SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Melky Cabrera is a new marketing phenomenon: "Got Melk?"
PARIS (AP) - Used to be that Venus Williams was the one who was highly ranked, the one considered a title contender, the one who would dominate foes so thoroughly that matches would be tidily wrapped up in an hour.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gregg Popovich implored his San Antonio Spurs to get nasty to take control of the Western Conference finals.
MIAMI (AP) - Back and forth they went in overtime, Rajon Rondo and the Miami Heat.
NEW YORK (AP) - After a promise from players that the game will be more competitive, the NFL will hold the Pro Bowl in Honolulu next Jan. 27, a week before the Super Bowl.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Brazil had its way with the U.S. soccer team, with the stars in the famous yellow jerseys dribbling past the Americans and generally pushing them around for the first half-hour.
DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez hit three home runs in his last three at-bats, Michael Cuddyer had a grand slam and Dexter Fowler also homered, leading the Colorado Rockies past the Houston Astros 13-5 on Wednesday night for their third win in a row.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Justin Smoak hit two three-run homers against his former team and the Seattle Mariners used a pair of early eight-run innings to rout the Texas Rangers for the second straight game, winning 21-8 Wednesday night.
DENVER (AP) - Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, the move being made about six weeks after he became the oldest starting pitcher to win a game in major league history.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Francisco Liriano needed a strong start in his return to the Minnesota Twins rotation. The punchless Oakland Athletics provided the perfect remedy for the vexing left-hander's recent struggles.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kirk Gibson asked Ian Kennedy if he could keep going, and Arizona's ace delivered with a career-high 122 pitches.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - East. West. It doesn't make a difference to the Los Angeles Kings.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors finally caught a break again in the NBA draft lottery.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh insists the 49ers planned to have Alex Smith as their quarterback even while they examined the possibility of signing then-free agent Peyton Manning.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo homered, Dan Haren pitched into the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels extended their longest winning streak in nearly three years to eight games with a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
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.