ATLANTA — Harry Douglas made the most of his long-awaited opportunity to be more than a complement to star receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White in Atlanta's offense.
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons.
Peyton Manning strides across America this week like some modern-day Colossus, blocking out the sun from every other story on the NFL's broad horizon.
ST. LOUIS — Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals stunned Clayton Kershaw with a four-run third inning, rookie Michael Wacha was again magnificent on the mound and St. Louis advanced to its second World Series in three seasons by roughing up the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in Game 6 of the National League championship series Friday night.
LOS ANGELES — Thanks to two big swings and some excellent defense, the St. Louis Cardinals are one win from the World Series.
DETROIT — John Lackey edged Justin Verlander in the latest duel of these pitching-rich playoffs, and Boston's bullpen shut down Detroit's big boppers with the game on the line to lift the Red Sox over the Tigers 1-0 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the AL championship series.
SAN DIEGO — Philip Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals for the San Diego Chargers, who used long drives to keep Andrew Luck off the field in a 19-9 victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.
LOS ANGELES — Led by a pair of precocious rookies, the Los Angeles Dodgers got themselves right back into the NL championship series.
SEATTLE — Tired of the comical errors, Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman did all the right things and the Seattle Seahawks remained perfect at home.
There was a time in which basketball wasn't on Fred Sturdivant's radar. He proudly boasted recently that he was a football player as a ninth-grader. Then Brainerd High School assistant coach Tre High lobbied the gangly 6-foot-3 kid to join the hoops team, and his goals changed.
ST. LOUIS — Nobody's better than the St. Louis Cardinals when they can't afford to lose.
LOS ANGELES -- Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning after Clayton Kershaw started on short rest for the Dodgers in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, sending Los Angeles into the National League championship series for the first time since 2009.
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons were reminded again Monday night that last year is not this year.
LOS ANGELES — Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer, Juan Uribe added a two-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Atlanta Braves 13-6 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL division series.
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons are hurting — on the field and in the standings.