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Royals designate Guillen for assignment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jose Guillen has been designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals.

The outfielder-designated hitter was signed three years ago to a $36 million, 3-year contract that made him the Royals' highest paid player per year in team history. He was leading the Royals with 62 RBIs and 16 home runs, and he is owed approximately $3.93 million from his $12 million salary this season.

Kansas City is Guillen's ninth major league stop. The Royals have 10 days to trade or release him.

The Royals also selected the contract of right-hander pitcher Philip Humber from AAA Omaha.

Greinke not sure he wants to stay with KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Zack Greinke says he does not necessarily want out of Kansas City. But the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner said he doesn't expect the Royals to be ready to compete for a pennant by 2012, when his contract runs out.

Greinke told The Kansas City Star that feeling is despite the fact that potential stars such as Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas are working their way through the minor league system and look like they could become top-flight major league players.

Greinke says most players don't hit their stride for several years, and he doesn't want to endure a third rebuilding movement with the Royals.

Rams' Laurinaitis aims to improve in second season

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) - Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis was productive and durable his first year with St. Louis, setting a Rams rookie record with a team-leading 144 tackles.

This year, he expects to be even better.

A second-round pick out of Ohio State, Laurinaitis was a bright spot last year in the Rams' 1-15 season. He was credited with 146 tackles, including 98 solo stops, and two sacks, earning him team rookie of the year honors.

But Laurinaitis remembers 2009 as a pressure-packed whirlwind of the NFL Combine, the draft, rookie minicamp and training camp, and finally the season.

He's more at ease in camp this year, knowing how much conditioning he needs to get through training. Laurinaitis says being in good condition makes it possible to handle the demands.

Chiefs' LB Johnson ready for breakout year

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Derrick Johnson is 28 years old and, despite an ugly rumor, in the best of health.

He worked hard enough in the offseason to earn praise from Todd Haley, the hard-to-please coach of the Kansas City Chiefs who many believe kept Johnson in the doghouse much of last year.

Now the 6-year veteran figures it's his time to shine. He says he's in the prime of his career and probably a better player than he's ever been.

Johnson's been projected as a star in the NFL since he was the nation's most highly acclaimed linebacker in college. Now, he says he's ready to live up to his hype.

KC Star questions Chiefs' closed practice

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Star viewed tape of an indoor walkthrough practice the Kansas City Chiefs held, verifying the team hadn't violated league policy in granting media access.

The Chiefs notified the media they were going to hold a walkthrough practice on Wednesday in their indoor facility and that media wouldn't be allowed.

On Thursday, a Kansas City Star reporter pressed Chiefs coach Todd Haley after players said it was a regular practice. Haley responded that it was, indeed, a walkthrough and that players didn't wear helmets.

Teams are allowed to bar media from walkthrough practices during training camp. The Star's Adam Teicher was granted permission to view tape of the practice. He said he verified that it was a walkthrough.

Nebraska's move strikes sour note with KU's lyrics

The University of Kansas' fight song will be revised this fall to account for longtime border rival Nebraska's move to the Big Ten next year and Colorado's move to the Pacific-10 in 2012.

"I'm A Jayhawk" mentions six foes from the old Big Eight - all but Iowa State. Kansas is the only school with cause to tweak its fight song after this summer's conference realignment.

Nebraska's and Colorado's songs don't reference other schools. The same holds true for Utah, which is going to the Pac-10, and Mountain West-bound Boise State.

The KU Alumni Association is holding a contest for students to come up with new lyrics to replace those mentioning Nebraska and Colorado. The winner will be announced at homecoming, Oct. 23.

Self speaks of report about Kansas recruit

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - In the wake of a report saying Kansas recruit Josh Selby may not be eligible, Jayhawks basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday it is not unusual for the NCAA to look at some of the nation's top recruits.

A report by indicated the NCAA was questioning a relationship between Selby and Robert Frazier, the business manager for NBA star Carmelo Anthony.

Selby, a point guard from Baltimore, has been listed by some services as the No. 1 recruit in the country.

Self, who was out of town, issued a statement after receiving several calls about the report.

Selby's mother was quoted by the Lawrence Journal-World as saying she did not see any problems with the NCAA.

Semifinal matchups set for CBE Classic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - National champion Duke will play Marquette and Kansas State will face Gonzaga in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.

The schools will serve as hosts of the four regionals in the 12-team tournament. The semifinals will be Nov. 22 at Sprint Center with the championship game on Nov. 23.

The other eight teams will play in subregionals from Nov. 20-22. Miami (Ohio) will host Green Bay, IUPUI and San Diego State, while James Madison will host Bucknell, Presbyterian and Princeton. Each team will play three games in the subregionals.

Texas beat Pittsburgh in last season's championship game of the tournament which is sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts.

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