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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 winning formula of fundamental baseball has put the Kansas City Royals ahead in the World Series. They even looked comfortable in the tricky territory at unfamiliar AT&T Park. Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow World 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. Alex Gordon hit a run-scoring double for his first hit of the Series in 10 at-bats and Lorenzo Cain added an RBI and some slick defense in …

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 …

Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Coming off a tumultuous week and backed into a must-win situation, Brad Keselowski pulled off one of his biggest victories. Keselowski drove a perfect final two laps in overtime Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he …

NFL Capsules: Jacksonville picks up first win, Seattle falls in St. Louis

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are winless no more. Denard Robinson ran for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown, Jacksonville’s defense came up big in the red zone, and the Jaguars snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 24-6 victory against the Cleveland Browns on …

Niklas Svedberg earns shutout in Bruins’ win over Sabres

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 …

Matt Kenseth regrets nothing in scuffle with Brad Keselowski

Friday, October 17, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Matt Kenseth would not change anything about his actions in a post-race scuffle with Brad Keselowski at Charlotte, where tempers flared as several drivers slipped to the edge of elimination in NASCAR’s championship race. Brad …

New advisers say NFL is serious about reform

Friday, October 17, 2014

CHICAGO — Beth E. Richie is a professor and a college administrator. She has written articles and books about feminism, battered women and the prison system, and provided training for police, judges and other groups. So when the NFL called to ask for help with its domestic conduct …

World Series: Seasoned Giants vs fresh Royals

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and the go-go-go Kansas City Royals played perfect ball to zip through the playoffs. Plus, they recently flattened Buster Posey and his Giants. So how come this bunch that’s rapidly become a fan favorite …

Giants have every-other-October pattern down pat

Friday, October 17, 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 …

Ned Yost has underdog Royals back in World Series

Friday, October 17, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Thump Monkeys are trailing and Jeff Foxworthy isn’t happy. Not just trailing, they’re getting creamed. Hunting season started in Georgia weeks ago, and right now, Foxworthy’s team is getting shelled by another group …

Patriots take weekend off after 3 wins in 12 days

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Julian Edelman may spend Sunday afternoon nibbling appetizers and watching NFL games. Chris Jones plans to see some college football on Saturday. After a busy 12 days in which they won three games, the New England …

Victor Cruz has no doubt he will return from knee injury

Friday, October 17, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has no doubts that he will recover from a serious injury to his right knee and return to football next season. Speaking to the media for the …