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ANALYSIS: NASCAR call to throw caution isn't even a debate

In a season that will be remembered for a rash of driver injuries, not throwing a caution would have been negligent of NASCAR.

Late field goals are becoming a sure thing in NFL

The numbers say kickers are more dependable than ever, both overall and when the outcome is on the line. Consider this: Only one field goal attempt for the lead in the final two minutes of a game or in overtime this season has been missed, by Houston's Randy Bullock from 46 yards on Sept. 15. The Texans still won the game, in overtime against Tennessee.

Dodgers beat Cardinals 6-4 to extend NLCS

Adrian Gonzalez homered twice, and Zack Greinke came through with the clutch performance Los Angeles needed in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday that trimmed St. Louis' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven playoff.

Jackson leads revamped Detroit lineup to 7-3 win

A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-all.

Alec Ogletree steps up quickly in Rams defense

Outside linebacker Alec Ogletree has been a big-play guy from Day 1.

Sharks stay unbeaten with 6-2 win over Blues

Joe Thornton had a goal and three assists and Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists and the Sharks downed the St. Louis Blues 6-2 Tuesday night.

Cardinals can't hit for Wainwright in Game 3 loss

Adam Wainwright yielded six hits and two runs in seven innings, but the Cardinals couldn't score a run for their ace in their third straight awful offensive game, losing 3-0 to the Dodgers in Game 3 on Monday night.

Philip Rivers, Nick Novak lead Chargers to 19-9 win

Philip Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night.

Michael Waltrip Racing cutting to two full teams

Michael Waltrip Racing will run only two full-time cars next season because of the loss of sponsor NAPA, part of the fallout from its attempts to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase.

Opara scores in 17th as Sporting KC beats Crew

The Columbus Crew (13-14-5) had a three-game winning streak stopped and are two points out of the final playoff spot in the East with two games left while Sporting Kansas City moved to within two points of Eastern Conference leader New York.

Blues too much for Panthers in 7-0 rout

Halak passed Hall with his franchise-record 17th shutout and Alex Steen scored on a penalty shot to lead the Blues to a 7-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Government shutdown puts service academy sports on hold

The Defense Department temporarily suspended sports competition at the service academies Tuesday as a result of the budget impasse in Congress.

Bode Miller calls anti-gay law 'absolutely embarrassing'

Russia's anti-gay laws draw condemnation from skier Bode Miller at U.S. Olympics media event.

IOC satisfied Olympic charter not violated by Russian laws

The International Olympic Committee doesn't have the authority to intervene in Russia's law banning gay propaganda and is convinced there will be no discrimination against athletes or spectators at the Winter Games in Sochi, a top Olympic official said Thursday.

EA Sports settles college athlete likeness cases

Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company have settled all lawsuits brought against the companies by former and current college athletes over the unauthorized use of the players' images and likenesses in video games and other merchandise.

NCAA to restore Penn State football scholarships

Penn State will gradually get back football scholarships taken away over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA announced Tuesday, crediting the university for making significant improvements to its athletics programs.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien pleased with reduction of sanctions

On Tuesday, the Nittany Lions got some rare good news from the NCAA, which will restore some of the scholarships taken from the school as part of the punishment over the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Nonconference games tougher than usual for Big 12

Big 12 teams looking forward to playing each other after struggling against nonconference opponents.

Sandusky's bid for new trial in Pa. judges' hands

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer faced skeptical questioning Tuesday from three judges on the Pennsylvania appeals court over his client's request that they order a new trial in his child sexual abuse case.

Weir out of Sochi after not registering for season

U.S. Figure Skating confirmed Tuesday that two-time Olympian Johnny Weir did not register for the qualifiers for the national championships, where the Sochi team will be selected. The deadline to register was Sept. 1.

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