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Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, right, defends Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

“I think we can be good — we can be really, really good,” Matthews said. “I think we deserve to be talked (about) as contenders in the West. I really believe that.”

Florida Panthers assistant coaches John Madden, back left, and Mike Kelly, back right, restrain head coach Gerard Gallant as he yells at officials after Colorado Avalanche scored two, power-play goals in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

“We want an easy game, and until we’re going to want to compete at the level we were last year then we’re going to struggle,” coach Patrick Roy said. “We’re not sharp mentally, we’re making bad decisions. Yeah, we battled back and I’m very happy about that, but we need to play 60 minutes.”

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jamie Squire, Pool)

“They’ve obviously been on a great run. You don’t get here without that,” Bumgarner said. “I think our team is concentrating on what they need to do, not what the Royals are doing.”

FILE - In this June 14, 2013, file photo, Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez tips his hat to the dugout after his ninth-inning RBI double off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney during a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Nobody seems to know when the tradition of doffing one’s hat began, though most historians date the practice to the days when bowlers and boaters were in vogue. Nobody seems to know when the Royals picked up the tradition, either. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

“I think it started about halfway through the year,” said left fielder Alex Gordon, whose jarring catch at the wall in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series not only left him bruised and battered, but also got him a stadium full of hat tips.

Oscar Pistorius is hugged by his coach Ampie Louw, right, at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius was sentenced to five years imprisonment by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cited the “gross negligence” the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, New Zealand's singer-songwriter Lorde answers questions from the press in Mexico City, Mexico. The popular song “Royals” by Lorde is getting caught up in the fervor over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. Two San Francisco radio stations say they won’t play the song during the duration of the World Series. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell,File)

“A few angry San Franciscans who don’t have a song called ‘Giants’ won’t rain on our parade,” Tony Lorino, program director of KZPT in Kansas City, said in a statement on the station’s website.

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