LOS ANGELES (AP) - Andrew Bynum had 30 points and eight rebounds, Matt Barnes added a season-high 24 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched a playoff berth without Kobe Bryant or coach Mike Brown, holding off the Denver Nuggets 103-97 Friday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux each scored three goals and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied for a wild 8-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain thought about it all right, well aware he had yet to allow a baserunner as he piled up outs. The Giants ace has never thrown a no-hitter at any level, so he pondered that this might just be his day to do it - and with all the hype of the home opener, no less.
HOUSTON (AP) - Juan Monaco beat Kevin Anderson 7-6 (4), 7-5 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Matt Kenseth has led more laps than anybody in Texas. Current points leader Greg Biffle has seven consecutive top-10 finishes here. Carl Edwards is the only three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner at the 1½-mile, high-banked track.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Colt Knost believes he's finally ready to succeed on the PGA Tour, no matter how much work he's got ahead at the RBC Heritage.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bryan Stow needed only three words to move an entire ballpark at the San Francisco Giants' home opener.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Kings' future in Sacramento is uncertain again.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ernie Bowman received his devastating diagnosis last summer: Stage IV prostate cancer with a prognosis of two months to live.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Blues need to regain their home ice aura, and fast.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain threw a one-hitter, allowing only a single by Pittsburgh pitcher James McDonald in the sixth inning during a near-perfect performance Friday as the San Francisco Giants beat the Pirates 5-0 in their home opener.
MIAMI (AP) - Lazaro Diaz stood in front of Marlins Park watching fathers and sons in jerseys and baseball caps pull out their tickets and smile for photographs.
LONG BEACH . (AP) - IndyCar is not considering changing its policy against unapproved engine changes, even though 14 drivers will be penalized before the start of Sunday's race at Long Beach.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Capuano struck out seven in his first home game with the Dodgers, who scored all of their runs in the first inning and completed a three-game sweep.
DETROIT (AP) - Brennan Boesch drove in four runs on his 27th birthday Friday, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays for their fifth win in six games to start the season.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Brooklyn Nets acquired guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans on Wednesday, removing two little-used veterans from their aging roster and hoping a younger one can rediscover his scoring touch.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks are close to being a complete team again even without a couple of stars still over at the Olympics.
PHOENIX (AP) - At first glance, Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt appears to be lobbying for a spot on the A's opening day roster.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The setbacks that limited Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro to 127 games last year have done nothing to tarnish the optimism and gusto he brings to the game.
PHOENIX (AP) - For each of his first five major league seasons, Luke Gregerson came to spring training smack dab in the middle of suburbia, surrounded by shopping malls and restaurants.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings are likely returning from the All-Star break without their franchise centers.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - If Yu Darvish is feeling any pressure after leading the majors in strikeouts last season, it isn't showing.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Rory McIlroy makes his American debut this week in the Match Play Championship. The only goal is to make sure it's not a short week.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Harvick popped in for what he thought was a quick hello with a bedridden Tony Stewart.
PHOENIX (AP) - Major League Baseball managers are getting ready to test the expanded instant replay system.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Jim Boeheim has known it since the season started, and two straight nail biters only has reaffirmed it: his top-ranked Syracuse Orange may still be unbeaten, but they're certainly not invincible.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - LeBron James won't assume the eventual date with Indiana that so many others expect.
PHOENIX (AP) - Despite getting hurt late last season, A.J. Griffin has already shown he can handle a heavy workload for the Oakland Athletics.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Mike Morse is healthy again, and he thinks he's ready to return to the form that made him one of the top hitters in the National League in 2011.