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Cardinals play deep into October, again fall short

An injury to Yadier Molina, shaky starting pitching by Adam Wainwright, John Lackey and Shelby Miller, a lack of clutch hitting in the middle of the batting order and defensive gaffes led to a five-game loss to San Francisco in the NL Championship Series.

Wacha tagged in 9th, Cardinals ousted by Giants

Michael Wacha finally got to pitch in this year's playoffs. Pretty soon, he was gone — and so were the St. Louis Cardinals.

Chiefs preparing for Chargers game

A recently stingy Chiefs defense will face its biggest challenge of the year against the rejuvenated San Diego Chargers' offense.

Dayton Moore's vision for the Royals comes to fruition

Nearly three decades after the Royals won their only World Series, they're headed back to baseball's biggest stage. And the kid who grew up cheering for them in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, and couldn't score a ticket to Game 7 of the '85 Fall Classic — instead watching from beyond the outfield fence — is the general manager responsible for making it happen.

Royals' run to World Series has Kansas City abuzz

A city best known for its barbecue, bebop jazz and, for a while now, bad baseball has become a sea of Royals blue as long-suffering fans suddenly find their team in the World Series.

Ebola means African Cup hosting could be a lottery

Morocco denied reports on Thursday it has withdrawn as the host of the 16-team event, but wants it postponed from its planned dates in January and February because of fears over the spread of Ebola which is surging through three countries in West Africa.

UPDATE: Royals hold off Orioles 2-1, finish ALCS sweep

Kansas City hosts the first two games beginning Tuesday against the winner of the NLCS between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

UPDATE: Giants beat Cardinals 6-4, move 1 win from Series

Posey drove in three runs and San Francisco took advantage of some clunky defense by first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one victory of the World Series.

UPDATE: Cain is able: Royals center fielder wins ALCS MVP

The smooth center fielder snagged MVP honors after helping the Kansas City Royals to a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

Janoris Jenkins boom or bust cornerback for Rams

Jenkins makes big plays — and gives them up. Getting scalded on Brandon Lloyd's 80-yard touchdown catch against the 49ers last week was the latest example of give and take.

Chiefs pass defense faces tough test against Chargers

Quarterbacks, including Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, have not had their way against the Chiefs' defense through five games. The second half of the 2013 season was the catalyst for improvement.

Giants beat Cardinals 5-4 in 10th inning on Choate wild throw

The San Francisco Giants now have a 2-1 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.

Royals edge Orioles 2-1 to take 3-0 lead in ALCS

Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, and the Royals' steel-curtain bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way for a 2-1 win Tuesday night and a commanding 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series.

Rams' Fisher anxious to turn page after loss

 The biggest positives out of the latest loss were decent starting debuts by first-round picks Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald.

 

Night Ride: Playoff games push past 3 1/2 hours

With playoff games now commonly pushing past 3 1/2 hours, sticking around from start to finish is becoming a time-consuming task like never before.

Prosecutor: Pistorius offered Steenkamp family cash after killing

The Steenkamp family rejected it because they did not want "blood money," a prosecutor said Tuesday at the sentencing hearing for the double-amputee athlete.

NBA to test shorter, 44-minute game

The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play a 44-minute preseason game on Sunday as the league tests a format that features fewer minutes and fewer mandatory timeouts.

ALCS Game 3 postponed because of rain

The Royals and Orioles to play Game 3 in Kansas City on Tuesday.

49ers throttle Rams 31-17 for 3rd straight win

The San Francisco 49ers erased an early 14-point deficit and beat the St. Louis Rams 31-17 on Monday night.

Cardinals arrive at familiar AT&T Park for Game 3

The St. Louis Cardinals arrived in the Bay Area ballpark they know so well in October and began preparing for the possibility of facing the Giants without star catcher Yadier Molina.

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