WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:11:42 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Catholic clinches district 5-5A title with 38-30 win over Woodlawn http://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-clinches-district-5-5a-title-with-38-30-win-over-woodlawn/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-clinches-district-5-5a-title-with-38-30-win-over-woodlawn/ Sports Fri, 31 Oct 2014 9:21:20 PM Chris Price Catholic clinches district 5-5A title with 38-30 win over Woodlawn

BATON ROUGE - Woodlawn put Catholic to the test, but it was the Bears who had the answer in the 2nd half, breaking open a 17-17 tie to go up 31-17, and then hanging on for a 38-30 win over the Panthers to clinch the district 5-5A championship. 

The Panthers trailed 17-10 at the half, but Charles Brooks gave the Panthers new life in the 3rd quarter with a 70 yard touchdown run to tie the game. 

The Bears bounced back immediately, as Derrius Guice scored on Catholic's next possession to boost the Bears back ahead 24-17. 

After a poor Panthers punt gave the Bears a second straight drive beginning in Panthers territory, the Bears extended their lead with a Clyde Edwards Helaire touchdown. 

Woodlawn clawed back, but the Bears win - coupled with a East Ascension loss - gave the Bears the district title. 

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Outdoors Report: Duck Season Preps http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-duck-season-preps/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-duck-season-preps/ Sports Fri, 31 Oct 2014 4:34:02 AM Hunter Robinson, John Jackson Outdoors Report: Duck Season Preps

BATON ROUGE - November arrives tomorrow, which means duck season returns in a couple of weeks. In this week's Outdoors Report, John Jackson gives you a birds eye view of how to get your limit.

Watch the video for more information.

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Group argues Redskins lawsuit should be tossed http://www.wbrz.com/news/group-argues-redskins-lawsuit-should-be-tossed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/group-argues-redskins-lawsuit-should-be-tossed/ Sports Fri, 31 Oct 2014 1:42:21 AM Jessica Gresko Group argues Redskins lawsuit should be tossed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five Native Americans are asking a Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed after the group successfully challenged the team's name, arguing it is offensive.

Lawyers for both sides are expected in federal court in Alexandria on Friday, where a judge is scheduled to hear arguments on whether the lawsuit should be thrown out.

The five won a victory earlier this year when a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office board ruled that six trademark registrations on the team's name should be canceled because they were "disparaging to Native Americans" when registered.

After the board's action, the team in August sued the five Native Americans, asking a federal court to stop the cancellation from happening.

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San Francisco to mark World Series win with parade http://www.wbrz.com/news/san-francisco-to-mark-world-series-win-with-parade/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/san-francisco-to-mark-world-series-win-with-parade/ Sports Fri, 31 Oct 2014 1:33:11 AM Kristin J. Bender San Francisco to mark World Series win with parade

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Police say up to 2 million Giants fans could turn out Friday to cheer the World Series champions in a downtown San Francisco parade.

The noontime event will feature double-decker buses for the players and floats of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The 3-2 victory Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals was the Giants' third World Series championship in five years.

The streets are expected to be awash in orange and black.

Police Chief Greg Suhr says there will be plenty of officers on the streets with police dogs helping with security.

In the hours after the victory, fans initially gathered in the streets peacefully, but the celebration quickly turned raucous and violent. Police say 40 people were arrested.

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NFL seeks to dismiss ex-players' painkillers suit http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-seeks-to-dismiss-ex-players-painkillers-suit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nfl-seeks-to-dismiss-ex-players-painkillers-suit/ Sports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 1:10:08 AM Paul Elias NFL seeks to dismiss ex-players' painkillers suit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The National Football League is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former players who allege team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.

NFL lawyers on Thursday are expected to urge a federal judge in San Francisco to toss out the lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of former players. The NFL argues that the former players waited too long to file their lawsuit and that the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit has expired.

The lawsuit makes claims dating back to 1968. The former players allege that NFL physicians and trainers routinely provided narcotics and other controlled substances on game days to mask the pain. The lawsuit says many of the drugs were dispensed without prescriptions.

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Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 in Series Game 7 http://www.wbrz.com/news/bumgarner-giants-beat-kc-3-2-in-series-game-7/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bumgarner-giants-beat-kc-3-2-in-series-game-7/ Sports Wed, 29 Oct 2014 9:04:16 PM BEN WALKER Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 in Series Game 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with a third victory this Series.

After Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon's drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out.

The Giants ended a Series streak that had seen home teams win the last nine Game 7s. San Francisco took this pairing of wild-card teams after earning titles in 2012 and 2010.

Pitching on two days' rest after his shutout in Game 5, Bumgarner entered in the fifth with a 3-2 lead. After giving up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, he shut down the Royals.

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Big match in messy NFC South http://www.wbrz.com/news/big-match-in-messy-nfc-south/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/big-match-in-messy-nfc-south/ Sports Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:12:32 AM Barry Wilner Big match in messy NFC South

Back in 2010, New Orleans went 11-5 and Seattle was 7-9. But the Saints were a wild card for the playoffs and the Seahawks won their division.

So off to the Great Northwest the Saints traipsed, where they were dismissed from the postseason by the Seahawks.

Now, it's New Orleans - or any team from the struggling NFC South - that could wind up benefiting from the NFL's setup that rewards all division winners.

For Thursday night's matchup with Carolina, the Saints (No. 18 in AP Pro32), are 2 1-2-point favorites over the Panthers (No. 21) in this, uh, battle for NFC South supremacy.

Carolina has played a difficult schedule that includes losses to Seattle, Green Bay, Baltimore and Pittsburgh and a tie with Cincinnati. The Panthers (3-4-1) lead the sector by percentage points over New Orleans (3-4), which has won every home game and lost all the road contests. With Atlanta (2-6) and Tampa Bay (1-6) not in the mix, the division looks like a two-team crawl to Week 17.

"You know, winning your division is going to get you a home game in the playoffs," Saints tackle Zach Strief said.

"Certainly there's all sorts of goals and there's big picture, small picture and I think what we've tried to do is really focus on the smallest picture, and that's our own team getting better," Saints coach Sean Payton added. "As much is said and written week to week about how the league's doing, who's playing well, who's not, if you can really focus on how to improve yourself, I think that handles itself."

Can the Saints handle a huge intradivision road challenge? We think so, barely.

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New and improved Smoothie King Center unveiled http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-and-improved-smoothie-king-center-unveiled/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-and-improved-smoothie-king-center-unveiled/ Sports Wed, 29 Oct 2014 4:29:59 AM Hunter Robinson New and improved Smoothie King Center unveiled

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Pelicans dominated in their home opener Tuesday night, but the team's stellar play wasn't all that impressed fans.

The Smoothie King Center received a facelift during the offseason. The renovations include a kids zone, interactive games throughout the arena and new sports bar. There were also changes to the outside of the arena. The old green exterior is no more.

"It looks really nice," opined Pelicans fan Jacob April. "I love the outside. It's a lot better than the old green it had before. That emerald green was horrible looking." 

The renovation is part of the team's effort to re-brand following last year's name change. The new monicker has finally grown on fans.

"It's definitely a sense of pride, that we did have Charlotte's original colors, so it's nice to see a new color that represents us," Reggie Parquet says. "It's our own team".

The Pelicans marked the Smoothie King Center's new era with a 17-point win over the Orlando Magic to open the season.

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Jose Canseco resting at home after shooting hand http://www.wbrz.com/news/jose-canseco-resting-at-home-after-shooting-hand/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jose-canseco-resting-at-home-after-shooting-hand/ Sports Wed, 29 Oct 2014 1:28:02 AM APNewsNow Jose Canseco resting at home after shooting hand

LAS VEGAS - A representative for Jose Canseco says the former major league slugger is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Agent Jose Melendez says Canseco was resting at home Wednesday, and friends and family were hoping his finger would respond well to a surgery.

Officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said the former Oakland Athletics outfielder said he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand.

Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.

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Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force World Series Game 7 http://www.wbrz.com/news/royals-rout-giants-10-0-to-force-world-series-game-7/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/royals-rout-giants-10-0-to-force-world-series-game-7/ Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:43:26 PM Ben Walker Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force World Series Game 7

KANSAS CITY, MO - Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the World Series.

Pitching with the initials of late St. Louis outfielder Oscar Taveras on his cap, 23-year-old rookie Yordano Ventura allowed three hits over seven innings for his first Series win.

Jeremy Guthrie starts Wednesday night for Kansas City and Tim Hudson for San Francisco in a rematch of Game 3, won by Kansas City 3-2. The 39-year-old Hudson will become the oldest Game 7 starter in Series history.

Lurking is Madison Bumgarner, ready to pitch in relief after stifling the Royals on a total of one run in winning Games 1 and 5.

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Davis power Pelicans past Magic, 101-84 in season opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/davis-power-pelicans-past-magic-101-84-in-season-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/davis-power-pelicans-past-magic-101-84-in-season-opener/ Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:39:49 PM Brett Martel Davis power Pelicans past Magic, 101-84 in season opener

NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis had 26 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks, and the New Orleans Pelicans opened the regular season with a 101-84 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Ryan Anderson, coming back from surgery on a herniated disk that cost him more than half of last season, scored 22 points. The Pelicans' new 7-foot center, Omer Asik, had a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds.

The tandem of Davis and Asik dominated the interior. They combined for 16 offensive rebounds, and the Pelicans finished with 32 second-chance points. Davis tied a career high for blocked shots, and Asik's five blocks equaled his career best.

Tobias Harris scored 25 points for Orlando, while Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 23 rebounds.

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Mississippi State, Florida State top playoff list http://www.wbrz.com/news/mississippi-state-florida-state-top-playoff-list/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mississippi-state-florida-state-top-playoff-list/ Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 6:41:34 PM RALPH D. RUSSO Mississippi State, Florida State top playoff list

Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings.

The first of seven Top 25 rankings done by a 12-member selection committee was released Tuesday night. The selection committee will pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals and set the matchups for other four marquee New Year's Day bowls that are part of the playoff rotation.

Oregon was fifth and Alabama was sixth.

The LSU Tigers are ranked 19th, the second highest two loss team in the standings trailing Oklahoma.

The final rankings will be released Dec. 7, the day after the most of the conference championships are decided.

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Flying drones near stadiums could end in jail time http://www.wbrz.com/news/flying-drones-near-stadiums-could-end-in-jail-time/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/flying-drones-near-stadiums-could-end-in-jail-time/ Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 4:42:13 PM Joan Lowy Flying drones near stadiums could end in jail time

WASHINGTON - Federal regulators say it's illegal to fly drones or model planes near stadiums and that violators can face up to a year.

The Federal Aviation Administration posted an updated notice to pilots online this week warning that drones and remotely controlled aircraft are included in a prohibition on aircraft flying over sports arenas issued in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The prior version of the notice, issued in 2009, makes no mention of drones or remotely controlled aircraft.

Attorneys familiar with the notice say it's the first time the agency has sought to criminalize the use of drones and model planes.

FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown says the agency is merely trying to clarify that such craft are included in the prohibition since both are considered "aircraft."

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Rebels, Tigers game features interception leaders http://www.wbrz.com/news/rebels-tigers-game-features-interception-leaders/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rebels-tigers-game-features-interception-leaders/ Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 1:21:06 PM John Zenor Rebels, Tigers game features interception leaders

AUBURN, AL - The Auburn-Mississippi game will feature two of the national leaders in interceptions.

Senquez Golson is tied for the national lead with eight picks for No. 7 Ole Miss going into Saturday night's clash of SEC West powers. No. 4 Auburn's Jonathan Jones is tied for third with five in seven games.

Jones says "it'll be a good show this weekend."

Both cornerbacks were relatively unknown before this season.

Jones didn't play until the Ole Miss game last season after breaking his ankle late in preseason camp. Golson is finally emerging as a star as a senior for the nation's No. 1 scoring defense. He has interceptions in four straight games.

Coach Hugh Freeze says he's not surprised by Golson's emergence after seeing him in fall camp.

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NCAA graduation rates improve as critics cry foul http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-graduation-rates-improve-as-critics-cry-foul/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-graduation-rates-improve-as-critics-cry-foul/ Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:13:14 AM Michael Marot NCAA graduation rates improve as critics cry foul

INDIANAPOLIS - College athletes are graduating at record numbers and with better rates than non-athletes, according to new statistics released Tuesday by the NCAA.

The annual report shows 84 percent of freshmen players who entered school in 2007-08 earned degrees within six years. That's a 2 percentage point increase over the previous one-year record high, set in 2006-07. The four-year average is 82 percent, also a record.

NCAA President Mark Emmert calls it the best academic performance since the NCAA started tracking numbers with the 1995-96 freshmen.

Four-year federal numbers, which cover freshmen classes from 2004-07, show 65 percent of athletes graduate compared with 64 percent of non-athletes. The NCAA includes transfer students who leave school in good academic standing and earn a degree elsewhere. The feds do not count transfers.

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ULL, LSU, Southern players earn LSWA honors http://www.wbrz.com/news/ull-lsu-southern-players-earn-lswa-honors/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ull-lsu-southern-players-earn-lswa-honors/ Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 8:37:11 AM APNewsNow ULL, LSU, Southern players earn LSWA honors

BATON ROUGE - Two offensive explosions and a stellar defensive effort earned football players from Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU and Southern University this week's Louisiana College Player of the Week honors as given by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association on Monday.

Elijah McGuire helped the Cajuns to a 55-40 win over Arkansas State by rushing for 265 yards and four TDs to earn offensive honors. Kendell Beckwith of LSU helped the Tigers to a 10-7 upset of No. 3 Ole Miss with 11 tackles to earn defensive honors. Finally, Southern is recognized through the play of Willie Quinn who had 242 all-purpose yards and a punt return touchdown in the win on the road over Jackson State.

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Free agency looms after World Series concludes http://www.wbrz.com/news/free-agency-looms-after-world-series-concludes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/free-agency-looms-after-world-series-concludes/ Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 7:21:18 AM Dave Skretta Free agency looms after World Series concludes

KANSAS CITY, MO - Giants star Pablo Sandoval dug into the batter's box in Game 5 of the World Series, peering out at Royals ace James Shields standing on the mound.

By next month, both of them could be wearing different jerseys.

San Francisco was trying to wrap up its third championship in five years when it returned to Kansas City for Game 6 on Tuesday night. But once the Fall Classic ends, the attention will shift in a matter of days to next season, and the free agency that looms for several players from both pennant winners.

"It's the business of baseball," Royals outfielder Josh Willingham said.

Sandoval is the biggest name looming for San Francisco, but there's also World Series starters Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong, reliever Sergio Romo and outfielder Michael Morse.

Shields is the most critical piece in limbo for Kansas City. Willingham and fellow outfielders Nori Aoki and Raul Ibanez also face uncertain futures. Designated hitter Billy Butler has a pricey club option for next season, so he could be hitting free agency for the first time, too.

"Everyone wants to get to free agency, to have some control over where they go and their circumstances," Willingham said. "A lot of people think it's only the money. The money is a big part, but there are other things, too, like playing in a place where you can win. I'm sure Shields and the other guys will factor those in."

Many in this year's World Series will have no shortage of suitors.

Sandoval, the MVP of the 2012 Series, has driven his stock up with another spectacular postseason, piling up eight hits and driving in four runs in the first five games against Kansas City. The Giants would love to keep him hitting in AT&T Park for the next few years, but with few quality third basemen on the market, several big-budget teams such as the Boston Red Sox figure to drive up the bidding.

Then again, the Giants tend to spend lavishly on their postseason heroes.

After their 2012 title, outfielder Angel Pagan got $40 million over four years. Last offseason, Hunter Pence inked a five-year, $90 million deal, and two-time Cy Young Award winner-turned-reliever Tim Lincecum signed a two-year, $35 million deal.

The Giants adore - and perhaps need - Sandoval as much as any of them.

"He's right up there with some of the great players I've had, the great talents," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He has that enthusiasm, that infectious laugh when he's out there in the dugout. He's a very loose guy that has a lot of fun playing. He's not a guy that puts pressure on himself, but your good players do that, and he's a really good player."

Likewise, the Royals would love to keep Shields, who bounced back from a rough postseason with a strong start in a losing effort Sunday night. But just like Sandoval, there figures to be plenty of bidding for a workhorse who has rarely missed a start over his nine-year career.

The Red Sox and Tigers, who also have deep pockets, could be in the mix.

"The only way you tilt the field in your favor, especially in these markets, is to have quality starting pitching out there every single night," said Royals general manager Dayton Moore, who plans to at least make an effort to re-sign his prized right-hander.

Still, the game's finances might force the Royals to walk away from Shields, who helped to turn around a losing clubhouse culture when he was traded from Tampa Bay two years ago.

"When I got traded over here, my mindset was just to be myself and have fun, and I feel like I take every single day like that," said Shields, who like Sandoval has skirted all questions about his uncertain future. "I came over here with one mindset and that was just to be myself."

Regardless of who stays and goes in the uncertain world of free agency, one thing has been assured: The Giants and Royals players have reveled in their wild-card rides to the World Series, even those who may be playing elsewhere next season.

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Redskins end Cowboys' 6-game streak, 20-17 in OT http://www.wbrz.com/news/redskins-end-cowboys-6-game-streak-20-17-in-ot/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/redskins-end-cowboys-6-game-streak-20-17-in-ot/ Sports Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:44:43 PM Stephen Hawkins Redskins end Cowboys' 6-game streak, 20-17 in OT

ARLINGTON, TX - Colt McCoy directed Washington to Kai Forbath's 40-yard field goal in overtime and Dallas was unable to answer after Tony Romo returned from an apparent injury, sending the Redskins to a 20-17 victory on Monday night that snapped the Cowboys' six-game winning streak.

McCoy, the former Texas star playing at the home of the Cowboys for the first time since his final college game in his home state, calmly drove the Redskins (3-5) to the winning points.

The Cowboys (6-2) had one last chance, but didn't get a first down. Romo's final pass on fourth down was knocked away by Bashaud Breeland.

Romo left after getting sacked by Keenan Robinson in the third quarter. He lay motionless for several minutes but returned for the final Dallas drive of regulation.

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Giants, Royals ready for wild World Series finish http://www.wbrz.com/news/giants-royals-ready-for-wild-world-series-finish/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/giants-royals-ready-for-wild-world-series-finish/ Sports Mon, 27 Oct 2014 8:51:02 AM Antonio Gonzalez Giants, Royals ready for wild World Series finish

SAN FRANCISCO - Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title.

No way, Buster.

Because in this postseason full of stars and surprises, who knows? Heck, Bumgarner might still have more work to do.

Baseball took its final break Monday before the Giants and Royals settle things. Holding a 3-2 edge, San Francisco will try to claim its third championship in five years Tuesday night when the wild-card matchup resumes at Kauffman Stadium.

The day off gave fans a chance to savor what they'd already seen in the past month, and there was plenty - the success of Bumgarner, Lorenzo Cain and Yusmeiro Petit, the struggles of Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout and Detroit's aces, a rack of tight games and one that went 18 innings.

"Clayton who? MadBum!" one man yelled as he exited AT&T Park after the Giants won 5-0 Sunday night.

Could be a lot more cooking in this October oven, too.

Maybe Ned Yost even had it right.

"Oh, man, somewhere inside of me, secretly I had hoped that it would go seven games for the excitement and the thrill of it," the Kansas City manager said after a loss in Game 4. "Sure looks that way."

Perhaps it's only fitting this Fall Classic ends at Kauffman Stadium, a place hosting playoff baseball for the first time in 29 years. The Royals started this pulsating postseason at home with a 9-8 comeback win in 12 innings over Oakland in the AL wild-card game, a thriller that began on the last day of September and nearly stretched into October.

That captivating night in Kansas City set the stage for a month to remember: dramatic finishes, favorites falling and underdogs overachieving, stars slipping and new ones shining.

What happens next is anybody's guess. After all, the last time Game 6 of the World Series came to Kansas City, one of the most surreal scenes in baseball history unfolded: first base umpire Don Denkinger's botched call serving as the signature moment of the 1985 World Series won by the Royals over St. Louis.

"We know we can do it," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "We're a confident group. But we can't do anything without winning Game 6. We're excited to get back home where we feed off the fans and that energy."

Veteran Jake Peavy starts for the Giants against rookie Yordano Ventura - not exactly the matchup many would've predicted in April.

But the majors' most notable names during the regular season - Dodgers ace Kershaw and Angels slugger Trout - flamed out fast in the Division Series. A trio of Cy Young winners didn't do enough for Detroit. Injuries slowed down former Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers and Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.

Even playoff-proven starter Jon Lester looked lost under October's bright lights for the one-and-done Athletics. Plus up-and-coming starter Stephen Strasburg showed he still has to polish his postseason poise for the Nationals.

Instead, these playoffs bred a new batch of baseball darlings: Cain and the running Royals, starter-turned-reliever Petit and a pair of blazing bullpens no longer overlooked in the World Series.

Of course, no star has burned brighter than a 25-year-old lefty from North Carolina, the one who peeved Posey with his tempered postgame reaction.

Bumgarner's dominant performances in Game 1 and Game 5 - not to mention in every previous round of the playoffs - has put San Francisco one win away from another parade down Market Street, something Willie Mays, Barry Bonds and generations of Giants fans had dreamed of for so long.

Now it's becoming an every-other-year tradition. And if the Giants don't win Game 6, there's always a chance Bumgarner could emerge from the bullpen to help out in Game 7.

"It's not going to be easy at all," Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said. "It matters that we know that, and I think everybody on this team knows that."

Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan might understand the topsy-turvy nature of these playoffs better than anyone.

Only four months after he pitched in the College World Series, the 21-year-old reliever got two key outs in the seventh inning as Kansas City won Game 3. A night later, Finnegan failed to bridge the gap to the back end of the bullpen, allowing five runs in an 11-4 loss to San Francisco.

"Baseball can pick you up quickly," Finnegan said, "and hit you in the gut quickly."

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Prosecution says it will appeal Pistorius verdict http://www.wbrz.com/news/prosecution-says-it-will-appeal-pistorius-verdict/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/prosecution-says-it-will-appeal-pistorius-verdict/ Sports Mon, 27 Oct 2014 6:06:20 AM Hunter Robinson Prosecution says it will appeal Pistorius verdict

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A spokesman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority says prosecutors will appeal the verdict and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, who was handed a 5-year prison term after being convicted of culpable homicide.

Prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube said Monday that the next step is to file papers in court.

Pistorius started serving his prison sentence on Oct. 21 after he was acquitted of murder by a judge and found guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home.

Under the current terms, the Olympic runner is eligible for release after 10 months and would then complete his sentence under house arrest.

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