BALTIMORE (AP) - Nelson Cruz was branded a cheater and punished accordingly. As he waited to be introduced on his first opening day in Baltimore, the former All-Star wondered how Orioles fans would react in the aftermath of the 50-game suspension he received last year for using performance-enhancing drugs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Hudson walked to the dugout after an impressive eight-inning performance in his Giants home debut and hardly realized 42,000 people were celebrating him with a roaring ovation.
ATLANTA (AP) - Hank Aaron is still the home run king to many. Even baseball commissioner Bud Selig has a difficult time seeing it any other way.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Left-hander Matt Moore has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Tampa Bay Rays because of an elbow injury.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Caron Butler made all six of his 3-point attempts to finish with 23 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder started the fourth quarter on a 16-0 run to pull away for a 107-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Alex Ovechkin became the 11th player in NHL history to score 50 or more goals in a season five times, and the Washington Capitals kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the slumping St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Tuesday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Adam Scott is relishing every part of being Masters champion.
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) - Abby Wambach quickly dismissed any notion that players on the U.S. women's soccer team were behind the surprise firing of coach Tom Sermanni.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Oakland Athletics can win a lot of different ways, as evidenced by their two-year hold on the AL West division title.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Morse is counting on a comeback season, and the San Francisco Giants fully expect their new left fielder to bring life to a lineup that sure could use some added power.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The first full day at the Masters turned out to be a short one Monday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Connecticut Huskies are back in a very familiar position, undefeated and playing for a national championship.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) - The thunder rumbled near the stadium and pelting sleet began to fall, sending the U.S. players scurrying for cover.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - Lexi Thompson left Michelle Wie behind Sunday - off the tee and on the leaderboard in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A night after giving San Jose an opening to the Pacific Division title by winning in Anaheim, the Nashville Predators might have closed it up again by beating the Sharks.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Francisco catcher Geno Escalante has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following his second positive test for a drug of abuse.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker and Oakland pitcher Jarrod Parker took their salary cases to arbitration in what could develop into a winter with the most hearings since 2001.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks climbed back to the top of the NBA standings by leaning on their depth.
ATLANTA (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs showed the way.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders hired Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. on Friday as defensive coordinator on new coach Jack Del Rio's staff.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods is gone from Torrey Pines, and Phil Mickelson joined him Friday by missing the cut.
NEW YORK (AP) - Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his role in a scuffle with 18 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Three other players received lesser fines.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Monta Ellis had 21 points and six assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks, minus Dirk Nowitzki and Rajon Rondo, over the struggling Sacramento Kings 101-78 on Thursday night.
When Syracuse announced it was instituting a self-imposed postseason ban for the men's basketball team this season, the university was playing for the future - on the court and with NCAA regulators.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The latest attempt by star running back Adrian Peterson to get back on the field will come in a federal courtroom.
NEW YORK (AP) - Golden State guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will join Atlanta's Kyle Korver and five other players in the Three-Point Contest before the NBA All-Star game.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - New season, same old story with Tiger Woods.
HBO and Showtime have agreed on how they would broadcast a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday, leaving only two remaining issues to be settled before the much anticipated May 2 fight can be signed.
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Bode Miller smacked a gate so hard he crashed, opening a deep gash on his right leg and tearing a tendon that required surgery Thursday night after the super-G race at the world championships.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry scored a season-high 51 points and made a season-best 10 3-pointers, rallying the Golden State Warriors from an early 22-point deficit to down the Dallas Mavericks 128-114 on Wednesday night.