NEW YORK (AP) - The Miami Heat will open their title defense against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29 in the expected return of Derrick Rose, with an all-Los Angeles matchup later that night in the Lakers' first game without Dwight Howard and the Clippers' first with Doc Rivers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Defiant till the end, Alex Rodriguez is intent on evading baseball's most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pinch hitter Jeff Francoeur's broken-bat single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run in the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden will not play in Friday's preseason opener against Dallas.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Almost every time Donte Whitner looks at rookie Eric Reid he's reminded of what it was like to be a safety selected in the first round competing for a starting spot.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Missy Franklin can't wait to head to college.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez called it "a lie" right from the very start, from the moment a newspaper report linked him to a clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
CHICAGO (AP) - Alex Rodriguez blooped a single into left field in his first at-bat of the season, hours after being hit with a long suspension.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland manager Bob Melvin has seen his team's lead in the AL West Division shrink by 3 1-2 games the past week. Nothing to worry about, he says. The Athletics were in a worse position at this time last year.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - After the San Francisco Giants let another one-run game get away to Tampa Bay, manager Bruce Bochy decided it's time for a new batting order.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - They say par is a good score in a major.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Free agent cornerback Eric Wright might end up in a San Francisco 49ers uniform after all.
NAPA (AP) - Raiders coach Dennis Allen's plans to have his team practice in pads were altered by a rash of injuries.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs are back home and beginning to show signs of returning to their old form.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey got off to a strong start as he doubled in two runs and walked in his first appearance of the spring.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry needed just over a minute to turn a rough shooting night into a good one.
NEW YORK (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 25 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 22 and Ben McLemore finished with 20 and the Sacramento Kings handed the New York Knicks their worst loss of the season Tuesday, 124-86.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Matt Nieto had two goals and an assist in leading the San Jose Sharks to a 6-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne is getting his shot to play in the NFL.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Former fan favorite Vlade Divac has rejoined the Sacramento Kings as vice president of basketball and franchise operations, a job that will include advising the front office and coaching staff.
DETROIT (AP) - Ndamukong Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10 after the Detroit Lions did not use the franchise tag on the star defensive tackle.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL's salary cap is going up $10 million to $143.28 million for the 2015 season.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Even in the midst of a drought so long it looked as though Padraig Harrington's best golf was behind him, he never stopped working.
NEW YORK (AP) - There was no stopping Stephen Curry down the stretch, so Jarrett Jack shot over him.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Ben Smith's day started with a morning skate in Chicago and ended with a goal in San Jose.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years featuring space for either hand.
SAN JOSE (AP) - With their playoff position in peril, the San Jose Sharks dealt away some of their pending unrestricted free agents in their latest move toward the future.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have been trying to take advantage of their opportunity to communicate with Adrian Peterson.