Kansas City, Terry Nichols says, is ready once again for big-time hockey. As the general manager of a suburban ice-sport and fitness center that draws an estimated 300,000 people annually, many of them hockey players from around the world, Nichols feels uniquely qualified to cast this cowtown and its gleaming new downtown arena as a place where the National Hockey League can thrive.
Ron Gardenhire drives over that bridge to work every day. “Obviously, a baseball game is kind of secondary around here,” said the Twins’ manager, who was on the Interstate 35W bridge near the Metrodome hours before the bridge collapsed Wednesday.
Ronny Paulino quieted some loud booing with a grand slam during a five-run Pittsburgh first inning, and Tony Armas won as a starter for the first time in more than 10 months to carry the Pirates past St. Louis 15-1 Wednesday night.
A fan who yelled encouragement at a player for fighting got an earful from Kansas City coach Herm Edwards.
If St. Louis rookie running back Brian Leonard ever needs a favor, he knows where to turn. While finishing a stellar college career at Rutgers University, Leonard became acquainted with actor James Gandolfini, a Rutgers graduate who attends three or four games a year.
Buddy Bell chose family over baseball on Wednesday, resigning as manager of the last-place Kansas City Royals effective at the end of the season.
Royals unload Dotel, Cards acquire Piniero in baseball moves. Rangers trade away first baseman Teixeira, closer Gagne in separate deals.
Carlos Silva usually sleeps until 1 p.m. when he’s pitching later that night, but trade-deadline anxiety had him up four hours earlier to turn on the television for updates.
Wide receiver Isaac Bruce, a second-round pick in 1994 before the team’s final season on the West Coast, heads into his 14th season coming off a very productive year.
When it comes to developing front-line starting quarterbacks, the Kansas City Chiefs are 0-forever.
The St. Louis Cardinals climbed back into the NL Central race by twice rallying from big deficits against Milwaukee last weekend. The Pittsburgh Pirates should have known better than to give them a second chance.
Bob Stephens, 65, and Harry Besleme, 30, both of Columbia, are playing bocce, an ancient game made popular in Italy. They meet twice a week to prepare for the Special Olympics World Games in China this fall.
ST. LOUIS — Players whose names don’t exactly roll off the tongue are largely responsible for the St. Louis Cardinals’ somewhat improbable presence in the NL Central picture.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ NL Central lead is nearly gone after another terrible week on the road.
Anthony Reyes ended a 12-game regular-season losing streak that began last September, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Saturday night to sweep a day-night doubleheader.
ST. LOUIS — Chris Duncan found a pitch he liked and the result, a grand slam, helped the St. Louis Cardinals avoid a sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs.
KANSAS CITY — Three-time Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes will report to the Kansas City Chiefs’ camp Saturday in a surprise development that comes 21 months after he was knocked out of football by a devastating hit.
ST. LOUIS — Ted Lilly won his seventh straight decision, and Cliff Floyd and Mike Fontenot both drove in two runs in the Chicago Cubs’ 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
KANSAS CITY — Alex Rodriguez moved within one of the 500-home run club, helping the New York Yankees get as close to the Boston Red Sox as they’ve been in 2½ months.
ST. LOUIS — Carlos Zambrano won his NL-leading 13th game and Aramis Ramirez’s third single of the game snapped a seventh-inning tie in the Chicago Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.