Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.
• SERENA BACK IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: NEW YORK (AP) - At the end, and only at the very end, did Serena Williams face anything resembling a challenge in her U.S. Open semifinal. Six times, Williams was a single point from winning. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable. On match point No. 7, Williams delivered a 107 mph service winner, then let out two shouts, a mixture of relief and rejoicing after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na of China that put the defending champion back in the ...
OAKLAND - Reggie McKenzie has spent most of his first two years as Oakland Raiders general manager tearing down a team mired in years of struggles.
Shaun Phillips joined the Denver Broncos after a decade of jawing with them as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He wants to show both his new team and his old one that he still has plenty of sacks left in him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Phil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium's tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area - his first major move in more than a decade.
The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry shot for two days this week before he noticed a new plaque hanging above the court at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility recognizing his NBA-record 272 made 3-pointers last season. Then he looked at the area around the sign placed near the entrance to the locker room.
NEW YORK (AP) - The earliest real signs of trouble for Andy Murray came in the 10th game of his U.S. Open quarterfinal. For 22 points stretched over 15 excruciating minutes Thursday, Murray's body language was as poor as his play.
NEW YORK (AP) - When Serena Williams plays in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, probably will pull out a pen and jot some notes in his ever-present black notebook.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh recently went back to reread Colin Kaepernick's goal sheet from 2012.
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks spent the entire offseason going at each other.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jake Olson completely lost his sight six years ago. He still has his dream of playing football at Southern California.
ALAMEDA . (AP) - The Oakland Raiders responded to injuries to three defensive starters by bringing back safety Taylor Mays and defensive lineman C.J. Wilson on ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Todd Frazier hit his 34th home run leading off the 10th to make up for a costly throwing error an inning earlier ...
CHICAGO (AP) - Josh Reddick homered and drove in four runs during a 10-run fourth inning to power the Oakland Athletics to a 17-6 rout of ...
A surprise onside kick to start overtime in Seattle's opener at St. Louis left people wondering if Pete Carroll had lost his mind.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The only American League chase the Oakland Athletics will win this season is the one to clinch a losing record.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It took a little longer than he would have liked, but Mike Leake finally won a game for the Giants.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Moses Malone devoured rebounds so easily it sometimes seemed he missed shots on purpose to pad his total before scoring.
DENVER (AP) - Denver Police say a man was transported to a hospital with serious injuries after falling over a railing at the start of the ...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 7 seconds left, and the Dallas Cowboys overcame three turnovers that ...
SAN JOSE (AP) - Pete DeBoer has spent little time since taking over as coach of the San Jose Sharks figuring what went wrong last year ...
OAKLAND (AP) - The offense didn't take a snap across midfield until the fourth quarter. The defense struggled from the opening drive.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco's opener tonight will mark 603 days since All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman saw meaningful game action for the 49ers.
DUBOIS, Pa. (AP) - Journey Brown ran for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns and Meadville outscored DuBois 107-90 in a high school football game Friday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jake Peavy was surprised to learn he beat his former team for the first time. He had thought he earned one last ...