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Costa Rica beats US 3-1 in World Cup qualifying

Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.

September 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports

Sports news briefs

• 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


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

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Vogt rejoins A’s 3 days after groin injury

OAKLAND (AP) - Catcher Stephen Vogt has taken too many foul tips to count, but this one to the groin was his worst ever.

September 09, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Lofton looks to revive his career with Raiders

ALAMEDA (AP) - After getting over the sting of being cut by the New Orleans Saints this offseason, Curtis Lofton set out to find a new ...

September 09, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Purcell makes 49ers’ roster

SANTA CLARA (AP) - When projecting the San Francisco 49ers' roster in the spring, defensive lineman Mike Purcell was a long shot.

September 09, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Gray outpitches buddy Kazmir; A’s beat Astros

OAKLAND (AP) - Sonny Gray outpitched close friend Scott Kazmir, and the Athletics spoiled the former Oakland lefty's return to the Coliseum mound with a ...

September 09, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Hudson leads Giants to win over Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) - Tim Hudson pitched six effective innings in his return to the rotation and hit his first homer in two seasons, lifting the San ...

September 09, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Goants’ Affeldt returns from knee injury

PHOENIX (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have activated left-hander Jeremy Affeldt from the 15-day disabled list.

September 09, 2015 | | Pro Sports

A-Rod reaches 30 HRs for 15th season

NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has reached 30 home runs for the 15th season, tying Hank Aaron's major league record.

September 09, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Serena beats Venus at US Open to extend her Slam bid

NEW YORK (AP) - If Serena Williams would feel sympathy for any opponent standing in the way of her pursuit of tennis' first true Grand Slam ...

September 09, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Mickelson given spot on Presidents Cup golf team

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Phil Mickelson kept alive a streak and earned a footnote in Presidents Cup history Tuesday when he was selected to play on ...

September 09, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Raiders hope coach Jack Del Rio changes pattern of losing

OAKLAND . (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have had eight coaches, 18 starting quarterbacks and one all-too-familiar result for the past 12 seasons.

September 07, 2015 | | Pro Sports

After year of change, 49ers move on under Jim Tomsula

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Tomsula has been tested so many times already as a first-year NFL coach.

September 07, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Serena vs Venus with Slam bid on line

NEW YORK (AP) - So there's at least one person with zero interest in watching the Williams sisters play each other in the U.S ...

September 07, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Doolittle’s 1-2-3 9th closes out A’s win over Astros

OAKLAND. (AP) - For Sean Doolittle, closing out a one-run victory against a division leader in September after an injury-shortened season meant the world.

September 07, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Giants bats quiet again, Leake takes another defeat

PHOENIX (AP) - Mike Leake still is looking for his first win as a San Francisco Giant.

September 07, 2015 | | Pro Sports

Carl Edwards takes Southern 500 title

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Joe Gibbs couldn't help but beam about this team victory: Carl Edwards drove superbly, crew chief Darian Grubb made stellar ...

September 07, 2015 | | Pro Sports

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