THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Sure enough, putting was all the rage Thursday in the World Challenge.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL, the players' association and now even federal mediators agree on one thing: The bickering sides are nowhere near a deal that would put hockey back on the ice.
OAKLAND (AP) - Right-handed reliever Pat Neshek and the Oakland Athletics reached agreement Wednesday on a $975,000, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With the addition of Denard Span, the Washington Nationals aren't just plugging a player into the lineup and moving on. He's like that nice new piece of furniture that causes the homeowner to redecorate the entire room - just so everything is in the perfect spot.
ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Heyward was in the audience as B.J. Upton was introduced Thursday as Atlanta's new centerfielder.
OAKLAND (AP) - Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded was waived off, and the Golden State Warriors held on for a wild 106-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night after four replay reviews over the final 3.4 seconds.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - While the NHL and its players remain engaged in a boardroom battle over dollars and cents, professional hockey is still being played across the United States.
NEW YORK (AP) - The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine's voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers?
ALAMEDA (AP) - The slumping Oakland Raiders got a jolt Wednesday when running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson returned to practice for the first time since missing three games with sprained right ankles.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Tight end Delanie Walker arrives at work at 6 a.m. each day, and Colin Kaepernick always beats him to 49ers headquarters.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kevin Love had 23 points and an NBA season-high 24 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stop a five-game losing streak by beating the Sacramento Kings 97-89 on Tuesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers lost running back Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Kyle Williams to season-ending injuries on the very same play during Sunday's win at New Orleans.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - NaVorro Bowman had to tell someone about his hefty new contract before it became public. And there was pal Patrick Willis first thing Tuesday before they began their morning workout.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has watched each of his two quarterbacks lead the San Francisco 49ers to big wins in hostile, road environments - Alex Smith in the season opener at Green Bay's Lambeau Field back in September among others, and Colin Kaepernick on Sunday at the New Orleans Superdome.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are desperately in search of some sort of positive news.
After two decades of European dominance in the Ryder Cup, the Americans have created a task force to figure out why they keep losing.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR fined Brad Keselowski $50,000 and Tony Stewart $25,000 on Tuesday for their roles in the fracas at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the weekend.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals have embraced the bloop, bunt and sacrifice fly all postseason.
World Cup qualifying for the U.S. women's team looks like an easy road.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fresh off another early playoff exit, the Los Angeles Dodgers overhauled their front office Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As Barry Bonds hobbled to his car with the help of crutches post hip surgery, and well before the start of Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, the home run king insisted he can hardly remember the World Series of 12 years ago.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The last two times the Kansas City Royals played a postseason game at home, rain fell after the final out. This time, it started well before the first pitch.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers defense got beat early by unfamiliar plays and Austin Davis calling the signals.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Soon after taking over as interim coach of the Oakland Raiders, Tony Sparano had a simple message to deliver to quarterback Derek Carr: This is your team.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals arrived in the Bay Area ballpark they know so well in October and began preparing for the possibility of facing the Giants without star catcher Yadier Molina.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Mix Diskerud is not planning on becoming the next Landon Donovan.
PHOENIX (AP) - Chip Hale spent 10 seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization, the final three as the major league third base coach. He also played at the University of Arizona and still lives in Tucson.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yadier Molina still hopes to contribute in some capacity during the NL Championship Series, if his sore side allows it.
Ned Yost has the revved-up Kansas City Royals on track for their first World Series trip in 29 years. Still, in his first postseason as a manager, every choice he's made has been dissected - and, in many cases, flat-out destroyed.
By RALPH D. RUSSO