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Royals beat Giants to even World Series 1-1 »

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By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one […]

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Chiefs show resiliency in win over San Diego »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs were such a mess in their season opener against the Tennessee Titans that they were quickly written off, their dramatic turnaround last season considered a fluke. Turns out that conclusion was premature. After steadily improving over the first few weeks of the season, the Chiefs earned […]

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Chiefs snap Chargers’ 5-game win streak on late kick »

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By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs have made the AFC West a three-team race. Cairo Santos kicked a 48-yard field goal field goal with 21 seconds left and the Chiefs beat San Diego 23-20 Sunday, snapping the Chargers’ five-game winning streak. The Chiefs moved […]

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Royals hold off Orioles; headed to first World Series since ’85 »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile. After nearly three decades spent as one of the game’s biggest laughingstocks, the Kansas City Royals […]

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Royals edge Orioles to take 3-0 lead in ALCS »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas had his eye on the ball from the moment it left Adam Jones’s bat, tracking it against the bright lights of Kauffman Stadium. When it settled into his glove and he tumbled into a dugout suite, a dozen fans were waiting to […]

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Gordon-led Royals beat Orioles 8-6 in ALCS »

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By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Alex Gordon had already compiled a career’s worth of playoff memories when he stepped to the plate in the 10th inning of a tie game. Given the Kansas City Royals’ success rate in extra innings this postseason, what happened next was almost inevitable. Gordon homered to […]

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Butler, Gordon relish Royals’ postseason success »

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KANSAS CITY Mo. (AP) – They endured it together, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. All those years with 90 losses, the managerial changes and youth movements and empty seats come late September. Empty seats in July and August, too. They were supposed to be the two players who led the Kansas City Royals back to the […]

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Royals beat Angels to finish off ALDS sweep »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Almost an hour had passed, and the postgame party had moved from the field to the Kansas City clubhouse, where victory champagne was once again flowing. Yet as sheets of rain fell at Kauffman Stadium, thousands of celebrating Royals fans refused to leave. They […]

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Fake punt helps 49ers beat Chiefs »

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By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The day began with another round of questions about the relationship between Jim Harbaugh and his players. It ended with him putting a lot of trust in them to make a big play. And just as Harbaugh’s teams usually do, the San Francisco 49ers […]

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Moustakas’ HR in 11th puts Royals past Angels »

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By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When Mike Moustakas smacked a high fly into right field in the 11th inning, the Kansas City Royals’ No. 9 hitter had no idea whether it had enough juice to get out of the Big A. “I knew I hit it pretty good, but that […]

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Chiefs offense hums in rout of Patriots »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Perhaps the Kansas City Chiefs gave their neighbors across the parking lot a little bit of inspiration with their impassioned performance against New England. Jamaal Charles returned from an ankle injury to score three touchdowns, Alex Smith threw for 248 yards and three scores, […]

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Royals end regular season with win over White Sox »

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By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer Moments after Detroit secured the AL Central title, Kansas City manager Ned Yost started pulling some of his regulars from the lineup. It was finally time to start preparing for the playoffs. Kansas City’s chance for a division crown was erased by Detroit’s victory on Sunday, and the Royals […]

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Royals clinch playoff spot with win over White Sox »

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By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) – The mob arrived as soon as Salvador Perez squeezed that final foul popup, officially bringing Kansas City’s playoff drought to an end. Yes, the Royals are going back to the postseason. Kansas City clinched a playoff spot Friday night for the first time in 29 years, […]

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