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Young pulled early, Royals fall short in loss to Cardinals

By R.B. FALLSTROM (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Ned Yost pulled Chris Young early, leaning on relievers who threw five scoreless innings. The Kansas City Royals’ comeback bid fell just short.…

ESPN, Missouri Valley Conference agree on 10-year extension

(BRISTOL, Conn., AP) — ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference have agreed to a 10-year extension on their media rights deal that increases coverage of the league through the 2023-24…

Moustakas, Hosmer belt homers, Volquez pitches into 8th inning in Royals’ 5-1 win over Pirates

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Edinson Volquez wanted to go nine innings, but had to settle for a victory against his old team and a standing ovation. He did pitch…

Potential SEC contenders relying on players back from injury

By JOHN ZENOR (Associated Press) — The fortunes of several potential Southeastern Conference contenders could hinge largely on players returning from serious injuries. Two of Mississippi’s — and the SEC’s…

Sale, White Sox lose 4-1 to Royals

By JAY COHEN (CHICAGO, AP) — Chris Sale’s fastball was all over the place, and that is a big problem when the Kansas City Royals are in town. Sale allowed…

Mules past, present show well at Missouri Stroke Play Championship

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) — Central Missouri golfers past and present were all over the top of the leaderboard at the 2015 Missouri Stroke Play Championship played at St. Joseph Country…

Japan to start from scratch on Tokyo Olympic stadium plan

By MARI YAMAGUCHI (TOKYO, AP) — Japan scrapped the design of the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games because of soaring costs Friday and said it will reopen bidding…

Houston, Bryant among franchised players to sign big deals

The Associated Press (NEW YORK, AP) — Big names. Huge playmakers. And, now, enormous paydays. Four of five NFL players who had franchise tags assigned to them signed long-term contracts…

Trout hits leadoff HR, wins MVP as AL All-Stars top NL 6-3

By RONALD BLUM (CINCINNATI, AP) — Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball’s new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats walked…

SEC commissioner: League leading the way on social issues

By DAVID BRANDT (HOOVER, Ala., AP) — Former Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive was known to invoke the words of historical figures like Winston Churchill when talking about challenges facing…