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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Matt Olson singled over left fielder Nicky Delmonico to drive in Marcus Semien with two outs in the 14th inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 12-11 in a wild game that lasted nearly six hours. The A's trailed 6-1, 9-4 and 10-8, then gave up a tying run in the ninth before scoring the winning run off James Shields five innings later. The teams combined for 33 hits and 18 walks in a game that lasted 5 hours and 48 minutes.
CHICAGO (AP) - The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs was called off because of wintry weather, the 25th postponement in the first three weeks of the major league season. The total matches 2007 for the most weather-related postponements through April since Major League Baseball started keeping records in 1986.
CHICAGO (AP) - Record-setting return specialist Devin Hester and running back Matt Forte will sign one-day contracts with the Chicago Bears and retire as members of the organization where they starred. The team says they will make it official at a ceremony on Monday.
(AP) - The Red Bulls were the first MLS team to provide a sensory room for young fans with autism and their families. The room that opened last year is a place of calm in a sometimes overwhelming environment. It was inspired by a similar room that the Cleveland Cavaliers have at the Q. The Red Bulls' efforts on behalf of children with autism will be highlighted in a match against the Chicago Fire, with part of the proceeds going to Autism Speaks.
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