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Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Honors Oscar Taveras with Message on Hat

As he took the mound for Game 6 of the World Series, Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura honored late St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, with a message on his hat, glove and cleats.<p>The two players became good friends while …

Signs pointed to Ben Roethlisberger's big game against the Colts

PITTSBURGH -- The question triggered something that helped Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey make sense of how his quarterback laid waste …

NFL

Oscar Tavares dies in a car accident, per reports

Oscar Taveras has reportedly passed away in a fatal car accident in his native country.<p>St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in a fatal car accident, according to reports coming out of the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The news has since been confirmed by Taveras' agent. A native of …

Colt McCoy to start for Redskins ... unless RG3 can

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden isn't calling it a likelihood, but he says there's at least a possibility quarterback Robert Griffin III could play next Monday night at the Dallas Cowboys.<p>"No, I can't rule him out," Gruden said at a Monday press conference when asked about RG3 being ready for …

Baylor continues to lead era of high scoring

The age of high-powered offenses continues to drive college football this season, with no end — or limit — in sight to how high the points can …

Giants wideout Victor Cruz injures right knee

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York wide receiver Victor Cruz was carted off the field after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee in third quarter …

Georgia running back Todd Gurley suspended indefinitely

Here's our story on the autograph dealer who'd been trying to snitch on Todd Gurley.<p>Georgia running back Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely by the university for an alleged violation of NCAA rules. Gurley was suspended by the athletic department, and not by the NCAA. The school provided no …

Should the Dodgers extend Hanley Ramirez a qualifying offer?

What to do, what to do?<p>Like it or not, the Dodgers' season is over and it's time to begin that off-season check list. When it comes to players, at the top of the list is Hanley Ramirez.<p>He just completed the last year of his contract, which leaves the Dodgers three options: 1) re-sign him to a …

Baseball

Harrison's 'magic' has helped to carry Pirates into MLB's postseason

In Josh Harrison's childhood home in Cincinnati, the long hallway that led from the front door to the kitchen was much more than just a hallway.<p>It …

Sharks rout LA Kings 4-0, crashing Cup celebration

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings gathered at center ice while the Stanley Cup was lowered from the scoreboard, and they watched their …

Cardinals tag Dodgers’ Kershaw late and advance to NLCS

The St. Louis Cardinals tagged Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning for the second straight time, riding Matt Adams' go-ahead, three-run homer to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday and a fourth straight trip to the NL Championship Series.<p>Following their 3-1 win in the …

Giants bounce Nationals to advance to the NLCS

SAN FRANCISCO – Call them upsets if you must, but the National League playoffs are settling into a very familiar pattern.<p>The San Francisco Giants continued their every-other-year magic with a 3-2 Game 4 Division Series victory Tuesday that sent the Washington Nationals home and those owners of …

England must decide quickly if the Form XV can be trusted against the All Blacks

With the World Cup looming Stuart Lancaster must get squad spot on when he chooses between players who have delivered and those in form for QBE autumn series<p>Form against class, a streaky run against known qualities, a gut-feeling punt against deep‑rooted knowledge? Welcome to Stuart Lancaster’s …

Marshawn Lynch still a beast for fantasy owners

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had a big day on "Monday Night Football." We bring you the fantasy implications.<p>Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 72 yards on 17 carries and added 45 receiving yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 5 win over Washington. Lynch's …

LeBron James wants to ensure players get fair share of NBA's new TV money

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Two summers ago, LeBron James considered becoming president of the National Basketball Players Association.<p>He decided he didn't have the time to give the job what it required, but he made it known that he would stay active in union matters. When close friend Chris Paul became …

Lackey, long balls drive Cardinals to win and series lead against Dodgers

Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, Matt Carpenter went deep for the third straight game and John Lackey lived up to his big-game reputation as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL Division Series.<p>…

Five things we learned from the Champions League this week

Danny Welbeck has hit the ground running for the Gunners as they recover their Champions League composure but Mario Balotelli's struggles for Liverpool continue.<p>Group A is on a knife edge as the two teams that lost on matchday one came out on top on matchday two, with Atletico Madrid defeating …

LeBron welcomed back by Cleveland fans

CLEVELAND (AP) — The crowd's deafening roar was so loud LeBron James couldn't hear his name announced.<p>Unsure of whether to walk out onto the floor, …

Doctor: NFL player who killed girlfriend, self likely had CTE

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher likely had a devastating brain disease when he shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself two years ago, a doctor says in a new report.<p>Dr. Piotr Kozlowski, who prepared the report, found tangles of tau proteins in seven sections of the hippocampus …

Peter Kostis compares Jonas Blixt's and Sam Snead's golf swing

How He Hit That: Angel Cabrera's tee shot bombs at The Greenbrier

<b>By Matthew Rudy</b><p>Each time Angel Cabrera overpowers a major championship with huge tee shots at critical moments, we wonder why he doesn't do it a "regular" Tour stop.<p>At The Greenbrier, the 44-year-old Argentine finally did, shooting a pair of weekend 64s to take a third title to go with his 2007 …

Giants vs. Pirates: Date, Time, TV Info, Live Stream, NL Wild Card Game Preview

What does slogging through a brutal 162-game schedule that spans the entirety of an American summer (and then some) earn you in MLB's expanded-playoff era?<p>If you're a wild-card team, it earns you the right to play at least one more game. The San Francisco Giants will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates …

Baseball

Royals stun Athletics, 9-8, to win AL wild card

The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight.<p>Salvador Perez singled down the left-field line with two outs in the 12th inning, allowing Christian Colon to score from second base and giving the long-suffering Royals a 9-8 victory over …

Derek Jeter Top 10 Career Highlights

UPDATE: SF Giants heading to Pittsburgh for wild-card playoff

<i>UPDATE, 1:00 p.m.: The Pirates just lost to the Reds 4-1, giving the National League Central to the St. Louis Cardinals.</i><p><i>The Pirates are a wild card and will host the Giants in a do-or-die game at PNC Park at 5 p.m. Wednesday night.</i><p><i>This was not the best case for the Giants. They will travel to a</i> …