Hosmer, Morales, Rios power Royals to 13-2 win over Rangers

Royals 13

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Rangers 2

(0-1, 0-1 home)

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KC 6 0 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 13 15 0
TEX 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 2

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Eric Hosmer and Royals newcomers Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios hit consecutive first-inning homers, and AL champion Kansas City routed the Texas Rangers 13-2 on Wednesday in the spring training opener for both teams.

Hosmer hit a three-run shot off Rangers starter Colby Lewis that landed on the grassy berm well beyond the centerfield fence. Morales went deep to right field and Rios went to left, giving Kansas City a 6-0 lead before Lewis had even recorded an out.

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Source: Cowboys reach agreement on a 4-year deal with WR Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) smiles on the sideline during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field in Chicago, Thursday, December 4, 2014. The Cowboys won 41-28.

The Cowboys have reached an agreement on a four-year, $13.6 million deal with wide receiver Cole Beasley, according to a source. The contract includes a $4 million signing bonus and $7 million in guaranteed money. With performance incentives, he could make as much as $15.1 million off the deal.

The former SMU standout entered the off-season as a restricted free agent. Since being signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Beasley has steadily improved and gained more playing time.

Beasley, who turns 26 in April, played in all 16 games last season. He set career-highs with 420 receiving yards and four touchdowns. In Dallas’ two playoff games, Beasley made seven catches on 11 targets for 101 yards.

The 5-8 slot receiver is what Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett calls, “quarterback friendly.”

“He’s a really interesting player,” Garrett said in January. “He’s got a lot of unique skills, he’s a hard matchup for guys, he’s hard to cover in man, he’s hard to cover in zone.

“More than anything else, his mentality is really good. He’s got great confidence in himself, he’s got a really good feel for playing the game, and I think he understands that some how, some way he’s going to present himself to the quarterback and be open. I think that instills a lot of confidence in the quarterback to throw it to him.

“We’ve known about who he is for a long time, he’s a damn good player.”

Beasley really started to emerge during the final six games of the regular season. He totaled 277 yards and four touchdowns as the Cowboys went 5-1 during that stretch.

“He’s quick, he’s fast, he’s explosive and he’s strong,” Garrett said. “He’s a sneaky guy cause when he walks in, he looks like the paperboy. He does. He’s like, ‘Hey, give me my $3.85 for the last seven days.’ He’s something else. He just has a knack about him and I think people do underappreciate how physically talented he is.”

DeMarco Murray would reportedly give Cowboys hometown discount

As expected, the Dallas Cowboys decided to use their franchise tag on Dez Bryant rather than DeMarco Murray. Keeping both Bryant and Murray — in addition to Tony Romo’s massive salary — is going to be incredibly challenging for Jerry Jones and company. A hometown discount would help.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Murray is expected to remain with the Cowboys if they offer a salary similar to the one he could receive on the open market.

 

According to Pro Football Talk, Werder also noted that Murray would even be willing to accept a “small hometown discount” if Dallas offers slightly less than other teams. If some team blows the Cowboys’ offer out of the water, Murray will leave.

A lot of teams avoid signing running backs to lucrative contracts, but there is no arguing that Murray was the engine that made the Cowboys go in 2014. The 27-year-old carried the ball a whopping 392 times and caught 57 passes. Plus, the other top running back that is reportedly interested in playing in Dallas could command even more money than Murray.

Personally, I don’t think the Cowboys should break the bank for Murray given his age and injury history. But if he’s willing to take less than market value, the decision would be a bit easier.

LeSean McCoy traded to Bills for Kiko Alonso

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso, according to a report.

Adam Schefter reported the news Tuesday and says the trade will be made official next week when the new league year begins.

Though news of the trade is shocking on the surface given that McCoy was an All-Pro running back two seasons ago, but it was hard not to see a split coming. McCoy’s cap number for next season is nearly $12 million, and reports said the Eagles were unlikely to keep him.

Alonso missed all of last season as he recovered from a torn ACL. Alonso, who played his college ball at Oregon under Chip Kelly, recorded 159 tackles and four interceptions as a rookie in 2013.

The Bills have added yet another talented skill position player to their offense, but the news means they will not be re-signing free agent C.J. Spiller. The Eagles will also need a new running back and might have to replace free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, leaving some holes in their offense.

Ronda Rousey beats Cat Zingano in UFC record 14 seconds (Video)

For the second straight fight, Ronda Rousey won her UFC bout in a matter of seconds. This time it was a world record for Rousey.

Rousey needed just 14 seconds to defeat Cat Zingano Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles as she won by her patented armbar. Zingano came out attacking with a flying knee, which turned out to be a huge mistake. Rousey avoided the strike, they flipped twice, and Rousey ended up on top of Zingano. Rousey needed just a few seconds to crank the arm so quickly that Zingano tapped out.

Rousey, who is now 11-0 in her professional career, has won 10 of her 11 fights in the first round, including eight in the first minute. Her 14-second submission finish ties for the second-fastest submission finish in UFC history, and is the fastest finish in UFC title fight history.

Much like Miesha Tate in her first fight with Rousey, Zingano made the mistake of being overly aggressive. She is talented enough to hang with Rousey otherwise, but she made a desperate move early on and paid the price.

Zingano forgot the cardinal rule when facing Rousey: Always protect your arm.

12 Life Lessons from Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers was a television host, a writer and, perhaps most importantly, a neighbor.

In the early 1960s, he used his talents as a minister, a songwriter and an educator to create a children’s show that he truly believed would benefit all. Mister Rogers debuted on local Pittsburgh public broadcast channel WQED and expanded nationwide as Mister Rogers Neighborhood in 1966. More than 800 episodes aired over 40 years.

Most people who were alive between 1970 and 2000 were in some way influenced by the gentle words and helpful teachings of Mister Rogers.

To honor the memory of the kind-hearted man who welcomed viewers into the living room of his television home, here are 12 inspiring quotes from Mister Rogers that everyone should be living by:

  1. “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”
  2. “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
  3. “Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect on any front-and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”
  4. “We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence.”
  5. “The thing I remember best about successful people I’ve met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they’re doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing, and they love it in front of others.”
  6. “In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinklings are what eternity is made of — moments when we human beings can say ‘I love you,’ ‘I’m proud of you,’ ‘I forgive you,’ ‘I’m grateful for you.’ That’s what eternity is made of: invisible imperishable good stuff.”
  7. “When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.”
  8. “There are three ways to ultimate success:
    The first way is to be kind.
    The second way is to be kind.
    The third way is to be kind.”
  9. “There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”
  10. “There’s no ‘should’ or ‘should not’ when it comes to having feelings. They’re part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings.”
  11. “Most of us, I believe, admire strength. It’s something we tend to respect in others, desire for ourselves, and wish for our children. Sometimes, though, I wonder if we confuse strength with other words—like ‘aggression’ and even ‘violence’. Real strength is neither male nor female; but it is, quite simply, one of the finest characteristics that a human being can possess.”
  12. “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

Leonard Nimoy Explains the Origins of Mr. Spock’s Famous Vulcan Greeting Hand Gesture on ‘Star Trek’

In 2014, actor Leonard Nimoy, who sadly passed away yesterday, explained to the Yiddish Book Center Wexler Oral History Project how his idea for Mr. Spock‘s Vulcan hand gesture came about during a Jewish ceremony, how he incorporated the greeting into the Star Trek series and how it quickly became an international symbol throughout the world.

5 or 6 guys got up on the bimah – the stage in front of the congregation. The get their tallit over their heads and they start this chanting, I think it’s called Dukhanen, and my father said “don’t look”. So everybody’s got their eyes covered with their hands, their tallit over their faces or turned away, turned their back to these guys and I hear this strange sound coming from them. They’re not singers, they were shouters and dissonant – it was all discordant. …It was chilling, something major is happening here, so I peeked. And I saw them with their hands stuck out from beneath their tallit like this toward the congregation and I thought “wow”.

Here’s the full 2014 interview during which Leonard Nimoy speaks Yiddish and tells the story of his family origins.

Astronauts Bid A Fond Farewell to Leonard Nimoy, Noting the Profound Effect That Mr. Spock Made on Their Lives

NASA astronaut Colonel Mike Fincke and ESA European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano bid a touching farewell to actor Leonard Nimoy, each noting the profound effect that his famous Star Trekcharacter Mr. Spock had on the lives of scientists, engineers and astronauts around the world.

And as we at NASA along with our international partners explore the moon, Mars and beyond, will take the spirit and energy that Leonard brought to his character Mister Spock along with us -Live Long and Prosper

 

Rangers shut down Edgar Olmos due to shoulder impingement

The Rangers recently picked up pitcher Edgar Olmos on a waiver claim from the Mariners, but they’ll have to shut him down. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the left-hander has a shoulder impingement.

Olmos, 25 in April, has had a busy offseason. In November, he went to the Mariners from the Marlins on a waiver claim, then was picked up by the Rangers earlier this week. And now he’ll be on the disabled list.

Olmos made his major league debut in 2013 but racked up only five innings. He spent last season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans, compiling an aggregate 4.06 ERA with a 60/30 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings across 51 relief appearances. Olmos has a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s and certainly could become a useful reliever if he can stay healthy.