NIMES, France (AP) - Almost at the line, Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger were exhausted but could see it coming - their first Tour de France stage victory. Those last 50 meters, however, got in the way.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a stunning 5-4 comeback victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
MIAMI (AP) - Anxious to end a five-week swoon, the San Francisco Giants are hitting again.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was sentenced Friday to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jose Canseco was nervous and scared about showing up to the reunion for the 1989 World Series champion Oakland Athletics this weekend.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Andrew Wiggins came to summer league to get an early education on the NBA game, from playing against better competition to learning about what his new coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers will demand of him as a pro.
PHOENIX (AP) - The desert is a perfect place for this year's WNBA All-Star Game. It's where the most dominating basketball in the league has been played this season
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL will limit the number of underclassmen who can receive evaluations for the draft to five from a single school, although special exceptions will be allowed.
CHAMROUSSE, France (AP) - If Vincenzo Nibali was looking happier Friday after the Tour de France rode into the Alps, here's why: His top rival fell out of contention, he gained nearly a minute on his next-biggest challenger and oh, he won Stage 13 to boot.
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Laura Diaz almost chose to walk away from golf to spend more time at home with her family.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York got a little teary on his drive to Levi's Stadium on Thursday. His voice cracked while talking about taking his young son to games at the stadium for years to come.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.
Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League's 5-3 victory.
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) - Because of doping's ravages on cycling, it's natural for suspicion to fall on Vincenzo Nibali, who led the Tour de France on Thursday for a 10th time in 12 stages.
OAKLAND (AP) - Scott Kazmir was pleased with his first win in nearly two months - and with fastball.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Latavius Murray provided a tantalizing glimpse of what he might be capable of during his 82 carries last season for the Oakland Raiders.
NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Cuddyer singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Thursday night to prevent a three-game sweep.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - On the eve of the match against her former team, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage addressed Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and the challenge of beating the talent-laden United States in the World Cup.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Four games deep in the Stanley Cup Final, all that's clear is just how little separates the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
GENEVA (AP) - FIFA's top spokesman left his job on Thursday, hours after Sepp Blatter was urged to do the same by the European Parliament.
HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) - South Korean Jenny Shin kept moving up the leaderboard, chasing Hall-of-Famer Karrie Webb.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Ryan Palmer, Brooks Koepka and Greg Owen each shot 6-under 64 Thursday for a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the St. Jude Classic.
Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro has accepted a front-office position in Denver, a person familiar with the decision said Wednesday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Detroit Pistons have acquired veteran Ersan Ilyasova from the Milwaukee Bucks, adding a long-range shooter to their frontcourt.
CLEVELAND (AP) - All things considered, the Golden State Warriors would rather have been golfing.
ALAMEDA (AP) - When the Oakland Raiders began overhauling their team after another dismal season, one position noticeably didn't get much help.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The gray in his goatee is getting much more noticeable. Yet 49ers kicker Phil Dawson isn't yet thinking about retirement, even at a time when many of his San Francisco teammates have done just that.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - The U.S. national team is dismissing critical comments that former coach Pia Sundhage made about some of the team's players.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) - Five days after beating the Netherlands for the first time, the United States defeated Germany in Germany for the first time.