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Royals slip by Giants, take 2-1 Series lead

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alcides Escobar ignited a two-run sixth inning with his second hit of the game, and the Kansas City bullpen pitched four hitless innings, propelling the Royals to a 2-1 lead in the World Series with a 3-2 win over the San F...

Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays manager

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Rays' Maddon opts out of contract

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract Friday and is leaving the organization immediately.

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Bruins' Chara out 4-6 weeks

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks because of a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Thursday night.

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Marshall campaigns for playoff

Undefeated and eyeing a shot at the first College Football Playoff, Marshall University has joined with Conference USA to hire public relations firm to help the Thundering Herd be seen and heard around the country.

Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers point guard

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Back problem sidelines Nash for season

Oft-injured point guard Steve Nash will miss the 2014-15 season because of recurring back issues involving nerve damage, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday night.

Jeff Gordon

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Confident Gordon marches on to Martinsville

Claiming his last couple laps at Talladega were the most nerve-racking of his life, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon survived the unpredictable Alabama track to move on to the eight-driver Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and continue his drive for a fifth title.

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Red Sox hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

Chili Davis, the Oakland Athletics' hitting coach the past three years, was introduced as the Boston Red Sox's new hitting coach Thursday.

Broncos Peyton Manning

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Manning rips Denver's scoreboard operator

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning went off on the scoreboard operator at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in his post-game press conference Thursday night, saying "it wasn't his best night."

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson throwing

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Seahawks' Wilson: 'Complete confidence in who I am'

In typical Russell Wilson fashion, the Seattle Seahawks' third-year quarterback dismissed the notion of a divided locker room in the wake of last week's shocking trade of dynamic wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets.

Jay Cutler Chicago Bears

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Cutler: No issues with Marshall

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler apparently was not offended by wide receiver Brandon Marshall's postgame rant Sunday after a 27-14 home loss to the Miami Dolphins.

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