SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Hector Sanchez looks back on the past year fondly.
PHOENIX (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes has no plans to start speaking English in public - "2015," he joked in Spanish. No plans to grow one of those bushy, scraggly beards sported by several of his Oakland teammates, either - "I don't like that."
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Danica Patrick has made history before - as a woman and a racer, in Indianapolis and Japan.
DALY CITY – Goaltender Tyler Bunz made 26 saves for his first win since Jan. 5 and the Stockton Thunder (27-20-9, 63 points) used a pair of second period goals to sink the San Francisco Bulls in a 3-1 victory before 4,123 fans at the Cow Palace on Sunday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Now that the final match has been played at the SAP Open, Milos Raonic would like to take the court with him.
CHICAGO (AP) - Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each scored a goal and added an assist to help lead the Chicago Blackhawks over the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Sunday, extending their season-opening points streak to 15 games.
SAN JOSE (AP) - On one of the most important points of the match, John Isner walked up to the baseline, bounced the ball between his legs and wasted no time smacking an adrenaline-fueled 138 mph ace.
HOUSTON (AP) - Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond were among 12 finalists announced Friday for election into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jonathan Toews felt he had to stand up for himself, so he skated up to Joe Thornton, jabbed him with his stick and then dropped his gloves.
HOUSTON (AP) - NBA Commissioner David Stern expects a concrete financing plan from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson within the next two weeks, with the aim of settling the Kings' future by mid-April.
DALLAS (AP) - Move over, Larry Legend. Vinsanity still has a few special moments in him.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Oakland Athletics and free agent left-hander Hideki Okajima finalized a minor league contract Tuesday after he passed a physical and immediately got to work.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Gio Gonzalez arrived at spring training with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday and maintained he has not used performance-enhancing drugs.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - For wrestling, this may have been the ultimate body slam: getting tossed out of the Olympic rings.
NEW YORK (AP) - Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers have knocked Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees off baseball's payroll perch, part of an offseason spending spree that has the average salary approaching $4 million for the first time.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Professional athletes frequently get traded to other teams, but San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is about to be the first ever to be traded like a stock.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to have surgery again following the recurrence of cancer that his wife described as aggressive and "starting to spread."
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders fullback Jamize Olawale has signed his exclusive rights tender.
PHOENIX (AP) - Wily Peralta hit his second homer of spring training and allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings but the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Tuesday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer and Josh Reddick had a solo home run to help power the Oakland Athletics to an 8-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Xavier Henry scored 22 points, Nick Young hit five 3-pointers while scoring 20 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers dropped a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter of their 127-96 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Andy Murray heard a fan clamoring for a souvenir towel and tried to oblige by tossing one toward the courtside seats.
WACO, Texas (AP) - Cory Jefferson figures not too many people really know just how good Baylor has been in postseason play.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Young and the Restless" took a break from love, deception and backstabbing to celebrate the soap's 41st anniversary on Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Royce White leaned back in a chair in the Sacramento Kings locker room, looked at the veteran players around him and joked about why he'd be the one getting an interview request.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - The San Jose Sharks clinched a playoff spot by getting a point in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tyler Skaggs pitched into the sixth inning to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the San Francisco Giants 11-4 on Monday.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Mitch Moreland returned to the Texas lineup from a side injury and singled home two runs during a five-run sixth as the Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-2 Monday.
Some relievers thrive when they move into the huge ninth-inning spotlight and some fizzle. And others turn into one-year wonders.