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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 …

Bochy Playing Down Notoriety for His Efforts

Sunday, October 19, 2014

San Francisco — He vowed to stick with his struggling leadoff man, and it worked. He let a rookie reliever challenge Bryce Harper and wasn’t daunted when the ball splashed into McCovey Cove. And he made the difficult …

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 …