Volquez sharp as Royals beat Blue Jays 5-0 in ALCS opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Edinson Volquez planned to pitch the Toronto Blue Jays inside in Game 1 of their American League Championship Series, just as he did during their contentious series earlier this season.

  • Written by DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer

Lamar Odom regains consciousness, family and friends say

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lamar Odom has regained consciousness, and he is communicating — speaking and even giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed — just days after being found in extremely critical condition at a Nevada brothel, loved ones said.

  • Written by SALLY HO, Associated Press BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

Steele takes 2-shot lead into weekend at Silverado

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — During his three-week offseason, Brendan Steele spent more time playing golf than practicing. That included some casual rounds with his buddies in which Steele was the one reaching of his wallet.

  • Written by DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer