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Fatima's Bunch ties state hit record

Sammey Bunch hit a home run and a single hit to tie the state record for most hits in a single season Thursday in Fatima’s 8-0 semifinal win against New Bloomfield in the Class 2 District 10 tournament.

Prep Softball: Top seeds advance in Class 2 District 5 Tourney

Second-seeded Dixon defeated third-seeded Vienna 10-4 in Class 2 District 5 play Thursday. Iberia pitcher Jordan Lawson hit a walk-off home run to lift her team to a 10-0, six-inning win over Cuba.

Middle School Volleyball: Thomas Jefferson falls

ROLLA — The Thomas Jefferson seventh-grade teams dropped a twinbill Thursday night to Rolla.

Lackey has been a steal for Cards

John Lackey has been quite the bargain for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Johnson catches two TDs as Colts beat Texans

Andre Johnson had two touchdown catches against his former team to help the Indianapolis Colts beat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday night.

No. 11 Florida getting solid play from O-line

Florida coach Jim McElwain didn’t really want to look back.

St. Louis police to increase security for baseball playoffs

Baseball fans converging on the city’s downtown for the playoffs series between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs can expect a beefed-up police presence, St. Louis’ police chief pledged Thursday, two weeks after a shooting near Busch Stadium left a fan unable to walk and spawned unease about downtown safety.

Molina on Cardinals' playoff roster

All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is on the St. Louis Cardinals’ roster for the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs and will play wearing a splint to protect a strained ligament in his left thumb.

Long-suffering Cubs fans cling to title aspirations

Living in a nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, 82-year-old Edith Heath knows something about faith.

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McHugh pitches Astros to 5-2 win over Royals to open ALDS

The Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching from Collin McHugh and stingy defense behind him for a 5-2 victory in the opener of their AL Division Series.

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Fabbri gets tiebreaker in 3rd as Blues beat Oilers, McDavid

Rookie Robby Fabbri scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to help the St. Louis Blues beat Edmonton 3-1 Thursday night, spoiling Oilers rookie Connor McDavid's NHL debut.

Thursday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Oct. 8, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period after Boston came within one goal, and the Winnipeg Jets opened the season with a 6-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night.

Thursday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Oct. 8, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson won the only match that reached the 18th hole Thursday, the final touch on another dominant day for the Americans in the Presidents Cup.

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Chirinos 2-run homer leads Rangers over Blue Jays 5-3

A big day by the bottom of Texas' batting order helped the Rangers overcome an injury to slugger Adrian Beltre in the start of their postseason run.

Goodell, owners expect future vote on L.A. relocation

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expects owners will vote on franchise relocation to Los Angeles.

Rams enjoy breakout game from rookie running back Gurley

The Rams have been trying to get their run game going and have been waiting to see what first-round pick Todd Gurley can do.

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Royals, Astros have much in common as they begin ALDS

When the Houston Astros had recorded the final out in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, they flooded onto the field in a wild celebration, all their years of losing finally a memory.

Carpenter’s career-high 28 homers boost Cardinals offense

Matt Carpenter really muscled up this season. The St. Louis Cardinals leadoff man hit 28 homers, more than his first three major league seasons combined.

Puig says he’s on Dodgers’ playoff roster for NLDS

Yasiel Puig says he was told he’s on the playoff roster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who haven’t revealed their 25-man squad for the upcoming NL Division Series.

Vienna defeats Bourbon in district tourney matchup

Third-seeded Vienna defeated Bourbon 22-1 on Wednesday in Class 2 District 5 tournament play.