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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.

Bumgarner-led Giants send Pirates packing

Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the NL wild-card game.

Cowboys' Spillman faces sexual assault claim

Dallas Cowboys safety C.J. Spillman is being investigated in connection with an alleged sexual assault at the team's hotel last month, according to Grapevine, Texas police.

WR Smith rips Panthers GM: It was personal

Steve Smith blasted Carolina GM David Gettleman during a radio interview Wednesday, criticizing the manner in which he was released by the Panthers earlier this year.

Notre Dame 'becoming ridiculous,' Russell says

Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell has voiced heightened frustration with the school in a since-deleted Instagram post, saying it was "becoming ridiculous" after it held a hearing before a disciplinary committee regarding his suspension.

LeBron, Love debut in Cavaliers scrimmage

For the first time in more than four years, LeBron James stepped onto the court at Quicken Loans Arena as a member of the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Cabrera declines playoff bonus, report says

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera opted against signing the paperwork necessary to make him eligible for his playoff bonus, according to a report.

Carmelo: I'm the most underrated superstar

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony believes he's the "most underrated" star player in the NBA.

Gannon says Raiders 'stealing' from Oakland

One of the last great Oakland Raiders players has taken aim at the woebegone franchise again, with Rich Gannon railing against the team Wednesday.

Royal demand: ALDS ticket prices soaring

Postseason fever, for the first time in nearly three decades, is getting expensive. But Kansas City Royals fans are apparently willing to pay what it takes to get into the building.

Prep football player 3rd to die in recent days

A high school football player has died after he collided with an opponent and collapsed during a game on Long Island, becoming the third high school football player to die in recent days.

Oops: Giants TE benches self, loses matchup

A dream game for New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell in Week 4 quickly turned into a nightmare scenario for at least one fantasy football owner last week: Donnell himself.

Manning 'grateful' to be on verge of 500 TDs

With his next TD pass, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will join Brett Favre in NFL's 500 club.

Cops: Phelps blew .14, seemed 'disoriented'

Police documents indicate that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a breathalyzer test after he was stopped on a speeding violation.

Brady: Offense can't perform at high level

Coming off one of the worst losses of his career, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday morning acknowledged his team's struggles on offense this season, noting, "I don't think we've played well for a long time."