OAKLAND (AP) - Game-ending hits are becoming so routine these days in Oakland that concession workers have the celebratory whipped-cream pies waiting near the dugout whenever the Athletics are in position for another walk-off win.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Starts like this used to be common for Tim Lincecum. Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, Lincecum threw seven sharp innings and the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Friday night. Lincecum (4-10) looked more like the pitcher who was a two-time Cy Young Award winner than the one who entered the game with a 5.93 ERA. He allowed two runs and ...
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Brandt Snedeker plays fast and talks even faster, and he was on a roll Friday in the British Open. He raced up the leaderboard with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, tied the 36-hole record for a major championship and looked like he was bent on running away from the field at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors on Thursday urged a federal appeals court to uphold former major league slugger Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) - Britain's Bradley Wiggins overcame the mountains and challengers to retain the yellow jersey, while Spain's Alejandro Valverde won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Unlike the guys in charge of the weather forecast, Adam Scott got everything just about right Thursday in the British Open.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Giants' first loss since the All-Star break provided a reminder their hitters still have room to improve.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the first inning and A.J. Griffin shut down one of baseball's best lineups for five innings as the Oakland Athletics beat the Yankees 4-3 Thursday night to snap a nine-game skid at home to New York.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) - Cadel Evans' vision of repeating as Tour de France champion vanished under the sun-baked punishment of the Pyrenees mountains on Wednesday, as Bradley Wiggins took another step toward taking the yellow jersey home.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - The British Open began Thursday with a little rain and a long birdie putt from James Driscoll.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox placed designated hitter David Ortiz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right Achilles tendon before Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Marvin Chavez scored against his former team and Alan Gordon added his eighth goal of the season to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas on Wednesday.
ATLANTA (AP) - Brandon Crawford didn't have to be told the Giants had no available position players in the 11th inning when he fouled a ball off his right knee and collapsed to the ground.
OAKLAND (AP) - Dressed in a full-length bright yellow A's bathrobe, Josh Reddick snuck up on Brandon Hicks and planted a whipped cream pie in his teammate's face right there at his locker.
OAKLAND (AP) - Roy Oswalt threw one curveball clocked at 57 mph. His fastball hit 91. In vintage Oswalt style, the right-hander used his wide-ranging repertoire to baffle Oakland's batters and beat the Athletics for the first time, leading the Texas Rangers to a 6-1 victory Tuesday night. Oswalt worked ahead and painted the corners the like pitcher of old at age 34. "That's me, that's my game," Oswalt said. "I'm the same pitcher I've ...
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.