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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals end a 29-year postseason drought when they face the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game, with the winner to play the Angels. James Shields, the centerpiece of a deal with Tampa Bay, starts for Kansas City against Jon Lester, a postseason star for the Red Sox last season. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:07 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NFL says Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception against the Patriots. The penalty brought plenty of buzz on social media. By Dave Skretta: SENT: 600 words, photos.
— FBN--PENALTIES-NO FUN LEAGUE. NFL rules are very specific about how to celebrate. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.
BALTIMORE — Olympic great Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge and released. Police say he was going 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. Ten years ago, the swimmer was also charged in Maryland with driving under the influence. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBC--COACHES-EYE FOR INJURIES
College football teams can pack upward of 85 players and a few dozen coaches and staffers on a sideline. There is a lot going on and the view of the field can be limited. How do coaches keep track of what's going on? The question assumes greater urgency following a head injury to Michigan's quarterback. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan's athletic director announces changes in its injury protocol and says the team made a mistake in its handling of quarterback Shane Morris following a suspected concussion, citing a "serious lack of communication" and "confusion" on the coaching staff led by Brady Hoke. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The winless Raiders promote offensive line coach Tony Sparano to interim coach to replace the fired Dennis Allen. The move comes a day after the decision was made to fire Allen four games into his third season as coach. Sparano had a 29-32 record as head coach in Miami from 2008-11. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The FCC wants to end sports blackouts, calling the rule outdated and unnecessary. It was originally adopted to help boost ticket sales in the 1970s. The Federal Communications Commission says NFL teams have hidden behind the rule for 40 years. By Jennifer C. Kerr. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — Edinson Volquez started the season in the back of the rotation. Now he holds the Pirates' season in his right hand. He starts Wednesday night's NL wild card game against the San Francisco Giants, who know a thing or two about winning this time of year. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— BBN--GIANTS-PIRATES MATCHUP CAPSULE. SENT: 1,100 words.
WASHINGTON — Two years after famously being shut down to protect his elbow, Stephen Strasburg finally makes his postseason debut this week for the Nationals. "It's worked as planned," says general manager Mike Rizzo, who was responsible for holding out Strasburg in 2012. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BBA--TIGERS-ROTATION. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BBA--ORIOLES-WINNING FORMULA. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BBN--DODGERS-WORKOUT. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
GLF--ON THE FRINGER-093014
GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Paul Azinger is not ruling out a return as Captain America in the Ryder Cup. But that's not what America needs, and neither does Azinger. But his ideas clearly merit a close listen. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— GLF--GOLF NOTES. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,100 words.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After one of the worst losses of Bill Belichick's coaching career, the New England Patriots try to figure out what went wrong in a 41-14 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City. The simple answer: just about everything. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
FBN--VIKINGS VS. RODGERS
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes is coming off the best game of his career — a shutdown performance against Atlanta and its high-powered passing attack. That's good timing. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are up next. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.
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