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Last Update on October 22, 2014 05:35 GMT


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers will complete their exhibition play Wednesday night at Memphis against the Grizzlies.

Lebron James played his fifth preseason game on Monday night in 107-98 win over the Chicago Bulls, and is not expected to play on Wednesday.

Cavs coach David Blatt says, "I want my guys coming in healthy and happy and if LeBron needs to sit another game, he'll sit another game." Blatt says that's the priority.


NEW YORK (AP) -- It's almost unanimous: The Denver Broncos are still the top team in the NFL.

Denver received 11 first-place votes Tuesday for the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league.

The Broncos (5-1) are coming off a 42-17 rout of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. Peyton Manning had 318 yards passing and four touchdowns, breaking Brett Favre's record for career TD passes.

Dallas (6-1) got the other first-place vote. The Cowboys topped the New York Giants 31-21 for their sixth consecutive victory.

The Philadelphia Eagles moved up a spot to No. 3, followed by the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals.

The Colts proved they're not just as good as Andrew Luck with a 27-0 shutout of the skidding Cincinnati Bengals.

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Last Update on October 22, 2014 07:54 GMT


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner was on top of his game, James Shields was not, and the San Francisco Giants cruised to an easy victory over the Royals in Game 1 of the "wild card" World Series in Kansas City.

Bumgarner was superb as the Giants earned a 7-1 victory, holding the Royals to a run and three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. The Giants ace was working on a two-hit shutout until Salvador Perez homered with two out in the bottom of the seventh. Before the blast, the Giants already had forged a 7-0 lead.

San Francisco got all the runs it needed during the first inning off Shields as Pablo Sandoval hit an RBI double before scoring on Hunter Pence's two-run homer. Pence was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

The Giants added two runs in the fourth before Joe Panik laced an RBI triple off Danny Duffy and came home on Sandoval's run-scoring single in the seventh.

Gregor Blanco padded the Giants' 10-hit attack by going 1-for-3 with bases-loaded walk and two runs scored.

It was a short evening for Shields, who was tagged for five runs and seven hits in three-plus innings. Although his nickname is "Big Game James," Shields is 3-5 with a 5.74 ERA in 53 1/3 innings over 10 career postseason starts.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed right-hander Jerome Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Williams was 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers in August. He also pitched for Houston last year and was 6-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 37 games with all three teams.


UNDATED (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks are heading home after dropping the last two games of what became a 2-2-1 road trip.

Seth Griffith and Gregory Campbell each scored their first goals of the season in the third period as Boston rallied to beat the Sharks 4-3. The Bruins grabbed a 2-1 lead on power-play goals by Brad Marchand and Torey Krug (kroog), but the Sharks surged ahead when Logan Couture and Joe Thornton scored 37 seconds apart late in the second period.

Krug finished with a goal and two assists, and Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) set up three goals to help the B's climb back to .500 at 4-4.

Also in the NHL:

-- The New York Rangers picked up their third straight win by beating New Jersey 4-3 on Kevin Klein's goal at 2:42 of overtime. Rick Nash tied it late in the third period with his league-leading eighth goal of the season.

-- Carey Price stopped 27 shots and David Desharnais (day-ahr-NAY') scored 56 seconds into overtime to lead Montreal past Detroit 2-1. The Red Wings enjoyed a 1-0 lead on Henrik Zetterberg's second-period goal, and they remained ahead until Alex Galchenyuk (gahl-CHEHN'-yuhk) scored with 3:09 left in regulation.

-- Phil Kessel scored twice while the Toronto Maple Leafs were netting four unanswered goals in the second period of a 5-2 win over the Islanders in New York. David Clarkson also tallied twice and James van Riemsdyk (van-REEMZ'-dyk) had a goal and an assist for the Leafs.

-- Ryan Ellis provided a goal and two assists in regulation before scoring the deciding shootout goal in Nashville's 4-3 victory against Arizona. James Neal scored the tying goal in the third period for the 4-0-2 Predators.

-- Andrew Ladd and Adam Lowry scored to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead just over 2 1/2 minutes into a 3-1 triumph over Carolina. Dustin Byfuglien (BUF'-lihn) added an insurance goal and Ondrej Pavelec (AHN'-dray PAV'-lehk) stopped 21 shots to help the Jets win for only the second time in six games.

-- Antti Raanta (AN'-tee RAHN'-tah) made 32 saves in his first start of the season to lead Chicago's 4-0 win over Philadelphia. Patrick Kane scored twice to support Raanta's second career shutout and help the Blackhawks improve to 4-0-1.

-- Erik Cole scored twice and four other Dallas Stars collected two points in a 6-3 thrashing of Vancouver. Jamie Benn and Cody Eakin scored 29 seconds apart early in the second period to put the Stars ahead 5-0.

-- Tampa Bay beat Calgary 2-1 on Ondrej Palat's (AHN'-dray pah-LAHTS') goal three minutes into OT. Flames goalie Kari Ramo (KAH'-ree RAH'-moh) was in line for a shutout until Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR'-ee FIHL'-poo-luh) scored with 2:16 left in regulation.

-- Brad Boyes scored at 2:23 of overtime to push Florida past Colorado 4-3. Tyson Barrie, Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay (TAN'-gay) scored during a 3:50 span of the second period to erase the Panthers' 2-0 lead before Sean Bergenheim provided the equalizer later in the middle stanza.


UNDATED (AP) -- People familiar with the situation say a hearing on Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension will be held Nov. 5 and 6. The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity today because details of the hearing have not been made public.

Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell originally had suspended Rice for two games.


IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad, causing the NFL's first openly gay player to find a third team since being drafted by St. Louis this year.

Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after joining their practice squad Sept. 3. He went to Dallas four days after being released by the Rams, who selected him in the seventh round of the draft.

In other NFL news on Tuesday:

-- Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has been placed on the reserve injured/designated to return list, a day after having surgery to repair a collarbone injury. That means Spiller will have a chance to return by Week 16. Spiller and co-starting running back Fred Jackson were hurt in a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Jackson is expected to miss four weeks with a groin injury. The Bills filled Spiller's roster spot by signing Phillip Tanner, who spent the previous three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

-- The Tennessee Titans have traded linebacker Akeem Ayers and a seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft to the New England Patriots for a sixth-round selection, pending a physical on Ayers. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt (WIH'-zehn-hunt) said on his radio show Tuesday night the trade probably was the best for both Ayers and the team. Ayers had been scratched five of seven games this season.

-- The Washington Redskins have signed linebacker Everette Brown and placed linebacker Brian Orakpo on injured reserve. Brown has appeared in 38 NFL games with three starts with the Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys.

-- The New York Jets locked up reliable wide receiver Jeremy Kerley with a four-year contract extension. Kerley was due to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

-- The Carolina Panthers announced they've released longtime defensive back Charles Godfrey and signed guard Chris Scott. The 28-year-old Godfrey joined the Panthers as a third-round draft pick in 2008 and played in 82 games with 75 starts.

-- Running back Darren Sproles and linebacker Mychal Kendricks were among the injured players who practiced for Philadelphia, though their status is uncertain for Sunday's game at Arizona. Sproles sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in a 27-0 win over the New York Giants on Oct. 12. Kendricks hasn't played since he injured his calf in a win at Indianapolis in Week 2.

-- The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay defensive end Da'Quan Bowers for two games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.


PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius has begun serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee Olympic runner was taken away from court after being sentenced by the judge who had found him guilty of culpable homicide.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, shooting her through a closed bathroom door in his home. Pistorius maintained the shooting was an accident and he had mistaken his girlfriend for a nighttime intruder.

The reigning MVP had surgery on Oct. 16 and will be re-evaluated in about five weeks. Durant says he's never had surgery, so he doesn't know how he will respond to it, but he won't rush his return. He said the situation presents an opportunity for his teammates to grow, and he feels that the team will be better off in the long run as a result.

PARLIN, N.J. (AP) -- The Sayreville, New Jersey, board of education has suspended head football coach George Najjar (NAY'-jar) and four assistants following charges of sexual assault and hazing.

Seven members of the Sayreville War Memorial High School team have been charged with crimes ranging from hazing to aggravated sexual assault over what happened last month. Their names haven't been released because they are under 18.

The school's football season has been canceled.


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