The Associated Press The Los Angeles Dodgers were floundering before outfielder Yasiel Puig arrived. Jose Iglesias helped the Detroit Tigers move forward when their starting shortstop was suspended. The Atlanta Braves? They owe part of their success to Evan Gattis and Julio Teheran, two players in their first full seasons in the major leagues. There are now eight teams remaining in baseball's postseason, and almost all of them have at least one key rookie who ...
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Clint Hurdle waited patiently for the double-play ball that never materialized.
ATLANTA (AP) - Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the playoffs looking intent on ending that quarter-century drought since their last World Series championship.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski walked slowly through the Raiders locker room, a thick black brace around his right knee. He paused at his stall briefly, donned a black hoodie then moved back out the way he came.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Wearing a gray San Francisco 49ers hoodie, soft-spoken running back Frank Gore walked around team headquarters with a familiar smile and strut Thursday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Weeden lost his starting job, but never any confidence. He promised that if he ever got the chance to start for the Browns again he would make the most of it. And on Thursday night, in front of a home crowd that booed some of his early throws and a national TV audience, Weeden came to Cleveland's rescue. Weeden replaced injured starter Brian Hoyer and rallied the Browns to a 37-24 ...
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Meet Mr. Hitner. Called by that name for years out of respect for his hard-hitting defense, San Francisco safety Donte Whitner has filed paperwork in Ohio through his lawyer to formally change his name by removing the 'W' - after receiving permission from his mother, Deborah, to do so. "My last name was Whitner, now it's Hitner," Whitner said Wednesday. "Yeah, it's legal, I'm taking the 'W' off. I asked my ...
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Ken Harrelson and Mike Shannon are among the 10 finalists for the Baseball Hall of Fame's broadcasting award.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brett Anderson could hardly be happier about returning to the postseason, even if it's in a much different role than he's accustomed to with the Oakland Athletics.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders got one of their two biggest offensive playmakers back at practice.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays' road show rolls on. Next stop: Boston. Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game. Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering Cleveland crowd and ended the ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's playoffs no longer are an exclusive club of high rollers.
OAKLAND (AP) - Many a bearded major leaguer disapproves of the bushy black mess hanging from Brian Wilson's chin these days.
OAKLAND,(AP) - Bartolo Colon never expected to be pitching at age 40, not in the playoffs, and especially not as the Game 1 starter.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - Donte Whitner may start his own clothing line if he continues to get flagged for unnecessary roughness.
BOSTON (AP) - David Krejci tipped in a shot with eight-tenths of a second left in the third period to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over San Jose on Thursday night, sending the Sharks to their first regulation loss of the season.
LONDON (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series, the league announced Thursday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Cam Newton is playing some of the best football of his career, and the surging Carolina Panthers are back over .500 for the first time in five years.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Terrell Owens has finally found a sport where he doesn't have to worry about getting the ball. T.O. wants to be a professional bowler.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims knows how difficult it is to sack Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The NFL rulebook is thick enough to compete with a New York telephone book - cellphone numbers included.
BOSTON (AP) - Just think how much we like to watch wild arguments in baseball, when a manager flaps his arms, throws his hat and hollers nose-to-nose at the umpire while the spit flies.
BOSTON (AP) - Jon Lester says there was nothing but rosin - which is perfectly legal - on his glove when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Luke Guthrie took only 19 putts in his round of 7-under 65, giving Americans the top three spots on the leaderboard Thursday in the BMW Masters.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR will require baseline concussion testing for its drivers starting next season.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Championships by sweeping Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-3 Thursday.
MIAMI (AP) - A man on trial in the slaying of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor admitted to breaking into the NFL player's home, kicking down the bedroom door and shooting Taylor, and drew a detailed diagram of the house, labeling himself as the shooter, according to a videotaped confession played for the jury Thursday.
BOSTON (AP) - Given a bit of help by the umpires and a lot more by the Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox turned this World Series opener into a laugher.
LONDON (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are the closest thing the NFL will have to a London-based team for the next four years. And that's just fine, for the moment.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - National TV, a chance to shine with the rest of the NFL watching.