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AP Top Sports News At 8:19 p.m. EDT

Rookie managers Williams, Ausmus reach postseason
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Matt Williams was in his 18th game as a major league manager, still learning on the job, when he went with his gut....

LeBron welcomed back by Cleveland fans
CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James is back on the floor where he took his first steps in the NBA....

Police: Phelps' eyes, speech affected at DUI stop
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation, according to charging documents released Wednesday....

Trout makes playoff debut when Angels host Royals
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player....

Column: Great game, but baseball in need of a fix
Opening night of the baseball playoffs provided some great theater, assuming you could stay awake long enough to watch....

Michigan QB Gardner to start vs Rutgers
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- After leaving sophomore quarterback Shane Morris on the field following a hit to the head last weekend, Michigan coach Brady Hoke took responsibility for the program's breakdown in communication Wednesday and said Devin Gardner will start against Rutgers....

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....

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....

Jaguars: Suspended Blackmon 'doing very well'
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has voluntarily checked into a treatment facility and seems to be doing well....

Wambach, players file lawsuit over World Cup turf
American soccer star Abby Wambach and a group of elite international players filed a lawsuit in Canada on Wednesday challenging plans to play the 2015 Women's World Cup on artificial turf....

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