SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Giant dose of small ball, and suddenly San Francisco finds itself in a most unique position - way ahead in a postseason series.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As prolific as he's been in his career, Oakland's Carson Palmer is on an unparalleled pace for him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner joked before his last World Series start that the pressure of pitching on baseball's biggest stage felt similar to his high school championship. After all, he was only 21.
What looks like the NFL's latest nightmare played out on a football field an hour from Boston nearly six weeks ago. In a Pop Warner game between longtime rivals Southbridge and Tantasqua, five kids between the ages of 10 and 12 were concussed, all on the losing team, three in the first quarter and the last one on the final play of the game.
NEW YORK (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says it looks as if a full-82 game schedule "is not going to be a reality," as the lockout nears its seventh week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This is going to be a very hairy World Series.
NEW YORK (AP) - In today's "any given Sunday" NFL, the thinking goes, any team can win - or lose - any game. What about any given Thursday? Turns out those matchups are the closest thing to a lock there is.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings are about to embark on another season in California's capital.
DETROIT (AP) - There will be no gift baskets, Texas barbeque, Dr. Pepper, Budweiser beer or St. Louis-style toasted ravioli exchanged following this year's World Series between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander's introduction to postseason baseball six years ago left him dazzled and exhausted.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Leyland and the Detroit Tigers found out the hard way that rest means rust in the World Series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On a team known for stellar pitching, bushy beards and quirky personalities, the unquestioned leader of the San Francisco Giants is their understated catcher, Buster Posey.
OAKLAND (AP) - The parade is not until Friday. The Golden State Warriors are already looking ahead to what could be a promising future.
ATLANTA (AP) - Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was benched by manager John Farrell for Thursday night's game against Atlanta after using his Instagram account during a loss to the Braves.
HOUSTON (AP) - The analytical approach to stocking the roster helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series in 2011 and is starting to pay off for the first-place Houston Astros.
VANCOUVER, British Colombia (AP) - The United States' bid for a third Women's World Cup title remains very much alive, as do the championship hopes of all five of the top-ranked teams in the world.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry came off the plane, lifted the Larry O'Brien Trophy as he walked down the mobile staircase and let the gold award shine in the California sun.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marco Scutaro is back on a major league contract thanks to the San Francisco Giants, even if he never plays again.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Andre Iguodala was more than just a key player on a team that beat LeBron James and Cleveland.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - High-level executives of the St. Louis Cardinals were not involved in the hacking of the Houston Astros' player personnel database, an attorney hired by the team said Wednesday, citing an internal review.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Glenn Burke's sister had a tough time even coming to the Oakland Coliseum for Athletics Pride Night. Her brother's death remains painful 20 years later, though Carol Williams knows how much it would have meant to Burke to be honored in his former ballpark as baseball's first openly gay player.
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will get their championship rings. LeBron James will try yet again to end Cleveland's epic title drought. And barring a most unlikely change of heart, Kobe Bryant's illustrious NBA career will end.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) - Tiger Woods speaks of him in reverential tones.
CLEVELAND (AP) - As the final seconds ticked off and the Warriors began bouncing in celebration on their bench, Stephen Curry looked up and saw LeBron James coming at him.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Credit Union have reached an agreement on a naming rights deal for the NBA team's future arena.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Oakland's Eric Sogard took pleasure in helping ruin a big day for his former college coach, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Abby Wambach scored late in the first half and the U.S. women's national team went on to beat Nigeria 1-0 on Tuesday night for a first-place finish in its group at the Women's World Cup.