Royals’ Moore hasn’t ‘had trade talks with any other teams’

Despite a 19-27 record firmly entrenching the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central basement – 7 1/2 games behind the division-leading Minnesota Twins – general manager Dayton Moore is not throwing in the towel.

With several expiring contracts, the expectation might be that the team will unload familiar faces at the trade deadline. So far, according to MLB Network Radio, Moore hasn’t started exploring that avenue.

"I haven't had trade talks with any other teams at this point. Our scouting strategy hasn't changed," Moore said Thursday.

Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Eric Hosmer, all holdovers from Kansas City's back-to-back World Series appearances, are pending free agents. As is pitcher Jason Vargas, the team's top starter thus far.

All could move, though Moore still sees the playoffs as the season's goal.

“We’re still focused and determined to put the best team on the field to win games and get back in the playoff race,” Moore said.

Should Moore’s tune change, especially if the team doesn’t rebound quickly, there should be plenty of suitors in need of bolstering their rosters for a postseason push.

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James Corden Talks Manchester Attack, Sends Message of Hope

For the second time in two months, James Corden has been forced to address a terrorist attack in his native country.

In March, The Late Late Show host used a segment of his monologue after five people were killed outside the U.K. Parliament in London.

"Watching the news today, I felt a really long, long way from home," Corden said at the time, adding:

"And it’s funny when something like that happens in your hometown, you don’t have a feeling of being glad that you’re so far away.

"What you feel is that you wish you could be there with loved ones to stand alongside them.”

On Monday evening, meanwhile, Corden once again sat at his desk and talked about an even more heinous act: The killing of at least 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert by a suicide bomber in Manchester.

"It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news," the comedian said. "Attacks like this can happen…but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight."

It's true: police have confirmed that kids were among the fatalities.

Authorities do not believe the act itself was committed by more than one person, but they are investigating whether the bomber was part of a larger terrorist network.

“When I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there – and I’m telling you, a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard pressed to find," Corden added, describing residents there as "strong, proud, caring people."

He concluded:

If it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester tonight – all of the staff at the [Manchester Arena], all of the security teams, all of the emergency services, Ariana and her team, and all of those families affected by tonight.

We’ll all go to bed holding our little ones even tighter this evening.

In the wake of this tragedy, Grande has postponed upcoming dates on her tour and said she is absolutely broken by what transpired.

Watch Corden's emotional tribute below:

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Freeman seeking ‘elite’ RB money in extension talks with Falcons

Devonta Freeman is looking to get paid, and he’s seems to have a price in mind.

As negotiations for a long-term contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons continue, the star running back suggested he’s looking to be among the league’s top earners at his position.

“I want to be the best. I want to be elite paid,” Freeman told Josina Anderson of ESPN. “Whatever that is, that’s where I want to be – straight up.”

Any public stumping for a major payday is typically met with criticism, but Freeman has earned every bit of a deal that puts him in that top tier he desires. And at just 25 years old, it's possible he'll only continue to improve.

Related: Falcons’ Freeman wants to be a ‘more disrespectful’ runner

The Falcons have said that they envision the two sides striking a deal at some point around training camp, which is a sensible target date with Freeman heading into the final year of his rookie contract.

Even if negotiations carry on past that point, he doesn’t have any intention of staging a holdout. The 25-year-old reiterated that previously stated stance to Anderson.

"Me and my team, we already said what we expected and wanted so there is no need for me to sit around here saying ‘Why my contract not done?’ 'Why is this, and why is that?' I don't have to do that," Freeman said. "I don't have those problems because realistically I am under contract already. I have to play my fourth season, so it's no big deal."

Freeman started all 16 games for the Falcons in 2016, racking up 1,079 rushing yards, 462 receiving yards, and 13 total touchdowns.

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San Diego State ends talks on sharing proposed MLS stadium

SAN DIEGO – San Diego State has cut off talks to share a stadium with a group that wants to attract an MLS team as the centerpiece of a billion dollar development at the site of aging Qualcomm Stadium.

In a statement released Tuesday, the school says the city should pursue ”a transparent” process to develop a plan for the 166-acre site.

FS Investors unveiled plans for its SoccerCity development less than two weeks after the NFL’s Chargers announced they were relocating to the Los Angeles area.

An official with FS Investors says SDSU’s decision will jeopardize the future of its football team. The city has said it would like to close Qualcomm Stadium after the 2018 season.

San Diego State wants some of the Qualcomm site land for a campus expansion.

Athletic director J.D. Wicker has said SDSU is prepared to build a stadium on its own.

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Beverley emotionally talks about grandfather’s death

Patrick Beverley discovered before Sunday's Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs that his grandfather had passed away. Beverley went out and scored 10 points in the Rockets' 125-104 win, including the first bucket of the game.

Emotions still incredibly raw afterward, Beverley talked about how he considered flying to Chicago to be with his family instead of playing.

"He wore my jerseys every single day of his life," Beverley said of his grandfather, then mentioning the year he spent playing in the Ukraine before landing in the NBA. "Wore my Russian jerseys every single day of his life."

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