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The Kansas City Royals team line up hangs in the dugout after being posted by Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu before Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Artful Lineup Cards

Friday, October 24, 2014

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer Kansas City, Mo. — Take a look around the Kansas City Royals’ dugout and it’s pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. The fancy handwriting, that is. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art — the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Using a calligraphy style he has worked to develop for more than a decade, Wakamatsu takes manager Ned Yost’s lineup and writes out the starters for both teams, the reserves and available relievers. He takes up …

Next World Cup a Big Chance for U.S. Women’s Soccer

Friday, October 24, 2014

By Rachel Cohen AP Sports Writer The chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” can rev up again next summer. And this time, they won’t conflict with the workday. A year after the World Cup transformed millions of Americans into red-white-and-blue-wearing soccer fanatics, another chance to cheer for a national team will arrive. The Women’s World Cup kicks off in Canada in June — and if …

NBA’s Draft Lottery Reform Fails to Pass

Friday, October 24, 2014

Michael Lee The Washington Post. New York —- The NBA might someday establish a draft lottery system that creates a greater deterrent to field non-competitive teams but those efforts were tabled earlier this week when a reform proposal failed to garner enough support among the league’s 30 teams. “I think we all recognize that we need to find the right balance between creating …

Up Next: Quirky Giants Park

Friday, October 24, 2014

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer San Francisco — Eric Hosmer is eager to see what makes San Francisco’s waterfront ballpark unique. “I know absolutely nothing,” the Kansas City first baseman said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things …

Shiffrin Aims to Be All-Around Title Threat

Friday, October 24, 2014

Soelden, Austria (ap) — With four different winners over the past four years, the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup lacks a clear favorite for the overall title just before the start of the new season. Lindsey Vonn and Maria Hoefl-Riesch used to be safe bets for the top …

Giants Not Looking Like a Playoff Team

Friday, October 24, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. (ap) — Establish the run on offense. Stop the run on defense. Make timely plays on both sides of the ball. It’s the formula the New York Giants have used to win four Super Bowls since 1986, including two since coach Tom Coughlin took over …

Bruins Come Up Short to Isles

Friday, October 24, 2014

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer Boston — Former Bruins backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help the New York Islanders snap a two-game losing streak …

Wings Rally Late to Top Pens

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Associated Press Detroit — Justin Abdelkader’s goal 4:16 into overtime capped a dramatic Detroit rally, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. The Red Wings scored twice with their goalie …

Manning, Sanders Lead Broncos

Friday, October 24, 2014

Denver (ap) — Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos’ …

Royals Strike Back, Knot Series

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants …

Celtics Defeat Nets in Preseason Finale

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boston — Rookie Marcus Smart scored 16 points and Jared Sullinger had 15 with 17 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 100-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in the final preseason game for both teams. Gerald Wallace had 12 points for Boston, which …

Pats ‘D’ Feels Pressure

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first game with a season-ending right knee injury, the New York …

’85 Royals Having a Ball

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Bret Saberhagen was just 21 years old when the Kansas City Royals were last in the World Series. He pitched a Game 7 shutout to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. It took 29 years …