Tuesday’s Sports In Brief


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) An inside-the-park home run. A power failure that blacked out the TV audience. Crazy bounces, great plays and key errors.

The longest World Series opener ever had a little bit of everything. And more than five hours after they began, Alcides Escobar and the Kansas City Royals also had just enough energy to outlast the New York Mets.

Saved by Alex Gordon’s tying home run in the ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia, the Royals won in the 14th when Escobar dashed home on Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly for a 5-4 win.

This tied for longest Series game ever and ended at 12:18 a.m. From the get-go, it was wild and weird.

Escobar hit an inside-the-parker on the very first pitch from Matt Harvey. Later, that power problem caused fans and the team’s replay rooms to go dark.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Jason Pierre-Paul and the New York Giants have agreed to a one-year contract more than three months after the defensive end’s right index finger was amputated following a fireworks accident in Florida.

Pierre-Paul met with the team over the past two days and was given the OK to play by team doctors. A new contract had to be negotiated because the Giants were not willing to have him sign the franchise tender that was offered before the July 4 accident.

Under that deal, Pierre-Paul would have made $871,000 per game. That was too steep of a paycheck for the Giants since they are not sure how well he will be able to perform with the injury.

The new deal is believed to be loaded with incentives.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A loud and often rowdy crowd greeted NFL executives as St. Louis Rams fans at a public hearing made their case for keeping the team in Missouri amid talk of a relocation.

About 1,500 people, many wearing Rams jerseys, stood and chanted ”St. Louis Rams!” as NFL executives walked onto the Peabody Opera House stage. The crowd cheered when Dave Peacock, co-leader of the effort to build a new riverfront stadium in St. Louis, was briefly introduced. Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff received scattered boos.

The league is hosting three meetings as part of the process to decide which team or teams get to relocate to the Los Angeles area, the nation’s second-largest market, which has been without a franchise since the Rams moved to St. Louis in 1995.

With the Rams at the bottom of the league in home attendance and without a winning record since 2003, owner Stan Kroenke wants to move to a new $1.8 billion stadium in suburban L.A. The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders also want to move to Los Angeles. Similar hearings are Wednesday in San Diego and Thursday in Oakland.

CLEVELAND (AP) – NFL investigators spoke to the police officers who questioned Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel following an in-car argument with his girlfriend.

The league is looking into whether Manziel violated its personal conduct policy. A dispatcher for the Avon, Ohio, police said Tuesday that the investigators visited last week with the officers who questioned Manziel on Oct. 12.

His girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, told police that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner hit her ”several times” and pushed her head into a car window when the couple quarreled on an interstate highway. Witnesses also said Manziel was speeding when he drove on a shoulder to pass several cars before veering across several lanes to exit.

Manziel, who has an interview scheduled with the league this week, cooperated with police and was not arrested. The couple was allowed to leave the scene together.

HOUSTON (AP) – Ryan Mallett finally ran out of chances in Houston and was released by the Texans.

The Texans released the quarterback after he missed the team’s charter flight to Florida this past weekend.

They announced the decision on Tuesday and also placed Arian Foster on injured reserve, a day after coach Bill O’Brien said he would miss the rest of the season with an Achilles tendon injury.

The 27-year-old Mallett said he missed the flight because of traffic and he took a commercial flight to meet the team in Miami, where the team was blown out 44-26 and fell to 2-5.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is still experiencing symptoms caused by complications following back surgery this summer and isn’t sure when he will resume his duties on the bench.

The second-year coach of the defending NBA champions has been on a leave of absence since having issues during the first week of training camp, including headaches and fatigue. He was on hand at Oracle Arena for Tuesday night’s championship banner raising and ring ceremony as part of pregame festivities and planned to watch the game from the locker room.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks say the planned opening of their new downtown arena will be delayed by a year.

The team hoped to have the arena ready by the start of the 2017-2018 NBA season. But the Bucks said Tuesday their construction schedule now targets an opening for the 2018-2019 season.

Team spokesman Jake Suski says the earlier date ”simply isn’t realistic.”

The NBA had threatened to move the team if a new arena wasn’t built by 2017. But an NBA spokesman said Tuesday that the league is ”comfortable with the revised timetable.”

The Bucks now play in the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) – The gap is becoming a canyon. No matter the stakes, the year or the young women with the USA patch on their shimmering leotards, there is the gymnastics’ powerhouse constructed and relentlessly maintained by national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and there is everybody else.

And it’s not close. Not really close to close.

The U.S. is so steady and so deep at the moment its competitions feel more like exhibitions. The world championship the Americans won on Tuesday night appeared so easy they were more focused on Karolyi’s approval up in the stands than whatever scores the judges felt like handing out.

The U.S. won its third consecutive world title by delivering four pressure-resistant rotations around pink-clad SSE Hydro, putting up a total of 181.338, more than five points clear of China and surprise bronze medalist Britain, a blowout in a sport where the differences are often measured in fractions.