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Rams defense hitting its stride in second straight shutout

The Rams (6-7) have beaten Washington and Oakland by a combined score of 76-0. The surge had them close to their goal of ranking in the top 10 in overall defense, checking in at 11th on Monday with one NFL game remaining. They were 27th on offense.

UPDATE: Rams top Washington 24-0 for 2nd straight shutout

The Rams took advantage of a plummeting franchise for the second straight week. They routed the Oakland Raiders 52-0 a week earlier and now stand at 6-7, a decent showing for a season that could have fallen apart after Sam Bradford's knee injury in August.

Arizona sneaks past Kansas City 17-14

Kerwynn Williams rushed for 100 yards two days after being elevated from the Arizona practice squad and the Cardinals rallied to beat Kansas City 17-14 on Sunday in a matchup of teams that had lost two in a row.

NFL, Rams players sporting 'I Can't Breathe' message

The slogan refers to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. A grand jury decided last week that it would not indict the officer. A video of the arrest showed Garner gasping, "I can't breathe."

Kansas City hopes to end two-game skid against Arizona

The Kansas City Chiefs have dropped two in a row and are in danger of falling out of the AFC playoff race. The Arizona Cardinals have lost two straight and are clinging to a one-game lead in the NFC West.

One team will get back on the right track when the Chiefs (7-5) and Cardinals (9-3) meet Sunday. The other could be in serious trouble.

Brodeur has relief stint for Blues in Long Island return

The longtime Devils goalie is back in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues after spending more than two decades wearing New Jersey's red and black.

Martin Brodeur picks up win in relief for Blues

Brodeur made 14 saves for career win No. 689 and his 52nd against the Islanders, the most for the 42-year-old goaltender against any team. Brodeur stopped Brock Nelson and Anders Lee in front early in the third and was hardly tested late.

Rams' trade with Washington starts to look one-sided

 

The Rams (5-7) and Washington (3-9) are getting back together Sunday, and St. Louis will have likely have Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, Alec Ogletree and Greg Robinson in the starting lineup with Stedman Bailey and Zac Stacy also contributing — part of a three-year haul of players stemming from the 2012 blockbuster trade with Washington for the pick the team used to take Robert Griffin III.

U.S. women draw toughest World Cup pool

The United States drew seemingly the most difficult group for the 2015 Women's World Cup, with an opener against familiar foe Australia, a match with Sweden and former American coach Pia Sundhage and a first-round finale against perennial African champion Nigeria.

Rams look to build on shutout win over Oakland

With a playoff berth an outside possibility even if the Rams win out in December to finish 9-7, Fisher knows the team must get by Washington.

Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Martin Brodeur's debut

Martin Brodeur hadn't played in the NHL since his final win April 13 with the New Jersey Devils. Stepping back into the crease after such a long break was a bit different for the 42-year-old goalie.

Rams running back Mason making his mark

Mason broke out against Oakland last Sunday. It took him just four carries to break the 100-yard mark and Mason finished with 14 carries for 117 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. He also caught three balls for 47 yards and another score in the 52-0 blowout win.

Slumping Chiefs struggling to sustain drives

In the one-sided loss last Sunday that left Kansas City in playoff peril, the inability of the Chiefs' offense to sustain drives was one of the biggest problems. That pass to Travis Kelce was not only the first time they converted on third down, it was the only time in nine tries — precisely the kind of inefficiency that Alex Smith and coach Andy Reid have built reputations on avoiding.

Blackhawks use 3-goal 3rd to beat Blues 4-1

Ian Cole scored in the second for the Blues, who had won four of five. Jake Allen made 29 saves.

Rams' Cook would "absolutely" do it all over again

The tight end was designated spokesman Wednesday for the five-player group that made the gesture before Sunday's win over Oakland. He explained it was not just a show of solidarity for Ferguson protesters but for peaceful demonstrations everywhere.

Chiefs battle against backs continue this week

This should be the week the Chiefs get right on defense. Arizona running back Andre Ellington is banged up and might not play, and the Cardinals have quite a cast of unknowns backing him up.

AP source: Royals, Hochevar agree to 2-year deal

Hochevar will make $4.5 million this season and $5.5 million for the 2016 season, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Hochevar must pass a physical to complete the agreement.

Senators press NFL, others on domestic violence

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee chastised the commissioners of the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA and NHL for skipping a hearing Tuesday on domestic violence in pro sports

Study: Major League Soccer shows overall gender diversity decline

A study about Major League Soccer's hiring practices shows a decline in overall gender diversity but says the league maintains high marks for racial and gender diversity inside its central office.

MLB umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay

Two weeks after Jason Collins retired as the NBA's first openly gay player, Scott added his name Tuesday to a growing list of gay and lesbian sports figures taking similar public steps.

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