OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics know that few will give them a chance to repeat in a division featuring sluggers Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout making up a loaded lineup for the Los Angeles Angels.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco Giants left the desert with Brandon Belt on a tear at the plate and Madison Bumgarner effective if not perfect in his final start before the real season begins.
PHOENIX (AP) - Rockies manager Walt Weiss hopes he gets more out of Jhoulys Chacin on Opening Day than he did with the right-hander's final start of spring training.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - With the clock clicking down, the Sacramento City Council took its last shot at keeping the NBA Kings in California's capital by approving a public-private deal Tuesday to build a new 18,500-seat arena and retail center downtown.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Americans were clinging to a scoreless tie, seconds away from earning a rare point in Mexico, when Angel Reyna's shot darted perilously close to the goal.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Tackle Alex Barron signed a free-agent contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday as he hopes to revive his career after sitting out the past two seasons.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Brett Anderson is ready for the season to start.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy saw something very positive this spring training - few injuries for the World Series champions.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry had 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds on a sprained right ankle, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Lakers 109-103 on Monday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - The San Jose Sharks responded to a longtime teammate's departure with an effort that showed it's far too early to give up on their season.
SAN JOSE (AP) - With his team mired in a lengthy scoring slump that has put its playoff chances in peril, San Jose general manager Doug Wilson made a move to look to the future.
FONTANA (AP) - Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano raced side by side into the final lap, two bitter rivals unwilling to give even an inch - right up until they made contact with less than a mile to go.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Dorell Wright hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, Jrue Holiday added 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped their longest road losing streak in over 25 years with a 117-103 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento city officials reached a preliminary agreement Saturday night for a new downtown arena with an investment group that hopes to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's business season began Thursday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - An extra week to heal has proved beneficial for San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, who says he can play without thinking again. And that's a good thing.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Khalil Mack has done just about everything the Oakland Raiders have asked of him his rookie season.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have declined to exercise their $5.5 million contract option for shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima and instead owe him a $500,000 buyout.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Drew Brees had turnovers to end New Orleans' first two drives, while Cam Newton and Carolina couldn't take advantage as the teams were scoreless after the first quarter of Thursday night's game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Hunter Pence herded his teammates into the center of a clubhouse that was ready to pop. As the Giants hollered and hugged, he kept asking: "Is everybody here? Is everybody here?"
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A giant, indeed.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 19 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors made Steve Kerr a winner in his coaching debut, rolling past the Sacramento Kings 95-77 on Wednesday night.
Back in 2010, New Orleans went 11-5 and Seattle was 7-9. But the Saints were a wild card for the playoffs and the Seahawks won their division.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Derek Carr won the starting quarterback job for the Oakland Raiders in part based on how well he played in the preseason against Seattle.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick offered a few encouraging words, and rookie Marcus Martin knew the quarterback believed in him to step in at center and do the job.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings have officially broken ground on their new downtown arena.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner was limbering up at Kauffman Stadium this week, getting loose with his San Francisco teammates near the dugout, when Tim Hudson and Michael Morse sneaked up from behind and playfully ruffled the pitcher's long, scraggly locks.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals took their dream season to the limit, falling just short of their first World Series title since 1985.
In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen's brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985.