Win or lose, sports offer “normalcy” and sense of community for Joplin

JOPLIN -- We have all seen the photos, the scenes of destruction, the death, the seemingly aftermath of a War Zone. Picking up the pieces has not been easy, but an amazing humanitarian and volunteer effort has helped. They say sports is a reprieve and helps return those in times of disaster and tragedy to normalcy, or at least distract them from reality, at least for a few hours. This is certainly the case down in Joplin, where the football team has become a symbol for the residents and the students of Joplin High. Here is a great piece from ESPN's "Outside the Lines" And some of our local teams have done their part in giving their helping hand. In the days after the devastating EF5 tornado, the Chiefs held a disaster relief fund in the parking lot of the Truman Sports Complex, collecting thousands of dollars, waters and goods for the city. They also went to Joplin to help out in the relief effort. But Matt Cassel and the Chiefs didn't stop there when helping the students [Read more...]

Royals pound Sox, stay hot

Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation CHICAGO--The Royals offense continued to pound away and Bruce Chen threw a 2-hitter as the Royals won for the ninth time in 11 games, 11-1 Friday night at Chicago. Chen (12-8) allowed just two hits in eight innings and the Royals hit four homeruns and had 18 hits. Rookie Phenom Eric Hosmer hit his 19th homer of the year, and is one away from being the first Royals rookie to hit 20 homeruns since Mark Quinn in 2000.

Streaking Royals win 7th straight, longest streak since 2008

Brian Graham, KCSportsNation The Royals are well out of the race, so they have nothing to play for, right? Don’t tell them that. The young Royals won their seventh straight game Saturday night, 10-3, sending the White Sox to their seventh straight loss. Mike Moustakas hit his third homerun (4) in four games, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Moustakas is hitting .519 in the streak.