National Sports | WRHL National Sports 2014-10-30T07:58:33Z National Sports 10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. Your Top Plays for Today Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide San Francisco Giants fans take to streets after World Series win By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Fans of the San Francisco Giants took to the streets to celebrate on Wednesday night after their team won the baseball World Series, topping the Kansas City Royals, but the festivities were marred by raucous fans and fires. Hundreds, many clad in the team's orange and black, flooded Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission District after the final out in the seventh game of the baseball championship. "(Pitcher Madison) Bumgarner blew my mind tonight!" said Beau Adams, a San Francisco native sporting a Giants tattoo. Rose fights back, Donaldson rides luck in Shanghai European Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson both endured an up-and-down day as the BMW Masters got under way in Shanghai on Thursday. Rose ended on level par after a disastrous start that left him four over after just four holes. Beginning at the 10th Rose was already one-over par when he found water twice en route to a triple-bogey eight at the par-five 13th. San Francisco celebrations turn violent, two shot: report Raucous celebrations over San Francisco's World Series baseball triumph degenerated into street violence Thursday, with two people shot and injured, news reports said. In repeats of unrest that broke out after the San Francisco Giants won the baseball title in 2010 and 2012, crowds of revelers set bonfires, got into fistfights on the streets and threw bottles, sparking the deployment of riot police, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Poulter focuses on golf in Shanghai after Bishop row and injuries Ian Poulter is just glad to be back playing -- despite struggling to a two-over 74 in the first round of the BMW Masters on Thursday -- as he tries to put the Ted Bishop row and an injury-hit season behind him. Former PGA of America president Bishop apologised this week for his "li'l girl" tweet about Poulter which got him fired a month before his term in office was due to end. Poulter last week launched his autobiography "No Limits" in which his frank comments about Nick Faldo and Tom Watson's Ryder Cup captaincies prompted the offending tweet from Bishop. With Rose blooming, Bulls open NBA season with emphatic win The Chicago Bulls welcomed former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose back from injury Wednesday with a convincing 104-80 win over the New York Knicks. The return of Rose and the addition of Spanish veteran Pau Gasol have branded the Bulls as Eastern Conference contenders in 2014-15, and they looked the part at Madison Square Garden. "I wouldn't say my rust is knocked off, but it's getting there," said Rose, who missed the final 71 games of last season with a torn meniscus after missing all of the previous campaign recovering from a torn knee ligament. Rose -- the 2011 NBA MVP -- scored 13 points with five assists in his long awaited regular-season return and off-season acquisition Gasol putting up 21 points with 11 rebounds. Karlberg takes early CIMB Classic lead Sweden's Rikard Karlberg sunk seven birdies for a seven-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead in the first-round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, while Spanish star Sergio Garcia lurked four shots back. American defending champion Ryan Moore turned in six birdies of his own to lead a pack of golfers just three strokes off Karlberg's pace on 68. Karlberg had five birdies on the front nine at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and cemented his lead with two more on the final two holes. World number four Sergio Garcia, the highest-ranked golfer in the field, was in striking distance after entering the clubhouse with a three-under 69. China specialist Levy leads in wet Shanghai SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Frenchman Alexander Levy continued his love affair with China's golf courses by kicking off the European Tour's Final Series with a seven-under-par 65 to lead after the first round of the BMW Masters. Levy, who won the Tour's China Open in April, fired seven birdies in a bogey-free round to lead by one at Lake Malaran from Argentine Emiliano Grillo, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and another Frenchman, Romain Wattel. ... No fairytale ending to Royals' Cinderella story By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - There was no happy ending to Kansas City's storybook season after the Royals lost 3-2 in Game Seven of the World Series, and while they exceeded expectations simply by reaching Wednesday's finale, manager Ned Yost found the narrow loss hard to swallow. The endearing upstarts, who last reached the playoffs in 1985 when they went on to win the Fall Classic, had the tying run at third base in the bottom of the ninth against San Francisco but could not bring Alex Gordon home. ... Bumgarner rides to the rescue for World Series win By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants rode workhorse left-hander Madison Bumgarner all the way to their third World Series crown in five years with a Game Seven victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Ace starter Bumgarner worked his magic as a reliever this time, coming out of the bullpen to throw five shutout innings and earn the save in a 3-2 win that clinched the best-of-seven Fall Classic. It was the eighth World Series title for the Giants and third in five seasons after victories in 2010 and 2012. ... Giants beat Royals for baseball World Series title Sparked by Madison Bumgarner's historic pitching performance on only two days' rest, San Francisco won their third World Series in five seasons by beating Kansas City 3-2. The Giants on Wednesday won Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final 4-3, winning their eighth overall championship and following up 2010 and 2012 titles by taking an intense winner-take-all showdown that was dramatic to the last play. Bumgarner, a 25-year-old left-hander who mystified Royals batters in winning games two and five, pitched five scoreless relief innings, striking out four while allowing only two hits and throwing 50 of his 68 pitches for strikes on career-low rest to earn unanimous Most Valuable Player honors. Bumgarner, originally credited with the game-seven win before an official scorer's change gave him only a save and handed Jeremy Affeldt the win, allowed only one run in 21 World Series innings with 17 strikeouts and only one walk. Magical Bumgarner joins World Series legends Madison Bumgarner unleashed a pitching performance for the ages that cemented his place among World Series legends and established the San Francisco Giants as a Major League Baseball dynasty. The 25-year-old left-hander, returning to the mound on a career-low two days rest after a complete-game triumph, fired five scoreless innings Wednesday to give the Giants a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in decisive game seven of the 110th World Series. Game seven," Bumgarner said. Giants ace Bumgarner named World Series MVP KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner was named the World Series Most Valuable Player after sealing the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 Game Seven victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday with five shutout innings of relief. The brilliant performance in the do-or-die game gave Bumgarner a save to go with two wins earned through dominant starts, giving him a direct hand in three wins as the Giants claimed the best-of-seven 4-3 for a third title in five years. ... Giants ride brilliant Bumgarner to World Series win By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner insisted throughout the World Series that he felt great and was eager to take the ball any time San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy asked him to pitch. The 25-year-old ace starter was called upon for a third time in the series in Game Seven on Wednesday, closing out the Giants' clinching victory over the Kansas City Royals with five innings of shutout relief. ... List of World Series MVP winners (Reuters) - List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball's World Series. 2014 - Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 - David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 - Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 - David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 - Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 - Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 - Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 - Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 - David Eckstein (St. ... Factbox: World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner (Reuters) - A brief look at San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 World Series on Wednesday: - Born: Aug. 1, 1989, in Hickory, North Carolina and grew up nearby in a log house in an area nicknamed "Bumville" because it had so many families there named Bumgarner. - The 6-foot-5 (1.96 m) left-hander was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft, the 10th player taken overall. - Won the South Atlantic League triple crown in 2008, leading the Class A league in wins, earned run average and strikeouts. ... NBA's Sacramento Kings break ground on new stadium After a decade of uncertainty, the NBA's Sacramento Kings broke ground Wednesday on a new stadium that Indian owner Vivek Ranadive vowed would be a state-of-the-art showpiece. He and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson -- a former NBA player who championed the team's place in the city -- scooped up ceremonial shovels full of dirt to mark the start of construction on the downtown arena scheduled to open in 2016. "Today is about more than just digging shovels into the ground -- it's about celebrating the start of a new era for this city, the Sacramento Kings and the entire region," Ranadive said. Backers say the project will serve as a major catalyst for economic development for the Sacramento region, generating an estimated 4,000 permanent jobs, 1.6 million new annual visitors to downtown and $11.5 billion in regional economic impact over the next 35 years. National Football League roundup (The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and team owner Jerry Jones agreed Wednesday that Romo's availability for Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals will be based on his pain tolerance. "That part has never been an issue, but we've got to wait and see," Romo said. "It will be about your ability to be productive in some fashion. That part of it we will continue to evaluate." Romo suffered what team officials described as a back contusion on a third-quarter sack in Monday night's 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. ... National Basketball Association roundup (The Sports Xchange) - LeBron James and team owner Dan Gilbert, both commenting on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener, are on the same page about their relationship with the same common goal in mind. "I think it's really good," James said Wednesday when asked about his relationship with the Cavs owner. Gilbert described their relationship as "very good, very solid." Their relationship turned cold four years ago when James left Cleveland for Miami. ... Lakers lose injured rookie Randle for season Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken right leg and will likely miss the rest of the NBA season, the team said. "Randle is expected to make a full recovery, although it is anticipated that he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season," the Lakers said in a statement posted on their website. It was a bitter start to the season for the Lakers, who saw Randle go down with a broken tibia as they were beaten 108-90 by the Houston Rockets on opening night. Randle, the seventh overall pick in the NBA entry draft in June, was playing in his first regular-season game and went down hard after a drive to the lane with less than seven minutes left in the contest. NBA player pleads guilty in Michigan domestic assault (Reuters) - Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor domestic assault in connection with his arrest in September at a Michigan hotel, a county prosecutor's office said. Under a deal with prosecutors, Taylor, 25, also pleaded guilty in an East Lansing, Michigan, courtroom to misdemeanor malicious destruction of property. A charge of assault and battery was dropped, prosecutors said. Taylor was taken into custody at an East Lansing hotel early on Sept. 25, police said at the time. They did not release details of the incident. ... World Series decider captivates host city By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Buses roll through the downtown streets alternating their destination with the message "Go Royals" -- the same rousing chant that took over Pizza Bar near closing time in the Power & Light district. Nearly three decades of frustration for baseball fans in Kansas City has faded with the Cinderella story of the Royals, who have taken the San Francisco Giants to a deciding Game Seven of the World Series. ... Man who vanished from Denver NFL game said he 'had his fill of football' By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A man who vanished during a National Football League game in Denver last week only to be found safe days later told police afterward that he had had his "fill of football" and had wanted to go somewhere warmer, authorities said on Wednesday. Paul Kitterman made national headlines this week when his family and friends asked the public for help in finding the 53-year-old who failed to return to his seat after halftime of the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game last Thursday. ... Wheelchair basketball gives new hope to disabled Afghan women They have lost limbs to landmines and been disabled by mortar shrapnel, but Afghanistan's wheelchair women basketball players refuse to call themselves victims. Clashing wheelchairs, hooting supporters and balls swishing through hoops brought a drab grey court in downtown Kabul alive Wednesday, in the final of the country's third annual competition organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). At the end of the forty minutes of play, the scoreline read Mazar-i-Sharif 26, Kabul 9 -- but for many of the athletes who took part it was also a personal triumph over years of adversity. Mariam Samimi, a member of the winning side, was just six when she stepped on undetonated ordnance in her native northern province of Balkh, blowing off her toes. Royals blank Giants to force baseball World Series title showdown Kansas City forced a one-game showdown for the World Series title by blanking San Francisco 10-0, combining 15 hits with an overpowering performance by rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura. The 23-year-old Dominican right-hander surrendered only three hits over seven shutout innings in a must-win situation Tuesday, while Royals batters tagged the Giants for seven runs on eight hits in the second inning and cruised from there to level Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final at 3-3 and force a title-deciding matchup Wednesday. "When this thing started, I really hoped we could play seven just for the experience and the thrill of it and we're here," said Royals manager Ned Yost. Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie, game three's winning pitcher, will open against game three loser Tim Hudson in a battle of right-handed starting pitchers. London American football franchise could earn UK £100m - report London (AFP) - The establishment of an American football franchise in London could generate over £100 million ($162 million) a year for the British economy, according to a report published by financial analysts Deloitte on Wednesday. Garcia and Reed to face off Malaysia A resurgent Sergio Garcia goes toe-to-toe with US Ryder Cup sensation Patrick Reed at the CIMB Classic beginning Thursday, as reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel looks to lift his game to an even higher level in the Malaysian event. Garcia, who will be paired with Reed, is enjoying some of his best form in years at 34. Along with England's Lee Westwood, Garcia and the 24-year-old Reed comprise the premier trio for the first two rounds when they tee off together at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC). Reed was a revelation in the Ryder Cup where, along with fellow young playing partner Jordan Spieth, he was a rare bright spot for the United States in another humbling loss to Europe. Spurs kick off title defence by edging Mavericks The San Antonio Spurs picked up right where they left off, collecting their championship rings before beginning their title defence Tuesday with a 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs, despite their superb record in ring ceremony games, needed every minute of the contest to hold off their Texas-state rivals, who gave them their most difficult challenge of last year's playoffs. "We moved the ball much better in the second half," said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who came off the bench to score 20 points in one of three opening-night NBA contests. The Spurs rolled to their fifth NBA title in June by dismantling the LeBron James-led Miami Heat. Indicators shift to Royals in decisive Game Seven By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Probability swung in favor of the Cinderella Kansas City Royals after the American League champions routed the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Tuesday to force a deciding Game Seven in the World Series. While the underdog Royals are seeking their first Major League Baseball crown in 29 years against a Giants team looking for a third title in five years, trends favor Kansas City, who will be hosting the Giants in Wednesday's deciding game. ... Royals force deciding Game Seven with 10-0 rout By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals got an inspired outing from pitcher Yordano Ventura and woke from their hitting slumber to rout the San Francisco Giants 10-0 and send the World Series to a decisive Game Seven on Tuesday. After a 162-game regular season and three rounds of postseason, the Major League Baseball championship will come down to one game with the Giants chasing a third title in five years and the Royals looking to end a 29-year drought. The Royals entered the contest trailing the best-of-seven-series 3-2 and had not scored a run in 15 innings. ... Lakers rookie Randle breaks leg in NBA debut Injury woes mounted for the Los Angeles Lakers as rookie forward Julius Randle broke his leg in his first National Basketball Association game. With just under seven minutes to play in a blowout 108-90 Houston Rockets win Tuesday night, Randle fell hard after a drive to the lane, breaking his tibia, the Lakers announced. The Lakers, who lost Kobe Bryant to injury for all but six games of last season, had already been hit with injuries even before Randle got hurt. Future hall of famer Steve Nash is expected to miss the entire season, possibly ending his career with a back injury. Giants ace Bumgarner ready for short-rest action Madison Bumgarner will not start Wednesday's deciding seventh game of the World Series, but the San Francisco star lefthander who has twice baffled Kansas City batters could play a key role. Right-handed pitchers Tim Hudson of the Giants and Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals will open the one-game showdown for Major League Baseball's crown after Kansas City routed the Giants 10-0 Tuesday to level the best-of-seven final at three wins each. Former NBA player suffers racial abuse in Australia MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former NBA player Josh Childress of the United States has shut down his Twitter account after being subject to racial abuse for flooring an opponent during a local league match in Australia. The 31-year-old Childress, who plays for Sydney Kings in Australia's National Basketball League, was suspended for one game for unduly rough play after rushing at and striking Perth Wildcats forward Jesse Wagstaff with his forearm in an ugly incident during a game on Saturday. ... Baseball star Ventura dedicates shutout win to Taveras Even as he pitched in a must-win game of the World Series, Yordano Ventura's thoughts were never far from Oscar Taveras on the day his friend was buried. Ventura scattered three hits and struck out four over seven shutout innings Tuesday to spark the Kansas City Royals over San Francisco 10-0 and level Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final at three wins each. The 23-year-old Dominican rookie right-hander dedicated his victory to Taveras, the 22-year-old St. Louis Cardinals outfielder who died Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic and who was buried just hours before the game in his homeland. "If he was still here, I would for sure be talking to him and he would be very happy for me and very proud," Ventura said through a translator. Royals winner Ventura dedicates gem to Taveras By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Yordano Ventura wrote tributes to his late friend Oscar Taveras on his cap, glove and shoes and then made Game Six a night to remember as the Kansas City Royals kept their Cinderella dream going on Tuesday. Dedicating the game to fellow-Dominican Taveras, one of baseball's top prospects who died Sunday at age 22 in a car accident back home, Ventura hurled seven innings of three-hit ball in a 10-0 victory that forced a deciding Game Seven. ... Rose targets career-high ranking at BMW Masters golf Justin Rose has set his sights on a career-high ranking of world number two over the final events of the year as he headlines a weakened field at the BMW Masters from Thursday. The Englishman can further his claims in Shanghai after fifth-ranked Henrik Stenson pulled out, joining world number one Rory McIlroy on the sidelines. "I'm not sure I can catch Rory, I haven't really done the maths 100 percent," Rose told AFP at Lake Malaren Golf Club on Wednesday. Spurs edge Mavs in San Antonio to open title defense (Reuters) - The San Antonio Spurs raised their championship banner then elevated their game when it mattered to edge the Dallas Mavericks 101-100 in a season-opening win on Tuesday. Tony Parker swished a three-pointer to give the Spurs a one-point lead with about a minute to go and the reigning champions celebrated last season's success with a triumph in front of their home crowd. Dallas had a chance to crash the San Antonio party but Chandler Parsons missed a three-pointer in the last seconds and their final full-court heave misfired. ... Man who disappeared from NFL game in Denver found safe By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A man who went missing during a National Football League game in Denver last week has been found safe in a southern Colorado city, police said on Tuesday. Paul Kitterman, 53, had been unaccounted for since halftime of the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game at Sports Authority Field last Thursday. Denver Police said late Tuesday that Kitterman was located in Pueblo, Colorado, roughly 115 miles (185 km) from where he disappeared. "Mr. Kitterman was found unharmed outside of Denver. ... Ex-baseball player Canseco accidentaly shoots own hand: reports Los Angeles (AFP) - Former Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco -- a World Series winner and admitted steroid user -- accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning a gun, US media reported. WRHL 2014-10-30T12:58:33Z