Arrieta, Cubs silence Pirates 4-0

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, (44), holds Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta as shortstop Starlin Castro (13) joins in the celebration after they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild card baseball game 4-0, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The Cubs advance to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — These Chicago Cubs are supposed to be too young to be here. Or maybe they’re just too good to care.

Durant feels right at home back in the game

Oklahoma City Thunders Kevin Durant drives in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Minneapolis. Durant returned to action after being out eight months for a broken foot. The Thunder won 122-99. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The shoulder shimmy at the free throw line, the one-legged runners in the lane, the silky smooth 3-pointers from the top of the arc.

Royals, Astros have penchant for playing at home

The Kansas City Royals practice at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Royals face the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Astros slugger George Springer attributes the trouble his team had on the road all season to the color of their jerseys, gray and drab, which might seem preposterous except for one thing: His manager, A.J. Hinch, offered up with the exact same reason.

Burks lifts Jazz past Lakers 117-114

Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker (33) fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Bass (2) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

HONOLULU (AP) — Alec Burks scored six of his 27 points in overtime to help the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 117-114 in a preseason game Tuesday night.

Astros beat Yankees 3-0 in AL wild-card game

From left, Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (44), third baseman Luis Valbuena, and infielder Marwin Gonzalez, celebrate the Astros 3-0 shutout of the New York Yankees in the American League wild card baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, no one could’ve pictured this. Yet here they were, Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros, soaking in champagne, merrily posing for a victory shot on the mound at Yankee Stadium.

Mickelson brings experience to Presidents Cup

United States team captain Jay Haas, left, talks with his team player Phil Mickelson during a practice round ahead of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Phil Mickelson studied the line of the putt from both sides, and then he stood over an imaginary golf ball about halfway to the hole and gently swung his putter to make sure he had the right read.

Fever ready to crank it back up in Indy for Game 3

Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (34) passes through Indiana Fever guard Shavonte Zellous (1) and Tamika Catchings (24) in the second half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tamika Catchings was still shaking about 30 minutes after the Indiana Fever dropped a tense Game 2 of the WNBA Finals to the Minnesota Lynx.


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