Royals rally to reach ALDS...Bucs-Giants on tap...Raiders promote Sparano

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a walkoff single and the Royals scored twice in the bottom of the 12th to pull out a 9-8 win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card game at Kansas City. The Royals rallied from deficits of 7-3 and 8-7 before earning the right to face the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS. The A's were two outs away from victory until Eric Hosmer tripled and scored on an infield single by Christian Colon.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National League Wild Card game has the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the San Francisco Giants tonight. Edinson Volquez will start for the Bucs after going 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA this season. The Giants will counter with 18-game winner Madison Bumgarner, who has made six previous postseason starts while Volquez has appeared in just one playoff game.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have selected offensive line coach Tony Sparano to replace head coach Dennis Allen, who was fired on Monday with the team 0-4 and riding a 10-game losing streak dating to last season. Sparano previously was head coach of the Miami Dolphins, taking them to an 11-5 record and an AFC East title in his first season before compiling an 18-27 mark the next three seasons. He was let go by the Dolphins following a 4-9 start in 2011.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Linebacker Robert Mathis has agreed to a new contract with the Indianapolis Colts through the 2016 season. Mathis is the Colts' career leader in sacks and set a single-season franchise record with 19 1/2 sacks last season. He was suspended for the first four games of this season after violating the NFL's the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, and then sustained a season-ending torn Achilles' tendon.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has voted to end the decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked out on local TV. The rule was originally adopted to help boost ticket sales in the 1970s, but the commission says the rule is now outdated and unnecessary. The NFL would still be able to privately negotiate its own rules with cable and satellite companies that would not have the backing of the federal government.

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