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Backes scores in overtime and Blues top Blue Jackets 4-3

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Chris Stewart tied it with 6:27 remaining in regulation for St. Louis, which entered tied for the fewest regulation losses in the league with six and have now won three straight and four of five.

Body of Chiefs former linebacker Jovan Belcher exhumed for brain exam

The body has been exhumed more than a year after Belcher killed his girlfriend and himself so that his brain can be examined for signs of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions.

Beat Rams, and Saints are in playoffs

The Rams have injury woes on the offensive line and in the secondary, and they have Kellen Clemens, one of the lesser-known quarterbacks.

Chiefs look to clinch playoffs by beating Raiders

A win this week against another last-place team will put the Chiefs in the playoffs one year after posting the worst record in the NFL.

Chiefs' wide receiver Dexter McCluster ruled out for Oakland game

Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster won't play Sunday because of an infection in a small cut on his ankle.

Rams Hekker leads NFL in net punting average

Rams honor Johnny Hekker on Friday. Heleads the NFL in net punting, averaging 43.9 yards. He doesn't hit it the longest, ranking ninth overall, but the average return is a pedestrian 2.9 yards.

Chiefs' McCluster out with infection in ankle

Dexter McCluster, who has already brought back two punts for touchdowns this season, was listed as questionable Friday for the Raiders game after a small cut on his ankle that he picked up in the mud and snow last week against Washington got infected.

Chargers stun Broncos 27-20

The Chargers defeated the Broncos 27-20 Thursday night, the first regular-season defeat at home in 14 tries.

Backes scores twice as Blues beat Maple Leafs

This game was Toronto's third loss in a row.


MLB intends to ban home-plate collisions

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, announced at the winter meetings that Major League Baseball intends to eliminate home-plate collisions by 2015 at the latest.

Washington coach sits RG3; Cousins will start

Robert Griffin III will be the inactive third quarterback for Washington's final three games, behind starter Kirk Cousins and backup Rex Grossman. Coach Mike Shanahan's reasoning is that he fears Griffin, who has taken a pounding in recent weeks, will get hurt, and that would ruin the franchise player's offseason.

Rams backup Clemens taking hard knocks

Kellen Clemens is set to make his seventh start as Sam Bradford's stand-in Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, his most action by far since making eight starts for the Jets in 2007.

Sports stars speak out against homophobia at UN

Former professional basketball player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova on Tuesday urged world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into consideration when awarding major sporting events.

IOC president: Russia to set up protest zones in Sochi

IOC President Thomas Bach said Russia will set up public protest zones in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, a move unlikely to defuse criticism of the country's human rights record and a recent law banning gay "propaganda."

Blues edge Jets 2-1

Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal at 16 minutes, 58 seconds of the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Reigning Olympic skating champ out of Sochi Games

Reigning Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek announced Tuesday that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in Sochi. After two months of aggressive treatment, doctors told Lysacek last week the injury was not going to improve and he was risking permanent damage if he kept training.

IOC to remind athletes against protests in Sochi

The IOC is finalizing a letter to Olympic athletes reminding them to refrain from demonstrations or political gestures during the Winter Games in Sochi, including any protests against Russia's law banning gay "propaganda."

Managers La Russa, Torre, Cox elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

All three won more than 2,000 games and were selected unanimously when the committee met Sunday ahead of baseball's winter meetings. Induction ceremonies will be held July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

St. Louis Rams guaranteed a non-winning season

The 2013 Rams have clinched the franchise's 10th consecutive non-winning season after a 30-10 loss at Arizona on Sunday.

Kansas City finds Washington to be tonic for ills

A win over Washington broke the Chiefs' three-game losing streak and brings them one step closer to clinching a playoff spot.