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Giants vs. Royals: World Series Game 2 Live Blog — Game 1 of the World Series wasn't pretty for the Royals. James Shields gave up three runs in the first, and that was all Madison Bumgarner needed en route to a 7-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium.

Those Kooky Kansas City Cats — Kansas City, Mo. As soon as I got to Kansas City, I wanted to meet the two guys in the catsuits. I thought the two guys in the catsuits were a symbol of something big, something important and stirring about the World Series fever in this once-forgotten, now feverish baseball town.

The Kansas City Royals Want to Rule the World — The Kansas City Royals open the World Series at home on Tuesday. That sentence is as surreal to type as it is to read. By now you surely know that, until this past month, Kansas City had been absent from baseball's afterparty since 1985, a time when America was thunderstruck by the magic of microwave popcorn, watched broadcast TV at the appointed hour, and actually listened to their voice messages.

Peyton Returns, With a Quieter Victory — East Rutherford, N.J. The last time Peyton Manning played football here, it had gone...well, it had not gone terribly well. Super Bowl XLVIII. Roger Goodell's not-so-freezy New York/New Jersey Freezy Bowl. Seattle pounced early-was there really a safety on the first play from scrimmage?-and Manning didn't resemble himself as the Denver Broncos were ground into a fine orange dust, 43-8.

Jason Gay: Maybe a Nice Trip to Iceland Would Fix the Jets — They should dress up for no reason. They should cut back on caffeine. They should take more naps. They should learn a new language. They should visit Iceland. They should learn to appreciate green peppers. Next summer they should rent that house on the shore. Not that house, the other house.

Cole Custer: The Kid Behind the Wheel

Baseball Makes Its Dramatic Case — Baseball spends a lot of time defending itself. Long ago dethroned by football as America's sporting pastime, the summer game is constantly derided as too time-consuming (games averaged three hours, eight minutes this season, almost the length of "The Godfather Part II") and too ponderous for smart-phoned, Twitter-birdie attention spans and...wait...sorry, I was checking Twitter.

How to Shave Off a Few Seconds — Not long ago, I shaved my legs. Not for a column. For victory. In the world of riding bikes, shaving legs has long been a ritual without a universal explanation. I shave because it makes bandages easier to apply and remove when I crash and get road rash on my legs, some riders will say.

Jets Fans Feel a Familiar Altitude Sickness — October isn't even here, and the Jets appear ready to retire alongside Derek Jeter. After an 8-8 season in 2013 that felt weirdly not horrible, the 2014 Jets have reverted to being the Jets.

What Do the New England Patriots Have Left? — Over the weekend, the Boston Red Sox and their fans bid adieu to non-football-playing sports human Derek Jeter in a mildly strange but well-intentioned farewell behind enemy lines. Fenway Park has hosted some muted goodbyes to legends-when John Updike watched Ted Williams scurry off with a home-run blast in 1960, there were just 10,453 on hand on a day the author described as "overcast, chill and uninspirational."
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @BrianCostaWSJ: This weekend at AT&T Park will showcase the fruits of the Giants' farm system. And the vegetables.ā€¦

Oct 23, 2014

RT @WSJ: A patient in NYC has tested positive for Ebola. What scientists know about transmission of the virus:

Oct 23, 2014

If injury means end of NBA road for Steve Nash, what a great road. And have a feeling this was just Act 1 in an interesting sports life.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @JasenThorpe: After reviewing the course details, Chris Froome has suggested he may not ride the Hincapie gran fondo.

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