagan. And he pushed himself out of his comfort zone to force himself to become a better leader."


"Then again, until a few months ago, his dream job was NFL quarterback. He wanted to be the next Tom Brady. That was his focus coming off a college career in which he led K-State to 21 victories in two seasons as a full-time starter and became a Heisman Trophy finalist.Ask him what his dream coaching job is and, well, he doesn’t know how to respond."

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/kansas-state/article1201496.html#storylink=cpye you

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