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Houston Astros' George Springer celebrates after his solo home run during the fifth inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Collin McHugh pitches Astros to 5-2 win over Royals to open ALDS

Friday, October 9, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching and stingy defense for a 5-2 victory in the opener of their AL Division Series. McHugh (1-0) allowed four hits, including a pair of solo homers by Kendrys Morales, while pitching around a 49-minute rain …

Josh Donaldson hurt as Blue Jays lose ALDS opener 5-3 to Rangers

Friday, October 9, 2015

TORONTO — After taking a knee to the head, Josh Donaldson didn’t make it to the end of Toronto’s first postseason game in 22 years. Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer against David Price, Rougned Odor had a solo shot and the Texas Rangers beat the Blue Jays 5-3 Thursday in an AL …

Jets beat Bruins 6-2 in opener, snap 13-game losing streak in Boston

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BOSTON — Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period after Boston came within one goal, and the Winnipeg Jets opened the season with a 6-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night. It was the first victory for the former Atlanta Thrashers in Boston since 2007, before the franchise moved …

Fast Patriots start has fans thinking of another 16-0 season

Saturday, October 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — This is not 2007. Sure, the NFL has found the New England Patriots guilty of cheating and punished them — again. And, true, they are off to a quick start, opening this season with three consecutive …

Tomlin pitches into 7th as Indians beat Red Sox 8-2

Friday, October 2, 2015

CLEVELAND — After battling arm problems for three years, Josh Tomlin has pitched himself into the Cleveland Indians’ plans for 2016. Tomlin worked into the seventh inning — allowing only a two-run homer to David Ortiz in the …

Appeals court says lower court must reconsider Hope Solo case

Friday, October 2, 2015

U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo could again face assault charges stemming from an altercation last year with family members after a Washington state appeals court on Friday reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the case. The case stems from a dispute between Solo and her half-sister and …

Yankees-Orioles game called by rain; will play 2 on Saturday

Friday, October 2, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) — The New York Yankees might have a busy weekend before getting a one-day break ahead of the playoffs. After clinching an AL wild-card berth on Thursday night with a 4-1 win over Boston, the Yankees …

LeBron James: ‘There’s no room for guns’

Friday, October 2, 2015

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James was at home with his three kids when news broke that a 5-month-old girl had been killed in a drive-by shooting — the third fatal shooting of a child in Cleveland in the …

3 MLB games postponed as Atlantic faces rain and wind

Friday, October 2, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Three major league baseball games were postponed Friday as the East Coast faced steady rain with Hurricane Joaquin swirling in the Atlantic. In New York, the Mets’ chase for home-field advantage in their opening …

Ex-New England Patriots WR Irving Fryar sentenced to 5 years in prison

Friday, October 2, 2015

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Former NFL star Irving Fryar was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for his role in a mortgage scam. His mother, Allene McGhee, was sentenced to three years’ probation in the same case. Both were convicted in August of applying for multiple …

Clint Bowyer lands ride with HScott before replacing Tony Stewart

Friday, October 2, 2015

DOVER, Del. — Clint Bowyer hopes his one-year pit stop at HScott Motorsports is more than just a footnote on his career. He wants to build the foundation that will shape the fledgling organization into a championship contender. …

Sepp Blatter defies calls from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately

Friday, October 2, 2015

ZURICH — Sepp Blatter defied calls from FIFA sponsors Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Visa on Friday to quit immediately as president of world soccer’s governing body rather than clinging on until the emergency election in February. The interventions …

Rain at Dover washes out qualifying; Matt Kenseth on pole

Friday, October 2, 2015

DOVER, Del. — For a driver on the brink of championship elimination, Kevin Harvick might have the biggest target at Dover. The mission is clear: Knock out Harvick, knock out a champion. “Everyone in this Chase knows they …