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Bumgarner, Giants top Royals 7-1 in Series opener
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Win or lose, Jake Peavy is a treat to watch when he pitches....

New-Look NBA: A player's perspective, Paul Pierce
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from three perspectives: A player's viewpoint, from the bench, and from the front office. An interview with veteran forward Paul Pierce of the Washington Wizards tips off the series:...

Tight crew of Royals routed in World Series
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals had adopted the scrappy, intense attitude of Royals starter James Shields during their thrilling postseason run. They followed his cue on Tuesday night, too....

From Mexico to the World Series, Petit shines
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere....

Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius spent his first night in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official....

Backup QB has possibly NFL's toughest, easiest job
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The adrenaline spikes the instant Charlie Whitehurst sees the starting quarterback hurt and walking to the sideline....

'Blade Runner' Pistorius gets 5 years in prison
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows....

Halep routs Serena Williams at WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday in one of the most one-sided losses of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career....

Novak Djokovic welcomes baby boy Stefan
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Novak Djokovic is a proud father....

For Rio, Paralympian Alana Nichols focus on kayak
DENVER (AP) -- Paralympian Alana Nichols calls them "pinch-me moments," when she can't quite believe she is actually in a particular situation....

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