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Cowtown Rundown: Kansas City Sports News 7/18

Here's your daily dose of Kansas City sports news...

Royals continue losing streak

Sigh...From Athletics Nation:

Nothing makes for a more enjoyable barbecuing of dead/unconscious/injured animals like a game won in the 9th inning. Adam Rosales, who has taken over the role of "being Marco Scutaro," cracked a two out base hit up the middle off of Royals' closer Joaquim Soria to score Kurt Suzuki, who had doubled, and break a 5-5 tie.

Yes, Joakim Soria, the guy so good the Royals are probably not going to trade blew it in the 9th. He had only blown two all year so while it's disappointing it's acceptable. Dude can't be perfect, right?

Here's a way to lose a game: The Royals 1-5 hitters went a combined 1-for-17.

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Confirmed: Mizzou baseball assistant leaving for TCU

Yesterday we passed along some rumors via Rock M Nation that Mizzou assistant baseball coach was leaving for TCU. Matt Nestor of the Columbia Tribune confirms those rumors:

Yesterday, Vitello accepted a position as assistant coach yesterday with TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. He will be working with the infielders and hitters while serving as the Horned Frogs’ recruiting coordinator.

“I’m extremely jacked up to be here, because it’s a new challenge,” Vitello said in a phone interview last night. “It’s a good environment here. And it’s a little breath of fresh air in my career.”

Mizzou pitcher Nick Tepesch was selected in the MLB draft but hasn't decided if he'll leave. He said this wouldn't affect his intentions.

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No more Pumps


Yahoo! Sports reports on its website that “due to the Pumps’ financing of elite summer prep basketball teams, the NCAA has designated the brothers as ‘Individual(s) associated with a prospect,’ and made financial relationships impermissible between the Pumps’ foundation and Div. I schools and their coaching staffs.”

If the Pumps sound familiar, they should. They're a pair of brothers that are considered major powerbrokers in the world of college basketball. They run elite summer camps that often feature Bill Self and Lew Perkins in the stands as well as a company that helps place coaches in new jobs. Yahoo!'s investigation into the KU ticket scandal involved the Pumps. In addition, Bill Self and Lew Perkins reportedly frequently talked to the Pumps. There's been no legal action at this point and it's unclear if they are included in the investigation anymore.

Check out Rock Chalk Talk for more KU Jayhawks news.

Chiefs coach falling at American Century tournament

Chiefs head coach Todd Haley is participating in the American Century Gold Championship this weekend in Lake Tahoe. It's all for charity but there are a ton of other athletes and coaches competing so you know he wants to win.

On Friday, he was tied for 15th.

On Saturday, he's down to 37th.

I hope a Chiefs player is there lecturing him on being mentally tough down the stretch.

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