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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 in Series Game 7

Thursday, October 30, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants succeeded where no team had in 3 1/2 decades, winning Game 7 on the road for their third World Series title in five years. Punctuating one of the finest October performances in baseball history, Bumgarner came out of the bullpen to pitch five scoreless innings on two days’ rest …

Rondo returns, helps Celtics beat Nets 121-105

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — Brad Stevens knew he had an all-star point guard when he took the Celtics’ coaching job, but he didn’t really get to see it in his first season on the Boston bench. Reconstructive knee surgery kept Rajon Rondo him out for the first half of Stevens’ inaugural season in Boston. Rondo …

Briefs: Jets backup Geno Smith limited by shoulder injury

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jets’ Smith limited by shoulder injury FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets backup quarterback Geno Smith, benched in favor of Michael Vick, has a shoulder injury that makes his availability uncertain for the team’s game at Kansas City on Sunday. Smith, who won’t be starting for the first time in his …

Trustworthy folks for rest of 2014 NFL season

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK — At this point in their careers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have earned the trust of everyone in the NFL: coaches, players, officials, fans and executives. As they prepare for, what, their 1,000th head-to-head meeting …

LeBron back home, Spurs back on top as NBA returns

Monday, October 27, 2014

LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam. The San Antonio Spurs are already one. No big changes were necessary for the Spurs, who simply kept …

Chivas USA disbands after 10 troubled years

Monday, October 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chivas USA ceased operations on Monday after 10 troubled and unsuccessful years in Major League Soccer, with the league planning a new franchise for Los Angeles that will begin play in 2017 with new ownership and a new soccer-specific stadium. The league’s Board of …

Points still matter in new NASCAR Sprint Cup championship format

Monday, October 27, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — When NASCAR chairman Brian France revealed the changes to the championship format, he vowed that winning would be the most important element and would ultimately reward “the most worthy, battle-tested” driver with the Sprint Cup …

Prosecution will appeal Pistorius verdict

Monday, October 27, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — South African prosecutors will appeal the verdict and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, who was handed a 5-year prison term after being convicted of culpable homicide, the country’s National Prosecuting Authority said Monday. “We are appealing it,” …

Madison Bumgarner, Giants blank Royals for 3-2 Series lead

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats. The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a …

NFL Week 8: Ben Roethlisberger throws for 522 yards, 6 TDs as Steelers grind Colts, 51-34

Sunday, October 26, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger set franchise records with 522 yards passing and six touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers raced by the Indianapolis Colts 51-34 on Sunday. Roethlisberger’s yardage total was the fourth highest in NFL history. He became …

Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras, 22, dies in car accident in Dominican Republic

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors’ top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras was …

Abby Wambach has 4 goals in 6-0 US win over Costa Rica

Sunday, October 26, 2014

CHESTER, Pa. — Abby Wambach scored four goals and the World Cup-bound United States defeated Costa Rica 6-0 Sunday night for the team’s fifth CONCACAF Women’s Championship title. The U.S. women had already secured a trip to next …

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at Martinsville Speedway

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his fourth win of the season on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in an emotional victory a week after he was eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Jeff Gordon …