After 16 consecutive years of always showing up at Wimbledon, winning five titles along the way, Venus Williams pulled out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament Tuesday, citing a lower back injury.
PARIS (AP) - The director of the Tour de France expects Bradley Wiggins to come roaring back in 2014 after not defending his crown in this year's race that starts in just over a week.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lolo Jones' attempt at humor in a video that's gone viral received a chilly reception from some members of the bobsledding community.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Will Venable made an incredible catch to save San Diego, pinch-hitting pitcher Andrew Cashner drove in the go-ahead run with a perfectly executed safety squeeze in the 13th inning, and the Padres extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong will have his surgically repaired pitching hand re-examined Tuesday with the hope of taking another step in his recovery.
BOSTON (AP) - Tuukka Rask watched most of the action at the other end of the ice. And when the Blackhawks did make a late charge, he was ready.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat weren't supposed to be in this situation. Not now, anyway.
SANDY, Utah (AP) - Nothing defines Fabian Johnson better than versatility.
NEW YORK (AP) - The patriarchs of the NFL's first families of quarterbacks and coaches are anything but interfering dads. In fact, Archie Manning and Jack Harbaugh are just as influenced by their successful sons as their boys are by them.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Chris Young kept working on his hitting even as his numbers fell. Getting a chance to bat in the leadoff spot seemed like a good time to put it all together.
ATLANTA (AP) - Back-to-back shutout wins have reminded the Giants they expected to lean on strong starting pitching to defend their World Series championship.
ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) - History says Tiger Woods has little chance to win this U.S. Open. Not from behind, and certainly not with an elbow inflammation that seems to bother him most on his worst shots.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - At their best in the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat have forced turnover after turnover, finding a gear the San Antonio Spurs just can't reach.
CHICAGO (AP) - Milan Lucic remembers it as if it was yesterday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews got another victory on Friday. The trophy he wants the most is still up for grabs.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have officially hired four assistant coaches for new coach Jack Del Rio's staff.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong visited the Houston Astros this week and had an uncomfortable feeling about how he might fit in, and he had discussions with other teams during the course of this offseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Phil Kessel was once again dealt for Tyler Seguin, Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen was the No. 1 overall pick and superstar Alexander Ovechkin did not get his new car.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams saw that older sister Venus was progressing to the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011 and it inspired her own comeback win on Saturday at the Australian Open.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Humana Challenge leader Matt Kuchar was asked if was surprised that there have only been six 59s on the PGA Tour and that no has shot 58.
PHOENIX (AP) - An historic Super Bowl is before us.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant's torn right rotator cuff will be re-examined Monday before the Los Angeles Lakers decide whether the superstar guard needs potentially season-ending surgery.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch.
OAKLAND (AP) - Steve Kerr knows the Golden State Warriors will have tougher days ahead this season, that there are higher hurdles to clear and bigger goals to reach.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man is one race away from completing seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.
Pau and Marc Gasol have been voted the first brothers to start in the NBA All-Star game, while Toronto's Kyle Lowry made a late surge in fan balloting and will start for the Eastern Conference.
Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during last Sunday's NFC championship game, a person with knowledge of the fine told The Associated Press on Thursday.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Phil Mickelson got most of the attention in his return to competition after a four-month break. Blake Adams got a lot more out of his comeback round.