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Maddon excises opt-out, won't return to Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Maddon won't be returning to the Tampa Bay Rays....

Perfumed Perez making good scents for Royals
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Salvador Perez is a player who doesn't want to make a stink....

World Series fan creates buzz with Marlins jersey
MIAMI (AP) -- Among the standouts at Games 1 and 2 of the World Series was a Miami Marlins fan in the front row behind home plate....

Royals might need a rare pinch hit in Series
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Playing under American League rules with few reliable options on the bench this season, no manager had as little use for pinch hitters as Kansas City's Ned Yost....

Injured Matt Cain is Series spectator for Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Well after the rest of his teammates put on their uniforms, Matt Cain wandered into the San Francisco clubhouse and changed clothes for a recent World Series practice....

Unfazed, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh doing it his way
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The way his big brother tells it, Jim Harbaugh never minded the regular moves every few years for his father's football coaching jobs because he needed a change in towns to find fresh surroundings and make new friends given how quickly he ran them off....

Pistorius prosecutors consult expert over appeal
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius could still face a murder conviction and 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend as prosecutors said Friday they had consulted a South African criminal law expert over an appeal....

Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers, 35-21
DENVER (AP) -- Emmanuel Sanders is speedy, not greedy....

Steve Nash ruled out for season with back injury
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Steve Nash hoped for one more chance to show off his playmaking skills after fighting injuries and time for two miserable years with the Los Angeles Lakers....

College player with brain tumor ready to play
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A clock above the court reminds everyone that it's only 5:58 a.m. Fifteen slow-moving women's basketball players at Division III Mount St. Joseph form a circle near one of the baskets and stretch quietly....

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