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Beltran's October magic continues

Getty Images<p>Carlos Beltran drove in all three runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in their win Friday.Carlos Beltran continued his postseason magic …

Cardinals wrap up home field advantage for NL postseason

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter came up empty Sunday in his bid for a 200-hit season. St. Louis' second baseman could have cared less.<p>Carpenter and the …

In Government Shutdown, Congress Members Still Get Paid While Federal Workers Wait In Limbo

WASHINGTON -- In the event of a government shutdown, hundreds of thousands of federal workers would be furloughed, not knowing if or when they'd get paid. Their paychecks would ultimately depend upon the benevolence of a fractious Congress, which decides whether to pass legislation retroactively …

Brazil May Turn Its Amazon Stadium into a Prison After 2014 World Cup

When the FIFA circus packed up and left South Africa in 2010, the host city was left with a number of world-class stadiums that have become white elephants. Cape Town's Green Point Stadium, for example, is now home to a small South African Premier League team and has hosted a handful of concerts …

Brazil

The endless cycle of bad Buccaneers quarterbacks

Mike Glennon is set to take over the reins of the Buccaneers' offense. If history repeats itself, he won't see a second contract in Tampa Bay.<p>The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly decided to bench quarterback Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, a move that would be surprising if the …

Brian Wilson confronts Giants CEO over 2012 World Series ring

Here’s a weird one: After the Giants’ 3-2 win over the Dodgers in San Francisco on Thursday, Dodgers reliever and former Giant Brian Wilson crossed the field to shout at Giants CEO Larry Baer, apparently over his 2012 World Series ring. CSNBayArea.com has more.<p>Brian Wilson, wearing Dodger blue, …

MLB Announces How 3-Way AL Wild-Card Tiebreaker Would Be Settled

The race for the MLB playoffs in the American League is heating up as the 2013 regular season winds down. With the addition of a second wild-card team last year, though, there has been discussion as to how a three-way tie would be determined for the last clubs in.<p>As reported by Drew Davison of the</i> …

Baseball

Calvin Johnson 'Can't Stand' Chicago Bears

<i>By Aaron Wilson, National Football Post</i><p>Calvin Johnson made it known how he feels about the Chicago Bears.<p>Maybe it was because the Bears were one of the few teams able to slow him down a tad last year, or maybe it's the natural rivalry between Detroit and Chicago, but Johnson spoke with some fire …

Jermichael Finley Gives Alarming Details About Concussion Sustained vs. Bengals

Jermichael Finely gave fans a unique yet alarmingly look into what it's like to suffer a concussion in the NFL.<p>On Friday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers tight end, who was knocked out of last week's game after a scary hit from Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka, posted a video in which he …

Football (U.S.)

RT @Cut4: One way the @Cardinals celebrated their NL Central title? Stuffing rookie @KoltenWong into a trash can. http://t.co/5cWFYyveff

Distributing $40 million EA settlement looks complex

The settlement that on Thursday ended two companies' involvement in lawsuits relating to the use of college athletes names and likenesses will total $40 million. But the athletes covered by the deal will see millions less than that — and though tens of thousands of athletes may be eligible for …

Aaron Hernandez fiancee indicted in connection to Odin Lloyd murder case

BOSTON -- The fiancée of Aaron Hernandez, the former National Football League star accused of murdering semi-pro player Odin Lloyd, was indicted along with two other people on charges related to the case, local prosecutors said on Friday.<p>Shayanna Jenkins, who has an infant daughter with Hernandez, …

Beats Electronics unplugs HTC with $265 million share buyback

Looks like the rumors were true. HTC announced today that Beats Electronics will buy back the remaining 25 percent stake it had in the headphone maker for $265 million, all but bringing to an end a two-year partnership that has never really worked out. It's quite a bit of cash for HTC, after it …

Microsoft will build 'next big thing', tearful Ballmer vows

Microsoft will create the 'next big thing', outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer has said, in a reportedly emotional farewell speech to employees.<p>The eccentric …

Intel, Microsoft Also Eyeing Wearable Device Market

It’s fair to say that everyone who is anyone in tech is trying to find a place in the budding market for wearable technology.<p>Google has its Glass …

Intel Capital throws money at Recon Instruments, hints at wearable war with Google

If you thought that Google Glass was the only wearable backed by one of tech's mega corporations, think again. Intel's investment arm has now ponied up a "significant" investment into Recon Instruments, makers of the Jet heads-up display for extreme sports. While neither party has disclosed how …

Gamers, stop supporting violence!

Buying games is a political act, and gamers need to start voting with their wallets<p>Where previous releases in the "Grand Theft Auto" series have garnered hysterical coverage for the games’ depictions of violence and sex, last week’s release of "GTA V" was actually a more muted media event. The …

Google Glass goes on a roadtrip

In an effort to get non-geeks interested, Google will shortly be bringing its high-tech gear to a US city near you<p>"Wanna try Glass? Damn right you do. Just kidding... but seriously if you do want to, we're going to start bringing Glass to cities across the US so you can give it a spin."<p>That's how …

Netflix Super HD Rolls Out To Everyone... Almost

Clearer video for everyone! Or at least for some.<p>Netflix is now offering Super HD, its highest-quality streaming video, to all of its customers, the company announced in a blog post on Thursday, expanded from a limited rollout in January.<p>But some customers still might not be able to use Super HD …

Apple hires Nike FuelBand designer Ben Shaffer; Cupertino's wearable can't be far behind

A month after after poaching fitness expert and Nike FuelBand consultant Jay Blahnik, Apple has added another former Nike employee to its ranks. Cupertino has reportedly hired Ben Shaffer, who served the sneaker brand as Studio Director of the Innovation Kitchen. In this role, Shaffer helped …

A Royal Weekend in London

Whether by luck or deft maneuvering, I’ve avoided a Disney vacation thus far. I have not had the same luck with the princess phase, which commandeered my daughter’s imagination somewhere around age two and hasn’t let up since. Recently, I decided to give in to the royal impulses and take a trip to …

Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …

Orlando Airport Considers Replacing TSA with a Private Firm

Sam and Hope Bass, along with her service dog Windsor, drove two hours from Wildwood to Orlando International Airport on Wednesday to say that …

6 Ways To Avoid Looking Like A Tourist Abroad

There are a lot of negative connotations attached to the word "tourist." While it's inevitable that when traveling abroad, you'll look and feel like an outsider at times, it's easy to avoid tourist hate.<p>Here are seven simple ways to not look like a tourist. We promise, it will make your travels …

'I'VE SAID TOO MUCH' – Richard Branson Let's It Slip That He's About To Announce Plans For 'Very Cheap' Space Travel

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is going to start flying people to space very soon.<p>In fact, when 400 prepaid Galactic customers gathered at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Branson said the event was "the last major gathering of future astronauts before we finally start to make their dreams of …

Cappadocia from the ground and from the sky

From above, the curvaceous landscape of Cappadocia spools out to the horizon in rippling waves of rock tinged shades of blushing pink. Hot air ballooning may be big business in this geological wonderland, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is the only way to view it.<p>Ballooning companies …