Sports: Professional

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Trout makes playoff debut when Angels host Royals

Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Resilient Giants rock Pirates to earn spot in NLDS

Madison Bumgarner grabbed four beers, tilted his head back and chugged like a champion.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 12:06 PM

Volquez looks to continue revival against Giants

Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

Orioles confident of success, even without stars

The Baltimore Orioles prefer to focus on what they have rather than who they're missing when assessing their chances of advancing deep into the postseason.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 11:50 AM

Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 11:35 AM

A's Lester, Royals' Shields in AL wild-card focus

The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

Charles sends Chiefs to 41-14 rout of Patriots

It made sense that Andy Reid spoke in baseball metaphors after Kansas City whipped the New England Patriots on Monday night, with the Royals poised to end a long playoff drought just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium.

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 09:08 AM

NFL recaps: Gore leads 49ers as receiver and runner

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Frank Gore caught a career-best 55-yard touchdown and ran for 119 yards in his first 100-yard game this year, leading the San Francisco 49ers past Philadelphia 26-21 on Sunday to hand the Eagles their first loss.

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

Smith, Ravens excel at Panthers' expense

Certainly, the most attention-grabbing aspect of the Baltimore Ravens' third straight victory was the performance of Steve Smith against his former team.

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 08:50 AM

Gordon wins at Dover in Chase elimination race

At 43, Jeff Gordon entered the season answering questions about retirement.


Sep. 29, 2014 @ 08:47 AM

Europe celebrates another Ryder Cup victory

Tom Watson walked over to congratulate Jamie Donaldson for the shot of his life, a shot that ended the Ryder Cup.

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

Nats' Zimmerann pitches no-hitter, Oakland gets wild card spot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann pitched the first no-hitter for the Washington Nationals, the gem preserved when defensive replacement Steven Souza Jr. made a diving catch in left field for the final out

Sep. 28, 2014 @ 09:23 AM

Divisions come down to game 162 for Det., K.C., Cards and Bucs

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates' NL Central chances were hurt when Todd Frazier had a tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam in the 10th, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-6 victory on Saturday.

Sep. 28, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

Kurt Busch has Chase hopes on line in 500th start

Kurt Busch looked around and saw NASCAR's biggest stars crowding his car. Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett all zooming past Busch and giving the rookie driver a reality check — his racing heroes from TV were now his toughest competitors on the track.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Europe leads 10-6 after 2 days of Ryder Cup

It's 10-6 going into the final day of the Ryder Cup — again.

This time, Europe's in the lead and it's the United States needing a stunning Sunday comeback.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 12:28 PM

Scripted: Jeter wins it for Yanks in home farewell

The end of an era.

The perfect script.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 12:23 PM

Donnell catches on as Giants rout Redskins 45-14

He wasn't drafted, people mispronounce his name, and he had no idea where he was going when he was ushered into the room for his first big NFL postgame news conference.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Jeter drives in winning run in his Yankee Stadium finale

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter capped his Yankee Stadium farewell with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, the latest storybook moment in a charmed and illustrious career, to give New York a 6-5 victory Thursday night over Baltimore.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

IN THE DRAFT: Logano joins his teammate into the next Chase round

Last week, I stated that one race into the Chase and the cream had risen to the top. Well, it only took one more race for more of the cream to rise and it came from an unlikely driver.

Sep. 25, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

Kershaw, Puig lead Dodgers to division-clinching win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw tied a career high with his 21st victory, Yasiel Puig homered to highlight a four-run sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West title with a 9-1 victory over the second-place San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

Sep. 25, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

U.S. team looking more toward future than past

Tom Watson has been preaching about redemption for the Americans at the Ryder Cup — at least to the press.

Sep. 24, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

Pirates clinch at least a wild card spot

ATLANTA (AP) — Gerrit Cole retired the final 17 hitters he faced, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the free-falling Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Sep. 24, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

When losing hurts worse than winning feels good

Jim Furyk is the only player in the last 25 years to experience both ends of emotion in that moment the Ryder Cup is over. He knows how empty it feels to lose the decisive game. And he has been soaked in a celebration of champagne.

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 01:50 PM

Bears get early breaks, hold on to beat Jets 27-19

Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears needed to claw back from a big deficit last week.

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 01:48 PM

Royals blank Cleveland for key win

CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched six shutout innings for his first win in more than a month as the Kansas City Royals moved closer to the top of the AL Central and kept some distance over Cleveland in the wild-card race, beating the Indians 2-0 on Monday night.