OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - For James Harden, the notion that he could impact a game just as much off the bench as he would from the starting lineup didn't really click until he was forced to test it out.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Joey Votto's RBI double broke a scoreless tie in the ninth, and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer off fill-in closer David Robertson in the ninth inning, falling down on a twisted ankle as he finished his swing, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - On a day Oakland struggled to generate much offense, the Athletics were thrilled to learn after the game that cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes has only a strained muscle on the top of his left hand and no broken bone.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a go-ahead three-run triple off Tim Lincecum, one inning after San Francisco's Nate Schierholtz ran into a critical out that helped kill a Giants' rally and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers went on to a 6-2 victory Wednesday night.
MADRID (AP) - Roger Federer rallied to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) at the Madrid Open on Wednesday to narrowly avoid his earliest tournament exit in two years.
LONDON (AP) - Manchester City always seems to be second best in its own backyard, like a little brother overshadowed by his bigger and stronger sibling.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lose one game, win the next.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both scored 19 points and Miami beat New York 106-94 on Wednesday nigh to win the Eastern Conference first-round series in five games.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Golf's world ranking has been more like a game of musical chairs with the most turnover at the top in the 26-year history of the ranking. Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald would like the music to stop playing for good sometime this year, the sooner the better. And both want the same outcome.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie started restructuring the player personnel department by announcing on Tuesday the departure of four longtime employees.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Danny Granger scored 25 points and Indiana beat Orlando 105-87 on Tuesday night to clinch their first-round Eastern Conference series in five games.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer off Washington closer Henry Rodriguez with two outs in the ninth to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Josh Hamilton became the 16th player to hit four home runs in a game, launching a quartet of two-run drives against three pitchers in a history-making performance that carried the Texas Rangers to a 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Newcomer Brandon Inge hit a game-ending grand slam to cap a five-run ninth inning rally that led the Oakland Athletics to a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
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.