MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Ryan Dempster got off to a rough start last year and never recovered in one of his worst seasons with the Chicago Cubs.
PHOENIX (AP) - His first time up to bat for the Angels, Albert Pujols hit an RBI double.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Love had 39 points and 17 rebounds to carry the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 95-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Zybnek Michalek and Chris Kunitz scored three minutes apart in the first period, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Monday night for their sixth straight victory.
PHOENIX (AP) - After watching the YouTube promotional video of the five-tool outfielder with a sculpted body and freakish athleticism, the Oakland Athletics were eager to see Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes up close.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Rory McIlroy was six holes away from winning the Honda Classic and going to No. 1 in the world, an outcome that looked inevitable as he stood on the 13th green Sunday at PGA National.
PHOENIX (AP) - If his spring training debut was any indication, earplugs might come in handy for Ryan Braun this season.
PHOENIX (AP) - Steve Nash had 19 points, Marcin Gortat scored 14 and matched his season high with 17 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns won their third in a row with a 96-88 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
TORONTO (AP) - Whatever Golden State coach Mark Jackson has been telling his team at halftime, it's not working.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Deron Williams scored a franchise-record 57 points to lift the New Jersey Nets to a 104-101 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Eric Wellwood scored less than a minute after Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout to give his players an earful, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 34 saves, leading the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Denny Hamlin spent nearly two months of the offseason in the Scottsdale area, hoping to get away from racing for a while, reinvigorate himself for the 2012 season.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL's investigation that found the New Orleans Saints paid bounties to players for knocking opponents out of games is far from over.
PANAMA CITY (AP) - Edward Loar won the Panama Championship on Sunday for first Nationwide Tour title, holing a 6-foot par putt on the final hole for a 4-over 74 and a one-stroke victory over four players.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL • STANFORD WINS 75-70, DENIES CAL SHARE OF TITLE: STANFORD (AP) - Chasson Randle scored 17 points, Aaron Bright had 12 points and hit some big free throws in the final minute, and Stanford denied rival California a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title with a 75-70 victory on Sunday. Andrew Zimmermann added 13 points to help the Cardinal (20-10, 10-8) build a 15-point halftime lead they never surrendered. Stanford also sealed a ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Cuddyer homered and hit a two-run double after coming off the disabled list, Tyler Chatwood beat San Francisco for the second time in seven days and the Colorado Rockies blanked the Giants 5-0 on Friday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Young connected on a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
MIAMI (AP) - David West punched two passes from LeBron James away in the final minute, then punched the air.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The towels are showing up all around Memphis. They hang over neighborhood signs and even at a door to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks are glad to be returning home.
STOCKTON - The largest crowd of this season's Kelly Cup Playoffs witnessed the Stockton Thunder fight off elimination with two goals by Eric Hunter to post a 4-3 win over the Reading Royals in Game 4 of the Kelly Cup Finals in front of 6,202 fans at Stockton Arena on Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - They raced 1-2-3 in line, trading the lead a whopping 15 times over the final, frantic 75 laps. All three drivers had a last-lap plan in mind when they zipped past the white flag, and it was Takuma Sato who acted first with a bold move for the win.
A pediatric nurse said Friday she was in the right place at the right time to revive a 14-year-old girl who collapsed while dancing in the upper deck during a Kansas City Royals game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings moved to the brink of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA team and Kobe Bryant earned his record-tying 11th first-team selection.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers suddenly have a huge void in their receiving corps as they chase another Super Bowl berth: Michael Crabtree is sidelined after surgery on his right Achilles tendon.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Kings goalie Jonathan Quick sometimes seems to be the only obstacle between San Jose and the Western Conference finals while the Sharks dominate much of their 2-2 series with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, changed direction and immediately attacked the rim.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner is back on track. After a couple of rough starts in May, he pitched another gem.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Eric Sogard's blooper to left field looked as if it might get Oakland even against Texas until shortstop Elvis Andrus ran it down and made a sliding catch over his shoulder.