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Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller (Yahoo Sports)
10/1/2014 3:05:12 AM

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer celebrates after scoring on a single by Christian Colon during the 12th inning of the AL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- 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.


Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest (Yahoo Sports)
9/30/2014 9:58:59 PM

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps attends a press conference ahead of the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia. Authorities say Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Michael Phelps' comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool.


Raiders make Tony Sparano interim coach (Yahoo Sports)
9/30/2014 8:21:50 PM

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, left, and interim coach Tony Sparano answer questions from reporters during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Alameda, Calif. The Raiders named Sparano as interim coach a day after the firing of coach Dennis Allen. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.


Colts give Mathis 1-year contract extension (Yahoo Sports)
9/30/2014 2:42:31 PM

FILE - This is a July 3, 2014, file photo showing Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team. Indianapolis is keeping Mathis around through 2016. The team announced Tuesday it had given Mathis a one-year contract extension. (AP Photo/File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- - Indianapolis is keeping Robert Mathis around through 2016.


NFL says Abdullah should not have been penalized (Yahoo Sports)
9/30/2014 2:03:28 PM

In this Sept. 29, 2014, photo, Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah, left, gets up in the end zone after dropping to his knees in prayer as New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, right, walks past after Abdullah intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. The NFL said Tuesday, Sept. 30, that Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after the interception. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.


FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins' (Yahoo Sports)
9/30/2014 6:27:01 PM

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins walks off the field after an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves.


Scherzer to start Game 1 for Tigers vs Baltimore (Yahoo Sports)
9/30/2014 6:14:14 PM

Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer throws during baseball practice in Detroit Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The Detroit Tigers start the playoffs at the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of the American League Division Series Thursday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers will start this postseason just like last year's: Max Scherzer in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Game 2.


Michigan apologizes for mistakes with QB injury (Yahoo Sports)
9/30/2014 6:04:46 PM

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2014, file photo, Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, left, and head coach Brady Hoke watch from the sidelines during the closing minutes of their 26-10 loss to Utah during the second half of their NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich. Early Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, roughly 12 hours after embattled Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he'd been given no indication that quarterback Shane Morris had been diagnosed with a concussion, athletic director Dave Brandon revealed in a post-midnight statement that the sophomore did appear to have sustained one. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan announced changes to its injury protocol Tuesday, admitting it made a mistake in handling quarterback Shane Morris following a suspected concussion because of a ''serious lack of communication'' and ''confusion'' among the coaching staff.


PSG inflicts Barcelona's first loss of the season (Yahoo Sports)
9/30/2014 6:25:57 PM

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, shakes hand with PSG's David Luiz at the end of the Champions League Group F soccer match between Paris Saint German and Barcelona at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. PSG defeated Barcelona 3-2. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

LONDON (AP) -- Paris Saint-Germain overcame goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar to inflict Barcelona's first loss of the season on Tuesday.


Nadal dominates in return at China Open (Yahoo Sports)
9/30/2014 12:41:47 PM

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot from Richard Gasquet of France during the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

BEIJING (AP) -- Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff, beating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 at the China Open on Tuesday.