EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and other representatives of the team met Tuesday for about two hours with free agent center Dwight Howard to make their pitch for keeping him in Los Angeles.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sailing near the fog-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge, Emirates Team New Zealand's sleek catamaran turned back toward Alcatraz Island and accelerated almost as if skipper Dean Barker had flipped a switch, with its hulls lifting out of the water onto hydrofoils.
PARIS (AP) - Older and wiser, Usain Bolt is out to dominate his rivals on the track at least until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
NEW YORK (AP) - A Major League Baseball umpire was recently dismissed for what was believed to be the first known drug ouster among umps, two people familiar with the situation have told The Associated Press.
TORONTO (AP) - Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello was suspended six games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for throwing at Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Giants revamped their pitching staff on Tuesday, moving left-hander Mike Kickham into the bullpen for now.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Down and all but out before the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs are starting to make moves for the future.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Alex Rodriguez called his season's debut a success, even if the results Tuesday night didn't bear that out.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Mike Kickham isn't sure why his pitches seem to wander when he gets past the first inning.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - One grew up in such poverty he had days when he wondered where he would find his next meal. The other is a coach's son who attended the same high school as a player whose jersey is retired in the rafters.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State Warriors first-round pick Nemanja Nedovic has had a dozen different coaches in the last six years. He went through three coaches last season alone playing for Lietuvos rytas of the Euroleague, and he has never had much stability in his life or career moving around with his family.
LONDON (AP) - For 34 matches over 4½ months, on hard, clay or grass courts, Serena Williams was unbeaten - and, in the minds of many, unbeatable.
LONDON (AP) - Without a doubt, Grand Slam tournaments bring out the best in Sloane Stephens, the last American singles player still around at the All England Club.
Chris Paul's answer was brief, just like his time on the free agent market.
CALVI, Corsica (AP) - Australian sprinter Simon Gerrans held off a late charge by Peter Sagan to win Monday's hilly third stage of the Tour de France by less than half a wheel.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes is gone to Boston and the Oakland Athletics are slumping without their former slugger.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks acquired forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Commissioner Bud Selig expects baseball owners to vote next week from a list of three candidates for his successor.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A.J. Preller has set the bar high for the San Diego Padres - World Series high.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals manager Matt Williams lashed out at reporters Wednesday after being asked if he was considering sending slumping Bryce Harper to the minor leagues.
NAPA (AP) - If Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Pat Sims decides to go into broadcasting, it will have to be through satellite radio.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Landon Donovan scored the go-ahead goal in a 2-1 victory over German power Bayern Munich on Wednesday night in the Major League Soccer All-Star game.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jason Hammel walked off the mound in the sixth inning to a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 16,335 at the Coliseum. He saluted the fans with his right hand, looking more relieved than happy.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is a much bigger fan of video replay than his San Francisco counterpart Bruce Bochy - at least for one night.
GLEN COVE, N.Y. (AP) - Bethany Wu shot a 2-under 68 on Tuesday in the U.S. Women's Amateur to top the 64 match-play qualifiers.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Stevie Johnson had produced three straight 1,000-yard seasons with 23 touchdown catches as Buffalo's most dynamic player in the passing game when that streak ended in frustrating fashion last year.
MIAMI (AP) - The former clinic owner accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez has agreed to plead guilty in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute steroids to both major league ballplayers and high school athletes.
NEW YORK (AP) - A person who reviewed the deal tells The Associated Press that free-agent reliever Jim Johnson and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a minor league contract.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders projected starting tight end David Ausberry is scheduled to have knee surgery and will miss Friday's preseason opener against Minnesota.