Somehow, it seemed so easy for so many people to write off Roger Federer.
PARIS (AP) - Cycling supporters say that Lance Armstrong's fall from grace may actually benefit the sport by demonstrating to potential cheaters what can happen to them if they dope.
NAPA (AP) - Carson Palmer is running out of time to get the Oakland Raiders first-team offense into the end zone in the preseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy becomes uneasy each time he is called to the bathroom for a random drug test, even though he's confident he's completely clean.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Hance Smith's eyes widened in the dugout as he watched Quinton Gago send a homer well over the left-field fence.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tyson Ross is headed back to the minors in a new role after making one start for Oakland in place of suspended Bartolo Colon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Zito took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, Hector Sanchez's two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants rolled past the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings, Joaquin Arias homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday night to extend their NL West lead to 2½ games with their first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five years.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp has been tinkering with his batting stance to finally find something that works. Now that he's feeling it again at the plate, Crisp refuses to offer any details in fear of jinxing a good thing.
OAKLAND (AP) - Make it two 50-game suspensions in exactly one week - both starters for contending teams from the Bay Area, both for testosterone.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Wednesday that quarterback Alex Smith has become "savant-like" in his understanding of the San Francisco 49ers' West Coast system.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders backup quarterback Matt Leinart is OK to play after injuring the index finger on his non-throwing hand but still might be held out of Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Put the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of Tim Lincecum and he can't help but get pumped.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Drew thinks a change of scenery will help jump-start his slumping bat. The Oakland Athletics hope he's right.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has banned Melky Cabrera associate Juan Nunez from all team clubhouses.
DALLAS (AP) - Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is headed back to Madison Square Garden, this time taking his SMU Mustangs to the NIT semifinals.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Phil Mickelson made his only other Texas Open appearance in 1992, so long ago that the event was only his 11th professional start on the PGA Tour.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Novak Djokovic benefited from an erroneous call and claimed he didn't realize he had broken the rules. When Andy Murray walked to the net and challenged him about it, Djokovic responded with a shrug and a sheepish smile.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored three goals and set up another as the San Jose Sharks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the struggling Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
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.