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Broncos are still No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

NEW YORK — It’s almost unanimous: The Denver Broncos are still the top team in the NFL. Denver received 11 first-place votes Tuesday for the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. The Broncos (5-1) are coming off a 42-17 rout of the San Francisco 49ers on […]

Shaw shoulders blame for Stanford’s slide

STANFORD — David Shaw has answered questions about Stanford’s ability to remain a football powerhouse since he succeeded Jim Harbaugh as coach in January 2011, and the debate fires up any time his team begins to slide. The “outside noise,” as Shaw calls it, might be at the loudest level of his tenure. The Cardinal’s […]

Hats off! Royals get old-timey with tip o’ the hat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nobody seems to know when the tradition of doffing a hat began, though most historians date the practice to the days when bowlers and boaters were in vogue. Nobody seems to know when the Royals picked up the tradition, either. At some point this season, though, Kansas City players started tipping their caps […]

KC, San Fran mayors announce World Series wager

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The mayors of Kansas City and San Francisco have a bet riding on the outcome of the World Series. If the Royals take the crown, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee will travel to Kansas City to read to students. If the Giants prevail, Kansas City Mayor Sly James will serve meals to the […]

WS Game 2 starters Ventura, Peavy study in contrasts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The starting pitchers for Game 2 of the World Series are a study in contrasts. The Royals will send out rookie Yordano Ventura, the hard-throwing right-hander from the Dominican Republic who grew up idolizing Pedro Martinez and now talks to him just about every day. San Francisco will counter with veteran Jake […]

49ers lose center Daniel Kilgore, needs surgery

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore was scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday on a fractured left ankle sustained in the third quarter of Sunday night’s loss at Denver. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday the injury is similar to what nose tackle Ian Williams suffered in Week 2 of the 2013 season at Seattle that […]

Raiders plagued by 3rd-down defensive woes

ALAMEDA — As if the Oakland Raiders’ defensive problems weren’t bad enough, another injury will force them to use a third-stringer at strong safety. Usama Young left Sunday’s 24-13 loss to Arizona with a significant injury to his left knee. He underwent an MRI on Monday and ESPN reported that he has a torn ACL and […]

For a young Mexican golf star, seeing helps him believe

The road to the PGA Tour out of Mexico was never going to be easy for Carlos Ortiz, even if it was paved with a measure of privilege. Only five Mexican-born players had ever made it to the PGA Tour. Two of them won tournaments a generation before he was born, the most recent title […]

Newman dodges penalty for Talladega inspection

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR decided Tuesday not to penalize Ryan Newman after his car failed inspection following the race at Talladega. The Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was found to be too low in the rear on both sides of the car after Sunday’s race. NASCAR brought it back to North Carolina for a further inspection and concluded that damage […]

Logano: No worries about retaliation from Patrick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joey Logano said he’s made peace with Danica Patrick and isn’t worried she’ll intentionally wreck him to ruin his championship chances. Logano spun Patrick during the Oct. 11 race at Charlotte and she was given permission over her team radio to retaliate. She later remarked that wrecking Logano would have no effect […]

‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius gets 5 years in prison

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows. Wearing a dark suit, the double-amputee athlete was subdued when Judge Thokozile Masipa announced […]

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad Tuesday, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time. Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after signing to their practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he […]

Fighters suing Mayweather over Vegas cable TV bout

LAS VEGAS — Two fledgling professional fighters in Las Vegas are suing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and producers of a cable TV show, alleging they never consented to be part of a promotional training bout depicted as a “dog house” fight that was supposed to last until someone quit. Hashim Rahman Jr., 23, and younger brother Sharif Rahman, […]

Buster’s back: Posey tries to add 3rd Series ring

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Buster Posey seemed almost embarrassed. With an NL Rookie of the Year award and MVP plaque, with two World Series rings at age 27, and the possibility of earning a third in the next 10 days, the San Francisco Giants catcher is among the candidates to become baseball’s most popular star following the […]

Local Report: Armijo boys soccer team falls to Vintage

Prep boys soccer FAIRFIELD — The Armijo High boys soccer team was looking to take possession of first place in the Monticello Empire League, but found itself in too deep of a hole in the first half, falling 3-1 to Vintage, Monday. The Indians (11-2-3, 8-2-3 MEL) now hold onto the second place spot in […]

Steelers rally past stunned Texans 30-23

PITTSBURGH — One dizzying sequence, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in complete control against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over […]

38th Doug Butt Run highlights week’s events

FAIRFIELD — Laurel Creek Park will be swarming with runners from kindergarten through the eighth grade on Wednesday as the Doug Butt Run has its 38th edition. The event, sponsored by the NorthBay Elite Futbol Club, is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., with races every 15 minutes. It’s a fun part of what figures […]

Bumgarner against Shields in World Series opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A six-pack won’t be enough for Madison Bumgarner if the San Francisco Giants win the World Series.

The Giants ace chugged four beers after beating Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game, upped the count to five following the NL Division Series clincher against Washington and six when San Francisco won the NL Championship Series over St. Louis.

“I don’t know if I can hold any more than that,” he said after earning the NLCS MVP award last week. “I had to keep it going, though. We’ll see if we keep winning. We don’t want to change anything up.”

Bumgarner starts the World Series opener on Tuesday night as the Giants try to become the first NL team to win three World Series titles in a five-year span since the St. Louis Cardinals of 1942-46. James Shields goes for the Royals, back in the Series for the first time since winning the . . .

Raiders plagued by 3rd-down defensive woes

ALAMEDA — As if the Oakland Raiders’ defensive problems weren’t bad enough, another injury will force them to use a third-stringer at strong safety. Usama Young left Sunday’s 24-13 loss to Arizona with a significant injury to his left knee. He underwent an MRI on Monday and ESPN reported that he has a torn ACL […]

Champion drag racer Raymond Beadle dies at 70

WACO, Texas — Raymond Beadle, a three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion and a championship NASCAR team owner, has died. He was 70. The NHRA said Beadle died Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Beadle won 28 NHRA national events and titles from 1979-81. He was a two-time winner of the U.S. Nationals […]

Stiviano lawsuit against Shelly Sterling dismissed

LOS ANGELES — A judge reversed course Monday and dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling’s mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner. Judge Richard Fruin issued a tentative ruling last week saying he planned to allow the suit, but he reconsidered after arguments from Shelly Sterling’s lawyer. It is […]

With TD mark in bag, Manning can set more records

DENVER — Next up for Peyton Manning: the NFL passing yardage record. It’s one of the few glamorous passing records Manning doesn’t own, now that he has broken Brett Favre’s mark for touchdown throws. Manning needs about 5,000 more yards to surpass Favre in that category, and is on track to finish his career with […]

49ers lose center Daniel Kilgore, needs surgery

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday for a fractured left ankle sustained in the third quarter of Sunday night’s loss at Denver. Coach Jim Harbaugh says the injury is similar to what nose tackle Ian Williams suffered in Week 2 of the 2013 season at […]

Giants-Royals: A capsule look at World Series

A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals: ___ Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Tuesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 2, Wednesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 3, Friday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); Game 4, Saturday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 5, […]

Belichick, Brady praise Manning on TD record

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning on Monday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting a lot longer to pass that record if he hadn’t played against me so many times,” […]

Penn State board to meet on disputed Freeh Report

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State’s board plans next week to discuss the Freeh report, a document regarding the school’s response to the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal that has divided the university and its alumni since it was issued more than two years ago. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday that the trustees will take a […]

McIlroy to skip 2 events to focus on lawsuit

DUBLIN — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy says he is skipping two upcoming tournaments in China to prepare for a lawsuit against his former management company. McIlroy said in a statement Monday that a mediation process to resolve his dispute with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management “failed over the weekend.” The Northern Irishman has changed his playing schedule […]

Column: Keselowski marches to his own beat

Jenna Fryer TALLADEGA, Ala. — It didn’t take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. Denny Hamlin famously feuded with him through the 2009 season, calling him “a complete moron” […]

Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics

LONDON — Rejected time and again for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the IOC will soon be seeking suitors for the 2024 Summer Olympics. It will be hoping to attract a competitive, high-profile field to show there are cities that want to host the games rather than shun them. Even before Oslo became the fourth city […]

Giants rely on core of 4 relievers

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants have their own version of the Core Four that has fueled their recent October dominance. While players with catchy nicknames like the Panda, the Freak and MadBum, and shiny trophies like former NL Rookie of the Year and MVP Buster Posey get most of the accolades, a quartet […]

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