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Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants know what it takes to win this time of year. The Pittsburgh Pirates are still learning....

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 warmly welcomed "home" by Cleveland fans
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The crowd's deafening roar was so loud LeBron James couldn't hear his name announced....

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....

Jeter: Players can share their stories on my site
NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter is among the most media-savvy athletes on the planet, but he says it came through trial and error....

AP PHOTOS: Cavaliers fans welcome back LeBron
CLEVELAND (AP) -- They waited in line to see him, and when LeBron James ran onto the new court inside Quicken Loans Arena for the first time in four years wearing the Cavaliers' wine and gold colors, Cleveland fans welcomed him back with a thunderous roar they've been waiting to unleash....

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