Volquez looks to continue revival against Giants (Yahoo Sports) - PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch. Hughes overtakes Moore in title race - Richard Hughes passes Ryan Moore in the jockeys' title race after completing a double at Salisbury. Coleman 'doesn't care' about critics - Wales manager Chris Coleman says he will never win over some supporters and is "not bothered" by the criticism. Paceman Mills set to leave Essex - England Lions paceman Tymal Mills is to leave Essex, while spinner Tim Phillips retires after 16 seasons at Chelmsford. 'Pardew can handle Magpies pressure' - Alan Pardew can handle the pressure at Newcastle despite calls for him to leave the club, say two former team-mates. Dettori to ride Ruler in Arc - Frankie Dettori will ride 2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Dettori to ride Ruler at Arc - Frankie Dettori will ride 2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World at Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. McIlroy named PGA Player of Year - World number one Rory McIlroy is voted PGA Tour Player of the Year for a second time after winning two majors in 2014. Charging documents show Phelps DUI tied to alcohol (Yahoo Sports) - Michael Phelps can't seem to break a disturbing pattern. McIlroy wins PGA Tour player of the year (Yahoo Sports) - ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- One incredible month of golf was enough for Rory McIlroy to be voted PGA Tour player of the year.

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Volquez looks to continue revival against Giants (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:08 pm]
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.
Hughes overtakes Moore in title race [BBC.co.uk Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:50 pm]
Richard Hughes passes Ryan Moore in the jockeys' title race after completing a double at Salisbury.
Coleman 'doesn't care' about critics [BBC.co.uk Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:12 pm]
Wales manager Chris Coleman says he will never win over some supporters and is "not bothered" by the criticism.
Paceman Mills set to leave Essex [BBC.co.uk Sports: October 1, 2014, 4:58 pm]
England Lions paceman Tymal Mills is to leave Essex, while spinner Tim Phillips retires after 16 seasons at Chelmsford.
'Pardew can handle Magpies pressure' [BBC.co.uk Sports: October 1, 2014, 4:48 pm]
Alan Pardew can handle the pressure at Newcastle despite calls for him to leave the club, say two former team-mates.
Dettori to ride Ruler in Arc [BBC.co.uk Sports: October 1, 2014, 2:50 pm]
Frankie Dettori will ride 2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Dettori to ride Ruler at Arc [BBC.co.uk Sports: October 1, 2014, 2:50 pm]
Frankie Dettori will ride 2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World at Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
McIlroy named PGA Player of Year [BBC.co.uk Sports: October 1, 2014, 2:08 pm]
World number one Rory McIlroy is voted PGA Tour Player of the Year for a second time after winning two majors in 2014.
Charging documents show Phelps DUI tied to alcohol (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 2:04 pm]
Michael Phelps can't seem to break a disturbing pattern.
McIlroy wins PGA Tour player of the year (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 1:49 pm]
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- One incredible month of golf was enough for Rory McIlroy to be voted PGA Tour player of the year.

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Dion Waiters took most of the blame for Cavaliers problems last season. LeBron James noticed. [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:21 pm]
LeBron is taking on a leadership role early in his second stint in Cleveland.

Rajon Rondo doesn’t rule out opening night return for Celtics [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:41 pm]
Broken hand is supposed to sideline Rondo for 6-8 weeks.

Hey John Wall/Dion Waiters, Stephen Curry says Warriors have best backcourt. And he’s right. [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:00 pm]
I list my personal picks for top five backcourts.

K.J. McDaniels takes unique approach to rookie contract with Sixers [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 4:21 pm]
Second round pick foregoing additional guaranteed dollars in order to bet on himself.

Klay Thompson refutes report he was ‘pissed’ about being included in trade talks for Kevin Love [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 3:39 pm]
Reminder not to believe everything you read, especially if it's attributed to 'a source.'

Obama salutes 2013 MLS champs, Sporting KC [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:50 pm]
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.

Follow Live: UEFA Champions League – Arsenal v. Galatasaray [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:44 pm]
The Gunners opened the Champions League group stage in disappointing form, losing 2-0 to BVB.

Follow live: UEFA Champions League – Basel vs. Liverpool [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:24 pm]
Can the Reds make it two wins from two in the Champions League?

Zenit St. Petersburg 0-0 Monaco: Group C leaders cancel each other out [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:56 pm]
Zenit, Monaco remain top of Group C after a dour draw in Saint Petersburg.

US women's soccer to play in tournament in Brazil [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:55 pm]
CHICAGO (AP) -- The U.S. women's soccer team will play four games in a tournament in Brazil in December.

NFL NHL
Bears sign cornerback, waive linebacker (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:15 pm]
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have signed cornerback Teddy Williams from Arizona's practice squad and waived linebacker Terrell Manning.

LaMichael James has 1st practice with Dolphins (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:23 pm]
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- LaMichael James took the proactive approach with the Dolphins in order to get a chance at a fresh start in the NFL.

Jaguars rule out rookie receiver Lee vs. Steelers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:12 pm]
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out rookie receiver Marqise Lee for the third consecutive game.

NFL joins poppy appeal to honor British war dead (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 12:12 pm]
LONDON (AP) -- The NFL will join in honoring Britain's war dead when the Jacksonville Jaguars play the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley Stadium next month.

Clowney improving; looks to return in a few weeks (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: September 30, 2014, 10:32 pm]
HOUSTON (AP) -- Top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney's rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee is going well and he hopes to return for the Houston Texans in a few weeks.

Trotz talks up rookies Kuznetsov and Burakovsky: ‘They’re high-level talent’ [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:46 pm]
Sounds like both will start the season at center.

Colorado cuts 1st-rounders Hishon, Siemens from camp [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:24 pm]
Off to AHL Lake Erie they go.

Bruins look for more point production in 2014-15 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:12 pm]
BOSTON (AP) -- It's still difficult for Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask to take pride in his Vezina Trophy win from a season ago.

NHL refutes report, says no meeting planned with IOC on Olympic participation [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:10 pm]
"We have not been in contact with the IOC and they have not been in touch with us."

Jackets lose Jenner (hand surgery) for five weeks [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:09 pm]
Meaning all of Columbus' No. 1 line -- Jenner, Ryan Johansen and Nathan Horton -- is now out of action.

Baseball Golf
Trips to mound limited in Arizona experiment (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 4:35 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Teams will be limited to three trips to the mound by managers, coaches and catchers during a game, except for pitching changes, under experimental speedup rules to be used during the Arizona Fall League.

Jeter launches site to connect athletes to fans (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 1:25 pm]
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.

Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:35 am]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.

A's Soto leaves AL wild-card game with injury (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 1:35 am]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Athletics catcher Geovany Soto left Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals after hurting his left thumb in the first inning on a play at the plate.

Volquez looks to continue revival against Giants (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 12:39 am]
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.

McIlroy named PGA Player of Year [BBC.co.uk Sports: October 1, 2014, 2:08 pm]
World number one Rory McIlroy is voted PGA Tour Player of the Year for a second time after winning two majors in 2014.

McIlroy named PGA Tour Player of the Year (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 1:24 pm]
(Reuters) - Northern Irish world number one Rory McIlroy was named on Wednesday as the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for a second time after a stellar 2014 campaign highlighted by two major victories. The 25-year-old, who first landed the coveted honor voted upon by his peers in 2012, won consecutive majors this season at the British Open and PGA Championship, sandwiched around his victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. (Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Steve Keating)

McIlroy wins PGA Tour player of the year (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 1:15 pm]
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- Rory McIlroy has been voted the PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three years.

Golf-McIlroy named PGA Tour Player of the Year (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 1:11 pm]
Oct 1 (Reuters) - Northern Irish world number one Rory McIlroy was named on Wednesday as the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for a second time after a stellar 2014 campaign highlighted by two major victories. The 25-year-old, who first landed the coveted honour voted upon by his peers in 2012, won consecutive majors this season at the British Open and PGA Championship, sandwiched around his victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. (Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Steve Keating)

Secrets of Europe's Ryder Cup win [BBC.co.uk Sports: October 1, 2014, 10:55 am]
Graeme McDowell outlines in detail how Europe captain Paul McGinley masterminded the Ryder Cup triumph at Gleneagles.

Motor Sports Tennis
Report: Australian-owned team, driver and sponsor to debut in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015 [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 6:10 pm]
While Marcos Ambrose is returning to his native Australia after this season, a new Australian-owned team is set to make its debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season, complete with an Australian-born driver and Aussie primary sponsor.

Bill Elliott makes awesome $4.2 million real estate deal [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:53 pm]
Bill Elliott figured real estate would be a good investment many years ago, and did that belief ever pay off for the soon-to-be NASCAR Hall of Famer.

Ryan Villopoto leaving American motocross, will race MXGP series for ‘final year of racing’ [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:28 pm]
Kawasaki officially announced that reigning supercross champion Ryan Villopoto will head to Europe next year to race the MXGP series. Davi Millsaps and Wil Hahn will replace him on the American Monster Energy Kawasaki team.

Will Michael Waltrip survive Round 4 elimination on Dancing With The Stars? [NBC Sports: October 1, 2014, 5:08 pm]
He's reached the fourth round of Dancing With The Stars, but will NASCAR's Michael Waltrip and partner Emma Slater make it to the fifth round?

Regan Smith staying with JRM in 2015 (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 3:30 pm]
Driver, team owner break the news on Twitter

Nishikori beats Dodig to start Japan Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 3:59 pm]
TOKYO (AP) -- In his first match at home since playing in the U.S. Open final, Kei Nishikori gave the sell-out crowd in Ariake Colosseum their money's worth with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ivan Dodig of Croatia on Wednesday.

Nishikori beats Dodig to advance at Japan Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 1:33 pm]
TOKYO (AP) -- Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Japan Open on Wednesday.

Djokovic extends China Open winning streak to 21 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 1:22 pm]
BEIJING (AP) -- Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak at the China Open to 21 straight matches, beating Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 7-5 under the roof on center court on a cold, rainy Wednesday.

Djokovic extends Beijing winning run [BBC.co.uk Sports: October 1, 2014, 11:16 am]
Four-time champion Novak Djokovic beats Canada's Vasek Pospisil to claim his 21st consecutive win at the China Open.

Serena Williams headlines Hopman Cup field (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: October 1, 2014, 4:32 am]
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Top-ranked Serena Williams will combine with Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock in the United States team which will compete in a star-studded Hopman Cup tournament in January.


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10ThingstoSeeSports - Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) can't make the catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler (28) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 31-24. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


Royals flushed as Giants take Game One

MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants at Kansas City RoyalsBy Larry Fine KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants brought Kansas City Royals' perfect postseason to a shuddering end with an emphatic 7-1 win in the opening game of the World Series on Tuesday. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner delivered a sparkling seven innings of work and Hunter Pence slammed a first inning two-run homer that pushed the Royals into an early hole they were unable to claw out of at their Kauffman stadium home. ...


Giants rout Royals in baseball World Series opener

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014Kansas City (AFP) - San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner scattered three hits over seven innings and the Giants ripped the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in the opening game of the 110th World Series.


New Jersey school board suspends five coaches in hazing scandal

By Sascha Brodsky SAYREVILLE N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey school officials voted on Tuesday to suspend five high school coaches in a locker-room hazing scandal that has led to criminal sex abuse charges against teen football players. Head coach George Najjar and four coaching assistants at Sayreville War Memorial High School were officially suspended by the Sayreville Board of Education during a raucous meeting in which dozens of parents, students and alumni voiced their strong support for the coaching staff. ... Korean 'superfan' cheers on Royals at World Series

MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants at Kansas City RoyalsBy Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Success starved Kansas City Royals supporters packed Kauffman Stadium for Game One of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday with none more excited than South Korean superfan Lee Sung-woo. "It's still like a dream," the bespectacled Lee told Reuters a short stroll away from the entrance to the Royals clubhouse, a Major League Baseball credential hung around his neck as a guest for the Fall Classic. "I asked them several times, is it a dream or not? It's kind of like a never-forget, lifetime dream for me. ...


Ray Rice hearing set for November 5

Ray Rice, pictured during a pre-season NFL game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on August 16, 2014Washington (AFP) - Former Ravens running back Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL will be heard on November 5 and 6, US media reported Tuesday.


Trust team doctors over concussion, says MLS medical chief

By Simon Evans BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) - FIFA's new plans for dealing with concussions have been criticized by some in the United States for not involving an independent medical inspection, but Major League Soccer's medical chief believes team doctors should be trusted. The proposed protocol from FIFA states that when a suspected concussion occurs, the referee should stop the game for three minutes, allowing a team doctor to make an on-pitch assessment and decide if the player has a suspected concussion. ... Peavy seeks back-to-back World Series titles

Jake Peavy of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Two of the National League Championship Series on October 12, 2014 in St Louis, MissouriKansas City (AFP) - It took Jake Peavy 12 years to realize his dream of pitching for a Major League Baseball champion. Now the San Francisco Giants newcomer might do it in back-to-back seasons.


National Basketball Association roundup

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder-Media Day(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Durant says he will not rush back from surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot. Durant could miss two months with the Oklahoma City Thunder, projecting his return close to Christmas from what the reigning MVP said is his first real injury. - - Veteran guard John Lucas III signed a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards. Lucas, undrafted in 2005 from Oklahoma State, spent his first six seasons with Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Utah. Lucas, 31, went to training camp with the Boston Celtics. ...


10/17/2014 01:47 PM
Ishikawa walk-off HR sends Giants to Series
Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
10/22/2014 04:38 AM
Bumgarner, Giants silence Royals in opener
Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals' perfect postseason roll.
10/21/2014 06:00 PM
Durant won't rush back, says injury 'win-win'
The door swung open and Kevin Durant rolled in -- literally, on a scooter -- to speak with the media for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot.
10/22/2014 01:42 AM
Report: Pats lose DE Jones 1 month for hip
New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones will be out for one month after suffering a hip injury, according to a Boston Globe report.
10/22/2014 03:13 AM
Sources: Rice files grievance against Ravens
Ray Rice has filed a grievance against the Baltimore Ravens for terminating his contract, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.
10/21/2014 11:03 PM
Cowboys waive Sam from practice squad
The Cowboys cut ties with defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, and signed linebacker Troy Davis.
10/22/2014 04:24 AM
Mo'ne ad appearance won't affect eligibility
Appearing in a commercial that aired during Game 1 of the World Series will not compromise the amateur status of Little League pitcher Mo'ne Davis should she choose to play college sports.
10/21/2014 08:09 PM
Tebow: Gators lacking identity, leadership
The pressure is mounting on Florida coach Will Muschamp and his slumping Gators.
10/21/2014 11:05 PM
Leagues file order to derail N.J. sports betting
The NCAA, NFL and other major professional sports leagues filed a motion for a temporary restraining order Tuesday in an effort to halt legalized sports betting in New Jersey.
10/21/2014 09:10 PM
Chelsea 6-0 NK Maribor
Didier Drogba scores his first goal since rejoining Chelsea as they beat Maribor 6-0 - their biggest Champions League win.
10/21/2014 06:51 PM
CSKA Moscow 2-2 Man City
10/21/2014 11:16 PM
Rokoduguni set for England call-up
10/21/2014 04:33 PM
Pistorius 'unlikely to compete again'
Oscar Pistorius is unlikely to want to compete again after he is jailed for killing his girlfriend, says a psychiatrist.
10/21/2014 06:43 PM
Rodgers backs 'big-game' Balotelli
10/21/2014 05:49 PM
Taylor outlines retirement plan
Phil Taylor says he plans to retire from competitive darts in "two or three years", but will stay in the game.
10/21/2014 10:48 PM
Shakhtar hit seven on record night
Shakhtar Donetsk equal the record for an away win in the Champions League and 40 goals are scored across eight games.
10/21/2014 04:16 PM
Door still open for Jones - Gatland
Wales coach Warren Gatland says the "door is not closed" for Adam Jones after omitting him from the squad for the autumn Tests.
10/21/2014 04:47 PM
Scotland to lose Sevens host role
Scotland loses its bid to remain a host nation of rugby union's international Sevens World Series circuit.
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