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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead. It might as well have been 100 with the way MadBum and this orange-and-black bunch play in the World Series. Bumgarner carried a shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, putting a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals' perfect postseason roll by romping 7-1 in the Series opener. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.
BBO--WORLD SERIES-PETIT VOYAGE
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere. In April 2011, the Seattle Mariners released the Venezuelan pitcher during spring training. After starting his career with four mostly forgettable seasons with the Florida Marlins (2006) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-09), Petit was now sitting in his Miami home, waiting for a call from any major league team. No one called. Three years later, Petit sat in a meeting room, hours away from his San Francisco Giants playing in Game 1 of the World Series. By Eric Nunez. UPCOMING: 520 words, photos.
— KANSAS CITY, MO. — BBO--World Series-Giants-Pence. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— KANSAS CITY, MO. — BBO--World Series-Royals. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— KANSAS CITY, MO. — BBO--World Series-Tipping The Hat. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-102114
The road to the PGA Tour out of Mexico was never going to be easy for Carlos Ortiz, even if it was paved with a measure of privilege. The Web.com Tour player of the year last season, the 23-year-old from the home club of Lorena Ochoa gives Mexico hopes of having another star. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— GLF--Golf Notes. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — When Paul Pierce watched the Washington Wizards in last season's playoffs, he saw plenty of talent and potential. He also saw some mistakes. The Wizards needed something. Weeks later, he decided they needed ... him. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 865 words, photos, video.
OLY--PARALYMPICS-NICHOLS' NEXT ENDEAVOR
DENVER — Intrigued by wheelchair basketball, Paralympian Alana Nichols tried it and helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Interested in sit-skiing, the 31-year-old quickly picked up the sport and won two more golds at the 2010 Vancouver Games, along with a silver last winter in Sochi. Now, Nichols is on to her next endeavor — sprint kayak racing, which will make its debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain — Few might remember his knee surgery just three weeks before the World Cup, or the two goals he scored in a 2-1 victory over England in his first match in the tournament. The last and most memorable image of Luis Suarez is the striker biting Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder in a group stage match against Italy, a play that earned him a four-month suspension. He returns to the field on Saturday, when he makes his Barcelona debut against rival Real Madrid. By Alex Oller. UPCOMING: 825 words, photos.
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius is taken away in a police van with barred windows to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cites the "gross negligence" the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home. By Christopher Torchia and Gerald Imray. SENT: 750 words.
— LONDON — OLY--Pistorius-Paralympics. SENT: 200 words.
FBN--THE BACKUP QB
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The adrenaline spikes the instant Charlie Whitehurst sees the starting quarterback hurt and walking to the sideline. It's always Next Man Up in the NFL, yet the backup quarterback has both the easiest job in the league and the toughest. Collect a paycheck for standing on the sideline and wearing a cap game after game. Then at the drop of a starting quarterback, be ready to immediately step in and direct an offense and throw touchdown passes while the best defenders on the planet are trying to tackle you. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 830 words, photos.
CHICAGO — There's no truth to the rumor Jay Cutler is about to be charged with starting the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. But everything else that's gone wrong here the last five years? Feel free to pin it on the Bears' perpetually grumpy QB. Nearly everyone in town does. By Jim Litke. SENT: 900 words.
MINNEAPOLIS — Resiliency will be as important for Minnesota the rest of the season as its most tangible strength of running the ball. Last week's win over Purdue provided plenty of time to polish both of those attributes. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 580 words, photos.
— UNDATED — FBC--SEC Bias. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 700 words by 5 p.m. With: FBC--SEC Bias-Glance.
— UNDATED— FBC--Big Ten Surprises. By Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words.
— UNDATED — FBC--T25-Mississippi's Shutdown Defense. By David Brandt. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— STARKVILLE, Miss. — FBC--T25-Mississippi St-Wilson. By David Brandt. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— STANFORD, Calif. — FBC--Sliding Stanford. By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— MANHATTAN, Kan. — FBC--T25-Kansas St-Walking On Waters. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— OKLAHOMA CITY — FBC--Oklahoma St-Investigation. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 500 words.
— TRENTON, N.J. — US--Sports Betting. SENT: 325 words.
— PARLIN, N.J. — US--Football Team-Investigation. By David Porter. SENT: 500 words.
— OKLAHOMA CITY — BKN--Thunder-Durant. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 350 words.
— EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — HKN--Kings-Voynov Suspended. By Hockey Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— CLEVELAND — BKN--Cavaliers Preview. By Tom Withers. SENT: 900 words. With: Previews on every NBA team.
— SINGAPORE — TEN--WTA Finals. By Chris Lines. SENT: 800 words.
— LONDON — OLY--IOC Meetings. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 700 words.
— WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — BKC--Wake Forest-Media Day. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 500 words.
— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — BKW--SEC Media Days. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words.
— MADISON, Wis. — BKC--Wisconsin-Media Day. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 500 words.
— ALBANY, N.Y. — US--Syracuse-Fine Investigation. By Michael Virtanen. SENT: 400 words.
— MIAMI — MLB-Drug Investigation. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 450 words.
— CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — US--North Carolina-Academic Probe. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— PERTH, Australia — GLF--Dufner Returns. SENT: 300 words.
— LONDON —SOC--AP Global Football 10. By Jack Bezants. SENT: 600 words.
— LAS VEGAS — BOX--Mayweather Reality Show. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 300 words.
— LOS ANGELES — SWM--Obit-Peter Daland. SENT: 350 words.
Wednesday's Time Schedule (EDT)
San Francisco at Kansas City, 8:07 p.m.
Toronto at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
Washington at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.
Houston at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Atlanta at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Portland vs. L.A. Lakers at Ontario, Calif., 10 p.m.
Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.