Royals have gone from peak to cellar in 3 swift seasons

FILE - In this July 3, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez stands at the plate while Cleveland Indians celebrate after a grand slam hit by Yan Gomes during the sixth inning of a baseball game, in Kansas City, Mo. Things have certainly changed quickly for a club that now finds itself with one of the worst records in baseball. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Drop into just about any bank or supermarket or sports bar in the Kansas City metro area these days and there’s a good chance you’ll see one of several photographs from just a few years ago hanging on a wall.

Anderson, Iannetta lead Rockies over Giants 1-0

Colorado Rockies' Chris Iannetta circles the bases after hitting a solo home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Andrew Suarez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — The stat caught Chris Iannetta by complete surprise: This was only the 10th 1-0 game ever at Coors Field.

35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates his match point against Slovakia's Lukas Lacko in their men's singles match, on the third day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday July 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — As Roger Federer was winning 35 consecutive service points at Wimbledon on Wednesday — yes, 35 in a row — a Centre Court spectator cheered him on while wearing a red shirt with white lettering that said, “PeRFect.”

Belgium’s high scorers take on Brazil’s miserly defense

Brazil's players stretch teammate Danilo during a training session, in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Brazil will face Belgium on July 6 in the quarterfinals for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — To get past Belgium in the quarterfinals at the World Cup, Brazil has to do something it has not been able to do since it last won the tournament in 2002: overcome European opposition in the knockout stages.

House edge? WNBA coming up Aces with team in Las Vegas

FILE - In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson (22) tries to get a rebound between Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas, left, and guard Courtney Williams during a WNBA basketball game Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Uncasville, Conn. The Aces have the advantage of a scheduling anomaly this season that gives them six home games when their opponent is finishing off a back-to-back. That's over a third of Las Vegas' home contests this year. The next closest team is Washington with three such games. Five teams don't even have one home game like that. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)

Gamble in any casino in Las Vegas and the house always has an edge. So why should the new WNBA team in Sin City be any different?

Holloway out of UFC 226 title bout with concussion woes

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Max Holloway, left, punches Jose Aldo, of Brazil, during the third round of a UFC 218 featherweight mixed martial arts bout in Detroit. UFC featherweight champion Holloway's representatives say he is dropping out of his title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 this weekend due to apparent concussion symptoms. Holloway's management team announced the decision in a statement issued Wednesday night, July 4, 2018, three days before the bout. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway’s representatives say he is dropping out of his title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 this weekend due to apparent concussion symptoms.

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