Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a 482-foot two-run homer that bounced out of Coors Field in the first inning, Chi Chi González got his first big league win in four years and the Colorado Rockies slowed the St. Louis Cardinals’ playoff push with a 2-1 victory. St. Louis had won 23 of 30 coming in to open a four-game lead in the NL Central over the second-place Chicago Cubs.

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Eloy Jiménez hit his first career grand slam, Yoán Moncada launched a monster two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3. Adam Engel added a solo shot for as the White Sox won their second straight, but just their fourth in 14 games. Adalberto Mondesi, Alex Gordon and Ryan O’Hearn went deep for the Royals on a warm night where the ball carried well and every run was scored on a homer.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Morris scored his first international goal in more than two years in the 79th minute, giving the United States a 1-1 tie against Uruguay in an exhibition game. Brian Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Los Angeles FC forward who made his international debut last week, put fifth-ranked Uruguay ahead off a counterattack in the 50th minute. Morris scored after José Giménez’s attempted clearance near the end line bounced of American defender Nick Lima and bounded in front of the open goal.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s passing game last season was all about the tight ends. Which made sense, since T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant would go on to be first-round selections in the NFL draft. It’s different this season for the No. 19 Hawkeyes, who play Saturday at Iowa State. Eleven players have receptions so far this season and all six touchdown passes have gone to wide receivers.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State is riding a wave of momentum, beginning with its hot start under new football coach Chris Klieman. The school also announced more than $100 million in facility upgrades that include a new volleyball arena, indoor football facility and Olympic training center.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State entered this season with more hype than ever before and then almost lost to Northern Iowa in the opener. The Cyclones know they will need to be much better to knock off No. 19 Iowa on Saturday. Hamstrung by a lack of explosive plays, bad penalties and somewhat inconsistent line play, Iowa State only scored 13 regulation points against Northern Iowa. Coach Matt Campbell says his team needs to force the flow of the game.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have returned De’Anthony Thomas to the active roster and waived fellow wide receiver Byron Pringle with the hope that they can sign him to the practice squad should he clear waivers.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine has testified at a preliminary hearing about the fatal shooting of his best friend and former Washburn University teammate. Ballentine testified Monday, a day after making his NFL debut. He was wounded April 27 in Topeka in the shooting that killed 23-year-old Dwane Simmons, just hours after the Giants drafted Ballentine. Ballentine testified in a preliminary hearing for 18-year-old Alejandro Mendez, who is charged with first-degree murder.

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