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A’s clinch AL wild card with 4-0 win at Texas
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:12:40 +0000

ARLINGTON — The Oakland Athletics waited until the last day of the regular season to finally clinch their third consecutive playoff berth.

Adam Dunn’s wait to make the postseason for the first time lasted much longer: 2,001 games over 14 seasons.

“It’s what you work for your whole career,” said Dunn, who was traded to Oakland from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31. “I don’t know how fair it is that I get to enjoy kind of the fruit of their labor, but beggars can’t be choosers.”

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Family, friends join Barbers Hill teacher’s fight
baytownsun.com/ / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
The T-shirt that Meredith Durham’s friends, family and colleagues wore as they walked through the elementary school doors said it all: “Team Meredith. We have your back.”

MLB batting average lowest since 1972
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:06:15 +0000

NEW YORK — The final numbers are in, and Major League Baseball’s batting average hasn’t been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House, a gallon of gasoline cost 55 cents and the designated hitter was a radical proposal limited to spring training experiments.

Big league hitters batted .251 this year, down two points from last season and 20 points lower than the Steroids Era peak in 1999. Lots of big names didn’t even reach the average, a group that includes Ryan Howard, Adam Dunn, B.J. Upton, Brian McCann and Curtis Granderson.

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Robbery suspect shot by officer remains in stable condition
baytownsun.com/ / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
A Dayton man who was injured in a police-involved shooting Friday remains in the hospital in stable condition. Police plan to file charges against him today for aggravated robbery, aggravated assault

Jamaal Charles sends Kansas City Chiefs to 41-14 rout of New England Patriots
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:03:30 MDT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Asked about the quarterback situation in New England, coach Bill Belichick replied with a disgusted look.

Watt leads Houston to 23-17 win over Buffalo
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:11:22 +0000

HOUSTON — J.J. Watt had just sprinted 80 yards on an interception return for a touchdown to give the Texans the lead on Sunday against Buffalo, and it was time to play defense again.

Coaches offered to give the 289-pound defensive end a minute to catch his breath, but he waved them off dismissively. No way was Houston’s star missing even one play.

“I love to be out there,” Watt said. “I don’t like to give plays up. I don’t like to be on the sidelines for any of them if I can go.”

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Leicester: McIlroy pulls away from Woods at Ryder Cup
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:21:22 +0000

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — “Rory’s going to get you!” hollered the Ryder Cup crowd as Rickie Fowler stepped up to drive off the first tee.

And get him, Rory McIlroy did. Like an ogre swatting flies.

In five or 10 years, with another 10 major championships under his belt, it will become time to have the conversation about how McIlroy’s achievements compare with those of Tiger Woods.

When that moment comes — and everything McIlroy is doing on and off the golf course suggests it will — his Ryder Cup feats will tip the argument in his favor.

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New era: Baylor earning respect of Longhorns on the field
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:24:47 +0000

AUSTIN — One-hundred-thirteen years ago, on the occasion of their first meeting on a football field, Texas believed it was better than Baylor. This phenomenon has never changed.

Texas believed it was better than Baylor for the duration of two World Wars. Texas believed it was better than Baylor before and after 1974’s “Miracle on the Brazos.” Texas believed it was better than Baylor through 74 victories, 25 losses and four ties.

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UTEP football: Miners feel good going into conference
elpasotimes.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:04:15 MDT
The non-conference portion of the UTEP football team's schedule mostly went as well as the Miners hoped.

Zimmermann’s no-hitter for Nats ends on great grab
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:13:08 +0000

WASHINGTON — One out away from pitching the Washington Nationals’ first no-hitter, Jordan Zimmermann watched his 104th pitch on a crisp, clear Sunday afternoon get smacked toward deep left-center.

He leaned his head back and winced. His first thought: “Double. No-doubt double.”

“And then,” the right-hander said later, “he comes out of nowhere and makes that catch.”

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Kansas fires Weis 4 games into third season
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:16:17 +0000

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Charlie Weis arrived at Kansas full of bravado, promising dramatic changes within the long-suffering program. Players were dismissed, offenses and defenses were scrapped. Assistant coaches were hired, fired or simply reassigned.

In the end, the one thing that needed to change — on-field results — stayed the same.

Weis was fired four games into his third season on Sunday, one day after a 23-0 loss to Texas on homecoming left the brash coach with a 6-22 record in his second head coaching stint.

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Lady ‘Necks sweep Sweeny to open district
TheFacts.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 -0500

Nats’ Storen, others get 2nd chance in postseason
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:06:47 +0000

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.

Two years ago, he needed elbow surgery in April, worked his way back into the last-guy-on-the-mound job by the time the playoffs rolled around, then allowed a ninth-inning lead to become a 9-7 loss in Game 5 of the NL division series against St. Louis, ending Washington’s exhilarating season in excruciating fashion.

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