PARIS (AP) - Wind blew in her face, kicking up flecks of clay, and Maria Sharapova stood at the baseline, knowing she needed one more point to reach her first French Open final and return to No. 1 in the rankings.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Winning Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals did more than keep the New Jersey Devils alive.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - At the beginning of the video the Oklahoma City Thunder play before their starting lineups are announced, there's a message on the scoreboard.
BOSTON (AP) - LeBron James pushed away elimination, right along with any defender who tried to stop him.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Jeff Maggert and John Merrick shot 4-under 66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the St. Jude Classic, leaving U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy two strokes back.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - If Vernon Davis stays after practice to push the weighted sled, Delanie Walker is usually right there with him.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - New 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs received a letter this week from a 6-year-old Giants fan named Joseph that included $3.36 in cash from the boy's piggy bank - the child's contribution to try to keep Jacobs in New York with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Matt Cain didn't flinch, whether it was dealing with the four errors committed by his teammates or facing a bases-loaded situation with no outs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics leave town feeling a whole lot better than they did when they arrived at home just four days ago.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dee Gordon hit a go-ahead single to back Chris Capuano and the Los Angeles Dodgers held on to beat the struggling Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Wednesday night.
DETROIT (AP) - Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer after a Detroit error kept a first-inning rally going, and Johnny Damon added a two-run single and an impressive catch in left field to help the Cleveland Indians to a 9-6 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The oldest coach to win a Super Bowl will get at least three more shots at adding to his total.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco's Will Tukuafu has spent most of his football life chasing down running backs. The 49ers hope he can now help Frank Gore and the rest of their backfield handle other defensive linemen with the same agenda.
BOSTON (AP) - LeBron James saw his share of disappointment in Boston when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
PARIS (AP) - It was about time Rafael Nadal faced some sort of test at the French Open.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders need the same short memory during a short week, for different reasons.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points to offset a rough night for playmaking partner Monta Ellis, and the Dallas Mavericks held off a late charge from Golden State for a 103-99 victory over the Warriors on Wednesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jozy Altidore and Abby Wambach were honored as the men's and women's athletes of the year by U.S. soccer.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener collapsed Wednesday, killing two workers and aggravating already urgent concerns Brazil won't be ready for soccer's signature tournament.
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) - Tara VanDerveer became nostalgic after reaching another major coaching milestone.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Unlike the last time he was a free agent, LeBron James won't discuss his future.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Thornton scored his first shootout goal since 2007 in the eighth round and the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Wednesday night to extend the home-team dominance in this California rivalry.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Just as the passing game has started to click for the San Francisco 49ers at last, here comes Michael Crabtree.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden went through a light practice Wednesday and will play against Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco safety Donte Whitner is challenging Drew Brees to come beat the 49ers fair and square - and Whitner hopes that happens in a playoff date in January.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ryan Braun ended his silence Wednesday, speaking to the media for the first time since accepting a season-ending, 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug agreement.
Manteca High's football team made amends for the failures of its predecessors the past two weeks.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Harbaugh pulled his young quarterback aside last week to praise him for his professionalism and leadership during a rough patch for the reigning NFC champion 49ers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After many of his teammates were dressed and walking to the bus outside New Orleans Arena, Jermaine O'Neal sat in the visitors' locker room, still in uniform, with large packs of ice wrapped around his legs and a slight smile on his face.