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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, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday’s workout. “I can’t believe that just happened, dude,” pitcher …

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 Oakland Athletics have a way, the zig-when-others-zag philosophy labeled and unfortunately caricatured as “Moneyball.” The …

U.S. Closing on World Cup Berth

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Washington — The U.S. women’s soccer team completed Part I of its trip to the 2015 World Cup by doing the expected, dominating play Monday night in a 6-0 win over Haiti to finish unbeaten — and unscored upon — in group play in the CONCACAF championship. Abby Wambach had two goals, and …

U.S. Striker Morgan Out 4-6 Weeks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

United States women’s soccer star Alex Morgan will be sidelined for four to six weeks because of a left ankle sprain and will miss the remainder of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Morgan reinjured her left ankle in a group-stage victory over Guatemala on Friday night, just four months …

B’s Savor Swede Taste of Success

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Buffalo, n.y. — The Boston Bruins bounced back from their worst defensive performance of the season with their first shutout victory. Niklas Svedberg made 32 saves in his first NHL shutout, and the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres …

Patriots Ready for a Well-Deserved Break

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Julian Edelman may spend Sunday afternoon nibbling appetizers and watching NFL games. Chris Jones plans to see some college football today. After a busy 12 days in which they won three games, the New England …

B’s Lucic Fined for Gesture

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New York — The NHL fined Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic $5,000 for making an obscene gesture at the fans in Montreal. Lucic taunted the crowd and then mimicked raising the Stanley Cup while entering the penalty box in Boston’s 6-4 loss to the Canadiens. He did not …

Dodgers Say They’ll Keep Manager for 2015

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Los Angeles — In the middle of Andrew Friedman’s introduction as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, a question was asked from a corner of the room. “Are you looking to acquire a younger, faster, stronger first baseman?” someone queried. Friedman swiveled his head to see …

Seahawks Trade Star Wideout to Jets

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Renton, Wash. — In a move that shocked the NFL, the Seahawks on Friday traded receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick. One source confirmed to The Seattle Times the deal …

Giants in Familiar Place

Saturday, October 18, 2014

San Francisco — There’s a tune Tim Flannery once sung that he finds perfectly fitting to describe how his San Francisco Giants get the most out of themselves in the postseason. Old standbys like Buster Posey, Hunter Pence …

NBA Games Go On a Fast Break

Friday, October 17, 2014

By Kavitha Davidson Bloomberg News Are you ready for less basketball? The NBA is experimenting with shortening the game from 48 to 44 minutes in an effort to improve game flow. Each quarter would be 11 minutes, instead …

Harvick at Ease at Tense Talladega

Friday, October 17, 2014

Talladega, Ala. — Guaranteed of a spot in the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs, Kevin Harvick has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. If it was up to him, he wouldn’t race at all. Four …

Fringe Players Look For Another Chance

Friday, October 17, 2014

Omaha, Neb. — Only a couple of seasons ago, Adrian Hamilton was learning the ways of the NFL from the likes of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. He went from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad to the active roster for two December games, and he has a Super …