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League welcomes British chancellor's support for London team

LONDON (Reuters) - The National Football League welcomed British chancellor George Osborne's support for a London-based team and remain focused on building a fan base that could support any expansion plans, the league said on Wednesday. According to a story in the Evening Standard newspaper on Wednesday, Osborne held recent talks with NFL officials about the possibility of putting a team in Lond

NFL official says legal process will play role in abuse punishment

(Reuters) - Punishment for NFL players implicated in domestic violence will not be imposed upon arrest but at some point "farther down the process," said a key figure charged with overhauling the league's handling of such cases. Lisa Friel said the legal process will play a role in determining at what point the National Football League will sanction players involved in domestic violence. "It won't

Giants rip Royals 7-1 in baseball World Series opener

Kansas City (AFP) - A pitching masterpiece by San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner sparked the Giants over the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday's opening game of the 110th World Series.

Bumgarner dominant as Giants end Royals record streak

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner had his fun, while the Royals vowed to bounce back after the San Francisco Giants brought Kansas City's perfect postseason to an emphatic end with a 7-1 win in Tuesday's World Series opener. Giants ace Bumgarner delivered a dominating seven innings of work and Hunter Pence slammed a two-run homer in the first inning that pushed the

Road warrior Bumgarner brings Giants big win

Kansas City (AFP) - Another dazzling road victory for San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner has staked the Giants an early edge as they bid for a third World Series title in five seasons.

Bumgarner gets kick out of denying Royals a rally

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner welcomes a challenge, and the San Francisco Giants ace left-hander handled a big one with aplomb in Tuesday's victory in the World Series opener against the Kansas City Royals. After the Giants staked him to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Bumgarner faced a sticky jam when Mike Moustakas doubled after Omar Infante reached on an error

Royals look to bounce back but rue missed opportunity

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The Cinderella Kansas City Royals tasted defeat for the first time in a fairytale postseason in their World Series opener on Tuesday but stalwart Alex Gordon was unfazed. After reaching the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, the Royals roared through the first eight games in unprecedented fashion before being cut down 7-1 by the visiting San Fra

Veteran against young fireballer in Game Two match-up

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - It will be the veteran against the youngster in Game Two of the World Series when San Francisco's Jake Peavy takes the mound against fireballing Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Peavy, 33, said he hopes the Giants can take advantage of the emotions Kansas City's 23-year-old Dominican starter may feel. "He'll be excited, I'm sure

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 ra

Korean 'superfan' cheers on Royals at World Series

By 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 B

Ray Rice hearing set for November 5

Washington (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

Peavy seeks back-to-back World Series titles

Kansas 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

(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 Oklahom

National Football League roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - Michael Sam, who first made headlines earlier this year as the first openly gay NFL player, as of Tuesday afternoon is no longer an NFL player. The Dallas Cowboys waived the rookie defensive end from the practice squad to make room on their roster to sign second-year linebacker Troy Davis. Sam was drafted in the seventh round in May by the St. Louis Rams but failed to make

First openly gay NFL draftee Sam released by Dallas

Dallas (AFP) - Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by a National Football League team, was released Tuesday from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

NFL's Ray Rice appeal hearing tentatively set for Nov. 5-6

(Reuters) - The hearing on Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension by the National Football League for domestic violence has tentatively been set for Nov. 5 and 6, sources close to the situation told Reuters on Tuesday. Rice was originally suspended for two games for knocking out his then-fiancee at a New Jersey casino in February. When video later emerged of the altercation, he was cut b

Durant upbeat despite starting season on sidelines

Oklahoma City (AFP) - Four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant, last season's NBA Most Valuable Player, was upbeat Tuesday as he discussed starting the season on the sidelines.

NFL's Cowboys release gay athlete Michael Sam from practice squad

By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam, who hopes to become the first openly gay athlete to play in a regular-season National Football League game, was released on Tuesday by the Dallas Cowboys. Sam, who joined the team on Sept. 3, spent the first seven weeks of the season on the 10-man practice squad and never made it to the 53-man roster. He thanked Cowboys owner Jerry Jones f

New Jersey school officials to tackle hazing scandal, suspensions

By Sascha Brodsky (Reuters) - New Jersey school officials on Tuesday were set to address the suspension of five high school coaches in a locker room hazing scandal that has led to criminal sex abuse charges, according to local media. Seven football players at Sayreville War Memorial High School have been suspended and charged with sexually abusing four freshmen members of the team. The head coach

McIlroy taking time off for legal dispute

London (AFP) - World number one Rory McIlroy is taking time away from golf early next year to better deal with the multi-million dollar legal dispute he has with his former management company.

Steelers' quick points silence fans, help them beat Texans

(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers needed less than three minutes to score 24 unanswered points in the second-quarter to help them beat the Houston Texans 30-23 on Monday. A mixture of trick plays and improbable bounces jolted Pittsburgh from a 13-0 deficit to a 24-13 lead in a span of 2:54, which erased an ugly start for the home side, who had been initially booed by their own fans. "We fought

Steelers rally for win over Texans

Pittsburgh (AFP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied in quick-fire fashion on Monday, scoring 24 points in less than three minutes en route to a 30-23 NFL victory over Houston.

Royals manager lets young player 'be themselves'

By Larry Fine (Reuters) - After nine seasons as a Major League Baseball manager Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost decided to put games in the hands of his young players, who repaid the trust by reaching the World Series. Yost said on the eve of Tuesday's World Series opener against the San Francisco Giants that he quit trying to fashion his players into an ideal about two seasons ago and encou

McIlroy pulls out of China swing to focus on legal battle: media

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has pulled out of next week's BMW Masters and the following WGC HSBC Champions event in Shanghai to focus on his legal battle with his former management company, British media reported, citing a statement from the Northern Irishman. McIlroy terminated his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management in Sept. 2013 to form his own management company and the protrac

Waiting game over for Cinderella Royals

By Larry Fine (Reuters) - The waiting game will soon be over for the Kansas City Royals, who last played for the World Series crown 29 years ago and who host the San Francisco Giants in Tuesday's opener of Major League Baseball's championship series. Besides waiting nearly three decades to return to postseason baseball, the Cinderella crew will have cooled their heels for five days since extendi

Giants lefty ace Bumgarner set for Royal test

Kansas City (AFP) - San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, baffling rival batters throughout a record-shattering season, tries to halt Kansas City's unbeaten playoff run in Tuesday's opening game of the 110th World Series.

NFL, others file lawsuit to block New Jersey sports betting

By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The National Football League and other sports leagues filed a lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to block New Jersey from offering legalized wagering on sporting events. In calling for the injunction, the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the NCAA are seeking to block enforcement of a law that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed on Friday, which partially repea

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