SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks opened training camp looking to play like the fast, aggressive team that had a strong playoff run last season rather than the plodding one that struggled for much of the lockout-shortened campaign.
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) - When Saul Alvarez steps from a black SUV into a swath of media and fans, he keeps his head low and his gaze neutral as he calmly follows his entourage to work. Footwork, timing, focus - they're all impeccable.
CHICAGO (AP) - Clint Bowyer is putting the controversy surrounding his spin at Richmond behind him and turning his focus toward the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Brandt Snedeker was making so many birdies that even an 18-foot putt looked like a mere tap-in.
ZURICH (AP) - The United States climbed to 13th in the FIFA rankings, its highest position since July 2010.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - As safety Eric Reid exited the tunnel to take the field for his NFL debut, he received some words of wisdom from All-Pro defensive mate Justin Smith: "Stay back."
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - One picture-perfect pass started the New England Patriots toward an ugly win.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - It's hard for the Packers' Clay Matthews to let things go on the field. Give the Pro Bowl linebacker a clear path to a quarterback or running back and he'll usually lock on for a takedown.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - While the Seattle Seahawks had more high profile additions this offseason, the signing of defensive tackle Tony McDaniel could prove to be a quiet steal.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning loves Eli's game, and not just because he's his little brother.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo played through broken ribs to help keep the season afloat for Dallas in 2011.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are sliding again in September, right into their final series against AL West foe Oakland.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - They engage each other in bitter verbal back and forth from their respective posts separated by some 800 miles of the Pacific Coast.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jed Lowrie's foul ball that turned into a two-run double after umpires changed the call highlighted a 10-run fourth inning as the Oakland Athletics pounded the Minnesota Twins 18-3 on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marco Scutaro was scheduled to get a day off on Wednesday. Fortunately for the San Francisco Giants, he managed to talk his way into the lineup.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal for New England after a misplayed punt return by Denver, lifting the Patriots to a 34-31 overtime victory over the Broncos on Sunday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - A game between two teams struggling to stay on the fringe of the playoff race rarely generates much interest outside the home markets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pau Gasol had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Nick Young scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers took advantage of Stephen Curry's absence for a 102-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
MACAU (AP) - Robert Garcia, the trainer of Brandon Rios, said Friday that Manny Pacquiao is showing signs of coming to the end of his career and vulnerable in the WBO welterweight title fight.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh called his players together Thursday and talked to them about writing a new story.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Javier Lopez found a nice fit in San Francisco from the moment the Pittsburgh Pirates dealt him to the Giants at the 2010 trade deadline.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Tommy Wingels scored two goals and Patrick Marleau added a goal and two assists to help the San Jose Sharks get their first home win in more than a month with a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Tricia Liston scored 18 points and Alexis Jones had 17 to lead six players in double figures for No. 2 Duke in an 88-69 victory over Vanderbilt on Thursday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder put on one of their best shooting displays of the season Thursday night - and their fans seem to be following the team's cue.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Ian Miller scored 22 points and Devon Bookert added 18 to help Florida State cruise past No. 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - No. 17 Central Florida moved closer to the American Athletic Conference title with a dominating performance against struggling Rutgers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension ended Thursday when both sides rested their cases, a day after the New York Yankees third baseman angrily walked out and decided not to testify in his own defense.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An unusual startup trying to sell stock in star athletes is now hoping San Francisco 49er tight end Vernon Davis will prove the concept is a winner.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers are unlikely to host weeknight games at new Levi's Stadium next year in the inaugural season of the venue, a person with direct knowledge of the stadium project said Thursday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Matt McGloin could be without his top receiver when he makes his second NFL start Sunday against Tennessee.