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Verlander cools off Sox; Astros win series opener

Subscriber onlyJustin Verlander outlasted an uncharacteristically wild Chris Sale, overcoming control problems of his own to give Houston six innings of two-hit ball on Saturday night and lead the Astros over the Boston Red Sox 7-2 in the AL Championship Series opener. Continue reading...

Johnson, Knaus start final 6-week run

Subscriber onlyTimes were already changing long before Jimmie Johnson strolled through a Las Vegas casino unnoticed, full firesuit and all. It was the start of NASCAR's playoffs and the seven-time champion, wearing a flame-retardant billboard, was surprised that he failed to garner even a quizzical stare. Continue reading...

BIKING: Switzerland sweeps Pump Track titles

Subscriber only David Graf knew something went awry when he completed the first round around the Runway Bike Park pump track. Continue reading...

Teams try to turn data into an edge for victories

Subscriber onlyData is pored over by coaches and staff of the Orlando Magic on a regular basis. They'll dissect how far a player runs during practice, how quickly that player accelerates and decelerates, how his performance changes as the workout goes along, biometric measurements like his heartbeat or when his workload is particularly heavy. Continue reading...

Mahomes gives Kansas City reason to fall in love

Subscriber onlyRob Gaskins jumped atop a massage table Wednesday night, hiked up the leg of his shorts and presented his right thigh to his favorite tattoo artist, Jeremy Taylor. Continue reading...

Crowell gains ground with Jets

Subscriber onlyIsaiah Crowell kept hitting the holes cleared by the New York Jets' offensive line and ran. Continue reading...

Awful game doesn't deter kicker Crosby

Subscriber only Mason Crosby survived one of the worst seasons of his career by putting together five of his best. Continue reading...

Steelers, Bengals bring physicality

Subscriber onlyPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster just wants to move on from December's physical prime-time meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals. Continue reading...

Former Hogs have productive seasons in MLB

Subscriber onlyI was about 10 minutes into my new job at the factory when the supervisor told me to walk to another department and hurry back with the box stretcher. Continue reading...

Struggles taught star ‘how to fail’

Subscriber onlyJ.D. Martinez wants to thank the Houston Astros -- not get back at them -- for releasing him when he was struggling to make himself into a star. Continue reading...

Kershaw spotty as Brewers win opener

Subscriber onlyBREWERS 6, DODGERS 5 Continue reading...

Jimmy Two-Face must go -- and soon

Subscriber onlyFor the past few decades, Timberwolves employees have tried to ascertain the origin of the team's curse. The guesses range from the traditional (Target Center was built on an ancient burial ground) to the anecdotal (the Legend of Joey Two-Step). Continue reading...

Serbs supporting their man Yelich

Subscriber onlyWhen Brewers slugger Christian Yelich takes the field against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he'll have one group of Milwaukee fans rooting especially loud for his success: Serbian-Americans. Continue reading...

Sack leader Jones says he can do more

Subscriber onlyWith his MMA-trained hands knocking would-be tacklers out of the way, Chandler Jones has quietly become one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Continue reading...

October staffing: Everybody is working out of the bullpen

Subscriber onlyChris Sale is all set to start Game 1 at Fenway Park. If the Boston Red Sox later need him for middle relief, he's ready. Or a setup spot, sure. Continue reading...