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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 …

Tigers Wrap Up AL Central Title

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Associated Press Detroit — David Price pitched Detroit to its fourth straight AL Central title with the type of performance the Tigers acquired him for, taking a shutout into the eighth inning of a 3-0 victory over …

Cardinals Take Title

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Associated Press Cincinnati — The Pirates couldn’t stop Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto, who drove in the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory on Sunday, a 4-1 win that gave the NL Central title to the St. Louis Cardinals and forced Pittsburgh to settle for a wild card. …

Zimmermann Throws a Nats No-No

Monday, September 29, 2014

By Howard Fendrich AP Sports Writer Washington — Jordan Zimmermann pitched the first no-hitter for the Washington Nationals, the gem preserved when defensive replacement Steven Souza Jr. made a diving catch in left field for the final out …

Patriots Prep For KC

Monday, September 29, 2014

By Matthew Carroll Associated Press Foxborough, Mass. — Vince Wilfork has played only two career games in Kansas City. That’s more than enough for New England’s All-Pro nose tackle to know exactly how loud Arrowhead Stadium will get on Monday night. “They’re probably one of the loudest, between …

Niners Topple Eagles

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Associated Press Santa Clara, Calif. — Frank Gore caught a career-best 55-yard touchdown and ran for 119 yards in his first 100-yard game this year, leading the San Francisco 49ers past Philadelphia 26-21 on Sunday to hand …

Teamwork Boosts Europe to Ryder Cup Win

Monday, September 29, 2014

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer Gleneagles, Scotland — The tone was set by Rory McIlroy, the best player in the world. The winning shot came from Jamie Donaldson, a Ryder Cup rookie. Europe added another layer to …

Sox Drop Finale in Jeter’s Farewell, 9-5

Monday, September 29, 2014

Boston (ap) — One year after celebrating a World Series championship on the Fenway field, the Boston Red Sox were merely extras in the Derek Jeter farewell tour. With the last-place Red Sox long-since eliminated — and the Yankees out of the playoff picture, too — Jeter picked …

Gordon In Control At Dover

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Associated Press Dover, Del. — Jeff Gordon won the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for an automatic spot in the 12-driver field that advanced to the next round. Gordon was in control in the closing laps Sunday at Dover International Speedway and …

Brokaw Talks Guns and Dogs

Sunday, September 28, 2014

By Dennis Anderson Star Tribune Tom Brokaw opened the back door of his pickup and invited Red, his yellow Labrador retriever, to jump in. This was on a recent day on Brokaw’s ranch, which lies nestled among undulating bunchgrass about a mile above sea level in central Montana, …

Futbol Fan Adjusts to Football

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mark Waller has a passion for football. Tottenham Hotspur is his team. As for that other kind of football, he’s trying to work up a similar fervor for the American game around the world as the NFL’s executive vice president of international. Waller is back in his native …