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Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates driving in the game-winning run against the Cincinnati Reds in the 13th inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves won 1-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

September Madness: MLB stages 8 playoff games in 1 day

Oct. 1, 2020 2:44 AM EDT

Shortly after noon in Atlanta, Nick Senzel of the Cincinnati Reds slapped the first pitch from Max Fried to right field for a single, beginning a day of baseball unlike any that had come before. Eight postseason games, all starting in a span of around 10 hours. “This is like September Madness,”...

The Tampa Bay Rays celebrate after eliminating the Toronto Blue Jays during Game 2 of an American League wild-card baseball series Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Renfroe slam helps Rays sweep young Blue Jays in 1st round

Oct. 1, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays gathered in front of their dugout and posed for a celebratory team picture they're hoping will not be the last they take this postseason. Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam and the top-seeded Rays won a postseason series for the first time in 12 years,...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos holds the Stanley Cup before his boat launches for the NHL hockey Stanley Cup champions' Boat Parade, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 in Tampa, Fla. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Lightning celebrate Stanley Cup title with boat parade

Sep. 30, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated their Stanley Cup title with a boat parade and ceremonies Wednesday at Raymond James Stadium. The boat parade featured forward Alex Killorn on a jet-ski with Steven Stamkos riding on the back as they held up the Stanley Cup and did laps around the boats...

Tampa Bay Lighting's Victor Hedman carries the Stanley Cup while skating around Amalie Arena, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Lightning lift Stanley Cup in capping NHL's marathon season

Sep. 30, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was preparing to answer one last question regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship when teammates Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn crashed the room, putting an abrupt and celebratory end to the news conference. “Who’s next? Next question,”...

Today in History

Sep. 30, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 30, the 274th day of 2020. There are 92 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 30, 1938, after co-signing the Munich Agreement allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain...

Tampa Bay Rays' Randy Arozarena hits a triple off Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Robbie Ray during the fourth inning of Game 1 of a wild card series playoff baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Snell sharp, Margot HR, Rays beat Blue Jays 3-1 in opener

Sep. 29, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Beyond ace lefty Blake Snell, the small-market Tampa Bay Rays are light on household names. On the postseason stage, the American League’s No. 1 seed showed just where all that dominance is coming from. “Tonight was a pretty good representation of the Tampa Bay...

Michelle Winings, R.N., prepares to give Gov. Roy Cooper his flu shot at the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: UN chief cites pandemic's 'unprecedent toll'

Sep. 29, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief says the COVID-19 pandemic has taken “an unprecedent toll” especially on the economies of many developing countries and the world has not responded with “the massive and urgent support those countries and communities need.” Secretary-General...

Trump approves permit for Alaska cross-border railroad line

Sep. 29, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a permit for a proposed rail line connecting Alaska and Canada. So-called presidential permits are required for certain cross-border projects. Trump sent a tweet Friday announcing his intention to sign the permit for the A2A cross-border...

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

Sep. 29, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019. Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on...