NEW YORK (AP) - David Stern remembers the days when an NBA staff that numbered about two dozen was just trying to keep some teams in existence long enough to get them on national TV.
OAKLAND (AP) - James Shields pitched quite a gem for Kansas City. It certainly helped that Oakland abandoned its usual patient approach at the plate.
NEW YORK (AP) - On a weekend full of fine pitching performances and brisk games, Madison Bumgarner tossed the best game yet.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Quinton Dial put a punishing hit on running back Alfonso Smith late in 11-on-11 work. Tony Jerod-Eddie pounded Jonathan Martin not once but twice, even sending him to his backside.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods was stricken with more back pain Sunday and withdrew after eight holes at the Bridgestone Invitational. He struggled to even take off his golf shoes before being driven away to an uncertain future.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Legend has it that Portland laid claim to the title "Soccer City USA" back in 1975 when the Timbers played their first NASL season. The nickname was later captured on an expansive banner displayed during a visit by Pele.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL teams used to take Polaroid pictures of plays from atop the stadium during games then send them down to the field on a rope.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. traded hats, waited for his cue, and flashed three fingers for the cameras.
STANFORD (AP) - Serena Williams stared at the court, took a deep breath and seemed to clear her head after falling behind in the first set. She dominated the rest of the way.
KENT, Wash. (AP) - John Force raced to his third Funny Car victory of the season and record 141st overall win Sunday in the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - From links of Britain to the parkland of America, Rory McIlroy is on top of the world again.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jon Lester walked through the Oakland clubhouse doors to quite a greeting, from the snappy, patriotic marching tune blaring from the sound system to the handshakes and hellos from every corner.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain needs surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, an operation that likely will end his season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Although Blaine Gabbert may be fairly new in the locker room, he's had plenty of time to familiarize himself with the San Francisco 49ers' playbook.
NAPA (AP) - Tony Bergstrom already has a place in Oakland Raiders history as the first draft pick of the post-Al Davis era.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Maya Moore and her U.S. teammates know what's at stake now. A loss and their world championship run would be over.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Moustakas homered leading off the 11th inning, and the Kansas City Royals kept rolling in their first postseason in 29 years with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Division Series opener Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stephen Strasburg grew up in San Diego, admiring then-Padres star Jake Peavy. They've become friends, working out together in the offseason, chatting, trading texts.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith arrived in San Francisco with the pressure of being the No. 1 overall draft pick. He got called a draft bust, then turned the tide to win back those same fans who had booed him out of Candlestick Park.
You might say the Minnesota Vikings are pondering a quarterbacking dilemma.
ATLANTA (AP) - Extra innings boosted viewership for the American League wild-card game.
OAKLAND (AP) - Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester a part of it.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Detroit Tigers' starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Matt Williams was in his 18th game as a major league manager, still learning on the job, when he went with his gut.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers made an impromptu visit to Steve Kerr's office last week and couldn't stop staring at the walls.