Around the Kingdom: Eric Berry, Kelcie McCray, Ned Yost, and Salvador Perez


December 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) celebrates after an interception against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs made a trade Thursday afternoon, sending reserve G Rishaw Johnson to Tampa Bay in return for S Kelcie McCray. Kansas City and Tampa Bay swapped players at positions where they had depth to shore up thin spots on their respective rosters.

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Rishaw Johnson was expected to get first crack at the starting RG position after the departures of Jon Asomoah and Geoff Schwartz, but was surpassed on the depth chart by rookie 6th round pick Zach Fulton.

The Royals had an off day Thursday before they finish their road trip with a 3-game set in Texas. C Salvador Perez had an MRI on his sore knee, which is hardly a good sign for KC’s stretch run. The Royals very much need a healthy Perez.

Sporting KC rises to no. 1 in the MLS power rankings, which is exactly where the defending champions want to be as the season winds down.


"Another week of missed practices almost assuredly means Berry will miss Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, his third consecutive inactive game. Add in the lack of practice time and we have to start wondering whether or not Berry is going to be ready to open the season against Tennessee."

"Mays, 29, injured his wrist during the first half of the Chiefs’ 28-16 exhibition loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. It’s unclear how long Mays will be out."


"Yet, Yost has his chance at redemption. The Royals have a legitimate chance at the playoffs, as the Tigers imploded after the trade deadline. Billy Butler, Nori Aoki and the Royals offense have all started to heat up. The bullpen has been a major weapon, as Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland have been the best trio of relievers in baseball."


"The last two months has been kind to Sporting Kansas City as Peter Vermes’ squad has lost only once in its last 10 League matches with a 7-1-2 record over that span. Sporting KC’s form has not only seen them leap to the top of the Eastern Conference – with a share of the MLS Supporters’ Shield – but it has drawn praise from the around the League including a No. 1 spot in this week’s MLSsoccer.com power rankings."


  • Kansas City Star – Mizzou making a strides toward fixing their failure to protect female students:

"First, the school acknowledged, after another ESPN “Outside The Lines” report, that it had not complied with proper procedures in the wake of a 2008 sexual assault report against former MU tailback Derrick Washington.“We failed to do a Title IX investigation of that case,” new MU chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said during a teleconference. “That’s true. That was wrong. We didn’t do it. We should have.”This admission in itself is part of progress, maybe even major progress, in the aftermath of the January ESPN report on Menu Courey: The former MU swimmer committed suicide in 2011, a year after she said she was raped"

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

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