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St. Louis Cardinals pinch runner Adron Chambers (56) celebrates his winning run as Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carlos Marmol (not pictured) throws a bases loaded wild pitch at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 2-1. Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

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SECOND SEASON

Major-league baseball playoffs begin on Friday with the opening games in both American League Divisional Series. There's still a lot to be determined before the end of the regular season on Wednesday, with both wild-card spots still up for grabs.

SOCCER SHOWDOWN

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The highest-profile match in this week's UEFA Champions League action is a Tuesday meeting between Manchester City, which shares the top spot in the English Premiership with cross-town rival Manchester United, and Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich.

TOUGH FAREWELL

The final score might be cringe-worthy, but Canada's final match at the Rugby World Cup should garner some attention. The side will be an enormous underdog against host New Zealand, considered one of the tournament favourites, on Saturday.

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