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Third victory parade in 5 years charms Giants fans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants celebrated a third World Series victory in five years with a ticker-tape parade, and it seemed everyone had a story about brought them to rainy downtown San Francisco.

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Saturday 11/01/2014
James rebounds, leads Cavaliers past Bulls
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Never mind that sluggish opener.

Brandon's exit may not be only change at Michigan
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Less than a year after taking over Michigan's athletic department, Dave Brandon hired Brady Hoke to be his football coach.

Griffin scores 39, Clippers beat Lakers 118-111
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin used a banking analogy to describe his dominant performance against the Lakers on Friday night. And most of the time the Clippers got the ball to him, he was right on the money.

James leads Cavaliers past Bulls, 114-108 in OT
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James simply wanted to shrug off a poor debut with his new, old team.

Wolves give Ricky Rubio 4-year, $56M deal
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The clock was ticking down toward the deadline for reaching agreement on an extension of his rookie contract, and just like he does on the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio took charge.

Friday 10/31/2014
Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

Orange fever reigns over drizzly Giants' parade
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the World Series champions.

Untapable wins Breeders' Cup Distaff
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Rosie Napravnik was riding with a secret, and she couldn't keep it any longer once Untapable won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Phillies, Burnett both decline $15M mutual option
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A.J. Burnett and the Philadelphia Phillies both declined their $15 million mutual option Friday, leaving the pitcher to decide whether to exercise his $12.75 million player option.

Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:16 am

The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship.

Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball's best managers.

Judge denies former NBA player's fraud appeal
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected jailed former NBA player Tate George's appeal of his 2013 fraud conviction, ruling that the government provided ample evidence for a jury to find him guilty of running a real estate Ponzi scheme.

Column: Seminoles a team everyone loves to hate
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

Admit it. You're rooting against Florida State.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:16 am

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Dave Brandon took over Michigan's athletic department four years ago with so many of the right qualifications: success as a businessman, experience as a university regent — and he'd played football for Bo Schembechler, too.

Hawks' home opener against Pacers is a sellout
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks hope a sellout in Saturday night's home opener against Indiana will show the team is moving past offseason controversies in ownership and management.

South Africa: Suspect arrested in soccer killing
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:16 am

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national soccer team captain, authorities said Friday.

Judge suggests it's OK for Redskins to sue Indians
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:16 am

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise.

Vikings' Robison has had a pain in the butt
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:16 am

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Brian Robison has had quite the pain in the butt.

Chicago Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:16 am

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Leading female marathoner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya failed a doping test a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said Friday.

Titan JVs finish on high note
Posted: October 31, 2014

The McDowell Titans junior varsity football team put together a furious rally Thursday night, scoring 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to edge the Enka Jets 28-20 at home in the Titans’ season finale.

RG3 can't wait to get started again
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 7:16 am

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — After six-plus games on the sideline, Robert Griffin III is back as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

MCYFL championship matchups set
Posted: October 31, 2014

The tickets were punched last weekend to Championship Saturday in the McDowell County Youth Football League.

Rating the Nation-Best Pre-BCS Bowls
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 5:31 am

There was no BCS to make sure Nos. 1 and 2 played each other after the 1982 regular season. That left No. 1 Nebraska facing No. 4 Miami in what was expected to be a coronation for the powerful Cornhuskers.

LeBron very un-LeBron in opening loss to Knicks
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 8:16 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shortly after showering, and maybe rinsing off a forgettable performance, LeBron James smiled and laughed as he dressed for a flight to Chicago.

Looking for playoff contenders outside the obvious
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 8:16 pm

The first games after the release of the College Football Playoff rankings have a chance to reveal some new contenders.

Florida State not shocked by another rally
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 7:46 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As bad as Jameis Winston and second-ranked Florida State looked in the first half against Louisville, the second half offered plenty of time to recover.

Saints get their revenge, beat Panthers 28-10
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 7:31 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While much of the talk was about whether New Orleans could win a big game — or any game, for that matter — on the road, the conversation in the Saints' locker room was about something completely different.

Sandoval, Shields among 121 free agents
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 5:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's business season began Thursday when 121 players became free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Saints top Panthers 28-10 to take NFC South lead
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 4:16 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Saints' offense is potent enough with Drew Brees.

Winston, Florida State rally to beat Louisville
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:31 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — If trailing Auburn by 18 last season in the BCS Championship game didn't shake Florida State, a 21-0 first-half deficit to Louisville surely wasn't going to, either.

LeBron falters in emotional return to Cleveland
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:31 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carried onto the floor by an emotional ovation building for years, LeBron James is back where he began.

Knicks spoil James' homecoming, 95-90
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:16 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didn't look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air.

Thursday 10/30/2014
NCAA denies Georgia's appeal of Gurley suspension
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 2:16 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — The NCAA upheld its four-game suspension of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley on Thursday night, ending the school's final hope of having its biggest star in uniform for Saturday's game against Florida.

AP source: Hardy's appeal trial postponed
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 1:46 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy's domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until after the NFL season, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday night.

NFL seeks to dismiss ex-players' painkillers suit
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 12:16 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Football League on Thursday asked a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by former players who allege team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.

Kansas State football coach endorses Sen. Roberts
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 11:31 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder on Thursday endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent, potentially giving the GOP a boost in a race with national implications.

Trial wrapping up in drum major's hazing death
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 10:31 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jurors could start deliberating Friday in the case of a former Florida A&M University band member charged with manslaughter and hazing in the death of a drum major who was beaten nearly three years ago on a band bus as part of a hazing ritual.

Giants' win turns violent, revelers turn on police
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 8:15 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The celebration in San Francisco's streets following the Giants' World Series victory started off peaceful but quickly turned raucous and violent, as revelers vandalized police cars and businesses and pelted officers with bottles.

Mercedes, Hamilton charging into US Grand Prix
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 7:45 am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Formula One was last in the United States, Sebastian Vettel had already earned his fourth consecutive world championship in a season of domination not seen since Michael Schumacher's days at Ferrari.

Judge rejects Hernandez bid to move murder trial
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 7:45 am

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge on Thursday denied a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county.

Redskins: 'every intent' of starting RG3 on Sunday
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 6:01 am

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — It's time for RG3's latest comeback.

Bratton: No credible threats against NYC Marathon
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 5:02 am

NEW YORK (AP) — There are no credible threats against this weekend's New York City Marathon, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Thursday.

Rodriguez suspension ends, back on Yanks' roster
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 5:02 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez's season-long suspension formally ended Thursday, a day after the World Series ended.

Notre Dame's Robinson grows into big-play receiver
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 4:46 am

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame receiver Corey Robinson didn't dwell on his potential game-winning touchdown against Florida State being taken away by a controversial penalty.

Royals look toward next season after dream run
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 4:01 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The emotions were still raw, the sting of defeat still fresh from Game 7 of the World Series when Billy Butler stood in front of his locker and spoke in a voice full of conviction.

Titans wrap up regular season
Posted: October 30, 2014

Note: "Tonight" in the story refers to Friday.

Middle school roundup
Posted: October 30, 2014

The West McDowell Lady Spartans volleyball team went on the road earlier this week and won the Foothills Conference tournament championship in an exciting five-set win at East Burke Middle School.

Anti-violence activists charged in vicious attack
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 4:01 am

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Two "Stop the Violence" organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition.

Chevy makes the best of exec's nervous speech
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:32 am

DETROIT (AP) — Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors.

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