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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 …

Seattle WR Defends Remarks

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Renton, Wash. — Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said Wednesday that his heated postgame comments following the Seahawks’ loss to Dallas were understood by his teammates and he “felt like it needed to be said.” “They know I’m going to speak my mind,” Baldwin said before Seattle’s practice. …

Cain Is Able: Royals Outfielder Snags MVP

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain capped the AL Championship Series with his best catch yet: an MVP trophy. The smooth center fielder snagged MVP honors after helping the Kansas City Royals to a four-game sweep of the …

Cowboys’ Randle Will Play Sunday

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Irving, Texas — Dallas running back Joseph Randle said he made a “huge mistake” when he was arrested on a shoplifting charge that led to a fine from the Cowboys, but no suspension. Randle was charged with a Class B misdemeanor of theft between $50 and $500 after …

B’s Win in Shootout

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Detroit — David Krejci and Reilly Smith both scored in regulation and again in the shootout as the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Wednesday night. The Bruins outshot Detroit 35-18 in regulation, and Jimmy …

In Brief: Dartmouth Grad Silve to Retire From SEC

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will retire next summer after 13 years leading the league to unprecedented success and prosperity. The 74-year-old Slive, a 1962 Dartmouth College graduate, said his retirement will take effect July 31, and also announced he plans to begin treatment for a recurrence of …

Short and Sweet: Celtics To Play Abbreviated Game

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New York — The NBA is going to evaluate if a shorter game could be a better one. The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play a 44-minute preseason game on Sunday as the league tests a format that features fewer minutes and fewer mandatory timeouts. The contest …

Pats Try To Fill Holes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — One thing is certain about the New England Patriots running game. Stevan Ridley won’t be part of it for a while. Just who will play an increased role after the Patriots’ top rusher suffered a serious right knee injury remains a mystery. Shane Vereen is …

Wild Throw Gives Giants Wild Win

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

San Francisco — A wild pitch, a wide throw and an 18-inning marathon. These playoff-tested Giants keep finding wacky ways to win in another special October. An errant throw by reliever Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon …

Islanders Stay Spotless

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New York — Kyle Okposo scored his 100th NHL goal to snap a tie 48 seconds into the third period, and the undefeated New York Islanders netted four goals on seven shots in the final frame to beat …

Royals One Win From Series

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have embraced the bloop, bunt and sacrifice fly all postseason. Add in more sparkling defense and that dominant bullpen, and the wild-card Royals are suddenly one win from the World Series. Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run with a …