MARSEILLE, France (AP) - Mark Cavendish will never be the greatest Tour de France rider, because he will never win the race five times like Eddy Merckx of Belgium and Frenchman Bernard Hinault. Still, the sprinter with thighs like thick hams could outdo both those legends - by winning more stages at cycling's premier race.
BOSTON (AP) - The Green are getting greener.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The roar begins to build as soon as Gregg Popovich points over to the bench, usually midway through the first quarter.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he's still recovering from knee surgery and vows to show sitting out last season was the right decision.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers have signed Manny Ramirez to minor league contract.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Homer Bailey didn't have much time Tuesday night to celebrate his second career no-hitter. He had to get up early Wednesday to tend to his horses.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - It's no hits and no worries so far for Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.
DENVER (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has left Wednesday's game against the Colorado Rockies on a double switch an inning after running into the right-field wall making a catch.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The defending World Series champions have hit another low point in a rough season. Not only did they get shut out by Cincinnati's Homer Bailey, they didn't even come close to getting a hit.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Derek Norris hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 on Tuesday night to regain the AL West lead.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have traded forward TJ Galiardi to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft.
LONDON (AP) - Trailing 5-4 in her first Wimbledon quarterfinal, Sloane Stephens already had saved two set points and was about to serve at deuce when a fairly nondescript match became anything but.
LONDON (AP) - No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Andy Murray have yet to lose a set, let alone a match, so far at Wimbledon.
LONDON (AP) - The Bryan brothers kept alive their quest for a fourth straight Grand Slam tournament title by winning all three tiebreakers in a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) victory over Mahesh Bhupathi and Julian Knowle to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals.
NICE, France (AP) - Simon Gerrans started cycling because another Australian, who first wore a Tour de France yellow jersey, lent him a bike to help him recover from an injury.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had first-and-goal at Carolina, poised to break open that September game in the third quarter.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Free agent reliever Sergio Romo is closing in on a $15 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chelsey Shumpert scored a career-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers, as Chattanooga stunned No. 7 Stanford 54-46 Wednesday for its second home victory over a top-10 opponent this season.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Second-ranked and undefeated Florida State begins its postseason quest for a second consecutive national championship in the same stadium it won the title a year ago: The Rose Bowl.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.
AN DIEGO (AP) - Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers didn't practice Wednesday, although he participated in a morning walkthrough and said he expects to play Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Two knee surgeries in less than a year nearly shattered Chelsea Gray's confidence.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Russell Westbrook had 32 points and seven assists, Kevin Durant scored 26 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the reeling Sacramento Kings 104-92 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Marc Gasol scored 24 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped the Golden State Warriors' NBA-best 16-game winning streak with a 105-98 victory on Tuesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have placed linebacker Sio Moore on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots maintained their mastery of the AFC East and returned to the top spot in the NFL.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Linebacker Chris Borland's stellar rookie season for San Francisco is likely over.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter - at most.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins' busy offseason reached first base Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro stepped to the microphone and talked about how a franchise that was in disarray a little more than 18 months ago when owner Vivek Ranadive bought the team has been stabilized with new leadership, a change in culture and the start of a new arena.