CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton has heard all the talk: He can't win a big game, his arm isn't strong enough to complete the long pass, and he'll never be more than a caretaker quarterback.
BOSTON (AP) - Generations of New Englanders are preparing. Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park.
OAKLAND (AP) - Every basketball fan in the country and around the globe saw the potential of the Golden State Warriors last season when Stephen Curry stayed healthy and got hot in the playoffs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Here's a statement that seemed unlikely just a few months ago: the Sacramento Kings are about to begin the 2013-14 season.
AKHSHTYR, Russia (AP) - Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned.
MIAMI (AP) - The man accused of fatally shooting Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary testified Tuesday that he never went into the player's home that night and cast his confession as coming only under police pressure and amid purported threats to his family.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh is undecided whether he will allow himself a day off during San Francisco's bye week. Even with a whirlwind stretch of travel finally over.
The New England Patriots acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the Philadelphia Eagles along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 for a fifth-rounder next year.
STANFORD (AP) - The toughest test of the year for Stanford's defense just got a whole lot tougher.
LONDON (AP) - With his playing career over, former England captain David Beckham has decided his next move: starting a Major League Soccer team in Miami.
MIAMI (AP) - Shane Battier went 4 for 4 from 3-point range, including a critical one from the right corner with 1:33 remaining, and Miami wasted most a 25-point lead before holding off Derrick Rose and Chicago 107-95 on Tuesday night in the season-opener for both teams.
ALAMEDA (AP) - If the Oakland Raiders are going to make a run in the second half of the season they will have to become a much better second-half team.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks completed a lousy night for St. Louis sports fans.
For all the divas among NFL receivers, and there are plenty of them, there are just as many difference makers.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - After saying he's going to "take peoples' knees out" to avoid another suspension for hits to the head, Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather struck another blow - declaring that "people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league."
ANAHEIM (AP) - John Tavares scored his second goal on a power play 2:18 into overtime, and the New York Islanders snapped their three-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the injury-depleted Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 29 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Denver Nuggets 131-109 Wednesday night to extend their best start in more than a decade.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Hendrick Motorsports will pay the $185,000 in fines levied against six crew members for their role in a post-race fight at Texas between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gordon Hayward made a step-back jumper at the buzzer, one-upping LeBron James and boosting the Utah Jazz to a 102-100 victory over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday for a heart condition, then surgery later this month for an eye problem.
MIAMI (AP) - A lawyer for the University of Miami's former pitching coach said Wednesday that Alex Rodriguez admitted to federal investigators he used steroids supplied by the owner of a now-closed South Florida clinic.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has another game left on his nine-game suspension for violations of the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies, and Von Miller can't wait to see his buddy back on the football field.
Mississippi State, Florida State and Auburn held the top three spots in the second College Football Playoff rankings, with Oregon joining them in the top four Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are back where they have been for so much of the Bill Belichick era.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Halfway through the regular season, the San Francisco 49ers know there's a sense of urgency in get things turned around.
NEW YORK (AP) - All those snazzy plays by Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez earned them more than tips of the hat from their Kansas City teammates.
NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is among the finalists for the NL Most Valuable Player and the Cy Young Award, in position to become the first NL player to sweep both honors since Bob Gibson in 1968.
MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. government says New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez gave his cousin nearly $1 million last year to keep secret Rodriguez's use of performance enhancing drugs.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon avoided any penalty from NASCAR on Tuesday for their post-race fight at Texas. Two crew chiefs and four crew members from Hendrick Motorsports were punished for their roles in the brawl.
WNBA star Brittney Griner felt fortunate to be OK after getting cut on the elbow in a knife attack in China.