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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 …

Manning Breaks TD Mark

Monday, October 20, 2014

Denver — Peyton Manning’s receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL’s new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos’ emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night. Manning went into …

Kings Win Fourth Straight

Monday, October 20, 2014

Los Angeles — Jonathan Quick made 40 saves and Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist in the Los Angeles Kings’ fourth straight victory, 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Toffoli scored an early power-play goal …

Giants Try to Make Most Out of Latest Loss

Monday, October 20, 2014

Arlington, Texas — Eli Manning and the New York Giants go into their bye week feeling as though they played a better game. They still have consecutive losses to the two teams ahead of them in the NFC …

Go Old-School or Use New Technology?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By Roger Phillips The Idaho Statesman Sometimes gadgets detract from the hunt, and sometimes add to it. I sometimes over think things, and this is a classic example. Should I buy a trail camera? It could be a …

Teaching Kids Outdoor Ropes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By Theresa Harrington Contra Costa Times Richmond, Calif. — This weekend, more than two dozen DeJean Middle School students will explore Mount Diablo in California, hoping to see tarantulas and other natural wonders. Although the Richmond school is located in the same county as the state park, many …

Fishing Rod Creates Lifelong Bond

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By Collins Doughtie The Island Packet When I sat down this morning to write this column, it took me quite a while to type the first sentence. Car lag surely affected my ability to write. My wife, Karen, and I made the nine-hour drive back from Virginia where …

Any Hope for NFL’s Bottom-Feeders?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

For all the excitement over the rise of the Cowboys, improvement of the Browns and impressive performances by the Chargers, the NFL also is weighed down by some very weak teams. Sure, the Raiders and Jaguars weren’t expected …

Giants Visit Hot Cowboys

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Arlington, Texas — Tony Romo was in his first full season as a starter when the Dallas Cowboys last strung together enough wins to have one of the NFL’s best records. The franchise didn’t exist the only other time a running back started a season the way DeMarco …

Desperation Time for Earnhardt, Others at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Talladega, Ala. — This magical season for Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes down to one race to save his championship hopes. NASCAR’s most popular driver must win today at Talladega Superspeedway to continue his quest for his first career …

A City Reborn

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — An unprecedented playoff run has Kansas City baseball fans declaring it’s time to party like it’s 1985, the year the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals for their only World Series title. Given what was happening in Kansas City 29 years ago, would they …