MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins were cautiously optimistic heading into the All-Star break, thinking their best baseball of the season was ahead of them after a competitive road trip to Detroit and Texas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Missing their best hitter didn't seem to bother the San Francisco Giants. Buster Posey made sure of it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Aside from one swing from Jonny Gomes, the Oakland Athletics had no chance against Francisco Liriano on Friday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Buster Posey homered and the San Francisco Giants beat the Houston Astros 5-1 on Friday night.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Another storied Southern California university has joined the USC Trojans under the hammer of NCAA sanctions.
LA TOUSSUIRE, France (AP) - Try as they might, rivals of Bradley Wiggins can't take his yellow jersey.
NEW YORK (AP) - Reggie Jackson says he messed up by disparaging Alex Rodriguez, Gary Carter and other big names in baseball and has been reaching out to make apologies.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger has elected to bring his own experts to the testing of his "B'' urine sample, The Associated Press has learned.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A longtime friend of Coco Crisp was convicted Thursday of 14 counts of fraud and identity theft for running up about $30,000 on the Oakland Athletics outfielder's credit card without his permission.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators say there is not enough evidence to arrest San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval for an alleged sexual assault at a hotel near Santa Cruz.
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Looking for advice on how to win the same golf tournament four years in a row, Steve Stricker went to the authority:
STANFORD (AP) - Serena Williams had to get her bearings after flying halfway around the world.
BELLEGARDE-SUR-VALSERINE, France (AP) - Thomas Voeckler nearly opted out of the Tour de France weeks ago because of an injured knee. Two days before the start, he was pained even more over allegations of doping by his French team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeBron James was the big winner at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, collecting three trophies including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win the NBA championship.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said Wednesday that trade talks involving Dwight Howard with the Brooklyn Nets are "stationary," but that discussions remain open with them and other teams.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 22 points, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes had 17 apiece and the Golden State Warriors beat the struggling Utah Jazz 98-87 on Monday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt McGloin's rapid ascent from undrafted rookie free agent could lead to him becoming the regular starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs only intend to lose to the Denver Broncos once, and that thought goes beyond the rematch between AFC West rivals in two weeks at Arrowhead Stadium.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - As "Sweet Caroline" pumped through the stadium and playoff-starved Panthers fans dressed all in black celebrated a big victory, Tom Brady ran after an official in search of an explanation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jonathan Martin spent nearly seven hours going into "great detail" with the NFL counsel investigating his claims of his harassment in the Miami Dolphins' locker room. What came up in their talks, he isn't saying for now.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Bowl Championship Series has been good to Urban Meyer.
NEW YORK (AP) - Colts linebacker Erik Walden's head-butt and Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson's helmet-to-helmet hit have earned one-game suspensions from the NFL.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James has had "preliminary talks" with David Beckham about possibly bringing an MLS team to Miami.
NEW YORK (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Wesley Matthews added 24 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-98 Monday night for their seventh straight victory.
Alex Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time in 13 years.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - It took Jimmie Johnson just 13 races into his rookie season with Hendrick Motorsports to prove to his team he was a rare talent.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby capped a third-period outburst with his 10th goal of the season, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Monday night.
Lance Armstrong claims former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen instigated a cover-up of his doping at the 1999 Tour de France.
STANFORD w(AP) - UC Davis began the process of becoming a Division I program 10 years ago. The Aggies have played No. 3 Stanford every year since 2007. The program is about to take the next big step.