SPORTS

Pirates edge Braves to clinch playoff spot

Gerrit Cole retired the final 17 hitters he faced, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the free-falling Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Royals knock A's out with Perez hit in 12th

The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight.

Oakland's Dunn will retire after 14 seasons

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Adam Dunn is retiring, he told ESPN's Pedro Gomez.

Jeter launches site to connect athletes to fans

Derek Jeter was one of the world's most covered athletes in media during his 20-season career with the New York Yankees. Now, he's joining media with a new website devoted to delivering athletes' "unfiltered" views to the fans.

Another win: Rory named PGA Tour's POY

Rory McIlroy has been voted the PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three years.

Anti-AD rally latest mark of Michigan unrest

Students and fans flooded the front lawn of University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel's on-campus house Tuesday night, demanding the school get rid of athletic director Dave Brandon.

Michael Phelps 'deeply sorry' after DUI arrest

Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland.

Kobe after first practice: 'Felt like myself'

Kobe Bryant said he felt like himself after his first team practice in about 10 months as the Los Angeles Lakers opened training camp on Tuesday under new coach Byron Scott.

Vegas sportsbook: Cavs to win 58.5 games

With LeBron James back in uniform, the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to win more games than any other team, according to one Las Vegas sportsbook.

Harrison: Brady 'scared to death' in pocket

Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison said Tuesday that it looked like quarterback Tom Brady is "scared to death" when he drops back in the pocket to pass.

Raiders go with Sparano, stand behind GM

The Oakland Raiders named Tony Sparano as their interim head coach Tuesday, less than 24 hours after firing Dennis Allen.

Angels' Hamilton says he's ready for ALDS

Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton says he's feeling better and is ready for the playoffs later this week.

Waiters: Me, Irving better than Wall, Beal

The Cleveland Cavaliers figure to have a target on their backs wherever they go this season, but there could be a little extra rivalry when they travel to the nation's capital.

A's Soto out vs. Royals with injury to thumb

The Oakland Athletics went to their bench in just the third inning when Geovany Soto left Tuesday's American League wild-card game with a left thumb injury.

FCC drops blackout rule; NFL won't budge

The FCC votes to eliminate its sports blackout rules, but the NFL says it doesn't plan to change the way its broadcasts are handled.