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Royals optimistic Omar Infante won’t miss much time after getting hit in jaw by pitch

Omar Infante avoided disaster on Monday evening thanks to an involuntary act: In the instant before Tampa Bay reliever Heath Bell’s 89-mph fastball collided with his jaw, Infante opened his mouth. “If he would have had his jaws closed,” Royals manager Ned Yost said on Tuesday afternoon, “the odds of fracture would have been much greater.”

Napier brings it home for UConn

Shabazz Napier walked slowly through the hallway of the stadium — the tears still drying, the twine from the cut-down net still hanging around his neck.

Infante hurt as Escobar, Vargas lead Royals over Rays 4-2

Alcides Escobar’s three-run double in the sixth inning was the big blow for the Royals in a 4-2 win over the Rays on Monday. But the team received a blow when second baseman Omar Infante was hit in the face by a pitch.

Wichita Sports Hall of Fame announces 2014 class

Former Wichita State baseball coach Gene Stephenson heads a list of 10 individuals, two groups and a reporter who comprise the 2014 Wichita Sports Hall of Fame induction class.

Historic title game boost for women's basketball

Women's college basketball has been looking for that watershed moment when a player or game could transcend the sport.

Varsity Kansas Big Show (April 7, 2014)

Andale track coach Greg Smarsh joins Joanna Chadwick on the Big Show.

Kansas State’s season at crossroads

Kansas State baseball coach Brad Hill refuses to look at the big picture.

Former K-State star Mitch Richmond makes Naismith Hall of Fame

Former Kansas State star Mitch Richmond was announced Monday as a member of the latest Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class.

Wichita State’s Marshall earns Naismith award

Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall added another honor to his history-making season on Sunday when the Atlanta Tipoff Club named him the Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year.

Sale keeps Royals’ offense in check

The text message from James Shields blinked onto his phone one day in December 2012, and Mike Moustakas felt “ecstatic.” Inside his home in Laguna Beach, Calif., Moustakas was overjoyed to learn he would reunite with Shields, his former travel-league coach and the future workhorse of the Royals pitching staff.

Wichita State men, women plan basketball celebrations

Wichita State will celebrate its men’s basketball season on April 24 at Koch Arena.

Kentucky brings up memories of Fab Five

The Fab Five came onto the national basketball landscape like a thunder dunk. You had to notice the five baggy-shorts-wearing freshmen starters from Michigan who made their way to the national championship game.

UConn, Notre Dame advance to historic title game

Women's basketball came away a winner Sunday night. After a season-long buildup, the NCAA tournament will be decided by the perfect championship game.

Shocker report (April 6)

Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie became the first Shocker to homer from both side of the plate since Tim Hayes in 1998, also at Indiana State.

Jayhawks take series from K-State

Kansas defeated Kansas State 2-1 on Sunday in Manhattan, bouncing back from a blowout loss on Friday to take the series from the Wildcats by winning the final two games.

Sycamores complete sweep of Shockers

Wichita State went 1 for 21 with runners in scoring position on its way to getting swept by Indiana State and no other statistic matters much.

Salvador Perez leads Royals past White Sox for second straight win

Salvador Perez flipped his bat as he sprinted down the first base line, a small but telling expression of his excitement. His eighth-inning double provided the winning run in a 4-3 Royals victory over the White Sox on Saturday. Alex Gordon cracked a two-out double to set the table for Perez.

Indiana State takes doubleheader from Wichita State

It is a nine-hour bus ride from Terre Haute to Wichita. The Shockers’ play in Sunday’s series finale will decide whether it is merely unpleasant or if each of the roughly 600 miles are excruciating.

Kansas beats Kansas State 6-3

Kansas piled up 13 hits and beat Kansas State 6-3 on Saturday before a soldout baseball crowd at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan.

Kentucky freshmen against UConn comeback players in NCAA title game

All those Kentucky freshmen against a Connecticut team already with a few championship rings.

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