SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A Sacramento fire official said budget cuts are in part to blame for the spread of a fire in a city neighborhood.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Athletics used pitching to get into the wild-card race. Their hitters are helping keep them there.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two lawmakers on Wednesday requested a detailed audit to determine whether the state has spent mental health funding from a 2004 ballot initiative the way voters intended.
- Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Olympic beach volleyball gold medal, beating April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in an all-American final. The Athens, Beijing and now London gold medalists have never lost a match at the Olympics. They won in straight sets, 21-16, 21-16. It was the Olympic farewell for May-Treanor.
LONDON (AP) - Katie Taylor's biggest rival believes the Irish lightweight boxer gets much more help than she needs from referees, judges and even the highest levels of the amateur sport.
LONDON (AP) - Misty May-Treanor danced on the sand and then off it, leaving Horse Guards Parade with Kerri Walsh Jennings and a third gold medal.
LONDON (AP) - No more heartbreak for Allyson Felix. No more silver, either.
LONDON (AP) - After Ashton Eaton's big first day in the Olympic decathlon, he was far more interested in sleep.
LONDON (AP) - Usain Bolt slowed coming around the bend, looked to his left and saw his lead shrinking.
LONDON (AP) - For the third straight Olympics, the United States faces Argentina in the semifinals of the men's basketball tournament.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Cory Nelms ran off the field in the middle of the San Francisco 49ers' practice Wednesday to go watch television. Don't worry, he had special permission.
You say potato, I say pot-ah-toe ... chip. And that's just the start of it.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - In a twist of irony, many visitors to August's Republican National Convention will travel between their hotels and the downtown event on a busy road named to honor President John F. Kennedy, a Democrat.
How many couples do we all know who gave up the fun car when the first kid came along?
LONDON (AP) - There was no mystery as to which team Varun Pemmaraju was supporting: His American flag was tied around his neck, the Stars and Stripes floating like a cape behind him.
There's a photo-word montage on the Internet in which a little boy, presumably from Africa, looks skeptically at a woman who is apparently from somewhere else. The boy asks, "You mean to tell me you have so much clean water, that you (poop) in it?"
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers made an impromptu visit to Steve Kerr's office last week and couldn't stop staring at the walls.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Wilhoite knows he had important shoes to fill whenever he takes the field.
ANAHEIM (AP) Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton says he's feeling better and is ready for the playoffs later this week.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.
NEW YORK (AP) - There was no change in the top three spots in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Dustin Brown snapped a tie 44 seconds into the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in an NHL preseason game on Tuesday night.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Brittney Griner was a little surprised.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers are heading into the postseason healthier than they were a year ago, and they hope it holds up.
WASHINGTON (AP) - About a half-hour before game time on the days Stephen Strasburg starts at home for the Washington Nationals, he emerges from the dugout and walks along the right-field line with pitching coach Steve McCatty, hearing cheers from spectators along the way.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers will start this postseason just like last year's: Max Scherzer in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Game 2.