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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 …

Celtics’ Rondo Sidelined With Broken Left Finger

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Boston — The Boston Celtics rebuilding project suffered a major setback when four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo underwent surgery Friday for a broken left finger. The Celtics said the point guard is expected to miss six to eight weeks …

Rival Tight Ends Have Much in Common

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Travis Kelce snagged the pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He raced toward the sideline and then turned up field, diving from about the 4-yard line and just nicking the pylon. The 20-yard touchdown …

Jeter Sits, Yankees Beat Sox

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Boston — Derek Jeter took the night off after his emotional final home game and watched a bunch of New York Yankees rookies beat a group of Boston Red Sox rookies 3-2 on Friday. Watching from the dugout, …

Royals in the Playoffs

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chicago — Kansas City’s long postseason drought is over. The Royals clinched a playoff spot for the first time in 29 years, beating the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Friday night behind seven scoreless innings from Jeremy Guthrie. …

Ryder Cup a Wall of Sound

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gleneagles, Scotland — As if players don’t already face enough pressure in the Ryder Cup, the walk into golf’s most boisterous arena goes through a tunnel of time. One side of the short tunnel is painted American red and celebrates past victories, with images of Jack Nicklaus and …

Ryder Cup Notes: Late Pick Made Last-Ditch Effort

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gleneagles, Scotland — The last man chosen for the U.S. Ryder Cup team lobbied Tom Watson into the wee hours of the morning. Webb Simpson couldn’t sleep after arriving late in Denver following the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston. He was in the running as a captain’s pick. …

Rookies Lead Red Sox

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Boston — Rusney Castillo and Christian Vazquez each hit his first major league homer, and Allen Webster pitched seven solid innings to carry the Boston Red Sox to an 11-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday …

Tight End Unlikely Star in Giants’ Win

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Landover, Md. — Larry Donnell caught three of Eli Manning’s four touchdown passes, and the New York Giants moved to .500 with a 45-14 victory over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. Second-year tight end Donnell had one …

C’s, Cavs Make Trade

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cleveland (ap) — The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired guard Keith Bogans and the rights to Sacramento’s 2015 and 2017 second-round picks from the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. The Celtics got guard John Lucas III, forwards Erik Murphy, Dwight Powell and Malcolm Thomas and Cleveland’s 2016 and 2017 second-round …

A Hollywood Ending To Jeter’s Yankee Stadium Finale

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New York — Derek Jeter had one more ounce of magic in his bat. In his last game at Yankee Stadium, he singled in the ninth inning to drive in the winning run, giving the Yankees a 6-5 …