MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins were cautiously optimistic heading into the All-Star break, thinking their best baseball of the season was ahead of them after a competitive road trip to Detroit and Texas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Missing their best hitter didn't seem to bother the San Francisco Giants. Buster Posey made sure of it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Aside from one swing from Jonny Gomes, the Oakland Athletics had no chance against Francisco Liriano on Friday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Buster Posey homered and the San Francisco Giants beat the Houston Astros 5-1 on Friday night.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Another storied Southern California university has joined the USC Trojans under the hammer of NCAA sanctions.
LA TOUSSUIRE, France (AP) - Try as they might, rivals of Bradley Wiggins can't take his yellow jersey.
NEW YORK (AP) - Reggie Jackson says he messed up by disparaging Alex Rodriguez, Gary Carter and other big names in baseball and has been reaching out to make apologies.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger has elected to bring his own experts to the testing of his "B'' urine sample, The Associated Press has learned.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A longtime friend of Coco Crisp was convicted Thursday of 14 counts of fraud and identity theft for running up about $30,000 on the Oakland Athletics outfielder's credit card without his permission.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators say there is not enough evidence to arrest San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval for an alleged sexual assault at a hotel near Santa Cruz.
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Looking for advice on how to win the same golf tournament four years in a row, Steve Stricker went to the authority:
STANFORD (AP) - Serena Williams had to get her bearings after flying halfway around the world.
BELLEGARDE-SUR-VALSERINE, France (AP) - Thomas Voeckler nearly opted out of the Tour de France weeks ago because of an injured knee. Two days before the start, he was pained even more over allegations of doping by his French team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeBron James was the big winner at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, collecting three trophies including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win the NBA championship.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said Wednesday that trade talks involving Dwight Howard with the Brooklyn Nets are "stationary," but that discussions remain open with them and other teams.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch High boys soccer team accomplished a lot this season, but the top-seeded Cougars will look back on their 3-2 loss to No. 3 Liberty Ranch for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship on Saturday at Stagg High wondering how different things could have been.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning went virtually untouched by Kansas City's sack-happy defense Sunday night, throwing for 323 yards and a touchdown to lead the Denver Broncos to a 27-17 victory over the NFL's last undefeated team.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bloodied, Drew Brees recovered. Garret Hartley made a nifty comeback, too, for the New Orleans Saints.
HOUSTON (AP) - Oakland rookie Matt McGloin was so good in a victory over the Houston Texans that it raised questions about whether Terrelle Pryor will get his job back when he's healthy.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Zach Randolph scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and also had 10 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) - Jack Taylor renewed his membership in the Century Club.
CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick Sharp scored two goals, including one on a third-period penalty shot, and Kris Versteeg had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stanford coach David Shaw waited at midfield for several minutes, but couldn't find Ed Orgeron amid the raucous crowd of Southern California fans celebrating their Trojans' upset victory.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Back on top with only two NASCAR greats left to catch, Jimmie Johnson won his sixth championship in eight years Sunday and staked his claim as one of the most dominant competitors in sports history.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Sebastian Vettel climbed out of his Red Bull car, pumped his right fist then held up eight fingers, one for each of his consecutive victories.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) - Harris English won the rain-delayed OHL Classic for his second PGA Tour title, pulling away for a four-stroke victory in a 29-hole Sunday finish at Mayakoba.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) - Lexi Thompson won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her second victory in her last four starts, birdieing the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke.
HOUSTON (AP) - After missing only one game while recovering from a mini-stroke, Texans coach Gary Kubiak is back at it.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins has a hard time buying the criticism San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has drawn for his recent spate of sacks and risky throws.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Josh Smith had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Detroit Pistons snapped a four-game skid with a 97-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.