ROME (AP) - Top-ranked Novak Djokovic made a solid return to red-clay courts, dominating Australian teenager Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday night to open his Italian Open title defense.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Ervin Santana took an extra moment to savor the standing ovation while he walked off the Angel Stadium field in the eighth inning. He certainly earned a little applause after turning around a rough start to his season with the Los Angeles Angels.
ANAHEIM (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels fired hitting coach Mickey Hatcher on Tuesday after Albert Pujols and many of his teammates got off to dismal offensive start this season.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are finally getting a chance to see what their offense can look like with both Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden on the field.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Sacramento River Cats' latest post on Facebook: "It's Manny Time." Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez is scheduled to begin a 10-game minor league stint with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., and the club is already preparing special ticket packages for his home games in Northern California. Barring rainouts, the dreadlocked designated hitter and outfielder is eligible to be activated by the Oakland Athletics from his 50-game suspension on May 30 ...
ANAHEIM (AP) - Tyson Ross allowed five hits in six strong innings to snap a three-start skid, Josh Reddick homered and Seth Smith hit a two-run double in the Oakland Athletics' 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 on Monday night to match their best winning streak of the season at three games.
OAKLAND (AP) - Closer by committee is taking on new meaning during this mix-and-match May.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The numbers for Josh Hamilton are just mind-boggling. After the Texas Rangers slugger had maybe the best week ever in baseball, there will be talk about the single-season home run record. Maybe even the Triple Crown, something as rare as his four-homer game. Hamilton led the majors with a .402 batting average, 18 home runs and 44 RBIs entering Monday's games. "He's a tremendous talent, nobody has ever doubted it," Rangers ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bryce Harper hit his first big league home run and Chad Tracy and Xavier Nady each connected in the eighth inning, leading the Washington Nationals to an 8-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.
BOSTON (AP) - Jon Lester pitched his second complete game of the season and Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach each homered, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.
BOSTON (AP) - Evan Turner made the go-ahead layup with 40.4 seconds left and Philadelphia held off Boston the rest of the way with six straight free throws as the 76ers evened the second-round Eastern Conference series with an 82-81 victory Monday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) - There was never any doubt Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving would be named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. The only suspense was when - and by how much.
NEW YORK (AP) - After 14 games and two nail-biting playoff series wins, the New York Rangers insist they have plenty left to make a run at the Stanley Cup.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt Leinart has gone from being Carson Palmer's protege at Southern California to his teacher with the Oakland Raiders a decade later.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Several years back, Eric Reid shunned Jim Harbaugh and Stanford to stick close to home at LSU.
ALAMEDA (AP) - D.J. Hayden's remarkable comeback from a near-death experience has taken him to the first round of the NFL draft.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Thunder used a three-goal first period to take an early lead and held on for a 5-3 win over the Alaska Aces in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, taking a 2-1 series lead in front of 3,297 fans at Stockton Arena on Thursday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer, part of the group attempting to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle, said Thursday he believes "there will never be a better opportunity" than now to bring back professional basketball to the Puget Sound.
OAKLAND (AP) - Nate McLouth's patience as Baltimore's leadoff hitter is paying off nicely so far.
BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, boosting his batting average over .500 as the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 7-2 Thursday night to win their eighth straight series opener.
MIAMI (AP) - Luis Valbuena hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ray Allen scored 23 points and broke the NBA career playoff record for 3-pointers, and the Miami Heat used another of their patented runs to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-91 on Thursday night for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series.
Natalie Prins and Kaylie Colyn each netted two goals apiece for Ripon Christian during Wednesday's 8-0 Southern League victory over visiting Delhi.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sleep deprived but back in the Bay Area, the Golden State Warriors returned to work Wednesday calm and confident that their Mile High City masterpiece will be no fluke.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brandon Crawford saved the day twice with late-inning offensive heroics. He never got a third chance, resting in the on-deck circle when the final out was recorded.
BOSTON (AP) - Oakland's Jed Lowrie rounded first base, reached second and immediately raised his arms in the air.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Coming off a dramatic victory in their home finale, the San Jose Sharks had a chance to move closer to earning home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Proposed changes to California environmental protection law unveiled Wednesday could help Sacramento's effort to keep its professional basketball team, according to the leader of the state Senate.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Yadier Molina hit a two-run single off Stephen Strasburg during St. Louis' three-run first inning, and the Cardinals beat the Nationals 4-2 Wednesday to complete a sweep and give Washington's All-Star ace the only four-start losing streak of his young career.