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SAN FRANCISCO — Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings and the Washington Nationals took advantage of Madison Bumgarner's one off-target throw, staving off elimination in the NL Division Series with a 4-1 win against the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

NASHVILLE — The Cleveland Browns shook off a sluggish start with a finish for the NFL record book.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr.'s first three months in the NFL weren't fun. It started with a hamstring injury in training camp, jumped to a disagreement New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin and eventually led to the feeling of letting down his teammates and himself.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals waited nearly three decades to return to the postseason. Now that they're here, they want to stick around for a while.

NASHVILLE — The Cleveland Browns shook off a sluggish start with a finish for the NFL record book.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants wait for first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. was well worth it.

WASHINGTON — Brandon Belt homered off Tanner Roark in the 18th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to their 10th consecutive postseason victory, edging Washington 2-1 on Saturday night for a 2-0 lead in the NL Division Series.

The NFL's injury epidemic began even before any preseason games were played, with Sean Lee and Kiko Alonso going down.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — With three extra-inning wins in four remarkable days, the long-downtrodden Kansas City Royals have climbed from the depths of a 29-year playoff absence to the brink of the AL Championship Series.

LOS ANGELES — Matt Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a fiery NL Division Series opener Friday.

BALTIMORE — The Detroit Tigers can only hope a day off and a change of scenery will enable them to prolong a season in jeopardy of ending way sooner than they expected.

Injuries while training to compete in triathlons unfortunately are common, but Mike Biddle of Ooltewah has an injury story from the lead-in to Sunday's Ironman Chattanooga that's hard to top.

Kip Henley is quite a character.

Former Calhoun (Ga.) High School, University of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech football standout wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers was released by the Indianapolis Colts today after being arrested for driving under the influence early Sunday morning in Indianapolis.

Sunday was a day of firsts in Chattanooga. The city hosted its first-ever Ironman Chattanooga, with about 2,400 people taking on the 2.4-mile swim, 116-mile bike and 26.2-mile race throughout the city and Walker County in North Georgia.

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