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Four California teams in playoffs for the first time

The Dodgers, Angels, Giants and Athletics are all playoff teams battling for World Series berths this year.

Three-way race for NL MVP

The debate heats up between Andrew McCutchen, Giancarlo Stanton and Clayton Kershaw.

Chiefs rout Patriots, 41-14

Kansas City QB Alex Smith throws for 248 yards and three TDs in a 41-14 victory.

Raiders fire coach Allen after 0-4 start to season

The Oakland Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen four games into his third season.

Minnesota Twins fire manager Gardenhire after 13 seasons

The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday, saying it was time for a new voice after his 13-season tenure concluded with at least 92 losses in each of the last four years.

Arizona Cardinals RB Dwyer formally charged with assault

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been formally charged with assaulting his wife during two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment.

Houston Astros hire Hinch as new manager

A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Houston Astros on Monday.

MLB adds seventh umpire to rotation for postseason

In a nod to new technology, Major League Baseball will tweak its postseason tradition and add a seventh umpire to rotate between the replay booth and field for the World Series and league championship series.

Michigan AD says ‘lack of communication’ with QB Morris

Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon says a “serious lack of communication” led to wobbly quarterback Shane Morris playing Saturday against Minnesota when he should have been pulled for his own safety.

Reds beat Pirates, 10-6

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ NL Central chances were hurt when Todd Frazier had a tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam in the 10th, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-6 victory on Saturday.

Whitman women edge Linfield, 69-58

Whitman College defeated Northwest Conference foe Linfield 69-58 Friday at George Ball Court.