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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 …

MLB Aims For Domestic Violence Policy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — On the day after the NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob …

Flyers Rally Past Penguins

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pittsburgh — R.J. Umberger and Matt Read scored 2 minutes apart in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3 on Wednesday night. Umberger, a Pittsburgh native, beat Marc-Andre Fleury 6:50 into the third to break a tie and Read followed with a …

Cowboys Release Michael Sam From Practice Squad

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Irving, Texas — Michael Sam will have to wait for a third team to give the NFL’s first openly gay player a chance to appear in a regular-season game. The Dallas Cowboys released Sam from the practice squad Tuesday, dropping the rush end as they prepare for several …

Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years for Killing

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pretoria, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a …

Patriots Get Back To Work

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldn’t hide. A suspect run defense. A mediocre offensive line. Replacing injured players. The Patriots returned to practice Tuesday hoping …

Rondo Key to Celtics’ Fortunes in 2014-15

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boston — The Boston Celtics didn’t get the franchise player they need from the draft. Now general manager Danny Ainge must decide whether to buy another ticket for the NBA lottery or put together a package of picks …

B’s Hold O ff Sharks

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boston — Gregory Campbell scored the game winner with less than 10 minutes remaining and the Boston Bruins had to fend off a late four-minute power play to earn a wild 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks …

Giants Prove to Be a Royal Pain

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — James Shields screamed into his glove and then tore the black leather off his left hand, the act of a man who wished baseball came equipped with either a rewind button or a hole …

Time to Shake The Rust: After Lengthy Break, K.C., S.F. Start World Series

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a huge laugh, …

Whatever It Is, Giants’ Plan Works

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

San Francisco — The Kansas City Royals might have skipped the World Series for three decades, but they have an identity now. Ladies and gentlemen, the Royals Way: a lockdown bullpen, suffocating defense and speed to kill. The …