Around the Kingdom: Royals vs. Tigers Series, Jamaal Charles, Jeff Allen, K-State v. Auburn


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The Kansas City Royals enjoyed an off day on Thursday before beginning their biggest series in the last 25 years. They face the Detroit Tigers in a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium, with 11 games left in the season and the Royals trailing the Tigers by 1/2 game.

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Kansas City fans have been waiting 29 years for a series like this. Owner David Glass has been involved with the team for 20 years and has not seen a series with this importance. Dayton Moore’s legacy in Kansas City could be determined the the results from this weekend.

Hey, that’s what makes sports fun.

The Royals did get a piece of good news Thursday night. Kansas City now holds the top A.L. wild card position after the Oakland A’s lost 7-2 to the Rangers, continuing Oakland’s epic 2nd-half collapse.

The Chiefs travel to Miami in hopes of avoiding a season-killing 0-3 start. Kansas City has lost 8 out of its last 10 games in Miami and have a poor track record in South Florida overall. The team desperately needs to reverse its recent fortunes in Miami to get back on track. ers

They did get some good news on Thursday with Jamaal Charles returning to a limited role in practice after suffering a high-ankle sprain on Sunday.

Kansas State lost a tough game Thursday night, falling 20-14 to no. 5 Auburn at Manhattan. Kansas State could not overcome its own miscues against a powerful foe like Auburn.

Meanwhile, Sporting KC won its Champions League CONCACAF game against Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa 3-1 at Sporting Park. No MLS has won the CONCACAF trophy in their 18 years of existence, and only 2 teams have advanced to the finals. Sporting hopes to change that this season.


"To no ones surprise, Detroit will skip their rookie and roll with established starters in Kansas City. Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello get the starting nods."

"One of the biggest stories of the season’s second half has been the historic decline of the Oakland Athletics. They are flirting with accomplishing the extremely difficult feat of having the best record in baseball at the All Star break, and then missing the playoff"


"Reading this post is heart-breaking in so many ways. It is easy to forget about the human element – families, health, well-being, ect. – while just being a fan of the Chiefs and constantly worrying about wins and losses. Marissa’s post is very raw and worth reading in full. Plus there are some pictures of Jeff in there you may find interesting."

"he answer to everyone’s fantasy football question — will Jamaal Charles or Knile Davis play on Sunday vs. the Miami Dolphins? — probably won’t be answered until Sunday morning. Andy Reid is scheduled to speak to the media on Friday but it doesn’t make sense for him to give any updates on Charles."


  • KStateSports.com – Wildcats fell 20-14 to no. 5 Auburn in a game in which both teams squandered opportunities:

"Both teams had their fair share of missed opportunities in changing the final result. While the Wildcats were unable to cash in on three field goal attempts, they also went 2-for-5 in the red zone after starting the season 12-for-12 and could not take advantage of solid field position, including three drives in Auburn territory. Conversely, Auburn’s offense most notably missed on two deep ball opportunities in the first half, including a drop by Williams on 3rd-and-6 for a certain seven for the Tigers."


  • SportingKC.com – Sporting takes 3-1 victory over Deportivo Saprissa at Sporting Park:

"Sporting Kansas City moved atop the Group 2 standings in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa at Sporting Park on Thursday. Antonio Dovale scored twice in the second half and now has three goals in the tournament, while Dom Dwyer converted a first half penalty kick for his 20th goal in all competition this season."

  • Reporting KC – MLS needs to make statement in CONCACAF tourney:

"It is important for MLS teams to consider the CONCACAF Champions League an important competition because it is a measuring stick for which country holds power in North America.  Given MLS’s rather recent success, I find it impressive that MLS clubs have done well relative to their salary cap and other limitations that Mexican clubs do not face."

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