SHANGHAI (AP) - The graceful combination of power and balance. The bounce in his step after every birdie. His name at the top of the leaderboard. For at least one round, Rory McIlroy finally looked like the former No. 1 player in the world instead of a guy who hasn't won a tournament all year.
BOSTON (AP) - There hasn't been a party like this in New England for nearly a century.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson scored a career-high 38 points in a spectacular shooting performance, and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Los Angeles Lakers 125-94 in their much-anticipated season opener Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson put the perfect capper on a celebratory opening to a new era of basketball in Sacramento.
DENVER (AP) - It used to be the domain of soccer players, NBA forwards and the occasional punter.
BOSTON (AP) - Most Valuable Papi.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the Los Angeles Kings knocked the San Jose Sharks out of the playoffs last season in the second round, five of the seven games were decided by one-goal margins. It was more of the same Wednesday night in the first meeting of the season between the Pacific Division rivals.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Say goodbye, A.I.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Mark Watson has been named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes after serving as the interim coach since June.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on top of the Associated Press power poll.
The Bengals are on a tear, the Dolphins are in a slump. When they meet Thursday night in Miami, nothing indicates a Cincinnati loss. Yet Miami is only a 2½ -point underdog.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton has heard all the talk: He can't win a big game, his arm isn't strong enough to complete the long pass, and he'll never be more than a caretaker quarterback.
BOSTON (AP) - Generations of New Englanders are preparing. Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park.
OAKLAND (AP) - Every basketball fan in the country and around the globe saw the potential of the Golden State Warriors last season when Stephen Curry stayed healthy and got hot in the playoffs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Here's a statement that seemed unlikely just a few months ago: the Sacramento Kings are about to begin the 2013-14 season.
A rare Thursday night game that is not part of a short week has Dallas at Chicago. Both teams lost on Thanksgiving Day, and the Bears are headed for a double whammy.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - It was the final minute of the state quarterfinal when Douglass High School appeared to score the winning touchdown on a fourth-down play.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for a viral infection that will keep him sidelined through the weekend.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray has been cleared to play this week against San Francisco after missing the previous game with a concussion.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Eric Reid got a quick lesson on the Black Hole, a new term for the second-year San Francisco safety.
ATLANTA (AP) - Moving to fill an outfield void after the trade of Jason Heyward, the Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday to a four-year contract with free agent Nick Markakis.
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods didn't even have a club in his hand when he passed an important test Wednesday at Isleworth.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and made a pivotal jumper with 57 seconds left to lift the Toronto Raptors over the Sacramento Kings 117-109 on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Orlando Magic 98-97 on Tuesday night for their 10th straight win.
NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers not only ended the New England Patriots' seven-game winning streak, they also replaced them as the top team in the NFL.
NEW YORK (AP) - Adrian Peterson did not testify at his appeal hearing Tuesday and NFL executive Troy Vincent is scheduled to testify Thursday, according to two people familiar with the case.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Matt Nieto scored the tiebreaking goal with 11.5 seconds remaining to lead the San Jose Sharks to their first consecutive wins in more than a month with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Torii Hunter is returning to the Minnesota Twins, and injured Atlanta pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy have been tossed into the free-agent market along with San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera and New York Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dale Scott figures he'll hear plenty of foul language from angry hitters next season. Such is life for a Major League Baseball umpire.
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) - Jordan Spieth took a big step in Australia for his confidence and career. It was a mere baby step, however, toward being a legitimate rival to Rory McIlroy.