RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - In the buildup to the World Cup, the Brazilian football catchphrase of "Jogo Bonito" - The Beautiful Game - was drowned out by the bangs of frantic construction work and the shouts of angry protesters. Not now.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - From their low moment in the NBA Finals, back to the top of the league.
RIO DE JANERIO (AP) - A breathtaking last-gasp goal; a first for goal-line technology; happy and cheering fans. What else could the World Cup want? Oh yes, a stunning goal by Lionel Messi for Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Martin Kaymer returned to the elite in golf with a U.S. Open victory that ranks among the best.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim McLean has coached child prodigies at his golf schools around the world for decades, so he thought he had seen just about every kind of young hopeful out there.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - In the final seconds of his first victory at Michigan International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson could finally relax a bit.
LE MANS, France (AP) - Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer overcame turbocharger problems to drive Audi to its 13th title at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday.
HALLE, Germany (AP) - Roger Federer delivered a statement of intent for Wimbledon on Sunday by winning the grass-court Gerry Weber Open for the seventh time.
LONDON (AP) - Grigor Dimitrov saved a match point to defeat Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (8), 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6) Sunday and win the grass court tournament at Queen's Club, a warm-up event for Wimbledon.
COURCHEVEL, France (AP) - American rider Andrew Talansky was the surprise winner of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday as he held off two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador after a gripping finale on the eighth stage.
OAKLAND (AP) - Carlos Beltran rediscovered his power stroke. One inning later, the Yankees slugger forgot how many outs there were.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Justin Morneau came to the plate in the eighth inning with one thought in mind: just see the ball and hit it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alec Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night.
SAO PAULO (AP) - One day when Nick Rimando was at World Cup training camp last month in Northern California, his two children opened a lemonade stand back home in Salt Lake City to support their father and U.S. soccer.
NEW YORK (AP) - Television viewership of the World Cup's opening game in the United States was up 8 percent over 2010, due to increased interest in ESPN's English-language telecast.
When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he'll be the first player enshrined following Tommy John surgery.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Although the Los Angeles Angels' season hasn't been particularly good, it has been interesting in a lot of bad ways.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start.
LONDON (AP) - On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand - and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket.
MIAMI (AP) - Matt Cain's season debut Thursday came without the hype or souvenir masks accompanying the return of his counterpart, Jose Fernandez.
OAKLAND (AP) - Scott Kazmir wanted to establish control of the inner half of the plate early on. From there, it was just a matter of commanding his pitches, expanding the zone and keeping the hitters off balance.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum filed suit Wednesday against Al Haymon and his financial backers, claiming they are violating federal law by acting as illegal promoters and monopolizing fighters and venues for fights.
Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.
LONDON (AP) - Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition.
ANAHEIM, (AP) - For 3 1/2 years, general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia managed to survive disputes and reconciliations in their arranged marriage with the Los Angeles Angels.
MONTREAL (AP) - It used to be that the U.S. women's national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women's World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - The pressure is off now that Japan gets the opportunity to defend its Women's World Cup championship.
SAN JOSE,.(AP) - After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003, the San Jose Sharks went into the offseason with a clear focus on becoming tougher defensively.
MIAMI (AP) - Justin Bour found a way to end the Miami Marlins' flurry of double-play grounders Wednesday night - by hitting the ball over the fence.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - No need to seek out an offer sheet in restricted free agency. Draymond Green is coming back to the Golden State Warriors on his own terms.