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Local Sports Archives for 2023-07

Royals Trade Nicky Lopez to Braves


The Kansas City Royals embraced the trade deadline, trading one of their longest tenured players to build for the future.


Infielder Nicky Lopez was dealt to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday in exchange for left-handed pitcher Taylor Hearn.


Lopez is only 28 years old, and an elite defender, playing second base, shortstop, and third base at an elite level. Lopez has also seen time at first base and in left field.


He was a 5th round pick in 2016 out of Creighton University. The Braves intend to use Lopez as a defensive substitute and pinch hitter late in games.


Hearn has spent a majority of the season in Triple-A, but has been effective with 54 strikeouts in 39 innings, and a 3.66 ERA. Hearn has a strong fastball and slider combination, and the Royals will look to turn him into a strong pitching option moving forward.

Travis Kelce Throws Punch in Practice


An eventful first week of Chiefs training camp reached a boiling point, with star tight end Travis Kelce throwing a punch at a teammate.


Kelce caught a pass in the end zone from Patrick Mahomes and punched Jack Cochrane after the linebacker made a play on the ball, which Kelce felt was after the whistle. 


This was not the first incident of Kelce getting into it with teammates. On Friday, Kelce got into an altercation with defensive back Dicaprio Bootle, who also had gone for the ball following the end of a play.


Kelce took to social media, where he expressed that he needs to be a better leader and better teammate moving forward. Coach Andy Reid added that fights serve no purpose as the team looks to defend their Super Bowl title.

Jayhawks Football Player Charged in Alleged Bomb Threat


A Kansas University football player is facing charges following an alleged bomb threat at the team football facilities.


Kansas Jayhawks offensive lineman Joe Krause, a 21-year old redshirt sophomore from Prairie Village, was arrested by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Monday and charged with "aggravated criminal threat; [causing] terror, evacuation or disruption," per Shreyas Laddha of the Kansas City Star.


The Anderson Family Football Complex, David Booth Memorial Stadium, and Beatty Family Pavilion were all evacuated on Monday for the safety of athletes, staff, and coaches. KU Athletics released a statement saying "We take the safety of our staff and student-athletes very seriously. We are gathering more information and will have no further comment at this time."


If convicted under Kansas law, Krause could face a fine of up to $300,000 or up to 136 months in prison.

Bengals Quarterback Joe Burrow Carted Off with Injury


One of the biggest rivals for the Kansas City Chiefs may be without their quarterback moving forward.


Cincinnati Bengals signal caller Joe Burrow was carted off the field during yesterday's practice after a non-contact injury to his right leg. Burrow had been wearing a sleeve on the leg for the first time in his career, after complaining of discomfort earlier in the week.


It appears the Bengals may have avoided a nightmare scenario, however, as the injury has been deemed not season impacting. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter says Burrow has been diagnosed with a right calf strain.


Burrow is not expected to play any snaps in the preseason, and will have six weeks to heal before the season opener against the Cleveland Browns.


The Bengals and Chiefs square off at Arrowhead Stadium on December 31st.

Royals Looking to Trade Assets


The trade deadline is less than a week away, and the Kansas City Royals have multiple players with high trade value that could be moved this week.


Relief pitcher Scott Barlow is considered the strongest trade piece for the organization, and has multiple teams inquiring about his services. Barlow is under contract through the end of next season, has pitched well against right-handed hitters this season, and has multiple years of closer experience. An advantage for the Royals is a relatively weak reliever market at this year's deadline, with Barlow one of the top arms along with Detroit's Alex Lange, and Colorado's Brent Suter.


An interesting development for the team is what they decide to do with reliever Carlos Hernandez. The 26-year-old is under contract until 2028 and has emerged as one of the stronger arms in the KC bullpen. There may not be a time to get higher value for Hernandez, however, and the team will have to decide whether to move him at peak value or keep him and build around his talent.


Teams around the league have also inquired about infielder Nicky Lopez, who is an elite level defender with versatility across the infield, as well as outfielder Edward Olivares, who is considered a great bench bat who can hit left-handed pitching and play all three outfield spots.

Red Raven Assistant Moving to Indian Hills


A Coffeyville Community College assistant basketball coach is leaving the program for a new coaching opportunity.


Abdul Olusesi is departing the program following four seasons to become the lead assistant coach at Indian Hills Community College, under new head coach Josh Sash.


Red Raven head coach Jay Herkelman says the team will miss Olusesi's energy, and his coaching only improved at CCC.


Olusesi is a Houston, TX native and already has an impressive coaching resume to his name. Prior to his time at CCC, he also spent a season with East Central Community College, qualifying for the NJCAA Region 23 postseason as defensive coordinator.


Herkelman says Olusesi will always be part of the Red Raven family.


Olusesi was also a member of the 2019 NJCAA National Championship team that went 27-3, Herkelman's first national championship.

Colorado to Join Big 12 Conference


The Big 12 Conference has voted unanimously to accept the University of Colorado as the newest member of the league.


Colorado has not yet formally applied for membership, however the vote by university presidents and conference executives is a major step forward in a move that is becoming increasingly likely.


The move to the Big 12 would come following the 2023-24 season and would fall in line with the end of the Pac-12 television contract, meaning the university would not be liable for an exit fee.


ESPN College Football Analyst Desmond Howard says this is a major get for the conference, landing a growing brand in Colorado.


The University of Colorado was a member of the Big 12 from 1996-2010, before leaving for the Pac-12 in 2011. The Buffaloes football program has only had two winning seasons and no bowl wins since the move.

Chiefs Wide Receiver Retires from Football


A former first round pick and Chiefs wide receiver has retired from football at the age of 27.


John Ross was placed on the reserve/retired list earlier this week, following his decision to step away from professional football. Ross was signed by the Chiefs as depth in January.


The claim to fame for Ross is the NFL combine record 4.22 second 40-yard dash he ran in 2017, establishing him as one of the fastest athletes in modern sports history.


Ross played 37 career games, and recorded 998 total yards and 11 total touchdowns. He was drafted 9th overall in 2017, one spot ahead of Patrick Mahomes.

BREAKING: All-American Son of LeBron James Suffers Cardiac Arrest During Workout


Bronny James, incoming University of Southern California freshman basketball player, and oldest son of NBA legend LeBron James, has suffered a cardiac arrest during a USC practice.


James collapsed on the court yesterday during a workout, and was taken to the hospital where he is now in stable condition.


ESPN's Stephen A. Smith says that all thoughts of basketball go out the door with something like this.


The James family asks for respect and privacy at this time, and will continue to provide updates as they become available. They also wish to send thanks and appreciation to the USC medical and athletic staff for their efforts.


Bronny James was a McDonald's All-American during his senior season at Sierra Canyon High School, and was a consensus four-star recruit out of high school.

Jayhawks to Play Home and Home with North Carolina


Two of the nation's most prestigious college basketball programs will square off in back to back seasons beginning next year.


The Kansas Jayhawks and North Carolina Tar Heels have announced a two game deal with each other, playing one game at each team's home site. The first game will be on November 8, 2024 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, and the second game will be November 14, 2025 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Jayhawks coach Bill Self says "These will be two great games from programs whose rich histories are intertwined so much. It will be a special day in both Chapel Hill and Lawrence when we play, and I am looking forward to it."


Kansas and North Carolina are two giants of college basketball with the Jayhawks leading all programs in wins, and North Carolina placing third. The Tar Heels have made the most Final Fours in history as well, with Kansas making the fifth most.

Chiefs Wide Receiver Injured at Practice


A Chiefs wide receiver has been injured to start training camp, and will miss the next few weeks.


Wide receiver Kadarius Toney re-aggravated a knee injury on Sunday that he had a minor procedure on during the offseason. Toney is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Toney was a first round pick by the New York Giants in 2021, and was traded to the Chiefs during last season, in exchange for a pair of draft picks. He was a crucial piece of the Super Bowl win, catching a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, as well as returning a punt 65 yards to set up another late touchdown.


Toney has dealt with injuries frequently during his career. He has missed six games in his rookie season, and missed eight games last year due to numerous health issues.

Wildcats Projected to Make College Football Playoff


Football season in Manhattan is one month away, and a major publication has projected Kansas State to make the College Football Playoff.


Peter Bartell of Fansided released his 2023 CFP picks for 2023, in which he places the Wildcats at #4, along with #1 Alabama, #2 LSU, and #3 Florida State.


Bartell says the reason for this pick is because of the growth of the program under head coach Chris Klieman. Klieman won a pair of national titles at North Dakota State, and is coming off of leading KSU to a ten win season and Big 12 Championship a year ago.


The prediction would result in a 2022 Sugar Bowl rematch against Alabama, in which the Wildcats lost 45-20.


A majority of national outlets consider Kansas State, Texas, and Oklahoma as the three primary favorites for the 2023 Big 12 Championship.

Nado RB Transferring to Indy


A Field Kindley High School football player is transferring to a cross-county rival for his junior season.


Running Back and Defensive End Lamarcus Allen is transferring to Independence High School. As a sophomore, Allen stepped up for the Nado filling in due to multiple injuries to the running back position. Allen ran for 888 yards and 8 touchdowns including a 44 carry, 204 yard and three touchdown game against Labette County High School. On defense, he recorded 40 tackles with two tackles for loss. The transfer was confirmed via social media. In a tweet, Allen says he hopes for the best for his Nado family and will miss the team. While the full reason for the transfer is unknown, it appears it was something out of Allen's control.


The Nado, who were deep at the running back position last year, will miss Allen's production. The team does return Junior Running Back Aaron Tunstall, who only played in two games last season due to a broken leg suffered against Winfield. Expectations are high for FKHS after a strong season last year finishing second in the SEK and returning several starters from last year's team.

Jerome Tang Nearing Extension with Wildcats


Kansas State and head men's basketball coach Jerome Tang are nearing a multiple year contract extension, per mutliple sources.


Official terms of the deal are not known at this time. There is no official timetable for the announcement of the extension, although with similar news in the past, it can be expected to be revealed within the next couple days.


Tang led the Wildcats to a 26-10 record and Elite Eight appearance in his first season in Manhattan. He served as Scott Drew's lead assistant at Baylor for 15 years, before taking his first Division 1 head coaching job at Kansas State.


Tang was named College Hoops Today National Coach of the Year, as well as the Naismith Coach of the Year. Kansas State is once again projected to be a top 8 seed in this year's NCAA Tournament.

Wichita State Alum Shines in NBA Summer League


A Wichita State alum has shown flashes of brilliance in his first NBA action, shining en route to a Summer League Championship.


Craig Porter Jr suited up for the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, averaging 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal, and a block per game.


He says that the NBA action is so much faster paced than his experience in college.


Porter started his career at the JUCO level, winning the 2019 NJCAA National Championship with Vincennes University in Indiana.


He says that his experiences in JUCO have helped him appreciate how far he's come even more.


Porter is on a two-way contract with the Cavaliers, meaning he will most likely see time with both the NBA team and the G-League affiliate Canton Charge.

Will Howard Ready to Lead Wildcats to Top


Kansas State is inching closer to taking the field and defending their Big 12 Championship, and their senior quarterback will be the x-factor in repeating that success.


Will Howard emerged in Manhattan following an injury to preseason starter Adrian Martinez during the season. Howard impressed enough to be considered one of the best signal callers in the conference entering 2023.


Although he had to wait three years for his opportunity at Kansas State, Howard says he never once thought about transferring.


With the Wildcats now entering conversations for the College Football Playoff contenders, the spotlight has fallen on Howard. He says he is thankful for the opportunity he's been given.


A Big 12 Championship was an impressive feat, but the Wildcats have their eyes set on even more. Howard says the standards are higher and the bar is raised for Wildcat football.


Kansas State will begin their title defense on September 2nd.

Chiefs Open Training Camp


The Kansas City Chiefs officially kicked off the 2023-24 season today, reporting to training camp for the first time.


Super Bowl MVP Quarterback Patrick Mahomes spoke to the media following practice. He says first and foremost, his ankle is finally healed after playing nearly the entire postseason hurt.


Although the Chiefs have won two of the past four Super Bowls, the team isn't concerned about a potential Super Bowl hangover. Mahomes says his goal for the team is to learn and get better with each week.


Kansas City has not grown complacent either, according to Mahomes. He says that once you reach the top of the mountain, you'll do anything to get back there.


The first preseason game for the defending champions will be August 13th against the New Orleans Saints.

Jayhawk Stars Speak About Upcoming Season


The Kansas Jayhawks are ready to build upon their impressive 2022 season, and the stars of the team are leading the charge.


Quarterback Jalon Daniels took the nation by storm a season ago, lighting up the college football world with highlight plays and the first 5-0 start for the Jayhawks in 15 years. He says he's working every day to make sure he's even better this year.


Star running back Devin Neal was one of the four players on KU last season to be First Team All-Conference. He says the running back room is deeper than it's ever been, and he's excited to show it on the field.


The Jayhawks had their best season since 2008, winning six games and earning a bowl bid against Arkansas. Daniels says the next step for the program is more consistent execution on the field by the players.


Kansas opens the 2023 season on September 1st.

Red Raven Athletes Honored for Academic Success


A total of 72 Coffeyville Community College athletes, as well as five athletic programs, have been recognized by the NJCAA for outstanding academic success this year.


The NJCAA gives out All-Academic Awards to Teams for a cumulative GPA above 3.00. Women's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, and Softball all earned NJCAA All-Academic Team status.


Individual All-Academic honors are broken up into three tiers (First Team- 4.00 GPA, Second Team- 3.80-3.99 GPA, Third Team- 3.60-3.79 GPA).


First Team Academic All-Americans at CCC are Emma Alt, Cheyenne Banks, Evan Bannister, Jack Bell, Tremaine Browne, Taylor Buena, Arielle Davis, Oliwia Dyja, Grant Edwards, Mario Fuente, Wyatt Goode, Lainey Hardman, Grady James, Alexcia Jones, Caterina La Manna, Raul Lavado, Riley Palmer, Anthony Sellars, Alessandra Thompson, Eric Thompson, and Miyah White.


Second and Third Team Academic All-Americans can be found HERE.


*photo courtesy of CCC*

Jayhawks Aiming to Build Off Historic Season


The Kansas Jayhawks played during bowl season for the first time in over a decade last year, and they aim to build on a program-changing season.


A major reason for the excitement of Kansas football from both fans and the media alike is star quarterback Jalon Daniels. Daniels was one of the conference's best players last season, and was recently named the 2023 Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.


Jayhawks Coach Lance Leipold says Daniels is just as impressive off the field.


The six wins that KU ended the season with was the most by the program since the 2008 season. Leipold says the reason for the turnaround is being able to instill trust and routine within the program.


Kansas will open the 2023 season against Missouri State on September 1st.

Kansas State Ready to Defend Title


Kansas State football is only weeks away, and the Wildcats were the hot topic at Big 12 Media Day this week.


Head Coach Chris Klieman, now entering his fifth season as coach, says that the program values player development, which has shown in the results.


The Wildcats played in five one-score games last season. Klieman says the parity across the conference makes it one of the nation's best.


The Big 12 will be welcoming four new programs to the conference this fall, with Brigham Young, Central Florida, Houston, and Cincinnati entering the Power 5. Klieman says the conference has done an outstanding job targeting programs with talent and success.


Kansas State will open the 2023 football season at home against Southeast Missouri State on September 2nd.

Royals Return From All-Star Break


The Kansas City Royals return to the field this weekend, squaring off with the Tampa Bay Rays following the All-Star Break.


The Royals have had plenty to be frustrated about in the first half of the season, from a disappointing 26-65 record, the season-ending shoulder injury to young slugger Vinnie Pasquantino, and the regression of pitcher Brady Singer.


First year manager Matt Quatraro says his group needed a chance to step away and reset themselves.


The second half of the season will be crucial to follow the development of young prospects, both in the major leagues and minor leagues, to get a glimpse of the future of Royals baseball. Infielder Maikel Garcia and Bobby Witt Jr lead the charge of young big league talent, with top prospects Gavin Cross, Tyler Gentry, Nick Loftin, and Samad Taylor looking to impress as well.


Kansas City welcomes the Rays to Kauffman Stadium beginning tonight, with right-hander Alec Marsh facing off with Rays star Tyler Glasnow.

Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes Win Big at ESPY Awards


The 2023 ESPY Awards took place earlier this week in Los Angeles, and the Kansas City Chiefs were the stars of the show.


The Chiefs won the award for Best Team, edging out the NBA Champion Denver Nuggets and the NCAA Basketball Champion UConn Huskies and LSU Tigers.


Star tight end Travis Kelce was one of the team representatives at the awards, and says he has learned countless life lessons from being a professional athlete.


Defensive Player of the Year finalist Chris Jones also spoke, saying that he was placed into the perfect situation by being drafted to Kansas City.


MVP Quarterback Patrick Mahomes also collected new hardware, winning the ESPY for Best NFL Player, Best Male Athlete, and Best Athlete. He says Chiefs Kingdom has the best fans in the world.


The Chiefs report to training camp next week.

Caney Alum Jace Kaminska Drafted by Rockies


A former Caney Valley Bullpup has been selected in the 10th round of the 2023 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies.


Right-handed pitcher Jace Kaminska was selected 292nd overall in the draft. He says the moment was surreal for him and his family.


Kaminska was dominant in his high school career at Caney, striking out 32 consecutive batters over a stretch and throwing a perfect game. He says after being able to overpower hitters in high school, he learned how to truly pitch during his college career.


The Rockies first reached out to Kaminska last month for an interview. He says the conversations that both parties had made it seem like a good fit from the start.


Kaminska threw 72 innings this season at Nebraska, compiling a 7-3 record and a 4.14 earned run average. He says because of his college work load, the Rockies plan to ease him in to professional baseball.


Citizens of Caney, supporters of Wichita State and Nebraska baseball, and now fans of the Colorado Rockies will all be paying close attention to the career of Jace Kaminska. He says the organization is getting a determined pitcher that is going to fight his way to the top.


Kaminska will report to the Rockies spring training complex on Saturday.

Royals Continue to Draft Exciting Talent


The Kansas City Royals continue to bolster the farm system, adding seven additional draft picks to the 2023 class.


In the third round, the Royals selected right-handed pitcher Hiro Wyatt out of Westport, Connecticut. He's the third prep pitcher from the East Coast to be drafted by the Royals in the past three years, following 2021 first round pick Frank Mozzicato and fourth round pick Shane Panzini.


MLB Network's Jonathan Mayo says Wyatt has a devestating slider.


The fifth round saw Kansas City select outfielder Spencer Nivens from Missouri State. Nivens, a Columbia, MO. native, nearly didn't make the Missouri State roster in 2022.


Mayo says he transformed into a dominant hitter and could project as a future center fielder.


The Royals rounded out Day 2 of the draft with left-handed pitcher Jacob Widener from Oral Roberts. Roberts is a 6-foot-7 lefty with devestating stuff, tallying 80 strikeouts in only 49 innings last season. He has drawn comparisons to Randy Johnson due to his delivery and frame.

Royals Select Top High School Catcher in First Round


The first round of the 2023 MLB Draft took place last night in Seattle, and the Kansas City Royals walk away with the top high school catcher in the country.


MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the pick announcement of the newest Royals first round selection.


Blake Mitchell has been considered one of the top high school players in the class for multiple years now, being named male athlete of the year in the state of Texas back to back years.


MLB Network's team of draft analysts say that Mitchell has top tier arm strength, and is an exciting prospect to keep an eye on.


Mitchell is just 18 years old, and should slot in as a Top 5 prospect in the Royals organization. Kansas City also selected high school right-handed pitcher Blake Wolters with the 44th overall pick, as well as collegiate center fielder Carson Roccaforte with the 66th overall pick.

Chiefs Still in Contact with DeAndre Hopkins


There are three NFL teams considered front runners for All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, and the Kansas City Chiefs remain one of the favorites to land the star.


Hopkins is 31 years old and has spent 10 years in the NFL, making five Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams, while being considered one of the top receivers in the world.


NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler says that the Chiefs have continued to have contact with Hopkins, and could end up landing him.


The main obstacle for Kansas City is the salary cap, with the team currently having the least amont of current cap space in the league. In order for the Chiefs to free up money, they are having extension talks with defensive tackle Chris Jones, however those negotiations could linger into August.


Hopkins has also visited with the Patriots, Titans, and Texans during the offseason. The Patriots and Titans are considered the favorites to land the former first round pick.

Kansas State Looking for Name Sponsor for Bramlage Coliseum


Kansas State Athletics is looking for a name sponsor to potentially replace the title of Bramlage Coliseum.


KSU announced a partnership with Independent Sports and Entertainment ysterday, who will be assisting the program in a search for a name brand sponsor.


ISE is a sports marketing agency that focuses on generating revenue for organizations. They partner with schools such as West Virginia, Ole Miss, California, and Vanderbilt, as well as ESPN, the College Football Playoff, and the WNBA.


The move comes following one of the most successful calendar years in Kansas State history, with the football program winning the 2022 Big 12 Championship, the men's basketball team going on a run to the Elite Eight under Naismith Coach of the Year Jerome Tang, and the women's basketball team projected to be one of the nation's best teams with the return of All-American Ayoka Lee.


The Wildcats have called Bramlage Coliseum home since 1988, with both men's and women's basketball winning more than 70% of their home games since the arena's opening.

Wichita State Athletics Hosting Gala


The inaugural Black and Yellow Gala will be hosted next month, courtesy of Wichita State Athletics.


The evening will consist of a dinner and auction, and all proceeds will support intercollegiate sports at Wichita State.


Auction items include personalized jerseys, a Kansas City Chiefs experience, Kansas and Kansas State trip packages, a Wichita State branded golf cart, and special team experiences.


The gala will take place inside Charles Koch Arena on August 19th, and a table of eight is priced at $1,600 and individual tickets are $200. Dinner, drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be provided through a variety of local businesses.


Doors open at 5 p.m. for the silent auction followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (316) 978-FANS or click HERE.

Jalon Daniels Named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year


The Kansas Jayhawks have been turning the football program around the past several seasons, and the star player that has been the driver of the transformation received a major honor.


Junior quarterback Jalon Daniels has been named the Big 12 Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Daniels becomes the first Preseason OPOY winner in the history of the program, and joins Dorance Armstrong as the only two to be named a preseason individual award winner by the Big 12.


Daniels had a breakthrough season in 2022, leading the Jayhawks to their first 5-0 start since 2008. He finished with 2,014 passing yards and 18 touchdown passes, despite missing four games due to injury, and was named Second Team All-Big 12.


Daniels took the country by storm in the Liberty Bowl, completing 37 passes for more than 560 yards of total offense and six total touchdowns in a triple overtime loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks. He is considered a Top 20 quarterback in the country by many, and is even considered a sleeper contender for the Heisman trophy entering the 2023 season.

Garden City Alum to Umpire MLB All-Star Game


A Kansas native and Garden City Community College alum has been announced as the lead umpire in next week's MLB All-Star Game.


Todd Tichenor will be the home plate umpire and crew chief for the game in Seattle on July 11th.


Tichenor played baseball at Garden City CC from 1995 until 1997. He says that the people that came into his life while at Garden are still in his life to this day, and that he owes a lot to the school and the people.


This will be the second All-Star Game for Tichenor, also umpiring in the 2014 game in Minneapolis. He became a full-time MLB umpire in 2012, and was promoted to crew chief earlier this year.


Tichenor has been umpiring MLB games for 14 seasons, and was on the crew for the 2020 World Series. He still calls Kansas home, residing in Holcomb.

Four Wildcats, Four Jayhawks Named to Preseason All-Big 12


A quartet of Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats have been announced to the preseason all-conference team.


Quarterback Jalon Daniels is the top rated signal caller in the Big 12, also being named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in the conference.


Additional Jayhawks on the All-Big 12 team are running back Devin Neal, offensive lineman Mike Novitsky, and defensive back Cobee Bryant.


Leading the way for the Wildcats is All-American offensive lineman Cooper Beebe. Also on the all-conference team for KSU are fullback Ben Sinnott, kick returner and punt returner Phillip Brooks, and defensive back Kobe Savage. Kansas State running back Treshaun Ward was also named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.


USA Today predicts Kansas to finish 7th in the 2023 season, while Kansas State is slated to come in 2nd.

Royals Rookie Emerging as Key Contributor


In a year of major struggle for the Kansas City Royals, the organization may have discovered their next star infielder as they move towards a new era of competitive baseball.


Rookie Maikel Garcia was a top five prospect in the system entering the 2023 season, but was mainly regarded for his defensive ability and speed. Many scouts believed that his hitting tools would take time to develop.


While the power numbers haven't been eye-popping just yet, the rookie has been impressive at the plate, particularly this week. Garcia was moved to the leadoff spot over the weekend and since then has hit 12-for-19 with six runs scored, three runs batted in, two stolen bases, and only three strikeouts.


Garcia, with the help of translator Luis Perez, says that he is able to consistently put the bat on the ball because of how well he sees it.


Garcia is still just 23 years old, and is hitting .297 with three home runs, 21 runs batted in, and 13 stolen bases this season.

Five Former Wildcats Playing in NBA Summer League


There will be familiar faces in the Summer League, with five former Kansas State Wildcats on rosters.


Keyontae Johnson was drafted in the second round of the draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and made his professional debut earlier this week in Salt Lake City.


Markquis Nowell signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors following the draft and will make his professional debut on Friday evening in Las Vegas against the Chicago Bulls.


Other KSU alumni in the 2023 Summer League are Barry Brown Jr, Mark Smith, and Xavier Sneed. Sneed ended last season on the Charlotte Hornets roster after signing a two-way contract.


Both Brown Jr and Smith are returning state side after impressive seasons overseas.

NFL Blames Chiefs, Eagles Players for Field Conditions in Super Bowl


Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles have complained about the field conditions in Super Bowl LVII, and the NFL seems to know who is at fault.


Pro Football Talk says that owners have been asking the league why the turf on the field was so slick, causing numerous players to slip during the course of the game. The league responded, however, by saying that players are at fault for not wearing the correct cleats in the game.


Eagles edge rusher Haason Reddick called it the "worst field" he's ever played on. Saftey C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who was on the Eagles during the Super Bowl, said earlier this week that he went through three different cleats during pre-game, and that the studs weren't working for any cleats.


George Toma, who has worked all 57 Super Bowls as groundskeeper or a consultant, says the blame should be on NFL field director Ed Mangan. Toma believes that Mangan overwatered the field and did not sand it enough, leading to a slicker surface on the turf.

Jayhawks Land Pair of Edge Rushers


The Kansas Jayhawks celebrated the 4th of July weekend in style, landing two highly touted edge rushers in the Class of 2024.


Deshawn Warner of Desert Edge High School in Arizona, chose the Jayhawks on Saturday over schools such as Texas, Washington, and Oregon State. Warner is a 6-foot-4 and 225 pound defensive end, and ranked the 12th best player in the state of Arizona.


Joining Warner as a new Jayhawk commit is Dakyus Brinkley, a linebacker from Katy, Texas. Brinkley is a four-star recruit, and chose KU over Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State.


Brinkley is rated the 27th best outside linebacker in the country, and he tallied 41 tackles and two sacks last season at Seven Lakes High School. Brinkley is the son of former NFL linebacker Jasper Brinkley and Olympic hurdler Kellie Wells-Brinkley.


If Brinkley signs with the Jayhawks in December, he would be the highest rated high school commit in program history.

Salvador Perez Named Royals All-Star Rep


The Royals captain has been named to the All-Star Game for the eighth time in his Major League career.


Catcher Salvador Perez was named as the team representative for the 2023 All-Star Weekend in Seattle next week. Perez is one of three catchers on the American League roster, joining Texas' Jonah Heim, and Baltimore's Adley Rutschman.


Royals manager Matt Quatraro made the announcement to the clubhouse before Sunday's win over the Dodgers.


This is the first All-Star selection for Perez since 2021, when he tied the MLB home run lead with 48 homers. The 33-year-old veteran is hitting .253 with 15 home runs and 40 runs batted in this season.


He says that Kansas City has become a second home for him and his family.


Perez is second in franchise history with his eight All-Star appearances, behind only Hall of Famer George Brett with 13.

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