Alberto, Rangers beat Blue Jays in 14th, lead ALDS 2-0 (Yahoo Sports)

Fed up with his own bat, Hanser Alberto grabbed one belonging to teammate Delino DeShields. Alberto, the seldom-used backup infielder, lined a tiebreaking single to center in the 14th inning, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series. ''I didn't even ask him for...
Oct 10, 2015 |

Lackey dominates, Cardinals beat Cubs 4-0 in NLDS opener (Yahoo Sports)

John Lackey lived up to his reputation as a pitcher who craves the ball in October, helping the St. Louis Cardinals cool off the upstart Chicago Cubs. Lackey outpitched old teammate Jon Lester, allowing two hits into the eighth inning, and rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered late for the Cardinals in a 4-0 victory Friday night in...
Oct 10, 2015 |

Royals rally, beat Astros 5-4 to even ALDS at 1 game each (Yahoo Sports)

The Kansas City Royals whipped out the same formula that carried them to last year's World Series to turn back the Houston Astros and tie their AL Division Series at a game apiece. ''Just battling,'' first baseman Eric Hosmer said. The Royals rallied from a three-run deficit Friday, getting a go-ahead single from Ben Zobrist in the seventh...
Oct 10, 2015 |

Marshawn Lynch to miss second straight game (Yahoo Sports)

Marshawn Lynch will miss a second straight week for the Seattle Seahawks due to a hamstring strain. The team on Friday officially ruled Lynch out for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Lynch injured his hamstring in the second quarter of the team's 26-0 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 3.
Oct 10, 2015 |

Bills running back McCoy says he could miss 3 more games (Yahoo Sports)

LeSean McCoy can't outrun an injury to his left hamstring that could potentially sideline the star Buffalo running back for another month. ''Yeah, I think I just made it worse,'' McCoy said, sitting at his locker. The Bills acquired McCoy in a trade that sent linebacker Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia in March.
Oct 10, 2015 |

McHugh pitches Astros to 5-2 win over Royals to open ALDS (Yahoo Sports)

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has a ''soft rule'' when it comes to a rain delay during a game: If it lasts about an hour, he'll usually remove his starting pitcher. Hinch opted to keep Collin McHugh on the mound after a 49-minute stoppage Thursday night, and the soft-spoken righty responded with a resounding performance. ''We checked in with...
Oct 9, 2015 |

Johnson has 2 TD receptions, leads Colts over Texans 27-20 (Yahoo Sports)

Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano isn't sure when Andrew Luck can play again. Andre Johnson caught two touchdown passes from the 40-year-old Hasselbeck, the second for 2 yards in the fourth quarter, to help the Colts beat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday night. ''Got the best backup in the league right now,'' Pagano said.
Oct 9, 2015 |

Washington gets defensive, holds on to beat No. 17 USC 17-12 (Yahoo Sports)

Nearly every Washington upperclassman insisted they took no personal pleasure in beating the coach who left them for Southern California two years ago. A gritty defensive victory over a ranked team on the Coliseum's national stage was more than enough reason for these Huskies to celebrate. Myles Gaskin ran for 134 yards and a fourth-quarter...
Oct 9, 2015 |

Chirinos 2-run homer leads Rangers over Blue Jays 5-3 (Yahoo Sports)

A big day by the bottom of Texas' batting order helped the Rangers overcome an injury to slugger Adrian Beltre in the start of their postseason run. Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer against David Price, Rougned Odor added a solo shot and the Rangers beat the Blue Jays 5-3 Thursday in their AL Division Series opener as postseason baseball...
Oct 9, 2015 |

Donaldson leaves playoff game after taking knee to head (Yahoo Sports)

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson left Thursday's AL Division Series opener against Texas after he was kneed in the head while breaking up a double play. Ezequiel Carrera pinch hit for Donaldson with two outs and a runner at third base in the fifth, grounding out to end the inning. In the fourth, Donaldson slid into the left knee of second...
Oct 9, 2015 |

Blatter suspended as FIFA president; Platini also banned (Yahoo Sports)

Sepp Blatter is out of a job at FIFA. Michel Platini might never even get there. Two of the most powerful men in soccer were handed 90-day suspensions by the FIFA ethics committee on Thursday, essentially ending Blatter's 17-year reign as president and likely stunting Platini's chances of replacing him.
Oct 9, 2015 |

Texans' Foster returns after leaving with injury (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston running back Arian Foster has returned after leaving in the second quarter against Indianapolis with an unspecified injury.
Oct 9, 2015 |

Messi to stand trial in Spain on 3 counts of tax fraud (Yahoo Sports)

Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty. A Spanish judge on Thursday rejected a request to clear the Barcelona player of wrongdoing and decided to charge him and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, with tax fraud. Prosecutors had said Messi - a four-time...
Oct 9, 2015 |

Arrieta, Cubs silence Pirates 4-0 to win NL wild-card game (Yahoo Sports)

Maybe it's time to stop treating the Chicago Cubs like they're too young to be here. Watch out baseball, the Cubs - yes, the Cubs - are ahead of schedule. Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and Chicago rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night.
Oct 8, 2015 |

FIFA suspends Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for 90 days (Yahoo Sports)

Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, the former France great who had been favored to take over as FIFA leader, were both suspended for 90 days Thursday, plunging soccer's governing body deeper into crisis. Blatter and Platini were suspended by the FIFA ethics committee in the wake of a Swiss criminal investigation. The decision...
Oct 8, 2015 |

Cubs, Pirates clear benches after Arrieta gets hit (Yahoo Sports)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates struggled to get a hit off Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta.
Oct 8, 2015 |

3 injured Colts stay behind, but Luck heads to Houston (Yahoo Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Colts quarterback Andrew Luck made the trip to Houston but three of his teammates stayed home.
Oct 8, 2015 |

LSU-South Carolina game moved to Louisiana due to flooding (Yahoo Sports)

South Carolina is moving its home game against LSU to Baton Rouge because of massive flooding around the university. Saturday's game at LSU will start at 3:30 p.m. EST. South Carolina officials wanted to keep the game in Columbia, but said Wednesday that law enforcement who would direct traffic and keep Williams-Brice Stadium safe were needed...
Oct 8, 2015 |

AP Source: Knicks' Fisher has altercation with Matt Barnes (Yahoo Sports)

Knicks coach Derek Fisher was involved in an altercation with Memphis Grizzlies forward and former teammate Matt Barnes in California on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the details said. The New York Post, citing an anonymous source, reported Wednesday that the altercation was because Fisher is dating Barnes' estranged wife. Fisher filed for...
Oct 8, 2015 |

Goodell, owners expect future vote on LA relocation (Yahoo Sports)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expects owners will vote on franchise relocation to Los Angeles. The St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers all have designs on moving to LA, which has not had an NFL franchise since 1995, when the Rams and Raiders left. ''I don't think we'll move up the deadline,'' Rooney said.
Oct 8, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More