LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker won the WNBA MVP on Thursday, making her the fifth player in league history to receive the award twice.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An America's Cup that continues to see remarkable performances by fast, space-age catamarans is nonetheless plodding along because of a convergence of wind, tide and safety concerns.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Andrew Luck played quite a role in landing the 49ers' Jim Harbaugh his first NFL coaching job. Harbaugh helped pave the path to the quarterback becoming the No. 1 overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in last year's draft out of Stanford.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Reggie McKenzie heard all the preseason predictions from the pundits that had his Oakland Raiders pegged as one of the worst teams in the NFL.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Not long ago, Trent Richardson was viewed as a cornerstone for Cleveland's future.
• Former heavyweight champion Norton dies: LAS VEGAS (AP) - He was the second man to beat Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali's jaw and sending him to the hospital in their 1973 heavyweight fight.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Logan Forsythe and Rene Rivera delivered consecutive RBI singles in the ninth inning off Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon and the San Diego Padres rallied for a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Desmond Jennings had an RBI single in the 12th inning and Tampa Bay took over the top spot in the AL wild-card race by beating Texas 4-3 on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry indicated the Golden State Warriors are aiming for 50 wins this season when he said earlier this month that there's a number that "has a five in front of it" written on a whiteboard inside the team's practice facility as a goal.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes again delivered for the Athletics. Oakland's usually reliable closer let an opportunity slip away.
NEW YORK (AP) - Matt Cain is winless in three September starts despite a 1.29 ERA. That's the sort of season it's been for the San Francisco Giants and their All-Star right-hander.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Owen Marecic joined the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, signing a one-year contract two weeks after being released by the Cleveland Browns.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have that September swagger again.
NEW YORK (AP) - A big game for Angel Pagan left the San Francisco Giants lamenting where they might be in the standings if their leadoff hitter was healthy all season.
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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tim Hudson allowed four runs in the first inning and the San Francisco Giants were held to three hits in a 5-0 loss to San Diego on Friday night that dropped them 3 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run, supporting another strong outing from Jon Lester, and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Friday night to regain the top spot in the chase for AL wild cards.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals have a hard time beating San Francisco. Now they have a distraction to deal with, too.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots have been mediocre in splitting their first two games. Yet they're two-touchdown favorites on Sunday.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are stunned by their September collapse, yet stuck to find a solution.
ALAMEDA (AP) - For a player who generates so much attention from opposing defenses and gets paid handsomely by his own team, Marcel Reece somehow has become the forgotten man on the Oakland Raiders offense.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Derek Carrier's decisions to attend a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin and drop basketball for football paid off when he earned a spot on the San Francisco 49ers this season after spending most of the last two years on NFL practice squads.
ATLANTA (AP) - Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The next swing coach for Tiger Woods might be Tiger Woods.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Peterson has had the potential to be that rare post-modern NFL running back playing productively into his 30s. After that extraordinary comeback from knee reconstruction, Emmitt Smith's career rushing record became a realistic if daunting target.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chivas USA might not play in 2015 and perhaps longer, a decision that won't be made until a new owner takes over the Major League Soccer team.
PHOENIX (AP) - Someone had been to the costume shop, and Matt Duffy was about to put on faux leather boots, chaps and a pink cowboy hat to complete his travel ensemble.
Nearly 11 years after Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, a group of judges will hear arguments Thursday on whether baseball's career home-run leader should have his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out.