Rising star: Indians' Ramirez blossoms into MVP candidate

CLEVELAND (AP) — Start with his stocky, stubby body that's out of place among the chiseled physiques in a major league clubhouse. Jose Ramirez is built like someone on your softball team.

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  • Written by By TOM WITHERS , AP Sports Writer

Louisville board OKs firing of Pitino in hoops scandal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville's interim president was authorized Monday to fire Rick Pitino because of a federal bribery investigation, a scandal that has shaken the university and brought down one of the most prominent coaches in college basketball.

  • Written by By GARY B. GRAVES , AP Sports Writer

Chiefs' Smith shines again in win over Redskins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith has earned plenty of detractors over the course of his career, getting labeled as a "game manager" and a quarterback who is unable to lead his team when the pressure is on.

  • Written by By JORDAN WOLF , Associated Press