DETROIT (AP) - There were times this year when Justin Verlander took the mound while his team was reeling a bit - and the right-hander's presence was Detroit's best shot at snapping out of a momentary funk.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds owner Bob Castellini couldn't imagine Dusty Baker leaving.
Andrew Luck's first working trip to New York didn't exactly go to plan, though some punishing defense by the Jets had a lot to do with that. All part of the learning curve for rookies, who sometimes have difficulty understanding that big second-half comebacks can't be pulled off every week in the NFL.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh didn't spend any time wallowing Monday after the most lopsided loss in his two seasons as coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
STANFORD (AP) - With the 30th anniversary of the famous lateral play surrounding this week's Stanford-California rivalry, Cardinal coach David Shaw was asked for his opinion about the disputed call given the benefit of replay all these years later.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Dennis Allen has seen improvement on just about every part of his team. With only one win in five games, the Oakland Raiders rookie coach realizes it's not enough.
DALLAS (AP) - Mike Modano made his mark long before he and the Minnesota North Stars relocated to Dallas and brought hockey to the Sun Belt.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been years now since Mike Matheny experienced the foggy, frightening concussion symptoms that caused him to miss his exit, forget things, lose focus - and, ultimately, forced the four-time Gold Glove catcher to retire from the game he had played since childhood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead - and held onto it, barely.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The New York Giants gave the San Francisco 49ers another reason to simmer.
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have plenty of mistakes to work on during their bye week.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Detroit Tigers got a big boost from Anibal Sanchez's arm. They got a helping hand from an umpire, too.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime as the Detroit Lions rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 on Sunday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf?
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Joaquim Rodriguez won his second Volta a Catalunya title in his hometown of Barcelona on Sunday as he prepares for the Giro d'Italia in search of an elusive grand tour victory.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scientists climbed high into old-growth redwoods in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of a two-day effort to gather data and document the different creatures that live in the tree canopy.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry stepped up again and hit another key shot for Golden State in the closing minutes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum escaped what appeared to be a serious injury with only a bruised left knee in his final spring start.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is coming back home to Oakland after signing a three-year contract with the Raiders on Friday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run and reckless driving after he drove a car into a bicyclist and fled, police said.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - DeSean Jackson went from the trading block to the chopping block.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scott Kazmir pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning, Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Thursday night.
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) - Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving and other charges, according to the arrest report.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Tobias Enstrom scored a power-play goal with 3:36 remaining in the third period to help the Winnipeg Jets deal a blow to San Jose's chances to finish in first place by beating the Sharks 4-3 on Thursday night.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Long after the fog cleared at TPC San Antonio, Phil Mickelson remained shrouded in an increasingly alarming funk with the Masters two weeks away.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Johnny Manziel's NFL pro day had a former president, lots of swag, a Drake soundtrack and even some football, too.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) - Mao Asada of Japan set a world record on Thursday to finish first in the short program at the World Figure Skating Championships.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Between points, Serena Williams stood motionless behind the baseline with her back to the net, as if trying to match - or mimic - the methodical ritual of her opponent, Maria Sharapova.