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Royals run out of magic in Game 1 loss to Giants

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Another World Series title won't do a whole lot to change San Francisco, a world class city with a quirky personality.

The Giants already have won a couple of them since 2010 anyway, and everyone is just looking for another excuse to dress up and throw a party.

But what would a championship mean for Kansas City, a sleepy river city with a lot of fountains and a noticeable lack of trophy cases?

"You've already seen what it can do for this town," former Royals star George Brett said. "It would do the same thing as if the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. That's what Chicago would be like."

Uh, the Cubs?

"It's gonna happen there," Brett said. "This town already has gone crazy. I've seen it celebrate one. I want to see it celebrate another one."

It still may happen, but not if the Royals play like they did in their 7-1 Game 1 loss to the Giants Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Madison Bumgarner held the Royals to one run on three hits over seven innings, while James...

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Clippers drop another preseason game to Golden State Warriors

The Clippers continued their preseason struggles, losing to the Golden State Warriors, 125-107, on Tuesday night in Oakland.

The Clippers, who have been outrebounded in all six preseason games, were beaten on the boards by the Warriors, 46-31.  They also struggled again on defense, giving up more than 100 points for the fourth time in the preseason.

The Clippers are 1-5 in exhibition play.

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers decided to rest Chris Paul and Blake Griffin against the Warriors. The team plays again Wednesday evening against Phoenix at Staples Center and finishes exhibition play Friday against Portland.

Jared Cunningham, who started Tuesday, led the Clippers with 23 points on six-for-15 shooting, but he also had six turnovers. J.J. Redick had 21 points on six-for-15 shooting. Spencer Hawes had 14 points and seven rebounds. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and nine rebounds. And Jamal Crawford finished with 10 points.

Jordan Farmar did not play because of lower back tightness, and Glen...

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Kansas City station suggests dead body more interesting than Royals

A Kansas City news station apologized Tuesday night after it suggested in a message posted to Twitter that a dead body may be more entertaining than the Royals getting blown out in Game 1 of the World Series.

“Need a break from the game? Watch our 10 p.m. news on the latest on a body found in the Little Blue River & more,” KCTV5 tweeted.

The station quickly deleted the tweet and apologized.

“We worded that previous tweet horribly and we are very sorry. It has been deleted,” the station tweeted.

The Royals were throttled in Game 1 by the San Francisco Giants, 7-1.

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Cain Velasquez injures knee, out for UFC title defense in Mexico

Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez suffered a right knee injury in training and is withdrawing from his Nov. 15 Ultimate Fighting Championship title defense against top contender Fabricio Werdum in Mexico City.

The UFC will instead stage an interim heavyweight title bout between Brazil’s Werdum (18-5-1) and Mark Hunt (10-8-1), who’s coming off a knockout victory over Roy Nelson in September.

Velasquez (13-1) hasn’t fought since October 2013, when he successfully defended his belt against the only man he’s lost to, Junior Dos Santos.

The son of Mexican immigrants who raised him in Yuma, Ariz., Velasquez was anticipating heading the UFC’s first show in Mexico at Arena Mexico City, a 20,000-seat venue that sold out in eight hours. The UFC is offering refunds from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7.

“I’m so unbelievably disappointed that this happened,” Velasquez said in a statement distributed by the UFC.

“To say I was looking forward to fighting in Mexico for the first time is an understatement. I...

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UFC rescinds doping suspension of fighter Cung Le

Cung Le, the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight fighter suspended one year when the organization declared a post-fight sample he submitted in China in August revealed excessive levels of human growth hormone, has been reinstated with the suspension rescinded, the UFC announced Tuesday.

“I haven’t read everything yet,” Le said by telephone from his San Jose home. “My manager was taking care of this. ... I want to make sure it’s true.”

Le, 42, previously insisted to the Los Angeles Times that he did not engage in performance-enhancing drug use before the fight. His opponent, Michael Bisping, requested full screening after Le posed for a photo during training, revealing a ripped physique.

Le told The Times earlier this month that his physique for the main event bout in Macao, China, was enhanced by more than 18 months of hard work and diet, not drugs.

“I’d been grumpy and moody, but every time I’d look in the mirror I’d see results,” Le said. “I did this crazy cardio, was in...

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Kings' Darryl Sutter, Dean Lombardi back suspension of Slava Voynov

There was no hesitation in Kings Coach Darryl Sutter's voice or manner when he was asked if the NHL's swift action in suspending defenseman Slava Voynov was appropriate.

"Absolutely," Sutter said Tuesday. "It's very appropriate."

Sutter was answering questions in a room full of reporters at the team's practice facility in El Segundo. This was the day after the 24-year-old Voynov was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and the league suspended him indefinitely even before he was released from jail in Redondo Beach. He has not been charged.

These were Sutter's first public comments on the matter. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi also talked about it for the first time in a smaller briefing with a handful of reporters in his office.

The league told Lombardi early Monday morning there would be a suspension.

"There was no doubt," Lombardi said.

He immediately recognized the seriousness of the situation. It was underscored, also, by the fact that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took...

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