ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran limped to the trainer's room, taking the St. Louis Cardinals' biggest clutch October bat with him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Last October, the San Francisco 49ers were all alone in first place and already on their way to winning the NFC West title in commanding fashion in coach Jim Harbaugh's first season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects Marco Scutaro to be in his lineup card for Game 3 of the NL championship series, two days after St. Louis slugger Matt Holliday plowed into the San Francisco second baseman.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Patrick Willis had no chance last December to do his part in stopping Marshawn Lynch and helping keep San Francisco's impressive streak alive: 36 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.
TORONTO (AP) - The stalled talks between the NHL and the players' association finally got a jumpstart.
CHICAGO (AP) - Mike Holmgren won't be finishing the job he went to do in Cleveland.
NEW YORK (AP) - A close call on the field, a clear win in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
STANFORD (AP) - The national coordinator of NCAA football officials says the decision to uphold the ruling on the field for the last play of the Stanford-Notre Dame game was correct.
BERKELEY (AP) - The sun is shining, the days are warm and No. 22 Stanford and California still have half a season left to play entering the 115th edition of the Big Game rivalry.
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander and Detroit's stellar starters are one win from the World Series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sight of Marco Scutaro on the ground in pain after getting flattened by Matt Holliday's hard takeout was just the spark the San Francisco Giants needed.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - It took a quarterback the caliber of Peyton Manning to pull off this kind of comeback.
DENVER (AP) - Danilo Gallinari scored 18 points, Corey Brewer had 15 and the Denver Nuggets pulled away late to beat the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.
SACRAMENTO. (AP) - Marcus Thornton made four 3-pointers and scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Sacramento Kings past the Portland Trail Blazers 117-100 on Monday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao proved a box office smash, even if their welterweight title fight didn't live up to the hype.
HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Dwight Howard added 20 points and 15 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets bounced back from two lopsided losses to avoid elimination with a 124-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night in the Western Conference semifinals.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL came down hard on its biggest star and its championship team, telling Tom Brady and the Patriots that no one is allowed to mess with the rules of the game.
LODI, Calif. (AP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday in the second stage of the Tour of California.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Pablo Sandoval homered leading off the 11th inning in his return to the Bay Area, where he won three championships for the Giants, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Monday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Pablo Sandoval had his latest sparkly World Series ring visible in his locker at the Oakland Coliseum.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - David Blatt stepped over some cables and weaved through a throng of reporters eager to hear his explanation of two head-scratching decisions on Sunday in Chicago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Justin Maxwell's 5-year-old daughter, Liana, waits anxiously outside the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse for her father, long after the little girl's bedtime.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Suddenly, the Atlanta Hawks went from so-so in the playoffs to looking a bit more like a No. 1 seed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Left-hander Ricky Romero, a 15-game winner for Toronto in 2011 who hasn't pitched in the majors for two years, has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Home run king Barry Bonds has a place in one Hall of Fame, at least: the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - First-year coach Steve Kerr knows a crucial moment in the playoffs, so he understands exactly the test his Golden State Warriors face trailing Memphis 2-1 in their Western Conference semifinal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As the seventh hitter due up in the ninth inning, Matt Duffy knew he wasn't likely to get another at-bat.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics weren't able to reverse a losing streak against Felix Hernandez. They hope a return to their home park will do the trick.