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Conor McGregor warns UFC lightweights [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 3:25 pm]
Conor McGregor made a move up the UFC featherweight rankings last Saturday at UFC 178 with a controversial KO win over Dustin Poirier, but the outspoken Irishman has other divisions on his mind as well. "I'm definitely open to fighting at lightweight no doubt," he said after UFC 178. McGregor fought multiple times at lightweight before entering the UFC. Though he clearly feels that 145 pounds is a good weight for him to campaign at, "Notorious" says he also feels great at 155 pounds. "I don't like making this weight. I like fighting at lightweight. I fought at lightweight many times in my career," he explained. "I'm fast at lightweight. I come in refreshed at lightweight. It's a different camp. It's a different buildup when I'm fighting at lightweight than it is fighting at featherweight." The rising star's coach John Kavanagh has said that he believes McGregor can eventually become a three-division world champ (featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight). Moving up to lightweight successfully seems a bit more reasonable than the 170 pound welterweight limit, for the time being, however.  What lightweights would you like to see McGregor fight, should he move up? Let us know in the comments section! Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

Tom Brady responds to criticism for not high fiving Jimmy Garoppolo [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 3:14 pm]
Jimmy Garoppolo had quite a nice moment late in the Patriots' blowout loss at Kansas City. The rookie quarterback made his NFL debut after Tom Brady was benched with New England trailing 41-7, and not only that, Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass on his first drive. Garoppolo couldn't celebrate too much because of the score, but there had to be a lot of really great emotions inside of him. Many of his teammates understood it and most gave him high fives as he got to the bench. Brady never did. Brady gave other teammates some high fives but not Garoppolo. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels sat between them on the bench, and the Boston Globe's report noted that the two quarterbacks didn't seem to speak to each other. And since we've seen other relationships like this sour in a hurry (John Elway/Tommy Maddox, Joe Montana/Steve Young, Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers come to mind) it seemed like something was amiss with the 37-year-old Brady and the guy who was drafted to presumably be his successor. Brady addressed it on his WEEI radio show, via ESPN.com. "I'm really not [aware of the cameras]," Brady said when asked about the criticism he has taken for not high-fiving Garoppolo, according to ESPN. "When we lose there's really not a lot -- even when we win I think it's just important to not ride the roller coaster of emotions. You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad. "I was happy for Jimmy. I was happy for our team. We kept fighting at the end. That's a good thing. The more good players we have, the better we will be as a team. So, I didn't pay attention to any of those things. I was obviously disappointed that the outcome of the game was what it was. It's been very frustrating all season the way that we have performed offensively. But we are trying to figure it out to become a better offense." Not sure that really answers it, but there it is. Maybe this

VOD: West Virginia P Nick O'Toole shows us how to wax a mustache [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 2:05 pm]
West Virginia P Nick O'Toole has some of the best facial hair in college football. Not many people have the ability and the desire to grow a handlebar mustache, but O'Toole can pull his off incredibly effectively. So it's only natural to let him give us tips on how to keep such great facial hair looking pristine. The pen tip is a good one to get the curl of the mustache just right. We'll never likely use it, but it's a good factoid to keep in the back of our heads for when we're asked about how to curl a handlebar mustache. O'Toole is also a fan of patterned socks. During Big 12 media days in July, he broke out his USA socks. Sock game for big 12 media day today #Big12MediaDays #USA pic.twitter.com/oqtAcpzleX— Nick O'Toole (@NickOtoole91) July 22, 2014 You know what would go great with O'Toole's mustache? A mullet, though since O'Toole is a senior, it's too late for it to take effect for the 2014 season. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Derek Jeter launches a new website for athletes, but will it be a success? [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 2:04 pm]
Now that Derek Jeter is done with his richly-rewarding life as a star for the New York Yankees, it looks as if he's moving onto another profession that's just as respected and well paid. Blogging.  OK, so maybe Jeter won't be waking up every morning to create GIFs and quip on that day's news. But it does look like he has an eye on becoming the Arianna Huffington of athlete-produced content with "The Players' Tribune," a website Jeter believes will become a direct line from athletes to fans.   Jeter announced the creation of the website with a letter on the site Wednesday morning and is listed as "the founding publisher."  Jeter, who has listed publishing as a post-career interest for awhile now and owns his own book imprint, says his goal is "to ultimately transform how athletes and newsmakers share information, bringing fans closer than ever to the games they love." And just so we get the irony out of the way: The man who became famous by saying almost nothing of note during a 20-year career now says he has something to say.  Writes Jeter:  I do think fans deserve more than “no comments” or “I don’t knows.” Those simple answers have always stemmed from a genuine concern that any statement, any opinion or detail, might be distorted. I have a unique perspective. Many of you saw me after that final home game, when the enormity of the moment hit me. I’m not a robot. Neither are the other athletes who at times might seem unapproachable. We all have emotions. We just need to be sure our thoughts will come across the way we intend. It's an interesting proposition, even if the name "The Players' Tribune" made me think of Lenny Dykstra's ill-fated athlete magazine "Players Club" at first. This isn't an idea that's been half thought out. Eric FIsher of Sports Business Journal reports that Gary Hoenig, the former editor of ESPN:The Magazine, will be overseeing editorial operations. The money to fund the venture is partly coming from Thomas Tull, the tycoon

Cincinnati football staff member fired after sex abuse charge [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 1:41 pm]
Antrione Archer, the Cincinnati Bearcats' director of player welfare and development, has been fired from his post. According to WKRC, Archer, 28, was in a grocery store and exposed his genitals and touched a worker at the store. According to court records, police said Archer was in the Fort Mitchell Kroger May 27 and asked a 73-year-old employee for help finding some vitamins. Police said while she was helping him, Archer quote, "pulled his penis from his pants," and also, "placed his exposed penis against her backside." Police said he did this several times at different locations throughout the store. The incident was caught on store surveillance cameras. Two weeks later, after police had identified Archer as a suspect, he was interviewed and confessed. Archer was booked and charged on June 14, according to Cincinnati.com. Per Cincinnati athletic director Mike Boh, the school learned of his charges on Friday and suspended him before dismissing him on Tuesday. “UC Athletics is fully committed to upholding the highest level of professionalism and conduct for our staff, coaches and student-athletes,” Bohn said. “The university will cooperate with the authorities in this matter.” Archer had been with the school since 2011. In his role with the team, Archer helped prep players for the future and his case is set to go to trial on October 15. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Bland Sidney Crosby, Pierre McGuire’s coaching [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 1:34 pm]
8. RFAs with big-money dreams  Ryan Ellis is, at this point, an outlier. The Preds defenseman recently got five years for $12.5 million out of his team. And while only guaranteeing yourself $2.5 million per on average isn't great for an RFA who was once a first-round draft pick, you'd have to say he cleaned up in this economy. Everyone else who hadn't signed to this point has fallen into line in the last several days, and almost all of them have taken sharp discounts. Torey Krug and Reilly Smith in Boston both only got $1.4 million for one year. Cody Eakin only got two years at $1.9 million per. Jaden Schwartz did a little better at two years and $2.35 million AAV. Pretty cheap for all four of them, all things considered, but it does set the table for them to cash in when their deals are up, either at the arbitration table or because they clearly agreed to the current deals with the understanding they'd be able to really get paid next summer (which is clearly the case with the two Bruins). [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Hockey: It's time to join a league today! ] That doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for Ryan Johansen — who, to be fair, is better than all these guys — to argue he should get whatever money he still thinks he should get above the Blue Jackets' initial offer of $3 million per for the next two years. Or at least it didn't for a little while, before something bad happened to Boone Jenner. 7. When Irish Beanpots are smiling Last week, Boston mayor Marty Walsh was in Belfast to do... something. While there, he talked with representatives of the Belfast Giants and said something to the effect of, “Wouldn't it be nice if our iconic college hockey tournament, which is played every February in a sold-out TD Garden, went to your fine city in 2016?” To which everyone in Boston collectively said, “Uhhhhh... no it would be bad???” Walsh quickly walked that insane assertion back, saying he only meant a Beanpot-like tournament. A tournament like the Beanpot,

Week 5 Flames: Fiery expectations for under-started Flacco, Crowell and Quick [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 1:25 pm]
Each week the Noise highlights 12-13 somewhat obscure, un-obvious names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. To qualify, each player must be started in fewer than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 5 Flames in the comments section below. Joe Flacco, Bal, QB (12-percent started)Matchup: at IndEvery time the 'elite QB' discussion is broached by mainstream analysts, it's always hilarious when Flacco is mentioned in the same breath as Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. A Super Bowl ring isn't an automatic qualifier for greatness, nimrods. You gotta have stats to back up such a bold declaration. Numbers-wise the signal caller is nowhere close to top-shelf, but through four weeks he hasn't exactly lived down to his mediocre fantasy reputation. Thanks to Steve Smith's rebirth, Flacco, despite averaging just 6.89 yards per attempt, ranks No. 12 among passers in per game output. He's already surpassed the 300-yard mark twice and tallied a pair of multi-TD games. Due in large part to a restrictive offensive line – he's been under duress only 25.8 percent of the time this year – he's dropped bombs more precisely and frequently. Last year, his 26.1 accuracy percentage on chucks beyond 20 yards ranked No. 39 of 40. Raising that rate to 50.0 percent through four weeks, he's cracked the top-five in the category. Down pill popper LaRon Landry due to a failed drug test (SHOCKER!), an already vulnerable Colts secondary is even more exploitable. Indy has yielded 7.95 yards per attempt and the 10th-most fantasy points to QBs so far. In a game with shootout appeal, Flacco is a fantastic plug 'n play option for streamers.  Fearless Forecast: 26-41, 296 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 21.8 fantasy points [Join FanDuel.com's $1.5 million Week 5

Kansas City, Mo., police ask for crime to pause while Royals game is on [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 10:32 am]
Cops love baseball too. Just like the rest of the community felt the excitement of the Kansas City Royals being in the playoffs Tuesday night for the first time in 29 years, so did the Kansas City (Mo.) police. One problem, of course: It's hard to depend on criminals also catching Royals Fever so thoroughly that they forget to commit crimes so law enforcement also can enjoy the game. But, in case local scofflaws were feeling the least bit civic, the KCPD took to Twitter in the late innings of Kansas City's 9-8 victory against the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game:   We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We'd like to hear the @Royals clinch this.— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) October 1, 2014   One of the greatest tweets of all time. The best part, aside from the half-joking audacity and sass, is the "really." We really need this, you guys. It wasn't an unreasonable request, given:   @mburnshockey @NBCSN Many people on our force were not yet born the last time this happened.— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) October 1, 2014   That's also the case with most of the Royals players, except for Raul Ibañez (with any certainty). So did it work? Did crime stop, so the police could enjoy the end of the Royals game? Unlikely, but a quick scan of crimereports.com shows that, from 10:51 p.m. local time when the request was sent until the end of the game, no crimes were reported in the Kauffman Stadium area.  You can book it, Danno.   The incident above occurred after midnight, (not too) long after the Royals ended the A's season. Plus, "recovered property" doesn't even count. That's, like, a repo or something. So, here's to K.C. police, along with their rivals on the other side of the law, for creating an opportunity to enjoy the Royals' first playoff success since the 1985 World Series.  More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:    - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a

Kansas City, Mo. police ask for crime to pause while Royals game is on [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 10:32 am]
Cops love baseball too. Just like the rest of the community felt the excitement of the Kansas City Royals being in the Major League Baseball playoffs Tuesday night for the first time in 29 years, so did the Kansas City (Mo.) police. One problem, of course: It's hard to depend on criminals also catching Royals Fever so thoroughly that they forget to commit crimes for awhile so law enforcement also can just enjoy the game. But, in case local scofflaws were feeling the least bit civic, the KCPD took to Twitter in the late innings of Kansas City's 9-8 victory against the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game:   We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We'd like to hear the @Royals clinch this.— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) October 1, 2014   One of the greatest tweets of all time. The best part, aside from the half-joking audacity and sass, is the "really." We really need this, you guys. It wasn't an unreasonable request, given:   @mburnshockey @NBCSN Many people on our force were not yet born the last time this happened.— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) October 1, 2014   That's also the case with most of the Royals players, except for Raul Ibañez (with any certainty). So did it work? Did crime stop so the police could enjoy the end of the Royals game? Unlikely, but a quick scan of crimereports.com shows that, from 10:51 p.m. local time when the request was sent until the end of the game, no crimes were reported in the Kauffman Stadium area.  You can book it, Danno.   The incident above occurred after midnight, (not too) long after the Royals ended the A's season. Plus, "recovered property" doesn't even count. That's, like, a repo or something. So, here's to K.C. police, along with their colleagues on the other side of the law, for creating an opportunity to enjoy the Royals first playoff success since the 1985 World Series.  More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:    - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for

After Oakland's wild-card loss, Adam Dunn says he plans to retire [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 8:13 am]
This probably wasn't how Adam Dunn imagined things would go. Dunn was traded to the Oakland Athletics from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31 as Oakland looked to add postseason power. It was going to be the slugger's first time in the playoffs in his 14-year career. He finished the regular season with 2,001 MLB games played, the most of any active player who hadn't been to the postseason. His chance, finally, was here. Then just about everything that could go wrong in that plan did — the A's barely made the playoffs, sneaking in on the last day of the season. Faced with a do-or-die elimination game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, A's skipper Bob Melvin didn't put Dunn in the starting lineup. He wasn't even called upon to pinch hit, though in a 12-inning game that the A's lost 9-8, there were a few opportunities.  Dunn's long-awaited trip to the postseason? It's sort of like it never happened. After the game, he lingered in the A's clubhouse longer than most. Even though his was unblemished from a night on the bench, Dunn was the last A's player to take off his uniform. Things went all wrong, but Dunn seemed to be soaking in every last moment.  Then he broke the news. This was it. He was retiring. It's not surprising news. Dunn, 34, had hinted at retirement already, which made his press for the postseason all the more special. He finishes with 462 homers, including five straight 40-home run seasons between 2004 and 2008  with the Cincinnati Reds. He's 35th all-time in homers, tied with Jose Canseco. Despite what had to be a disappointing day in many regards, Dunn wasn't hanging his head and feeling sorry for himself. From Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle: “It’s not disappointing at all,” Dunn said. “We had our chances to win and we didn’t.” Manager Bob Melvin said he’d considered using Dunn in the spot where Alberto Callaspo delivered a pinch hit, but he figured that the Royals would have walked Dunn with first base o

NL wild card preview: Pirates look to battle past playoff-tested Giants [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 7:48 am]
There's no doubt the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco have taken two vastly different roads to reach the 2014 NL wild-card game.  For the Pirates, there are 20 years of futility now firmly placed in the rearview mirror. The satisfaction of a winning season and simply making the postseason in 2013 has given way to desires of winning their first World Series championship since 1979. For the battled-tested Giants, they've been there and done that twice since 2010, but the hunger for a third championship is strong.  The Pirates appeared in the first NL wild card game in 2013, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 at PNC Park. The Giants, on the other hand, haven't played in a one-game playoff. If Pittsburgh has one edge, as slight as it might be, that one-game experience could be it. That said, this is about the most unpredictable scenario any team can face — just ask the Royals and the A's. No matter the path they've taken, the pressure on each is the same. It's win-or-go-home. PARTICULARSFirst pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET Wednesday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The game will air on ESPN, with a one-hour edition of Baseball Tonight serving as the lead-in beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. Rosters and full lineups haven't been announced yet. PITCHERSWhile the Pirates battled for the NL Central division crown right up until the final day of the regular season, the Giants were able to plan and line up ace Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98) for this do-or-die game. Pittsburgh will counter with Edinson Volquez (13-7, 3.04), who's coming off his healthiest and most productive season since 2008. Bumgarner, still only 25, holds a significant edge in postseason experience. This will already be his seventh postseason start. He also made one relief appearance during the 2010 NLCS. He's 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 35 2/3 innings, but has yet to pitch under win-or-go-home circumstances for San Francisco. Bumgarner is firmly established as one the NL's most consistent starters, and he's be

Royally loud: Fuld and Gomes collide on Hosmer's key triple in 12th [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 7:47 am]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Arrowhead Stadium receives lots of attention for being the loudest place in sports when the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs play there. As the Oakland Athletics found out Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game, the ballpark across the parking lot at the Truman Sports Complex can get deafening enough to affect the outcome of a baseball game, too. A's outfielder Sam Fuld credited Kansas City fans with an assist after neither he or Jonny Gomes could catch Eric Hosmer's fly ball in the 12th inning that turned into a triple and sparked the Royals final comeback in a rollicking 9-8 victory that sent them to the AL Division Series. The Royals already had roared back twice after the A's had taken a lead, and needed to again in the 12th down by a run. With one out, Hosmer drove a high-and-outside pitch from Dan Otero the other way to left-center. It didn't seem like trouble at first, but the ball carried to the warning track, where Gomes converged from left field and Fuld from center. The ball hit the fence hard, just above Fuld's glove as he and Gomes leaped and crashed into each other. Fuld landed front-first on the warning track, kicking up a lot of dust, but Gomes got to his feet and busted after the ball, which had rolled far enough away that Hosmer was able to make third by the time it was returned to the infield. The collision might not have cost either outfielder a catch, but it definitely helped Hosmer get to the closest scoring position possible. Gomes and Fuld probably wouldn't have run into each other if they had been able to use their ears. A night before during the Chiefs victory against the Patriots, football fans reclaimed the Guinness record for Arrowhead as "loudest stadium in the world." Kauffman might not have set a record, but Royals fans should be pleased with their collective set of lungs too, Fuld said. Proud to be loud.   “Unfortunately I don’t think there was any communication," Fuld said about Gomes. "It was just

Salvador Perez rebounds from struggles at the plate with game-winning hit [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 7:29 am]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Salvador Perez just needed to take a pitch. A player not known for his patience at the plate, Perez was especially antsy in the late innings of Tuesday's wild-card win against the Oakland A's. With the Royals trailing 7-6 with one out and runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth, Perez, the Royals' All-Star catcher, was facing the A's Luke Gregerson. Gregerson, a righty reliever who relies primarily on his slider, attacked Perez with the pitch. Perez was more than willing to go after it. Gregerson threw three straight sliders and Perez chased all three, unable to lay off the last one before it bounced in the dirt. Perez was the second out and the Royals didn't score again in the inning. After Kansas City tied it in the ninth inning, Perez was up with Eric Hosmer on third and two outs in the 10th. He fouled the first pitch and swung at the second, grounding out softly to second. Perez, a .260 hitter in 2014 with a .289 on-base percentage, doesn't draw a lot of walks. But it felt like he was trying to give the Royals the lead on each pitch he saw in the late innings. When he came to bat again in the 12th against the A's Jason Hammel, he pledged patience, a starkly different philosophy than he had been employing. "From the last at‑bat, then I take the first pitch, then I take the second pitch and I want to feel my legs at home plate a little bit and don't swing at the pitch," Perez said. "If you want me to swing, I have to wait until the pitch is up and swing at my pitch." Well, he took only the first pitch, a ball. The second was a foul. The third was a swinging strike. Perez was no longer in a position to swing at his pitch, though he said was looking for a slider down in the strike zone. After a dropped pitchout by Oakland catcher Derek Norris helped Christian Colon steal second base, Perez fouled off another pitch before he somehow, some way pulled a slider down and off the plate past Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson to score C

Pedro Martinez rips Ned Yost after Royals' wild-card win [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 7:19 am]
Ned Yost escaped with his job still in tact Tuesday night, after his Kansas City Royals came back three times to beat the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game. For a while, it didn't look like Yost would be so lucky. He took out starting pitcher James Shields in the sixth inning, handing the ball to rookie flame-thrower Yordano Ventura to make his first career postseason appearance against A's slugger Brandon Moss, who had launched a two-run homer earlier in the game. Taking out Shields was a questionable move to begin with, since he had only thrown 88 pitches. But bringing in Ventura, a starter who threw 73 pitches Sunday, was befuddling. The Royals had plenty of relievers Yost could call on, even other starters probably better suited for the moment. When Moss came up and launched a three-run homer off Ventura, giving the A's a 5-3 lead, the Yost haters exploded. Many people weren't just wondering if the Royals were done for, they were also wondering if Yost was going to get canned. Critics have long been rough on Yost for his in-game management. The Royals' great comeback will earn Yost something of a reprieve from fans. Can't curse the manger too much who's taking you to the ALDS.  But TBS analyst/pitching great Pedro Martinez wasn't letting Yost off the hook. On both the TBS postgame show and on his Twitter account, Martinez let the criticism fly like one of his fourseamers.  On the postgame show, Martinez heard Yost explain himself and retorted: "Anything you say that wasn't 'I screwed up and I almost threw the game away' will sound bad, and that's horrible. What he's saying right there is horrible." He also defended Ventura, who like Pedro, is from the Dominican Republic: "The kid pitched the other day and had, I think, 72 pitches. There's no need to bring another starter in this situation. You have [Brandon] Finnegan in there. You can bring the lefty. You have [Danny] Duffy. You can use anybody against Moss ... I think this is another panic mov

Royals' comeback gives James Shields a no-decision and another postseason start [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 6:51 am]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Royals P James Shields had his goggles perched above his head taking questions away from the fray of the Royals' celebration in the clubhouse. He was already drenched, but it was a smart move to escape the mess for a minute. It's an oversimplification to say that Kansas City Royals' trade for Shields before the 2013 season was for games like Tuesday night's wild card eliminator between the Oakland A's and Royals. But the Royals knew what Shields' role would be after he logged seven straght 200+ inning seasons and six postseason starts with the Rays. Earlier in September, the Royals shuffled the pitching rotation to ensure that the man with the "Big Game James" nickname would be lined up to pitch the franchise's first postseason game in 29 years.  That he did. And while Shields left the game with the lead in the sixth inning, he ended up with a no-decision as the Royals game back three times to win 9-8 in 12 innings. "I felt I pitched my butt off tonight, did everything I could," Shields said. [Oakland] gave me a tough time early, saw a lot of pitches early, got me deep on counts. That's what that team does over there. To be able to come back like that, awesome." Shields' nemesis turned out to be Brandon Moss. The Oakland DH who is battling a hip injury hit a home run off a low fastball off Shields in the first inning to put the A's up 2-0. From that point, Shields pitched better, logging six strikeouts and getting a little help from poor baserunning. With two men on in the third inning, Moss hit a soft liner to Eric Hosmer that turned into a double play after Sam Fuld had wandered off second base. But as Shields piled up pitches in the early innings, the Royals' bullpen, perhaps the best in baseball, was waiting as allowed the first two batters he faced to get on base in the sixth with the Royals leading 3-2. Yes, it could have been Shields' final start in a Kansas City uniform. When the Royals traded OF Wil Myers, P Jake Odorizzi and others to

NCAA takes clever Twitter jab at Major League Baseball [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 6:08 am]
Typically accustomed to being the punchline in jokes, the NCAA landed a clever jab of its own Tuesday night.  When Major League Baseball's official Twitter account proclaimed October the best month of the sporting calendar, the operator of the NCAA's March Madness account didn't need long to come up with the ideal response. Questionable. RT @MLB: Tomorrow is October - the greatest month of the year. #postseason pic.twitter.com/Gs5k5i186d — NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) October 1, 2014 Of course, the NCAA will get no argument from this blog that March Madness trumps anything the baseball playoffs can deliver, but Tuesday night was certainly not the night to make such an argument. Not after the Kansas City Royals rallied from a pair of deficits to edge Oakland 9-8 and extend their first postseason appearance in 29 years at least another week. The theater provided by A's-Royals was so heart-pounding that it even converted a basketball player who starred in one of the great NCAA tournament games in recent memory.   October the best month out the year — Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) October 1, 2014 October will be fun, no doubt. But the baseball playoffs will have to be awfully good to produce a list of great moments more fun than these. - - - - - - - Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @JeffEisenberg

AL wild card: Royals edge A's in 12 innings on Salvador Perez's walk-off [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 5:09 am]
Your browser does not support iframes. The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics put the wild in wild card Tuesday night. At the end, Kansas City was going crazy once again, celebrating like they haven't in 29 years. The Royals won a five-hour, 12-inning game on Salvador Perez's walk-off single that went down the third-base line, just under the glove of A's third baseman Josh Donaldson. The A's blew it three times — including a 7-3 lead in the eighth and ninth innings, and a 8-7 lead in the 12th. The Royals scored twice in the 12th to overthrow the A's and win 9-8. Now Kansas City will face the Angels in the ALDS, giving more life to their first playoff berth in 29 years. • Salvador Perez found sweet redemption in the 12th. He was 0-5 in the game before that, including a crucial strikeout in the eighth inning that stopped a Royals rally. • Eric Hosmer's 12th inning triple — just out of the reach of two Oakland outfielders — got the Royals going in the final inning. He eventually scored the tying run and finished the night with three hits. • The Royals runners. We'd heard a lot about K.C.'s speed heading into the wild-card game, and it lived up to the hype. They stole seven bases, including three in their three-run, eighth-inning rally. Another swiped base helped them tie the game in the ninth. • Brandon Finnegan, a Royals rookie relief pitcher, was making just his eighth MLB appearance and he did well on the big stage. Finnegan was drafted by the Royals in June and quickly advanced to the big leagues. The Royals gave him the ball in the 10th inning and he came out firing. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, striking out three batters while allowing just one hit and issuing one walk. The one walk turned into an Oakland run, but it was still a nice outing for a guy who was pitching in college a few months earlier. • Brandon Moss, the All-Star A's slugger who slumped massively in the second half, was a one-man wrecking crew. He slugged two homers and kn

AL wild card: Royals edge A's in 12 innings on Salvador Perez's game-winner [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 5:09 am]
The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics put the wild in wild card Tuesday night. At the end, Kansas City was going crazy once again, celebrating like they haven't in 29 years. The Royals won a five-hour, 12-inning game on Salvador Perez's walk-off single that went down the third-base line, just under the glove of A's third baseman Josh Donaldson. The A's blew it three times — including a 7-3 lead in the eighth and ninth innings, and a 8-7 lead in the 12th. The Royals scored twice in the 12th to overthrow the A's and win 9-8. Now Kansas City will face the Angels in the ALDS. • Salvador Perez, who found sweet redemption, in the 12th. He was 0-5 in the game before that, including a crucial strikeout in the eighth inning that stopped a Royals rally. • Eric Hosmer's 12th inning triple — just out of the reach of two Oakland outfielders — got the Royals going in the final inning. He eventually scored the tying run and finished the night with three hits. • The Royals runners. We'd heard a lot about the Royals' speed heading into the wild-card game, and it lived up to the hype. They stole seven bases, including three in their three-run, eighth-inning rally. Another swiped base helped them tie the game in the ninth. • Brandon Finnegan, a Royals rookie relief pitcher, was making just his eighth MLB appearance and he did well on the big stage. Finnegan was drafted by the Royals in June and quickly advanced to the big leagues. The Royals gave him the ball in the 10th inning. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, striking out three batters while allowing just one hit and issuing one walk. The one walk turned into an Oakland run, but it was still a nice outing for a guy who was pitching in college a few months earlier. • Brandon Moss, the All-Star A's slugger who slumped massively in the second half, was a one-man wrecking crew. He slugged two homers and knocked in five runs,. His first-inning blast put the A's up 2-0 and his sixth-inning three-run homer reclaimed t

The Royals puppy woman wasn't around during team's wild comeback [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 4:26 am]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – During Tuesday night's wild card game between the A's and Royals, the TBS camera briefly focused on a Royals fan who was holding a sign with an interesting proposition. If the Royals won the game, the man she was with would buy her a real, live puppy. The offer quickly went viral on the Internet and the puppy was often mentioned during a classic game that the Royals would end up winning 9-8 in 12 innings.   A puppy is on the line for this @Royals fan. #WildCard pic.twitter.com/LIMsNq8reD— MLB Fan Cave (@MLBFanCave) October 1, 2014 While the Royals were leading by a run at the time she was on camera, the Royals soon gave up five runs in the top of the sixth and trailed the game 7-3. The woman's hopes for a puppy were looking bleak.  But the Royals stormed back to tie the game at at 7-7 with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and a run in the bottom of the ninth. After the game went into extra innings, we went to go look for the woman to see how she was dealing with the roller coaster ride at Kauffman Stadium. (We also wanted to tell her "adopt, don't shop" but that's another topic for another blog post.) Based off the concrete pillar in the picture and the dark sky in the background, we reasoned that she was in the left field area. Sure enough, we showed her picture to fans in section 208. Upon seeing the picture, the fans in the front rows immediately recognized her and turned and looked three rows back and pointed to ... an empty bank of seats. She had been sitting behind them but was now gone. While we understand the four-run deficit the Royals faced might have seemed insurmountable, who would leave a playoff game early that can still be tied with a home run? And how do you do it with a potential Corgi puppy on the line? The Royals hadn't been in the playoffs for 29 years and there's a pet hanging in the balance. You can't just get up and bail unless you're moving to standing room only sections for some reason or have something like a

Ronaldinho signs pitch invader's shirt during match, later scores with well placed free kick [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: October 1, 2014, 4:08 am]
Ronaldinho has now played four matches for Mexican club Queretaro and the excitement over his presence is holding strong. So strong that some people can't even wait until the end of a match to ask for his autograph. In the 51st minute of Queretaro's match against Atlas, a pitch invader in a Brazil shirt interrupted play when he sprinted up to Ronaldinho and handed him a pen. Ronaldinho, being the obliging fellow that he is, signed the man's shirt and sent him on his way, with a member of staff escorting him away. The match was then able to carry on, thankfully without everyone else in the stadium attempting to get Ronaldinho autographs of their own. With Atlas up 2-0 in the final seconds of injury time, Ronaldinho denied the opposing keeper's clean sheet by converting a free kick from a position that would've been a gimme for him if this were some sort of weird golf football hybrid game. The Brazilian now has two goals and an assist in his four matches with his new club. - - - - - - - Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT





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