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The Kansas City Star

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Past articles by Sam:

Mellinger Minutes: Tyreek Hill, lots of soccer, Royals trades and Chiefs grades

The drama of waiting to hear Tyreek Hill’s NFL suspension will be over soon. A matter of days. Could be this week, according to a source, but more likely next week for the star Chiefs receiver. → Read More

New Sportsbeat KC podcast: KC Royals future (Perez, Ned Yost, more) + World Cup champs

New Sportsbeat KC podcast: Kansas City Star sports columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian join host Blair Kerkhoff to talk Salvador Perez, Bubba Starling and Ned Yost with KC Royals, plus World Cup soccer. → Read More

How the 2019 Royals can still make progress: five keys to ponder this summer

From Adalberto Mondesi’s progression and development to manager Ned Yost’s future with the club, there’s some important stuff left to watch for the struggling 2019 Kansas City Royals. → Read More

The precarious state of Sporting Kansas City: ‘I’m not going to panic now,’ coach says

Peter Vermes has built Sporting Kansas City’s success largely on stability. That’s being challenged now more than ever. → Read More

Mellinger Minutes: Merrifield’s example, Chris Jones’ holdout & better insults for KC

Mellinger Minutes: talking Kansas City Chiefs, Royals, Whit Merrifield’s All-Star accomplishment and more. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: All-Star Whit Merrifield and sports betting in Missouri, Kansas

This episode of our SportsBeat KC podcast spotlights Whit Merrifield of the KC Royals being named to the All-Star Game, and the future of legalized sports betting in Missouri, Kansas. → Read More

The challenges and potential of legalized sports betting in Kansas and Missouri

Both Kansas and Missouri are considering legalizing sports betting. → Read More

Dayton Moore says ‘I believe in the fight’ of the Royals. But that belief needs proof

The Kansas City Royals, who are losing at a record 111-loss pace, are working to prevent this season from becoming a total loss. The team is frustrated that breakout seasons by Adalberto Mondesi and others haven’t led to more wins. → Read More

Chiefs star Chris Jones’ holdout and what it means for his future

The Kansas City Chiefs and defensive lineman Chris Jones, who did not report for the team’s voluntary practices and mandatory minicamp, are not particularly close on a long-term contract deal and the situation figures to grow more contentious before it resolves. → Read More

Bayern Munich-AC Milan match in KC moving to Children’s Mercy Park. Here are details

FC Bayern Munich and AC Milan are visiting Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Park in July. → Read More

Royals prospect Bobby Witt Jr.’s next challenge: ‘He ain’t tasted his own blood yet’

The Kansas City Royals signed No. 2 overall pick Bobby Witt Jr. and he is as ready to reach the major leagues as any shortstop prospect could ever be — physically, mentally, emotionally, everything. A large part of a struggling franchise’s future depends on whether he can. → Read More

Mellinger Minutes: Royals stink, Hill case lingers, Soler’s hidden problem, Ned, NHL

This week’s Mellinger Minutes column focuses on the Royals (who stink), the Tyreek Hill case lingering, Jorge Soler’s hidden problem, Ned Yost and weather the NHL would work in Kansas City. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: Could KC be an NHL or NBA city? Plus Hill, Royals, Big Papi

With the Stanley Cup Final and the NBA Finals winding down, Kansas City Star sports columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger make the case (or not) for Kansas City as an NBA or NHL city. Also on this episode of the SportsBeat KC podcast, the columnists and host Blair Kerkhoff break down the latest Tyreek Hill news, attempt to find meaning in the Royals’ losing ways, send best wishes for a… → Read More

The Royals’ frustration is building, one mark of Ned Yost’s blue pen at a time

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and GM Dayton Moore are searching for answers, but the current pace of this club is 112 losses, which would be by far the worst season in franchise history. → Read More

Art Stewart, involved in every draft the Royals ever had, is ready to make it one more

Longtime Kansas City Royals scout Art Stewart, at age 92, is still involved with the team and ready to make his traditional last selection of the MLB Draft. → Read More

Mellinger Minutes: Bobby Witt Jr., Ned Yost, Patrick Mahomes and dad’n

In this week’s Mellinger Minutes, Sam writes about KC Royals draft pick Bobby Witt Jr. and Ned Yost, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes wearing a Blues jersey, and ranks KU, K-State and Mizzou coaches. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: Royals draft Bobby Witt Jr. — and stop comparing him to Mahomes

On this episode of SportsBeat KC, the Kansas City Star’s sports podcast, host Blair Kerkhoff talks with columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian about No. 1 Royals draft pick Bobby Witt Jr.’s impact — and why he’s not going to be the Patrick Mahomes of the Royals. Also, Royals beat writer Lynn Worthy calls in from Dallas, where he interviewed Witt and his father, former major league pitcher… → Read More

Chiefs star Tyrann Mathieu has love for (and complicated relationship with) New Orleans

Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu’s path from New Orleans to Kansas City → Read More

Good job fixing the Silvio De Sousa mistake at KU, NCAA. Now do the same for Mizzou

Kansas basketball forward Silvio De Sousa won his appeal, with a ruling that the NCAA overstepped with its two-year suspension. The Missouri Tigers should get the same surprisingly fair outcome as the Jayhawks. → Read More

The Kansas City Chiefs and the position they’d most like to upgrade (still)

Still true: The Kansas City Chiefs’ cornerbacks group, as presently constructed, is both not good enough to maximize the team’s Super Bowl chances and stands as the team’s most likely fatal flaw. → Read More