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Royals return home with 2-0 ALCS lead over Orioles

The Royals are two wins away from returning to the World Series for the first time since 1985. 

Kansas City Royals create late-inning magic again, lead ALCS 2-0

Alcides Escobar doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Mike Moustakas extended his home run-binge and the Royals remained perfect in the playoffs in a 6-4 win against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Kansas City took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.

Cardinals bats silenced in Game 1 of NLCS

San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner set a major league postseason record with 26 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road. The Giants won 3-0 and took a 1-0 lead in the National League Championship Series.

Gordon-led Royals beat Orioles 8-6 in ALCS

Gordon homered to put Kansas City in front, Mike Moustakas added a two-run shot and the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 Friday night in the opener of the AL Championship Series.

Blues start fast, beat Flames 4-1

Joakim Lindstrom, David Backes, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko scored for the Blues, and Paul Stastny and Kevin Shattenkirk each had three assists. St. Louis improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine games against Calgary.

Robert Quinn, Rams' defense looking for sacks

St. Louis had the third-most sacks in the NFL last season with 53, and Quinn was second in the league with 19. Through their first four games this season, the Rams have one — from rookie tackle Aaron Donald.

Giants vs. Cardinals: Here we go again in NLCS

Aces Adam Wainwright and Madison Bumgarner square off in St. Louis on Saturday to begin a best-of-seven series between two teams accustomed to playing late into October.

Big night for Nash as Rangers beat Blues 3-2

The New York Rangers' left wing had another big game in St. Louis, scoring the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to finish with three points in a 3-2 victory.

Colts hold on for 33-28 win over Texans

The Colts (4-2) led 24-0 after one quarter, but allowed Houston (3-3) to cut it to 33-28 early in the fourth quarter on J.J. Watt's fumble return for a touchdown.

Stolen World Series banner returned after 29 years

A Wisconsin banker has returned a banner he stole from Royals Stadium during the 1985 World Series.

Cardinals, Royals built with homegrown players

Building largely from within in the free-agent era, St. Louis topped the 10 postseason teams with 17 homegrown players on its 25-man division-series roster. Among the postseason teams, Kansas City is second with 13 homegrown players.

Carpenter leads Cardinals' power surge into NLCS

Matt Carpenter became a high-end leadoff man because of his smarts, production and ability to work counts. Now, add bat to be feared. The lefty swinging third baseman led the St. Louis Cardinals' sudden power surge in the NL Division Series, ending some of the chatter about the team's season-long, long-ball shortage.

 

Royals, Orioles: A study in contrasting offenses

The surprising Kansas City Royals and unflappable Baltimore Orioles are extremely similar with one significant exception: the fashion in which they score runs. The team that best utilizes its standard method of offense will likely win the best-of-seven AL Championship Series, which begins Friday night.

Rock Bridge High School softball advances behind Helen Trice

Helen Trice threw a complete game to advance the Bruins to the semifinals, where they will face 25-1 Blue Springs.

Billy Butler, Alex Gordon relish Royals' postseason success

It's been a challenging road filled with pitfalls and potholes, and more than once it looked as though neither Billy Butler nor Alex Gordon would see the fruits of their labor. Now the Royals are set to open the best-of-seven American League Championship Series on Friday.

 

Homegrown talent key to NLCS for Cardinals

A class of young recruits has replenished the team.

SEC East overshadowed by more powerful West

The only ranked teams from the SEC East will meet on Saturday when No. 13 Georgia visits No. 23 Missouri in a game which could provide some clarity in the muddled East race.

Tentative December trial date set in Peterson case

A Texas judge on Wednesday set a tentative Dec. 1 trial date for Adrian Peterson to face a felony charge of child abuse. Defense attorney Rusty Hardin said after the hearing that Peterson is "chomping at the bit" to defend himself publicly.

UPDATE: Cardinals sink Kershaw again, head to another NLCS

The St. Louis Cardinals' 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday sends them to a fourth straight trip to the National League Championship Series. St. Louis faces the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS.

Adrian Peterson to plead not guilty to child abuse charge

Peterson has said he never intended to harm his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch earlier this year. If convicted, Peterson faces up to two years in prison.

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