NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Monty Williams decided it was time to loosen the reins on Jason Smith. By the looks of things, the Hornets coach won't be reeling the blossoming 7-footer back in any time soon.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball will mark the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut by again having all players wear his No. 42 on Sunday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ian Kinsler and the Texas Rangers finalized a $75 million, five-year contract through 2017 that locks up another one of the team's key players and makes the leadoff hitter one of the best-paid second basemen.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Scott Baker has struggled with pain in his pitching elbow for more than a year now, and the right-hander finally will have surgery to fix the problem once and for all. The injury, and the surgery, couldn't have come at a worse time for Baker or the Minnesota Twins.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Steroid use shouldn't keep baseball's best sluggers and pitchers out of the Hall of Fame, the head of the players' union said Wednesday.
DENVER (AP) - Buster Posey can't seem to catch a break. The San Francisco Giants' star catcher who missed most of last season with a broken left leg has been diagnosed with shingles.
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OAKLAND (AP) - Jonathan Broxton hit Jonny Gomes on the first pitch he threw with the bases loaded in the 12th inning, forcing Jemile Weeks home for the winning run in the Oakland Athletics' 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ken Hitchcock's big decision decided itself.
STANFORD (AP) - Pep Hamilton put his hands on his forehead, closed his eyes and scrunched his face. When it comes to talking about the quarterback competition, Stanford's offensive coordinator is still searching for the answers.
WACO, Texas (AP) - The NCAA put Baylor on three years of probation Wednesday after an investigation turned up hundreds of impermissible telephone calls and text messages sent to prep recruits by coaches and assistants on the basketball teams.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Chris Paul scored 31 points, including the game-winning shot on a layup with 8.8 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers to a 100-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night that kept them in position for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Danny Duffy pitched six sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night.
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks finally won a game without Lamar Odom, who is no longer an option for them.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and Juan Uribe added a solo shot in the first inning off Oakland's Jarrod Parker as the Los Angeles Dodgers and A's played to an 8-all tie Monday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain pitched five perfect innings for the San Francisco Giants on Monday, but the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 3-2 victory.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR would be hard-pressed to find many fans who don't prefer the drama and intrigue of the new, knockout qualifying format over the old system of single-car runs.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - The road to the Masters is just getting started, and already two players have combined to win five times on the PGA Tour.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - The number of police officers patrolling this year's Boston Marathon will be doubled to over 3,500, one year after two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Hunched over, vomiting into a bucket by his feet and retching loudly, Oscar Pistorius was vividly reminded at his murder trial Monday of the gruesome injuries he inflicted on his girlfriend when a pathologist described how the Olympian fatally shot her multiple times with bullets designed to cause maximum damage.
NOME, Alaska (AP) - In a year marked by injuries and dangerous conditions, the final stages of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were coming down to either a record-tying number of wins or the first woman to claim victory in 24 years.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Barry Bonds certainly thinks he's worthy of election to the Hall of Fame.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry says his strained right quadriceps is slowly getting better and he is planning to start for the Golden State Warriors against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry overcame a strained right quad to finish with 18 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Phoenix Suns 113-107 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry says he will play limited minutes for the foreseeable future because of a strained right quad.
NEW YORK (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team and Joe Johnson added 18 points, helping the Brooklyn Nets overcome an injury to Paul Pierce in a 104-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff is considering moving the team to a temporary location if he can't extend a two-year lease with the Oakland Coliseum.
PHOENIX (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit his first home run of the spring and the Oakland Athletics tied the Chicago White Sox 2-2 in a game stopped after nine innings Sunday.