NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Monty Williams decided it was time to loosen the reins on Jason Smith. By the looks of things, the Hornets coach won't be reeling the blossoming 7-footer back in any time soon.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball will mark the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut by again having all players wear his No. 42 on Sunday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ian Kinsler and the Texas Rangers finalized a $75 million, five-year contract through 2017 that locks up another one of the team's key players and makes the leadoff hitter one of the best-paid second basemen.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Scott Baker has struggled with pain in his pitching elbow for more than a year now, and the right-hander finally will have surgery to fix the problem once and for all. The injury, and the surgery, couldn't have come at a worse time for Baker or the Minnesota Twins.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Steroid use shouldn't keep baseball's best sluggers and pitchers out of the Hall of Fame, the head of the players' union said Wednesday.
DENVER (AP) - Buster Posey can't seem to catch a break. The San Francisco Giants' star catcher who missed most of last season with a broken left leg has been diagnosed with shingles.
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OAKLAND (AP) - Jonathan Broxton hit Jonny Gomes on the first pitch he threw with the bases loaded in the 12th inning, forcing Jemile Weeks home for the winning run in the Oakland Athletics' 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ken Hitchcock's big decision decided itself.
STANFORD (AP) - Pep Hamilton put his hands on his forehead, closed his eyes and scrunched his face. When it comes to talking about the quarterback competition, Stanford's offensive coordinator is still searching for the answers.
WACO, Texas (AP) - The NCAA put Baylor on three years of probation Wednesday after an investigation turned up hundreds of impermissible telephone calls and text messages sent to prep recruits by coaches and assistants on the basketball teams.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Chris Paul scored 31 points, including the game-winning shot on a layup with 8.8 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers to a 100-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night that kept them in position for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Danny Duffy pitched six sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night.
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks finally won a game without Lamar Odom, who is no longer an option for them.
Michael Sam will face a daunting set of challenges that most rookies don't have to deal with when making the already formidable jump from college to the NFL.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty says Danica Patrick can only win a Sprint Cup Series race "if everybody else stayed home."
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - The brightest lights that interest Jimmy Walker are found in another galaxy through his high-powered telescope.
OAKLAND (AP) - With a shortened swing and newfound swagger following his most rigorous offseason of training yet that helped him pack on 15 pounds of muscle, Yoenis Cespedes wants to forget all the frustrations of last year.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Even with his high-powered telescope, Jimmy Walker might have had a hard time finding himself among the stars.
NEW YOKR (AP) - Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nene scored 18 points and led a strong defensive effort to help the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 93-84 on Sunday night.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Confetti cannons boomed around Peyton Manning following Seattle's 43-8 dismantling of Denver and the five-time MVP sought out Russell Wilson to congratulate the Seahawks' second-year scrambler on his stunningly lopsided Super Bowl triumph.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Karin Knapp won her second match of the weekend and gave Italy a 3-1 win over the United States in their Fed Cup first-round match on Sunday.
BOSTON (AP) - Nothing could stop Boston's Jared Sullinger on Friday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp offered a long list of reasons why Oakland is such a great fit for him for years to come - his sentiments the same whether or not he had a nice new contract to his name.
SAN JOSE (AP) - John McCarthy scored his first goal since 2010 to help the San Jose Sharks head into the Olympic break on a winning note after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Friday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry came home late Tuesday night following the Golden State Warriors' blowout loss to the Charlotte Bobcats and received some basketball advice from an unexpected source: His wife, Ayesha.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez ended his extended and acrimonious fight with Major League Baseball on Friday, withdrawing a pair of lawsuits and accepting a season-long suspension that marks the longest penalty in the sport's history related to performance-enhancing drugs.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - The wind and the rain arrived Friday, perhaps a prelude to a nasty weekend. Leave it to a pair of Texans - Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth - to thrive in Crosby Clambake conditions at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.