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Profiles of teams in the World Series

Norway’s former world champion and double Tour de France green jersey winner Thor Hushovd will retire at the end of the season, drawing the curtain on a sparkling 15-year professional career. Hushovd, who made his professional debut in 2000 with French team Cofidis, won the world championships’ road race in 2010. A one-day race specialist with great sprinting abilities, Hushovd twice claimed the points classification green jersey on the Tour, in 2005 and 2009. He won 10 Tour de France stages and also won the points classification at the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) in 2006. The 36-year-old Hushovd won three stages on the Vuelta and one stage on the Giro d’Italia, also wearing the Tour de France yellow jersey in 2011. He was left out of his BMC team’s Tour de France roster this year. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by John O’Brien). Brief profiles of the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, who will meet in Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven World Series starting on Tuesday. – - KANSAS CITY ROYALS Manager: Ned Yost Stadium: Kauffman Stadium World Series titles: 1 (1985) 2014 regular season record: 89-73 Most home runs (regular season): 19 (Alex Gordon) Most wins by a pitcher (regular season): 14 (James Shields, Yordano Ventura) How they qualified: Secured American League Wild Card, beat Oakland Athletics in one-game wild-card showdown, beat Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in AL Division Series, beat Baltimore Orioles 4-0 in AL Championship Series. – The Athletics left Kansas City for Oakland after the 1967 season. MLB, looking to expand to 24 teams, granted Kansas City one of four expansion teams which would begin play in 1969. – Team is named after the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show and rodeo held annually in Kansas City since 1899. – Royals were competitive almost from the start, posting their first winning record in only their third year in 1971. – Reached postseason for the first time in 1976 where they lost to the New York Yankees after surrendering a three-run homer in the ninth inning of the decisive fifth game of the American League Championship Series. – Set a franchise record for wins that still stands when they went 102-60 in 1977. – Royals won the World Series in seven games against cross-state rival St. Louis in 1985, after coming back from series deficits of 2-0 and 3-1. – George Brett, who for three decades was the standard by which other hitters were judged, led Kansas City to their only World Series title and is the franchise’s only player in the Baseball Hall of Fame. – - SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Manager: Bruce Bochy Stadium: AT&T Park World Series titles: 7 (2012, 2010, *1954, *1933, *1922, *1921, *1905) 2014 regular season record: 88-74 Most home runs (regular season): 22 (Buster Posey) Most wins by a pitcher (regular season): 18 (Madison Bumgarner) How they qualified: Secured National League Wild Card, beat Pittsburgh Pirates in one-game wild-card showdown, beat Washington Nationals 3-1 in NL Division Series, beat St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 in NL Championship Series. – The Giants were the first major league team based in New York City, where they played at the legendary Polo Grounds, one of 10 ballparks they have called home throughout their history. – After a rousing extra-innings win over Philadelphia in 1885, then-manager Jim Mutrie was so overcome with emotion that he blurted out a description of his team that immediately became the franchise’s new nickname. He called them his Giants. – After 74 years in New York the Giants franchise, which was originally known as the Gothams, relocated to San Francisco for the 1958 season. – Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey and Mel Ott are widely considered among the greatest players to wear a Giants uniform. – Barry Bonds, who joined the Giants in 1993, set MLB’s record for most home runs in a single season and career but his accomplishments have been tainted by allegations of performance enhancing drugs. – The 1989 World Series between the Giants and Oakland Athletics was interrupted by the famous Loma Prieta earthquake that struck the Bay Area minutes before San Francisco was set to host Game Three. The series resumed 10 days later. – - (*) as New York Giants (Compiled by Frank Pingue in Toronto, Editing by Gene Cherry). Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat the Spanish pair of Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers 6-3 7-6(1) to win the men’s doubles title at the French Open on Saturday. They are the first Frenchmen to win the men’s doubles title since Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte prevailed in 1984. The Spaniards, seeded 12th, held until 3-3 but the 11th-seeded Frenchmen had too much variety in their shots and pulled away on Philippe Chatrier Court. « This is the best moment of my career. The match point and (hearing our anthem) La Marseillaise, was unbelievable, » Roger-Vasselin told reporters. His partner added: « Since I was 10, 11 … I would dream about playing on this court. Now I have one of the best feelings ever. » (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Pritha Sarkar).

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