RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The best player in the world goes up against the ultimate team machine, on the world's biggest stage.
Signing day arrived Thursday in the NBA, though the biggest free agents didn't rush to grab their pens.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year contract.
REIMS, France (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali is growing comfortable in his yellow jersey.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Paul Azinger said Thursday that a quest by Tiger Woods to make his swing better has backfired on him.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Ayako Uehara of Japan felt confident with the putter and played in the best weather Royal Birkdale has to offer. It was the right combination to take the lead Thursday in the Women's British Open. And the best she could manage was a 4-under 68.
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Spieth felt great Thursday on the first tee of the John Deere Classic. He heard not only his name, but, for the first time, the phrase "defending champion."
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight a rematch Sept. 13 with Marcos Maidana, the Argentinian who gave him a tougher battle than expected when they met in May.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers was delayed Thursday until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale - and a scheduled NBA vote on the deal - but there is hope for more time.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo were voted by fans onto the rosters for Tuesday's All-Star game, and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar will replace Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and could miss the rest of the season.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Soccer has once again emerged as the patriotic touchstone that unites Argentines as they teeter on the precipice, this time threatened by a debt crisis, soaring inflation and the scandal-plagued end to a 12-year political dynasty that has polarized the nation.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Another World Cup, another sad story for the Netherlands.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As awful as the San Francisco Giants have played for most of the last month, they are back in an enviable position: first place in the NL West.
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Bryant kicked a 51-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, then booted a 52-yarder in overtime to give the Atlanta Falcons a 37-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
NEW YORK (AP) - A couple of months before Serena Williams capped her dominant run to a third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major singles title Sunday night, she sat down with coach Patrick Mouratoglou to decipher why the season had been such a struggle by her standards.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - After weeks of talk about players who won't be on the field for San Francisco's first regular-season visit to the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys, the time has come to focus on those who will.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Geno Smith knows exactly what Derek Carr is dealing with.
DETROIT (AP) - Jake Peavy pitched six innings without allowing an earned run - even remaining in the game after a rain delay of 2 hours, 42 minutes - and the San Francisco Giants routed the Detroit Tigers 8-2 on Friday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Chris Carter hit his 36th homer and drove in three runs against his former team to help the Houston Astros beat the slumping Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Friday night.
BILBAO, Spain (AP) - The bags were already packed and the Americans had already checked out of their rooms.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Crabtree hawked bags of popcorn and hot dogs in the stands at old Texas Stadium as a boy.
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - Rory McIlroy felt anything under par was a good score Thursday at Cherry Hills, even if he had reason to expect much better.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - In the span of just a few hours on a hot Tuesday afternoon, Terrance Gore drove from Arkansas to Kansas City, moved into a locker deep within Kauffman Stadium, slid into a starched white Royals jersey and took some bunting practice on the field.
NEW YORK (AP) - Marin Cilic wasn't allowed to play last year in the U.S. Open, forced to the sideline by a four-month doping suspension that he says he didn't deserve.
NEW YORK (AP) - Martina Hingis will play in the U.S. Open women's doubles final for the first time since winning the 1998 title.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees plan to have Masahiro Tanaka throw another bullpen session Saturday and say the injured star must pitch in some sort of game setting to determine whether he can avoid elbow surgery.
SEATTLE (AP) - Marshawn Lynch ran for a 9-yard touchdown and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks had a 22-10 lead over the Green Bay Packers after three quarters in the NFL season opener on Thursday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Shelby Harris had no idea what his football future would hold when he was suspended for his final college season at Illinois State.