Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Japan Open on Wednesday.

For Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly and every other manager in these playoffs, it promises to be a most challenging postseason.

A judge in New Jersey is scheduled to take a first look at the domestic violence case against a New York Jets practice squad member.

O.J. Mayo has very few memories of last season.

Bret Bielema isn't sure if last year's Arkansas team could have bounced back emotionally from a disheartening overtime loss to Texas A&M.

SWIMMING

The Purdue Boilermakers are searching for answers and trying to find solutions for their struggling offense.

Michael Phelps can't seem to break a disturbing pattern.

It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason — nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball's backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys.

Offensive lineman Josh Sitton could use a break.

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has been here before.

A day after No. 8 UCLA's pummeling of Arizona State, Ishmael Adams couldn't help himself.

Metro says fans attending post-season games at Nationals Park won't have to worry whether they can get back on Metro.

The Oakland Athletics stumbled their way through a late-season swoon, the club that once boasted baseball's best record scratching its way into the final playoff spot on the last day of the regular season.

The Illinois baseball team will make a preseason trip this November to the Dominican Republic.

Dustin Brown snapped a tie 44 seconds into the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in an NHL preseason game on Tuesday night.

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Top-ranked Serena Williams will combine with Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock in the United States team which will compete in a star-studded Hopman Cup tournament in January.

Rarely has there been so much at stake in an Asian Games football final.

Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in.

Jonas Hiller made 28 saves, and the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 in a preseason game on Tuesday night.

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

Cedric Paquette and Brett Connolly each scored a goal and assisted on another as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Ondrej Pavelec had 25 saves, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in a preseason game on Tuesday night.

David Backes, Joakim Lindstrom and Vladimir Tarasenko scored to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 exhibition victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:19 left in the third period, sending the New York Islanders to a 5-3 preseason win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Wayne Simmonds scored in the second period, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 in a preseason game Tuesday night.

A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles:

Athletics catcher Geovany Soto left Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals after hurting his left thumb in the first inning on a play at the plate.

About 1,000 University of Michigan students have marched to the home of school President Mark Schlissel to protest against the performance of athletic director Dave Brandon and football coach Brady Hoke.

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