ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Danny Duffy took a shutout into the eighth inning, Salvador Perez threw out a baserunner on a ball that hit Shin-Soo Choo in the nose, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 8-2. Duffy's pitch in the dirt bounced off Perez in the first inning and then hit Choo in the face, sending the left-handed hitter staggering out of the box. Perez scrambled to get the ball from in front of home plate, then threw out Delino DeShields trying to take second on the play.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - South Carolina coach Dawn Staley has reached a $50,000 settlement in her lawsuit against Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk. Missouri is paying the $50,000. Half will go to a nonprofit foundation that Staley co-founded. The other half will go to Staley's attorneys.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs signed second-round draft pick Breeland Speaks to his four-year rookie contract, making him the third of their six draft selections to sign a deal.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Wyatt Cross' bloop single scored Cole Barr from second base in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Indiana a 6-5 win over Michigan State in a Big Ten Tournament elimination game. The Hoosiers had tied it in the bottom of the ninth on Matt Gorski's two-out, three-run homer off Mitchell Tyranski. Barr singled off Mike Mokma in the 10th, stole second and beat the throw home when Cross flared a ball into short left.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Hayden Kettler allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to help Baylor advance in the Big 12 baseball tournament with a 10-5 win over Kansas. Kettler (8-4) struck out five with no walks for the fifth-seeded Bears (34-19), who advance to face the winner between Oklahoma and the eighth-seeded Jayhawks.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Ryan Feltner pitched six scoreless innings while striking out six and Ohio State blanked Iowa 2-0, knocking the Hawkeyes out of the Big Ten Tournament. Tyler Cowles and Kobie Foppe knocked in runs for the Buckeyes.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Kentucky will host Kansas on Jan. 26 in the headline matchup of the 2019 SEC-Big 12 Challenge. The one-day event pits all 10 Big 12 schools against 10 of the Southeastern Conference's 14 members on various campuses. The SEC won last year's event 6-4.
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