Pirates' Volquez faces Bumgarner, Giants

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.

During his brief session with Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage on that January day at the team's training facility in Florida, the talented but erratic right-hander listened as Searage outlined a plan to help the 31-year-old regain the form that once made him an All-Star.

"He felt wanted," Searage said. "That builds trust."

McIlroy voted PGA Tour player of year

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) One incredible month of golf was enough for Rory McIlroy to be voted PGA Tour player of the year.

The award was announced on Wednesday and surprised no one. McIlroy won the award, which is a vote of PGA Tour members, for the second time in three years. (MORE)

Phelps failed breathalyzer, other tests

BALTIMORE (AP) Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation, according to charging documents released Wednesday.

The legal limit for intoxication in Maryland is .08. (MORE)

Cards' Wacha in bullpen to start NLDS

ST. LOUIS (AP) Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen for the start of the NL Division Series.

It did not come as a surprise. (MORE)

Panthers' Alexander banned 10 more games

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The NFL has announced Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended an additional 10 games after violating the league's substance abuse policy again.

The league made the announcement on Wednesday. (MORE)

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