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• SERENA BACK IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: NEW YORK (AP) - At the end, and only at the very end, did Serena Williams face anything resembling a challenge in her U.S. Open semifinal. Six times, Williams was a single point from winning. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable. On match point No. 7, Williams delivered a 107 mph service winner, then let out two shouts, a mixture of relief and rejoicing after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na of China that put the defending champion back in the ...

September 07, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Raiders enter Year 2 of rebuilding

OAKLAND - Reggie McKenzie has spent most of his first two years as Oakland Raiders general manager tearing down a team mired in years of struggles.

September 06, 2013 | By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


Broncos again class of AFC West

Shaun Phillips joined the Denver Broncos after a decade of jawing with them as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He wants to show both his new team and his old one that he still has plenty of sacks left in him.

September 06, 2013 | By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer | Pro Sports


Goldschmidt has 2 hits, 2 RBIs in D-backs' 4-2 win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday night.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Peacock sharp in Astros' 3-2 win over A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Manning's 7 TDs lead Broncos past Ravens 49-27

DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Raiders seek leadership, sacks from Lamarr Houston

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


New 49ers kicker Phil Dawson ready to start fresh

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Phil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium's tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area - his first major move in more than a decade.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Sacramento Kings hire Chris Mullin as adviser

The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.

September 05, 2013 | By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


Curry back in basketball mode after busy summer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry shot for two days this week before he noticed a new plaque hanging above the court at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility recognizing his NBA-record 272 made 3-pointers last season. Then he looked at the area around the sign placed near the entrance to the locker room.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


2012 champ Murray loses US Open QF; Djokovic wins

NEW YORK (AP) - The earliest real signs of trouble for Andy Murray came in the 10th game of his U.S. Open quarterfinal. For 22 points stretched over 15 excruciating minutes Thursday, Murray's body language was as poor as his play.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Williams nears 5th US Open, 17th Slam title in all

NEW YORK (AP) - When Serena Williams plays in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, probably will pull out a pen and jot some notes in his ever-present black notebook.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


49ers determined to return to Super Bowl and win

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh recently went back to reread Colin Kaepernick's goal sheet from 2012.

September 04, 2013 | | Pro Sports


BEST IN THE WEST?

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks spent the entire offseason going at each other.

September 04, 2013 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


49ers' Smith named in lawsuit in alleged shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and former Niners tight end Delanie Walker have been named in a lawsuit by a Northern California man who said he was shot during a party at Smith's house.

September 04, 2013 | | Pro Sports


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49ers begin second week of search for Harbaugh successor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jed York is looking for a teacher in San Francisco's next coach, and the search for Jim Harbaugh's successor entered its second week Monday with little indication of how soon the 49ers CEO will find his new man.

January 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Raiders pick up pace on head coach search

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are picking up the pace on their coaching search, interviewing San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Eric Mangini and Indianapolis offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

January 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Warriors get defensive in 117-91 win over Thunder

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors used a smothering defensive effort to rout the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-91 on Monday night.

January 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Warriors flourish after big trade they didn't make

Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don't make.

January 05, 2015 | By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer | Pro Sports


Developers, including Rams owner, plan Los Angeles stadium

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A development group that includes a company controlled by the owner of the St. Louis Rams announced plans Monday to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become home for an NFL team.

January 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Vlasic's goal with 4.5 seconds left lifts Sharks over Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Marc-Edouard Vlasic needed only 3 seconds to give the San Jose Sharks a win over the Winnipeg Jets in a game that seemed destined for overtime.

January 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Trio of aces poised to lead Hall of Fame class of 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz appear to be shoo-ins for election to the Hall of Fame in what is shaping up as the baseball writers' biggest class of inductees in 60 years.

January 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Former Giants pitcher Stu Miller dies at age 87

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stu Miller, the former Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star game history, has died. He was 87.

January 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Cowboys rally past Lions in wild card

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Face-down on the turf, Tony Romo pounded his hands into the ground like a petulant child.

January 04, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Martinez waits for Hall of Fame

BOSTON (AP) - As a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, Nomar Garciaparra watched Clayton Kershaw become the dominant pitcher in the National League, winning three of the last four NL Cy Young Awards - the last one unanimously.

January 04, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Ripon Christian dominates Big Valley

Ripon Christian put up 22 points in the first and third quarters on the way to a 78-58 non-league boys basketball win over visiting Big Valley Christian-Modesto on Saturday.

January 04, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Jennings leads Pistons to win over Sacramento

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Brandon Jennings scored 35 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings 114-95 Sunday for their fifth straight win.

January 04, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Colts pull away from Bengals for AFC victory

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - When Andrew Luck was under pressure Sunday, he stood tall and maintained his poise.

January 04, 2015 | | Pro Sports


1985: Asuncion keys EU hoop win

Eighty years ago, on January 1, 1935, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Barber witnessed the annual East-West Shrine football game at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. Their son, Jim, was a member of the West team and made the first touchdown of the game when he ran 19 yards after taking a blocked punt. Jim was captain of the University of San Francisco team during the past season and his brother, Ernest, was a member of the same team.

January 04, 2015 | | Pro Sports


ESPN sportscaster Scott dies at 49

NEW YORK (AP) - Stuart Scott was in his element, working a "Monday Night Football" game, when he was forced to leave for an appendix operation.

January 04, 2015 | | Pro Sports


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