FOR THREE DECADES THE ROYALS WANDERED IN THE BASEBALL DESERT, LOSING MORE GAMES THAN ANY OTHER CLUB. THE DROUGHT IS OVER, THE RESULT OF A NEW MODEL FOR HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED, THOUGH ONE THAT IS NOT EASILY REPLICATED
Yost Toast Royals catcher Salvador Perez delivered a liquid tribute to manager Ned Yost after a 7--2, 12-inning victory over the Mets in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday. The win was, typically, a come-from-behind job—Kansas City trailed 2--0 entering the ninth, then rallied for the eighth time in the postseason—and it clinched the second championship in franchise history, the first since 1985. Perez, who hit .364, was named the Series MVP (page 24).
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Riding Into History Victor Espinoza guided American Pharoah to a 6½-length win last Saturday in the final race of the colt's brilliant career, the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland Race Course (Point After). The victory took place just 70 miles from Churchill Downs, where Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby in May, the first leg of what would be the first Triple Crown since 1978. The horse, who was sold to an Irish stud farm shortly before the Derby, will begin his stallion career in 2016.
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Breakup Artist Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) nearly picked off a pass intended for Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) on Sunday during Seattle's 13--12 win in Arlington, Texas. Dallas wideout Terrance Williams (83) sported a toothy mouth guard, but it was the Seahawks' D that had the most bite. Sherman & Co. allowed just 91 passing yards—and 220 total—to help even the team's record at 4--4.