Everything always seemed to come so easily for Larry Bird on a basketball court.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kevin Garnett yapped his way down the court after big baskets and clearly enjoyed taking it to the 76ers.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Even down late, the Oklahoma City Thunder are showing that they are never out.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Except for one inning - actually one pitch - rookie Tommy Milone stood toe-to-toe with baseball's best hitting team on the road and their high-profile first-year pitcher, Yu Darvish.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Albert Pujols welcomed his new hitting coach to town with a go-ahead three-run homer and Vernon Wells added a two-run shot to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and possibly saved two runs with a diving catch and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 8-4 on Wednesday night, adding another win to their impressive May record.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jaime Garcia matched his career high with nine strikeouts, David Freese hit a go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals gave manager Mike Matheny a victory against his old Giants team with a 4-1 win Wednesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Josef Newgarden is getting used to finishing first.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Just like in the Kentucky Derby, Bodemeister is the favorite in the Preakness.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New Jersey Devils quickly changed the game plan: instead of letting the New York Rangers block their shots, they decided to deflect some themselves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg left after four innings, matching the second-shortest appearance of his 25-start career, and San Diego's Will Venable had four hits.
TORONTO (AP) - Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie slammed his batting helmet to the ground and it ricocheted into plate umpire Bill Miller as the ninth inning turned nasty Tuesday in Toronto's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marco Scutaro homered off closer Santiago Casilla to lead off the ninth inning and lift the Colorado Rockies past the mistake-prone San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Tuesday night.
LIVERMORE (AP) - Sprinter Peter Sagan of Slovakia surged to the front in the final 100 yards to win his third straight stage and extend his race lead Tuesday in the third stage of the Tour of California.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Phoenix Coyotes are in a deep hole after letting their emotions get the best of them.
OAKLAND (AP) - Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester a part of it.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Detroit Tigers' starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Matt Williams was in his 18th game as a major league manager, still learning on the job, when he went with his gut.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers made an impromptu visit to Steve Kerr's office last week and couldn't stop staring at the walls.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Wilhoite knows he had important shoes to fill whenever he takes the field.
ANAHEIM (AP) Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton says he's feeling better and is ready for the playoffs later this week.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.
NEW YORK (AP) - There was no change in the top three spots in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Dustin Brown snapped a tie 44 seconds into the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in an NHL preseason game on Tuesday night.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Brittney Griner was a little surprised.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers are heading into the postseason healthier than they were a year ago, and they hope it holds up.