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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 …

Rangers Hire New Manager

Friday, October 17, 2014

Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager. Banister got the nod over two other finalists, interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash. General manager Jon Daniels said Thursday night that Banister won over the …

Series Is Destiny vs. Dynasty

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lorenzo Cain gearing up to run on Buster Posey. Pablo Sandoval trying to launch long balls, Alex Gordon banging into walls chasing them. Madison Bumgarner and James Shields starting big games, with lights-out bullpens poised to close ‘em. …

Seguin’s Late Goal Lifts Stars

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pittsburgh — Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Seguin’s goal capped a furious comeback as Dallas scored twice in the final 2:57 to win its second straight and snap …

Canadiens Surge Past Bruins

Friday, October 17, 2014

Montreal — Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals and the Montreal Canadiens won their home opener, 6-4 over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists, while Jiri Sekac got his first NHL goal for Montreal. Zdeno Chara, Carl …

Giants Win the Pennant

Friday, October 17, 2014

San Francisco — From the first day of spring training, the Giants quietly joked about the fact that this is an even year, so of course they would represent the National League in the World Series. On Thursday, …

Brady, Pats Hold Off Jets

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes to lead the New England Patriots to a 27-25 victory over the New York Jets that came down to the last play. Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field …

Giants Take 3-1 Series Lead

Thursday, October 16, 2014

San Francisco — Buster Posey drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one victory of the World Series. Chasing their third title in …

Celtics Edged in Maine Event

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Portland, Maine — Louis Williams made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in an exhibition game Wednesday night. Jordan Hamilton led the Raptors (4-1) with 16 points, Williams added 15, and Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson …

Patriots Look to Make Jets Latest Victim

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots turned their season around in plenty of time. It’s probably too late for the New York Jets, especially if they drop their sixth straight game when they visit the heavily favored …

Kan Do: Royals Reach World Series

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile. After nearly three decades spent as …