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Chicago Cubs hope Travis Wood remains a bright spot this season

The question of what went wrong was a familiar one for the Chicago Cubs last season.

With Travis Wood, the question to ask is: "What went right?"

Yu Darvish strikes out 4, Prince Fielder homers in Rangers' win over Royals

Last year, the Rangers struggled to score runs behind Yu Darvish, who was the first pitcher since 1989 to have four 1-0 losses in the same season.

Jason Collins becomes face of Brooklyn Nets during NBA stint

Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player, will be the face of the Brooklyn Nets wherever they go — at least for the remainder of his 10-day contract.

Blues in strong position coming out of break

The St. Louis Blues lacks star power, but the team is second overall in the Western Conference and atop the Central Division.

Jason Collins gets positive feedback upon return to NBA

Jason Collins, a 13-year NBA veteran who came out as gay last offseason, became the first openly gay athlete to play in a major U.S. sports league.

Cardinals Jaime Garcia to seek 2nd opinion on surgically repaired shoulder

Jaime Garcia will seek a second opinion on his surgically repaired shoulder from Dr. James Andrews before deciding his next course of action, St. Louis General Manager John Mozeliak said on Tuesday.

NHL heads back to the ice after Olympic break

The Sochi Olympics are over, and the NHL is back after freezing its schedule so that the world's best hockey players could compete for gold — perhaps for the last time.

Ozzie Smith leading drive to make opening day a national holiday

Ozzie Smith wants the federal government to make opening day of the major league baseball season a national holiday.

ANALYSIS: Maybe Michael Sam will fit in NFL just fine

With Michael Sam on the verge of becoming the league's first openly gay player, maybe he'll fit in just fine. This is 2014, after all. Sexual orientation isn't as big of a deal for Sam's generation as it was for previous generations.

Michael Wacha's workload not a concern for St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are holding off naming Michael Wacha to their regular season rotation, but with Jaime Garcia's status unknown, it's becoming harder to assemble a rotation that doesn't include Wacha's name.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Daytona 500 after 10-year slump

It had been 10 years since Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first Daytona 500, and after three runner-up finishes the last four seasons in a race that had caused his family so much heartache and joy, the moment was overwhelming.

Nets' Collins becomes NBA's 1st openly gay player

The 35-year-old center revealed at the end of last season he is gay, but he was a free agent and had remained unsigned.

Jason Collins finds a welcoming home in Brooklyn Nets locker room

The Nets locker room is filled with former teammates who have already accepted the league's first openly gay player and his on-court habits, which are the ones that matter most to them.

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.