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Sean McGrath and his beard help Chiefs' offense survive

The fellows from "Duck Dynasty" have a rival in the facial hair department from the Kansas City Chiefs' backup tight end, who is becoming known for his gnarly whiskers and a hero to fans for the way he's filled in for banged-up starters Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce.

Cardinals clinch NL Central championship

After a 7-0 win over Chicago on Friday night, St. Louis (95-65) has won six of seven and is tied with Atlanta for the best record in the NL.

Royals hand White Sox 98th loss of season

Kansas City raced to a 6-1 win over Chicago. Royals' James Shields (13-9) struck out 10 and scattered four hits over seven innings for his 100th career win.

Guthrie, Laugh lead Royals over White Sox 3-2

Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings, and David Lough hit a two-run homer to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston off to sack-filled start

Georgia coach Mark Richt knew that Justin Houston had all the physical tools to be a smashing NFL success. The young linebacker just needed to screw his head on straight.

Bud Selig says he will retire in January 2015

After a decade of maintaining his departure was imminent, MLB commissioner Bud Selig put his exit plans in writing Thursday and said in a statement he will retire in January 2015 after 22 years — the second-longest term behind Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

Iwakuma knocks Royals out of wild-card race

It was the second straight night the Mariners shut out Kansas City as the teams ahead of the Royals in the wild-card race — Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Texas — won.

Blues fall to Wild 3-1

The Minnesota Wild's Niklas Backstrom held off the Blues' offensive efforts with 33 saves during exhibition play Wednesday.

Cardinals win 4-1, sweep Nationals to close in on title

The St. Louis Cardinals threw five rookies at the Washington Nationals and clinched a tie for their first NL Central title since 2009.

Chiefs salivating at thought of Giants' miscues

The Chiefs (3-0) lead the league with a plus-9 turnover differential, a big reason why they're undefeated. The Giants, meanwhile, are a league-worst minus-9, a major reason they've yet to win a game.

Ex-KC Royal Willie Wilson gets World Series ring

Wilson, who spent 15 seasons with the Royals, sold his World Series ring at a bankruptcy auction in 2001. On Tuesday, Wilson wiped away tears after he was surprised with an exact duplicate of the ring.

'Rivalry' resumes for 49ers, Rams

Counting one playoff game, the series that used to be a battle of California is tied 62-62-3, with both the Rams and 49ers at .500 at home and on the road entering Thursday night's matchup.

Smoak's 3-run home run nearly ends Royals' playoff hopes

The Royals, down four games in the loss column to Cleveland, need to win every game and hope that both the Indians and the Rangers completely collapse.

Cardinals' Michael Wacha loses no-hit bid with 2 outs in 9th

Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha lost his no-hit bid on Ryan Zimmerman's infield single with two outs in the ninth inning. St. Louis beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 Tuesday night to close in on the NL Central title.

Deep Blackhawks hoping for second straight title

Jonathan Toews and Co. are all set to go for their second consecutive NHL title and a historic third in five seasons. There was no salary-cap purge this summer, leaving the Blackhawks largely intact as they try to become the first team to repeat since the Detroit Red Wings won it all in 1997 and 1998.

Perez, Gordon lift Royals over Mariners 6-5 in 12 innings

Kansas City moved within three games of idle Cleveland for the second AL wild card with six remaining — all on the road.

Cardinals win 4-3 and eliminate Nationals

Carlos Beltran ended his drought with a tiebreaking shot, Adam Wainwright earned his 18th win, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Washington 4-3, eliminating the Nationals from playoff contention.

Manning's 3 touchdowns helps Broncos beat Raiders 37-21

Manning and the Denver Broncos rolled over the Oakland Raiders 37-21 Monday night. Denver's 127 points lead the league and are 31 more than second-place Green Bay.

Series of events flips NASCAR on its roof

Maybe everything went haywire when Tony Stewart broke his leg Aug. 5. That's when co-owner Gene Haas went rogue, seizing the opportunity while Stewart was incapacitated to finalize a deal to hire the seemingly untouchable Kurt Busch.

Offenses contributing to high NFL sacks totals

Heading into Oakland's visit to Denver on Monday night, there have been 97 sacks in Week 3, five short of the record set in 1986's 11th week. The New York Jets led the way with eight on Buffalo rookie E.J. Manuel.

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