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News and notes from around Major League Baseball.

Knicks spoil James' Cleveland homecoming

LeBron James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar’s emotional homecoming with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Murray clinches a spot in ATP Finals

Andy Murray clinched a spot in the ATP Finals on Thursday after beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets at the Paris Masters and then sent a message to his critics by scribbling “bad year” on a courtside television camera.

Series champion Giants can't duck talk of 'dynasty'

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t have to worry about a jinx now. After winning its third championship in five seasons, the new label for his team looks as if it will stick: “Dynasty."

Giants edge Royals 3-2 in Game 7 behind Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

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Michael Vick to start for Jets against Chiefs

It's Michael Vick's turn. Even though it's probably too late to save the New York Jets' season.

It feels like target practice for Brady

In one of the best performances of his brilliant career, Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes and completed 30 of 35 passes as the New England Patriots routed the Chicago Bears 51-23 on Sunday.

Geno, Vick struggle as Jets routed by Bills 43-23

Kyle Orton tied a career high with four touchdown passes and the Buffalo Bills forced the Jets into six turnovers — three each by Geno Smith and Michael Vick — in a 43-23 rout Sunday that sent the New York Jets to their seventh straight...

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Ben Roethlisberger set franchise records with 522 yards passing and six touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers raced by the Indianapolis Colts 51-34 on Sunday.

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Bumgarner wins World Series MVP

Madison Bumgarner capped off a most splendid October and earned MVP honors Wednesday night, pitching five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 as the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2.

Royals take World Series the distance

Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with a heavy heart and the initials of late St. Louis outfielder Oscar Taveras on his cap, allowed three hits over seven stifling innings. The Kansas City Royals' batters broke open the game with a...

Giants are first to see the light

San Francisco - Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series...

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Gasol leads Bulls to an easy win over Knicks

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut, Derrick Rose scored 13 points after missing most of the last two seasons, and the Bulls spoiled Derek Fisher’s first game as an NBA coach by beating the New York Knicks 104-80 on...

Rondo, Celtics crush Nets in opener

Rajon Rondo returned from a broken hand and had 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in the season opener Wednesday night to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-105.

In year two, Celts' Stevens still learning

Minutes before the championship game of the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the coaches of the two finalists, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Brad Stevens of Butler, gathered for the ritual handshake. Sitting in the stands, Stephen...

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Marco Scandella scored with 5:53 remaining as Minnesota rallied for three goals in the third period to beat Boston on Tuesday night.

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Brady's concerned about the Denver defense, not Manning

Fans get another chance to gauge the relative greatness of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning when the quarterbacks meet for the 16th time. Brady will be analyzing something more important.

Romo's status isn't clear yet

Tony Romo’s dramatic return from his latest back injury doesn’t mean he is cleared to face the next opponent. Coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that Dallas was waiting on additional testing for an injury he says is unrelated to the herniated disk...

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Mark Barron will get an opportunity to shed a label as an underachiever with a new team.

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Auto Racing

Noon, FS1 - NASCAR Nationwide O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge practice from Fort Worth, Texas.

12:30 p.m., NBCSN - Formula One United States Grand Prix practice from Austin, Texas. (taped today)

1 p.m., FS1 - NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500 practice from Fort Worth.

3 p.m., FS1 - NASCAR Truck WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 qualifying from Fort Worth, Texas.

3 p.m., NBCSN - Formula One United States Grand Prix practice from Austin, Texas.

4:30 p.m., ESPN2 - NASCAR Nationwide O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge practice from Fort Worth, Texas.

6:30 p.m., ESPN2 - NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500 qualifying from Fort Worth.

8:30 p.m., FS1 - NASCAR Truck WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 from Fort Worth, Texas.

Basketball

8 p.m., ESPN - NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls.

10:30 p.m., ESPN - NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers.

Football

6:06 p.m., WJJF (94.9-FM) - High school: Windham at Ledyard.

6:30 p.m., CPTV Sports - High school: Morgan at Valley Regional/Old Lyme.

7:30 p.m., NESN, SNY - FXFL: Brooklyn Bolts at Boston Brawlers.

8 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA: Cincinnati at Tulane.

8 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA: Tulsa at Memphis.

Golf

6 a.m., Golf Channel - European PGA: BMW Masters from Shanghai. (taped)

4:30 p.m., Golf Channel - Champions: Charles Schwab Cup Championship from Scottsdale, Ariz.

11 p.m., Golf Channel - PGA: CIMB Classic from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

3 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel - LPGA: Taiwan Championship from Taipei. (taped today)

Hockey

8 p.m., NBCSN - NCAA men: Vermont at Notre Dame.

Horse Racing

5 p.m., NBCSN - Breeders' Cup Distaff from Arcadia, Calif.

Tennis

9 a.m., Tennis Channel - ATP: BNP Paribas Masters from Paris.