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Giants’ opening act is a runaway hit

San Francisco batters Royals starter James Shields in opening game of the World Series, scoring three first-inning runs to back Madison Bumgarner’s gem as Kansas City’s eight-game postseason winning streak ends with a thud.

For Bochy and his friend ‘Mo’

COLUMN | Giants Manager Bruce Bochy believes in momentum — it’s ‘a beautiful thing’ — and his teams have won seven consecutive playoff series road openers.

Bumgarner’s legend grows

ON BASEBALL | Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has now made three starts in three World Series lasting 22 innings, and surrendered one measly run.

Wall not worried about knee

Wizards point guard John Wall insists he will play Wednesday against the Knicks despite tendinitis in his left knee , but Coach Randy Wittman isn’t so sure.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 10, 2014: Kaitlyn King, a senior on the University of Maryland's women's volleyball team, sits on the bus before the game against the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 10, 2014. Maryland was recently added to the Big Ten conference and is now playing some of the best teams in the country. The Terps average a couple hundred fans per home match, and now they’re traveling up to a thousand miles one way to play programs that average 2,000-4,000 fans. (Photo by Jenn Ackerman/For The Washington Post)

Going to great lengths

In Maryland’s first year in the Big Ten, perhaps none of its teams faces a greater shift than women’s volleyball.

Paul George has recovered well enough to school his dog in one-on-one

Paul George has recovered well enough to school his dog in one-on-one

The Pacer’s Instagram post shows that he is progressing well from a gruesome injury.

Well, at least SungWoo Lee got to hang out with Paul Rudd

Well, at least SungWoo Lee got to hang out with Paul Rudd

That was one of the few in-game bright spots for the Korean Royals superfan, whose talismanic presence some feel has run its course.

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For Bochy and his friend ‘Mo’

For Bochy and his friend ‘Mo’

COLUMN | Giants Manager Bruce Bochy believes in momentum — it’s ‘a beautiful thing’ — and his teams have won seven consecutive playoff series road openers.

Giants’ opening act is a runaway hit

Giants’ opening act is a runaway hit

San Francisco batters Royals starter James Shields in opening game of the World Series, scoring three first-inning runs to back Madison Bumgarner’s gem as Kansas City’s eight-game postseason winning streak ends with a thud.

Bumgarner’s legend grows

Bumgarner’s legend grows

ON BASEBALL | Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has now made three starts in three World Series lasting 22 innings, and surrendered one measly run.

What’s the deal with that Marlins fan behind home plate?

What’s the deal with that Marlins fan behind home plate?

If you’ve watched postseason baseball -- or almost any other major sporting event recently -- you’ve probably noticed Laurence Leavy.

United wins in Panama, 1-0

Conor Shanosky, a Potomac Falls graduate, scores on an accidental header to lead a team of reserves past Tauro FC, 1-0.

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No. 4 Good Counsel Tops O’Connell 1-0

No. 4 Good Counsel Tops O’Connell 1-0

Late penalty kick leads to Falcons’ sixth win in last seven matches

Late penalty kick lifts Good Counsel

Late penalty kick lifts Good Counsel

GIRLS’ SOCCER | Nicole Bautista scores from the spot to help the No. 4 Falcons past O’Connell to earn the top seed of WCAC tournament.

Sunderland players offer to reimburse their fans after 8-0 loss

Sunderland players offer to reimburse their fans after 8-0 loss

Any unclaimed refunds by fans who made the 630-mile round trip will go to charity.

Server gets ‘best tip ever’: A World Series ticket

The wife of Royals pitcher Wade Davis must have really enjoyed her meal at a Kansas City-area restaurant.

For Turgeon, silver linings at Terps media day

For Turgeon, silver linings at Terps media day

Coach remains upbeat despite the loss of Smotrycz for six weeks, says opportunities will open up for younger players.

Caps’ Kuznetsov settles in

Caps’ Kuznetsov settles in

The 22-year-old Russian’s minutes have fluctuated on the fourth line, but Capitals Coach Barry Trotz says the center is in Washington for the long haul.

Wall not worried about knee

Wall not worried about knee

Wizards point guard John Wall insists he will play Wednesday against the Knicks despite tendinitis in his left knee , but Coach Randy Wittman isn’t so sure.

Terps women brace for changes

Terps women brace for changes

Team must adjust to a new conference, a newly branded arena and significant lineup changes.

Nobody wants the Giants to win, not even Californians

Nobody wants the Giants to win, not even Californians

According to an ESPN poll, we are all Royals fans, at least for the next few days.

Novak Djokovic’s wife gives birth to baby boy, according to Serbian reports

Novak Djokovic’s wife gives birth to baby boy, according to Serbian reports

The child is a first for the world No. 1 tennis player and his wife.

Wilson playing two in Hershey; Erskine hurt

Wilson playing two in Hershey; Erskine hurt

Tom Wilson plans to rejoin the Capitals for practice next Tuesday, and could debut with Washington vs. Detroit on Oct. 29.

Kevin Durant rides a scooter AND designs underwear now

Kevin Durant rides a scooter AND designs underwear now

The NBA MVP literally rolled into a news conference Tuesday, where he seemed to be in fine spirits.

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner still gets called the N-word

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner still gets called the N-word

While many people may not be surprised to hear that this kind of racism still exists, it doesn’t make it acceptable.

Willingham relishes Series

Willingham relishes Series

Former National Josh Willingham is in the World Series for the first time in an 11-year career.

Redskins sign OLB Everette Brown

Redskins sign OLB Everette Brown

An outside linebacker spot opened up when Brian Orakpo was lost with a season-ending pectoral injury.

Palm Beach County approves funding for Nationals-Astros spring training complex but without a site

The teams have the main framework for funding for a $135-million two-team facility but don’t yet have a site in the county.

Fantasy stock watch: Vereen’s value rising

Fantasy stock watch: Vereen’s value rising

Pats RB picking up slack after injury to Stevan Ridley.

Fantasy stock watch: Frank Gore going down

Fantasy stock watch: Frank Gore going down

Niners RB seeing touches diminish.

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Sam, the first openly gay player ever to be drafted by the NFL, is a free agent for the second time this year.

Watch the Big Ten mascots dance to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

Watch the Big Ten mascots dance to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

Who knew Purdue Pete could break dance?

Going to great lengths

Going to great lengths

In Maryland’s first year in the Big Ten, perhaps none of its teams faces a greater shift than women’s volleyball.

Calvin Griffith once considered moving the Senators to San Francisco

Calvin Griffith once considered moving the Senators to San Francisco

The Nats could have beaten the Giants in moving to California.

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Maryland’s long road in Big Ten volleyball

Maryland’s long road in Big Ten volleyball

Grueling travel, intimidating crowds and top competition make the Terrapins’ inaugural season in the Big Ten both a daunting trial and a thrilling opportunity.

Redskins’ run struggles rooted in multiple causes

Redskins’ run struggles rooted in multiple causes

Despite drop in Alfred Morris’ production, Coach Jay Gruden insists the 3rd-year back can carry Redskins going forward

College football story lines

College football story lines

From Morgantown mischief to SEC envy, somehow, a top 25 always ends up winding its way southeast.

Fan in critical condition after beating during Bears tailgate

Fan in critical condition after beating during Bears tailgate

Earlier this month, a 49ers fan was hurt in an incident in Levi’s Stadium.

Key matchups for World Series Game 1

Key matchups for World Series Game 1

“Big Game” James Shields and the Royals host the Giants, who are after their third pennant in five years.

Compton may replace Polumbus at right tackle

Compton may replace Polumbus at right tackle

After using third-year pro Tom Compton in a rotation with starting right tackle Tyler Polumbus during the second half of Sunday’s win, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden is considering going with Compton full-time.

Set your expectations low for Redskins QB Colt McCoy

Set your expectations low for Redskins QB Colt McCoy

Over the past decade there have been 23 quarterbacks who have started at least 20 games in their first two years, but only McCoy didn’t get a single start in either of the following two years.

No, Tom Brady wouldn’t trade careers with TD record-setting Peyton Manning

No, Tom Brady wouldn’t trade careers with TD record-setting Peyton Manning

Well, for one thing, he’d have to give up some rings.

Slander lawsuit against Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim reinstated by New York Court of Appeals

Slander lawsuit against Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim reinstated by New York Court of Appeals

Boeheim said two former team ball boys were lying when they accused former assistant Bernie Fine of molesting them.

Daniel Snyder’s advice to Jerry Jones during losing seasons: ‘Drink a lot’

Daniel Snyder’s advice to Jerry Jones during losing seasons: ‘Drink a lot’

Jerry Jones calls Redskins owner ‘a brilliant businessman,’ and explains the origins of their friendship.

Stephanie McMahon announces sweeping change to WWE’s domestic violence policy

Stephanie McMahon announces sweeping change to WWE’s domestic violence policy

The policy changes were largely inspired by those made by the NFL, the WWE said in a statement to The Washington Post.

James Shields as ‘Big Game James’? Hardly.

James Shields as ‘Big Game James’? Hardly.

The reason the Royals’ Game 1 starter has that nickname? It rhymes. His postseason ERA: 5.19.

Matt Williams named NL Manager of the Year by Sporting News

Matt Williams named NL Manager of the Year by Sporting News

The Nationals manager was awarded the honor by his peers. The official manager of the year award is announced Nov. 11.

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Fantasy Minute: Big-play threat Golden Tate on the rise

Fantasy Minute: Big-play threat Golden Tate on the rise

Favorable matchups and injuries have players on the move. The Post's Gene Wang discusses the players to start and sit heading into this weekend's NFL games.

Zaxby’s to sponsor Heart of Dallas Bowl, adding to fried chicken’s dominance of bowl season

Zaxby’s to sponsor Heart of Dallas Bowl, adding to fried chicken’s dominance of bowl season

College football’s postseason just got that much more delicious.

Mailbag: RGIII’s recovery and chances of playing Monday

Mailbag: RGIII’s recovery and chances of playing Monday

Mike Jones answers reader questions on the quarterback’s recovery, Brian Orakpo’s future, why Alfred Morris and the running game aren’t succeeding, DeSean Jackson’s blocking and more.

Cowboys RB Demarco Murray is running his career into the ground

Cowboys RB Demarco Murray is running his career into the ground

There have been only five running backs in league history who have surpassed the 400-carry mark, and none went over 420 attempts.

Wizards to sign John Lucas III for back-court help

The journeyman point guard played in 42 games for the Utah Jazz last season.

Notes: Laich tells 106.7 about left shoulder injury

Notes: Laich tells 106.7 about left shoulder injury

Plus notes on Hershey, goaltending distribution for the Canada trip and having the Epix camera crews around.