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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Game 1 of the World Series is tonight with San Francisco at Kansas City. Madison Bumgarner gets the call for the Giants, who are trying to become the first National League team to win three World Series titles in a five-year span since the St. Louis Cardinals of 1942-46. The Royals, back in the Series for the first time since winning the title in 1985, counter with James Shields. Shields is getting the opening game assignment for the third time this post season, while Bumgarner hasn't allowed a postseason run away from home in an MLB-record 26 2/3 innings. That record goes back to 2010.
Both teams will be coming off their longest layoffs of the season. The Royals went 8-0 in the AL playoffs, giving them five idle days before the opener. San Francisco went 8-2 on the NL side and had four days to rest up.
Infielder Jayson Nix has been added to the Royals' active roster for the World Series in place of rookie Christian Colon. The 32-year-old Nix hasn't played since the wild-card playoff win over Oakland on Sept. 30, when he entered in the 10th inning and struck out in the 11th. Colon sacrificed as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning of that game, then drove in the tying run with an infield single on a 12th-inning chopper as the Royals rallied to win 9-8. Colon's only other postseason appearance was when he entered Game 2 of the AL Championship Series as a ninth-inning defensive replacement.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be Wednesday night in Kansas City before the series moves to San Francisco.
UNDATED (AP) -- After finally logging their first win Saturday night in Dallas, a 6-5 victory in overtime, the Flyers hope to keep the momentum rolling tonight in Chicago. The Blackhawks are off to a good start with three wins in their first four games.
Montreal has won five of its' first six contests. The Canadiens host Detroit tonight. The Red Wings are 3-1-1.
The rest of tonight's lineup has San Jose skating at Boston, New Jersey hosting the New York Rangers, the Islanders home to Toronto, Arizona on the road at Nashville and Carolina skating at Winnipeg. Vancouver visits Dallas, Florida is on the road at Colorado and Calgary hosts Tampa Bay.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thunder forward Kevin Durant says he has been antsy since finding out he will miss the early part of the season with a broken bone in his right foot.
The reigning MVP had surgery on Oct. 16 and will be re-evaluated in about five weeks. Durant says he's never had surgery, so he doesn't know how he will respond to it, but he won't rush his return. He said the situation presents an opportunity for his teammates to grow, and he feels that the team will be better off in the long run as a result.
UNDATED (AP) -- People familiar with the situation say a hearing on Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension will be held Nov. 5 and 6. The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity today because details of the hearing have not been made public.
Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell originally had suspended Rice for two games.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has been placed on the reserve injured/designated to return list, a day after having surgery to repair a collarbone injury. That means Spiller will have a chance to return by Week 16.
Spiller and co-starting running back Fred Jackson were hurt in a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Jackson is expected to miss four weeks with a groin injury.
The Bills filled Spiller's roster spot by signing Phillip Tanner, who spent the previous three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
Tanner had 56 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, nine catches for 93 yards and had a special teams role in 40 games with Dallas.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad, another setback as the NFL's first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time.
Sam was signed to Dallas' practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.
The Rams drafted Sam late in the seventh round of the NFL draft in May. The former SEC defensive player of the year at Missouri was pick No. 249 out of 256.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Running back Darren Sproles and linebacker Mychal Kendricks were among the injured players who practiced today for Philadelphia, though their status is uncertain for Sunday's game at Arizona.
Sproles sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in a 27-0 win over the New York Giants on Oct. 12. Kendricks, one of the key players on defense, hasn't played since he injured his calf in a win at Indianapolis in Week 2.
Sports Scores & Schedules
October 21, 2014 07:06 GMT
Pittsburgh 30, Houston 23Thursday, Oct. 23
San Diego at Denver, 8:25 p.m.
New Orleans 88, Washington 84
Cleveland 107, Chicago 98
Brooklyn 99, Philadelphia 88
Milwaukee 120, New York 107
Atlanta 117, Charlotte 114, OT
Dallas 108, Memphis 103
San Antonio 106, Sacramento 99Tuesday's Games
Indiana at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Utah at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Houston at Miami, 8 p.m.
Portland vs. Denver at Boulder, CO, 9 p.m.
Phoenix vs. L.A. Lakers at Anaheim, CA, 10 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Edmonton 3, Tampa Bay 2Tuesday's Games
San Jose at Boston, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Toronto at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Arizona at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Carolina at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Philadelphia at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Florida at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Calgary, 9 p.m.Wednesday's Games
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.