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Columbia volleyball snaps losing streak against William Woods

Columbia beat William Woods in three sets — 25-16, 27-25, 25-21 — handing the Owls their first American Midwest Conference defeat. The Cougars improved to 18-9 overall, 6-1 in the AMC.

Cardinals, Red Sox set for World Series rematch

From Stan the Man vs. the Splendid Splinter, to Gibby vs. Yaz, to Pujols vs. Pedro, the Redbirds and Red Sox are set to renew their fall rivalry, meeting in the World Series for the fourth time.

ZZ Top This! Bearded rockers cheer scruffy Red Sox

Lead vocalist and guitarist Billy Gibbons tells The Associated Press the group likes what it sees in the Boston beards.

Browns bench Weeden; Campbell to start

Jason Campbell to start for Browns against Chiefs on Sunday.

Injuries, schedule key to charmed start for Chiefs

As teams across the league deal with devastating injuries to some of their best players, unbeaten Kansas City has just about everyone healthy, just as it has most of the season.

Rams bring in quarterbacks Quinn, Davis for depth

No joke: Wainwright, Beltran try to win together

Carlos Beltran plays in his first World Series, Allen Craig is back in the lineup, Jon Lester reflects on his health during the 2007 World Series, and Tim McCarver recalls a story about Carl Yastrzemski.

Chris Carpenter again embraces role as cheerleader

The pitcher is one of several big-name players missing from the game's biggest stage. St. Louis is also without Jason Motte, Jaime Garcia and Rafael Furcal, roughly $30 million in talent this season.

No bet: Slay, Menino passing on World Series wager

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wasn't impressed with what he called "fried raviolis" that St. Louis Mayor Slay sent to him to settle a bet after the Cardinals lost the 2004 World Series to Boston.

Five Things to Know about this World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals may have to get by the beards and the monster to win Game 1 of the World Series in Boston.

After 2006 NLCS-ending strikeout, Wainwright, Beltran try to win together

Although Adam Wainwright famously struck out Carlos Beltran to punch the Cardinals' ticket to the 2006 World Series, the two will now try to win a championship together as teammates in St. Louis.

Cardinals, Red Sox set to renew October rivalry

Boston was listed as a slim favorite over St. Louis in the matchup between teams that tied for the big league lead in wins. The clubs haven't met in the regular season since 2008, and Red Sox speedster Jacoby Ellsbury was looking forward to this pairing that some are billing as the Beards vs. the Birds.

Texarkana friends Wacha, Middlebrooks meet in World Series

Texarkana has a population of 36,411, according to the last U.S. census. That's slightly smaller than the crowd that will jam into Fenway Park on Wednesday night to watch old friends Michael Wacha and Will Middlebrooks face each other when the Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series opener.

World Series: How the Cardinals, Red Sox match up

A position-by-position look at the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox going into the World Series, starting Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Boston Strong: Red Sox ride wave of good feelings

After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox stretched an emotional ceremony into a season-long tribute to honor the victims, doctors and nurses, police and other first-responders who were there for the explosions and their aftermath.

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.

Cardinals' farm system produces World Series team

The Cardinals are in the postseason for the 10th time in 14 years and the pitching staff is deep, thanks to the farm system.

 

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford out for season with torn ACL

St. Louis Rams' quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the rest of the 2013 NFL season. Bradford will have season-ending surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee after getting hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-15 loss at Carolina that dropped the Rams to 3-4.

Jim Leyland steps down as Detroit Tigers manager

After eight seasons managing the Detroit Tigers, including three division titles and two American League pennants, Jim Leyland stepped down Monday.

 

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.

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