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AP Top Sports News At 4:13 p.m. EDT

Royals return to playoffs in dramatic fashion
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason - nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball's backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys....

Wacha in bullpen to start NL division series
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen for the start of the NL division series....

Players file lawsuit in Canada over World Cup turf
A group of elite players has filed a lawsuit in Canada challenging plans to play the 2015 Women's World Cup on artificial turf....

Playoff managers hit, miss on contesting calls
For Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly and every other manager in these playoffs, it promises to be a most challenging postseason....

Charging documents: Phelps' breath test was .14
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Police documents indicate that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a breathalyzer test after he was stopped on a speeding violation....

Jeter launches site to connect athletes to fans
NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter was one of the world's most covered athletes in media during his 20-season career with the New York Yankees. Now, he's joining media with a new website devoted to delivering athletes' "unfiltered" views to the fans....

LeBron James bringing his story to TV series
CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James is hoping to motivate kids by telling his own inspiring story....

Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC notify NCAA of proposals
The five wealthiest college football conferences have notified the NCAA of their proposals to provide more benefits to athletes under the new governance model that allows the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference to pass legislation without the support of the other Division I leagues.,...

Coaches use large network to watch for injury
The sideline is often the worst place to watch a football game. Even for the head coach standing front and center, getting a good look at what is happening on the field can be difficult....

Obama salutes 2013 MLS champs, Sporting KC
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has saluted the 2013 Major League Soccer champions Sporting Kansas City. He credits the "dedicated fans" of Kansas City for helping the sport grow in the United States....

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