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5 Giants Pitchers Give Up 5 Runs In 6th As Royals Even World Series

Butler, Perez and Infante each knock in two runs, and Kansas City's powerful bullpen shut out the Giants in the final four innings of a 7-2 win over San Francisco. The series resumes Friday.

All Things Considered

'Curse Of The Shuttlecocks' Haunts Kansas City's Teams

Ever since the giant Shuttlecocks art exhibit was installed in the 1990s, Kansas City professional sports teams haven't been able to win a national championship. And there are some who believe the exhibit is to blame.

Morning Edition

World Series Opens With A Thud For Royals

The Giants won 7-1 against the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night. San Francisco snapped Kansas City's streak of eight-straight wins.

Giants Pummel Royals From The Start In Game 1 World Series Win

A three-run first inning was all San Francisco needed to top Kansas City and steal home field advantage. They tacked on another four runs anyway to win 7-1.

All Things Considered

World Series A Matchup Of Two Post-Season Upstarts

Game one of the World Series begins tonight between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. Relief pitching and scrappy play by both teams are expected to make the series close.

All Things Considered

Don't Let History Of Kansas City Royals' Name Steer You Wrong

What's in a name? Bob Petersen, president and CEO of the American Royal, tells Robert Siegel where the local baseball team got their name and why the main event this week is not at Kauffman Stadium.

A Tale Of Two Cities: World Series Fever Takes Hold In SF, KC

In San Francisco, there's a lot of confidence. In Kansas City, which gets its first shot at the championship rings in nearly 30 years, the excitement is palpable.

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

The Olympian was convicted of culpable homicide last month — rather than a more serious charge of premeditated murder — for the 2013 fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his home.

Morning Edition

Going Into World Series, Giants And Royals Play Winning Baseball

Game One of the World Series is Tuesday night between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are playing in their third World Series in the last five years, and it's the first for the Royals since 1985. Steve Inskeep gets a preview from NPR's Tom Goldman.

All Things Considered

Remembering The '69 World Series And The Miracle Mets

The Kansas City Royals are the surprise team in the World Series, which reminded NPR's Brian Naylor of the series he attended 45 years ago, when the Miracle New York Mets upset the favored Baltimore Orioles.

Remembering Bart Giamatti, A Baseball Fan

October 22, 2014
Bart Giamatti (left), seen here chatting with his predecessor, Peter Ueberroth, served as MLB Commissioner from September 1988 to September 1989.

Bill Littlefield shares his thoughts on the legacy of former MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti, who was a fan of the game above all else.

Bruins Beat Sharks 5-3

October 22, 2014
Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) is tripped from behind by San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) on a breakaway during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Tuesday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Gregory Campbell netted the game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Dallas Cowboys Cut Michael Sam

October 21, 2014
Michael Sam has now been cut by two NFL teams and has yet to make a regular-season roster. (Brandon Wade/AP)

The Dallas Cowboys have cut Michael Sam from their practice squad. Sam would be the first openly gay player in NFL history, but has yet to make a regular-season roster.

In Kansas City, It’s A Generational Thing

October 20, 2014
Fans watch batting practice prior to the American League Wild Card game between the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 30, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Jeremy Bernfeld of KCUR talks to Royals fans in their 20s who have known only losing, and to little kids who have grown up with a winner.

Svedberg Earns Shutout In Bruins’ Win Over Sabres

October 19, 2014

The Boston Bruins bounced back from their worst defensive performance of the season with their first shutout victory.

50th Head Of The Charles Regatta Underway

October 18, 2014
Rowers make their way under the Boston University Bridge Saturday. (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

Here’s a look at some of photos shared from around the area on the first day of races.

Head Of The Charles Regatta Brings Thousands To Boston

October 18, 2014
Rowers pass under the Boston University Bridge on Saturday during the Head of the Charles (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

The 50th annual Head of the Charles regatta is expected to draw thousands of athletes and spectators to Cambridge and Boston Saturday and Sunday–meaning you may need to rethink your travel plans.

Pea Shooting: A Sport For Everyone

October 18, 2014
Children and adults alike can learn pea shooting, and compete in the national championship, in the span of one day. (Beverly Amsler / Only A Game)

Pea shooting, popular in the U.K. for years, is a relatively new sport in the U.S. Just this month, the first U.S. Championships took place in Roanoke, Va. Beverly Amsler brings us the story.

The Florida Panthers’ Empty Den

October 18, 2014
With lackluster attendance and the team in last place, the Florida Panthers' last playoff appearance in 2012 feels like a distant memory. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Attendance at Florida Panthers home games is bad. So bad, in fact, that beat writers for visiting teams have tweeted pictures of the half-empty arena for laughs. Bill Littlefield chats with Yahoo! Sports’ Greg Wyshynski about the Panthers’ attendance woes.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

October 18, 2014
The Kansas City Royals are going to the World Series for the first time since 1985, but Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce thinks their ride is coming to an end. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the Royals-Giants World Series matchup, the latest on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the sports-based appeal of a $26,000 watch.

Biking ‘Mountain To Mountain’ To Improve Lives Of Afghan Women

October 18, 2014
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Shannon Galpin didn’t plan to break cultural norms and ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. But she did, and her new book, “Mountain To Mountain,” recounts her attempt to have a meaningful dialogue about women’s role in Afghan society.

Autographs And The NCAA’s ‘Own Little Universe’

October 18, 2014
Georgia running back Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely while he's investigated for allegedly accepting cash in exchange for his autograph. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston are under investigation after an autograph-authentication business certified their signatures on thousands of items. But, as Michael Weinreb tells Bill Littlefield, it’s the image of the NCAA that’s taking the biggest hit from the scandal.

Mississippi State Is No. 1 For The First Time Ever

October 18, 2014
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen's job was in jeopardy a year ago. Now he has plenty of reason to celebrate. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Mississippi State started the season outside the AP Top 25 poll. Six wins later, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the country. How did it happen? The Clarion-Ledger’s Michael Bonner joins Bill Littlefield.

This Just In … The Cowboys Are Good

October 18, 2014
Rolando McClain and the Dallas Cowboys improved to 5-1 last Sunday when they topped the Seahawks, 30-23. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

2008 — that’s the last year the Dallas Cowboys finished the regular season with a winning record. But the Cowboys are off to a 5-1 start in 2014 and seem well on their way to NFL relevancy. Mac Engel of the Dallas Fort-Worth Star Telegram joins Bill Littlefield.

Rule 7.13: Baseball’s Crash Course On Eliminating Home-Plate Collisions

October 18, 2014
Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

This season Major League Baseball took a crash course in how to eliminate collisions at home plate. In its first year, Rule 7.13 has been celebrated and criticized, but a much bigger injury risk is still in play for catchers. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.

Royals Vs. Giants In Wild(-Card) World Series

October 18, 2014
With a dramatic walk-off home run from Travis Ishikawa (center), the San Francisco Giants punched their ticket to the World Series. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants represent a most unlikely World Series pairing. Bill Littlefield and ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian break down how each team arrived to the Fall Classic.

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