CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin's crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith to a one-year deal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In one of their craziest scouting experiences, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal with a 24-year-old pitching prospect who has thrown 100 mile per hour fastballs but has never been drafted.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain plans to meet with specialist Dr. James Andrews this week to get a second opinion on his injured elbow.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted to approve a 10-year lease extension to keep the Athletics in Oakland.
The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former UFC champion Anderson Silva will return to the octagon Jan. 31 against Nick Diaz in Las Vegas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After getting swept in a three-game home series to the Los Angeles Dodgers to fall out of first place in the NL West, the San Francisco Giants turned to their hottest pitcher to help wash away their woes.
HOUSTON (AP) - It all fell apart for Oakland starter Jesse Chavez in a very brief span.
NAPA (AP) - Menelik Watson's rookie season proved to be mostly a waste.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn't mad at David Ortiz.
After missing targets at the start of free agency, the Sacramento Kings finally filled out their backcourt Friday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks signed veteran forward Joel Ward to a three-year contract Friday.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia. (AP) - With the title match looming, Abby Wambach isn't mincing words.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick in his return from a suspension for a confrontation with a referee, Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal and the United States routed Guatemala 4-0 Friday night in an exhibition ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
LONDON (AP) - Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.
As the Tour de France drew near, Jonathan Vaughters was still poring over power outputs and training results, trying to determine the nine riders that he would send to represent Cannondale-Garmin at the start line in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
DALLAS (AP) - DeAndre Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent center.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car crash at Daytona International Speedway, where he returned Friday for the first time since he was injured at the track in February.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Jhonattan Vegas hasn't had much success since winning his second PGA Tour event as a rookie in 2011. The Greenbrier Classic could give him that needed boost.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.
Three-time All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates of San Diego will be suspended the first four games of the 2015 season along with New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain for violating NFL drug policies.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Brad Guzan is intent on following his disappointing spring with a title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup
CHICAGO (AP) - Michael Bradley will be the U.S. captain for the CONCACAF Gold Cup rather than Clint Dempsey.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks signed former Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract Thursday and forwards John McCarthy, Bryan Lerg and Micheal Haley to one-year deals.
ST.LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals said Thursday they have fired scouting director Chris Correa, the first known fallout from the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into whether the team illegally got inside the player personnel database of the Houston Astros.