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Kansas City Royals defense in spotlight for playoff hopes

In 2013, the Royals had three Gold Glove winners — first baseman Eric Hosmer, catcher Salvador Perez and left fielder Alex Gordon — for the first time in their history. The team had an AL best 3.45 ERA in 2013, which manager Ned Yost said goes hand-in-hand with the tough defense.

MLB collision rule leaves open exceptions

In what both sides said was a one-year experiment, the rule allows collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner's direct path to home plate and if the catcher goes into the basepath to field a throw to the plate.

Position switches, trades put Cardinals in natural spots

The St. Louis Cardinals have improved their lineup by making some position switches and freeing up space in the field through offseason trades. Players like Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig could benefit.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin promises changes in Miami's locker room culture

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is promising to change the culture inside Miami's locker room and make it a better workplace than the one that forced Jonathan Martin to leave the team last season.

Cardinals try to build off World Series loss

Rather than dismiss last year's loss in the World Series, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wants his team to build off that defeat.

Many questions facing NFL after bullying report

League executives agree steps need to be taken and have vowed to take action. But it may be difficult to regulate locker room behavior by determining when something a player considers to be harmless locker room nonsense crosses the line.

Royals pitcher Guthrie had eventful offseason

Jeremy Guthrie toured Spain with catcher Salvador Perez and climbed China's Great Wall before reporting to the Kansas City Royals camp.

Ellis ready to compete at second base with Cardinals

The 11-year veteran arrived at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday — the date for Cardinals position players to report. On Tuesday, he'll jump into what manager Mike Matheny emphatically declared to be an open competition at second base with rookie Kolten Wong.

Former Dolphins lineman Andrew McDonald identified as 'Player A' in Richie Incognito report

A former Miami Dolphins lineman identified as one of the targets of harassment in the racially charged bullying scandal, has no has no problem with the team, his agent said in a statement Saturday.

Inquiry says Incognito, 2 others harassed Martin

An investigation into the racially charged Miami Dolphins bullying scandal detailed widespread harassment in the team's locker room that extended beyond the two players at the center of the probe.

Yankees' Derek Jeter prepares for MLB swan song

The most adored player on baseball's most prominent team, the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter figures to be the recipient of an ever-heightened level of adulation during the next 7½ months.

Missouri volleyball's Lisa Henning and Molly Kreklow face uncertain future

Missouri volleyball had a historic 2013 season, led by seniors Lisa Henning and Molly Kreklow. The two stars now face the uncertain world of post-collegiate volleyball.

Redefining manhood: Michael Sam's announcement challenges traditional masculine narratives

The rise of feminism, gay-rights activism and metrosexuals question traditional masculinity structures. Now, defensive back Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay challenges manhood in the professional sports arena.

Jack Clark retracts comments about Albert Pujols

Former St Louis Cardinals player Jack Clark retracted comments he made last August alleging former Cardinals star Albert Pujols of steroid use.

Kansas City Royals and relief pitcher Greg Holland haven't reached contract agreement

Shut-down closers tend to come with risk. Most of them are hard-throwing — Holland certainly qualifies — and prone to injury.

Adam Silver, new NBA commissioner, ready to start new era

Silver will soon deliver his first state of the league press conference as commissioner, a chance to tell a worldwide viewing audience how he plans to make the NBA bigger and better.

T.J. Oshie, Vladimir Tarasenko lift Blues past Jets

St. Louis prevails in its fourth consecutive overtime game.

Chiefs, Dunta Robinson go separate ways

The decision was made because Robinson suffered nagging injuries and the cash-strapped Chiefs would save more than $3 million. The Chiefs signed CFL wide receiver Weston Dressler on Friday.

Rodriguez accepts season-long suspension

The historic suspension is the longest penalty ever issued related to performance-enhancing drugs.

Controversy over call records key in Aaron Hernandez trial

A judge said prosecutors did not make a sufficient case for her to order the release of Hernandez's jailhouse phone recordings.

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