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Pirates' Sean Rodriguez makes peace with water cooler

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:55 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It's all good between Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Sean Rodriguez and the water cooler he TKO'd in the dugout during Pittsburgh's wild-card loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Rodriguez was ejected in the seventh inning when the benches cleared and decided to take out his frustrations on an unsuspecting water cooler. Rodriguez worked several combinations on the cooler before it tumbled to the ground.

Avila says Tigers will have 'highly competitive' payroll

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:54 PM

DETROIT (AP) — General manager Al Avila says the Detroit Tigers will still have a "highly competitive" payroll heading into next season.

Avila talked with reporters Thursday, wrapping up a disappointing season for a team that had won four consecutive AL Central titles. The Tigers traded David Price and Yoenis Cespedes at the deadline, but they still have plenty of money invested in Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez, Anibal Sanchez and Ian Kinsler.

Kershaw, Dodgers facing different Mets in playoffs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:53 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw isn't sure what to expect from the new-look Mets, whose dramatic transformation in the second half of the season led to them winning the NL East title.

The Los Angeles Dodgers ace faced a mostly different New York lineup before the July trade deadline. Even veteran Mets infielder David Wright was out at the time.

Broadcaster Vin Scully to miss postseason after procedure

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:50 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won't be calling any games in the baseball playoffs after undergoing a medical procedure.

The Los Angeles Dodgers said Thursday that Scully was resting comfortably after a recommended procedure earlier in the day. The team didn't specify what the procedure was.

US women's team beats Dike Naples 86-50

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:43 PM

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner scored 15 points and the U.S. women's team beat Dike Naples 86-50 on Thursday night in the third game of the Americans' European tour.

Griner added three rebounds, two blocks and two steals. The University of Connecticut's Breanna Stewart was 6 of 9 from the field and had 12 points and three steals, Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne had 11 points and five rebounds, and the Washington Mystics' Stefanie Dolson also scored 11 points. The Americans had a 32-6 lead after the first quarter.

Steelers' pass rush revived under Keith Butler

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:40 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The blitz is back in the place they used to call "Blitz-burgh."

The Pittsburgh Steelers are fourth in the NFL with 14 sacks heading into Monday night's game at San Diego. New defensive coordinator Keith Butler is taking more risks with his young group and it's paying off with more pressure in the backfield.

Second-year defensive end Stephon Tuitt leads the Steelers with 3½ sacks and said he's been helped by Butler's approach that frees him up to beat the man in front of him rather than just occupy blockers.

Donaldson leaves playoff game after taking knee to head

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:38 PM

TORONTO (AP) — 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 baseman Rougned Odor and stayed down briefly before walking off the field. Donaldson played defense in the top of the fifth.

Celtics end European tour with 111-96 win at Real Madrid

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:37 PM

MADRID (AP) — Avery Bradley scored 17 points and the Boston Celtics ended their two-game European tour with a 111-96 victory over Real Madrid on Thursday night.

Two days after a 33-point victory over Italy's Olimpia Milano, the Celtics looked good again, this time against a much more experienced Real Madrid team playing in front of its fans.

David Lee added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Boston.

Brooks to miss Sunday's game because of sister's death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:26 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks left the team this week after his sister, Krsunthia Brooks, died of lupus, according to the player's agent Greg Williams.

Ahmad Brooks will not be available when his team plays the New York Giants on Sunday.

"We'll keep him in our prayers, his family," 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said Wednesday.

Brooks flew to Louisiana to attend a memorial service. Those arrangements are still pending. Krsunthia Brooks was 40 years old.

France beats Armenia 4-0 in friendly match

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 05:24 PM

NICE, France (AP) — Karim Benzema ended a one-year scoring drought for France in style, netting two goals and setting up another in a 4-0 friendly win over Armenia on Thursday.

Benzema scored twice in the second half after providing the assist to Antoine Griezmann for France's opener before Yohan Cabaye made it 2-0.

Benzema's 26th and 27th goals with France sealed Didier Deschamps's third consecutive win. As host, France is qualified for the 2016 Euro and relies on friendly matches to get ready for the tournament.

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