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Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler watches his RBI single during the first inning of the AL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

For Excited K.C., Some Growing Pains

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas City Royals fans, their team, and the city itself are getting a crash course on what playoff baseball is all about. The wild card game on Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics marked the return of postseason baseball to Kansas City for the first time since 1985, when the Royals won the World Series over the …

In Brief: Raiders Make Another Coaching Change

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Alameda, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders promoted offensive line coach Tony Sparano to interim coach on Tuesday, a day after firing head coach Dennis Allen. General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the move to Sparano after cutting ties to Allen four games into his third season as coach. Sparano had a 29-32 record as head coach in Miami from 2008-11. He took over a …

Nats Ace Gets His Chance

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Washington — About a half-hour before game time on the days Stephen Strasburg starts at home for the Washington Nationals, he emerges from the dugout and walks along the right-field line with pitching coach Steve McCatty, hearing cheers from spectators along the way. Strasburg might tote a plastic water bottle in his back …

Olympic Legend Phelps Arrested on DUI Charges

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Baltimore — Michael Phelps was arrested early Tuesday on DUI charges after he was stopped for speeding just outside the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the Maryland Transportation Authority police said. Police said Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all …

Owner Feels Fans’ Pain

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Robert Kraft looked down from his seat high above the field and watched his New England Patriots fall apart. The offense led by Tom Brady struggled to move the ball. The defense that had been …

Familiar Formula Rules Pirates-Giants Series

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When the Pirates faced San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner on July 28, they had a 4-0 lead before the Giants came to bat. That was at AT&T Park, where the Pirates cruised to a 5-0 win as Vance …

Batting Takes a Hit

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer New York — The final numbers are in, and Major League Baseball’s batting average hasn’t been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House, a gallon of gasoline cost 55 cents and the designated hitter was a radical proposal limited …

Awards Season Invites Debate

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Mike Fitzpatrick AP Sports Writer New York — When it comes to baseball’s MVP debate, sometimes the names change from year to year more than the arguments do. For instance, take a look at the top contenders …

Twins Fire Gardenhire

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Associated Press Minneapolis — The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday, saying it was time for a new voice after his 13-season tenure concluded with at least 92 losses in each of the last four years. The move was made with one season left on …

Stewart Never Considered Retiring

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kannapolis, n.c. (ap) — Tony Stewart never considered retiring from racing following the death of Kevin Ward Jr. The three-time NASCAR champion talked with reporters Monday at his first news conference since a grand jury decided last week not to charge him in Ward’s death. The 20-year-old driver …

Trout, Strasburg Giving Baseball Playoffs an Exciting Look

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer So, is this the year of Buck Showalter, Bryce Harper and a Beltway Series? Or perhaps Albert Pujols, Yasiel Puig and a Freeway Series? Maybe a Bay Area matchup or something from the Show Me State. Plenty of World Series possibilities this …

Taking Stock

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer Boston — To Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, it hardly seems possible that just 11 months ago his team was celebrating the World Series championship on the field at Fenway Park. Since then, the ballclub has plummeted to the bottom of …

Chiefs Dismantle Patriots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer Kansas City, Mo. — Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady is still stuck in neutral for the New England Patriots. Charles returned from an injury to score three touchdowns Monday night, Brady …