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Home plate umpire Jim Reynolds watches as Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon scores on the an RBI single by Eric Hosmer during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Royals beat Giants 3-2 for 2-1 World Series lead

Friday, October 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series. Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson, four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings and Kansas City beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the Fall Classic. “This is the way our games have gone all year,” said Royals manager Ned Yost, who made several lineup changes that paid off. “I’m getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that’s exactly …

Bruins lose Zdeno Chara for 4-6 weeks with knee injury

Friday, October 24, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins will spend the next four to six weeks trying to fill the hole left by an injury to the tallest player in NHL history. Defenseman Zdeno Chara tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but will not need surgery, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. The …

Joe Maddon exercises opt-out, won’t return to Rays

Friday, October 24, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from any club — a prospect the manager apparently found too difficult to resist. Tampa Bay …

Rest or rust? Royals, Giants set for World Series

Monday, October 20, 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, …

Atlantic Division team-by-team capsules

Monday, October 20, 2014

Capsules for the NBA’s Atlantic Division, listed in predicted order of divisional finish by AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds’: ATLANTIC DIVISION TORONTO RAPTORS LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost to Brooklyn Nets 4-3 in first round. STARTING FIVE: G Kyle Lowry (17.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 7.4 apg), G DeMar DeRozan …

Pro leagues file to stop New Jersey sports betting

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. — The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed papers in court Monday to stop New Jersey’s plan to allow legal sports betting beginning this weekend, when gamblers could become the first in the nation outside Nevada to wager on single games. The leagues …

Oldest former Red Sox player Lou Lucier dies at 96

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON — Lou Lucier, who was the oldest surviving former Boston Red Sox player, has died at the age of 96. The team says Lucier had a stroke earlier this month and died on Saturday. A right-handed pitcher, Lucier played parts of three major league seasons during World …

Bill Belichick, Tom Brady praise Peyton Manning on TD record

Monday, October 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning on Monday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting a lot longer to pass that record if he …

Brandon Finnegan learns fast: from school to World Series

Monday, October 20, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Betty Finnegan made the 51/2-hour drive from Fort Worth, Texas, with a friend Aug. 31 to watch the last two games of the season for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Her 21-year-old son was finishing …

Denkinger’s miss revisited as Series returns to KC

Sunday, October 19, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Of course Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He’ll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas …

Manning breaks Favre’s mark with 509th TD pass

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DENVER — Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL record for touchdown passes with his 509th. The record-breaker was an 8-yarder to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 left in the first half that gave Denver a 21-3 lead over San …

Seahawks can’t catch Rams, lose 28-26

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Special teams brought down the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 100 yards and pass for 300 yards, and the Seahawks had a huge statistical advantage over …

Serena Williams hits back at Russian official

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SINGAPORE — Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as “brothers” were bullying, sexist and racist, and that she supported the one-year suspension imposed by the …