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Patrick Willis retires after injury-shortened season

SANTA CLARA (AP) - His eyes swollen from crying and reciting scripture as he spoke of retirement, five-time All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis bid farewell to football and called it one of his happiest days yet because he is leaving on his own terms.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Big trades steal spotlight from free agents

NEW YORK (AP) - Until the New York Jets landed Darrelle Revis, the first hours of NFL free agency Tuesday looked more like fantasy football.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Gray, Zito combine for 5 innings in A’s win

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Sonny Gray pitched into the third inning, Barry Zito went 2 2-3 innings and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 in an exhibition game Tuesday.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


LA stadium plan declared defunct; others remain

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Farmers Field had a prime location in downtown Los Angeles, big-time boosters, a builder with an impeccable professional sports resume, even a name and sponsor - rare for a project in the planning stages.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Raiders agree to deal with free agent LB Malcolm Smith

ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders opened free agency by agreeing to contracts on Tuesday with former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, blocking tight end Lee Smith and running back Roy Helu.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Fast-changing 49ers making waves on and off the field

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers made a splash before free agency even began.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Jake Locker retires, has no ‘burning desire’ to play

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Quarterback Jake Locker has retired from football rather than hit free agency after four NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans, saying he no longer has the "burning desire" needed to keep playing the game for a living.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Kemp and Upton hit back-to-back HRs, Padres beat Giants

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Kemp hit a three-run drive and Justin Upton followed with a home run as the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 Tuesday.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Curry leads Warriors to 50th win of season

PHOENIX (AP) - Make it 50 wins and counting for the Splash Brothers and Co.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


NFL shopping spree kicks off

NEW YORK (AP) - The salary cap has been set, and it's time for the NFL's shopping spree to begin.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Cain makes spring debut, perfect in 2 innings

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain pitched two perfect innings in his spring debut, Yasiel Puig hit his first home run of the exhibition season, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants played to a 5-5 tie Monday.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Hawks soar past Kings

ATLANTA (AP) - The Hawks gave Kyle Korver the weekend off, hoping it would help him break out of his shooting slump.

March 10, 2015 | | Pro Sports


5 questions to answer as free agency begins

When NFL free agency begins today, lots of players will get lots of money. Some will even earn it throughout those massive contracts.

March 10, 2015 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Pro Sports


Dustin Johnson back to golf, back to winning

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - The six-month break from the game raised more questions about Dustin Johnson's personal life than his golf. He said it gave him time to work on a little of each, and he delivered answers to both Sunday at the Cadillac Championship.

March 08, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Harvick grabs 1st win of season at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - After winning the Sprint Cup championship in their first season together, Kevin Harvick and his team came up with a new set of goals this year.

March 08, 2015 | | Pro Sports


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Kentucky Derby victory raises expectations for American Pharoah

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Trainer Bob Baffert barely had 14 hours to digest his Kentucky Derby victory with American Pharoah before hearing the inevitable question.

May 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


NBA Capsules

HOUSTON (AP) - Blake Griffin had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists for his second straight triple-double to lift the Chris Paul-less Los Angeles Clippers to a 117-101 victory over Houston on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

May 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Holtby’s shutout, Beagle’s goal lift Caps over Rangers 1-0

WASHINGTON (AP) - Braden Holtby stood in a corner of the Washington Capitals' locker room, his arms folded across his chest, his voice low and monotone, his demeanor as steady and calm as when he was protecting the net.

May 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Bumgarner pitches Giants past Padres for fourth straight win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner refuses to talk about the notion of getting on a roll. It's not the way he operates, and his way has worked out pretty well so far.

May 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Hahn and frustrated A’s lose early lead, fall to Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Star Wars promotion in Minnesota brought more forces going against the Oakland Athletics.

May 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Hamilton plays 1st extended spring training game for Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Hamilton played in extended spring training for the Texas Rangers on Monday, his first game of any kind since last October.

May 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


MLB Capsules

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Brewers rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to win Craig Counsell's managerial debut, a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

May 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Craig Counsell hired as Brewers manager after poor start

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Craig Counsell enjoyed a solid but unspectacular major league career, hitting .255 over 16 seasons. He is confident he will have more success as a manager.

May 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


49ers Bruce Miller charged with vandalism, not domestic case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism after he was investigated in a domestic case stemming from an argument with his girlfriend that led to his arrest March 5.

May 05, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Warriors star Stephen Curry is league MVP

OAKLAND (AP) - Some called him too small. Others too fragile.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Warriors roll past Grizzlies in West semis’ first game

OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that reporters should have two stories ready: One if his team looked well-rested and won, another if it looked rusty and lost.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Mayweather takes his $100M check and runs

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The check was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn't help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Giants beat Angels behind Lincecum for 3-game sweep

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum's fastball averages about 89 mph this season, down from 93-95 mph when he won consecutive NL Cy Young Awards in 2008 and '09.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Unusually wild Gray, Vogt HRs carry A’s past Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Sonny Gray had a career-high seven walks against Texas when the Oakland right-hander never had more than four in an outing and came into the game with just six all season.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Derby winner American Pharoah a likely go in Preakness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Lured by the promise of carrots, American Pharoah was led out of the barn to face a throng of cameras.

May 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


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