Pittsburgh Pirates first base coach Rick Sofield celebrates in the locker room after the Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in a baseball game to clinch a playoff berth, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Pittsburgh Pirates first base coach Rick Sofield celebrates in the locker room after the Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in a baseball game to clinch a playoff berth, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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PIRATES BOOK MLB PLAYOFF BERTH

Pittsburgh books a place in baseball’s playoffs by winning at Atlanta.

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=K9gcd3sM

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MCDOWELL SAYS MCILROY TOO GOOD NOW TO BE HIS PARTNER

Graeme McDowell says partnership with Rory McIlroy no longer the best fit for Ryder Cup.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0e0c1252679a40c2994288909fea9eae/mcdowell-says-foursomes-best-fit-mcilroy

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RONALDO SCORES 4 AS MADRID BEATS ELCHE

Cristiano Ronaldo scores four as Real Madrid beats Elche 5-1 in Spanish league.

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Ronaldo-s-4-goals-leads-Madrid-to-another-rout-5775438.php

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FAMILY OF EX-CHARGER SUES NFL OVER HIS SUICIDE

Family of former Chargers player Paul Oliver sues NFL for wrongful death, blaming concussions for his suicide.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/paul-olivers-family-sues-nfl-over-his-suicide/2014/09/23/73c11ea4-4393-11e4-8042-aaff1640082e_story.html

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LIVERPOOL WINS PENALTY SHOOTOUT 14-13 IN LEAGUE CUP

Liverpool wins marathon penalty shootout 14-13 to beat Middlesbrough in League Cup.

http://sports.terra.com/soccer/liverpool-advance-in-league-cup,87d02dc1ba4a8410VgnVCM4000009bcceb0aRCRD.html