NEW YORK (AP) - The Miami Heat will open their title defense against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29 in the expected return of Derrick Rose, with an all-Los Angeles matchup later that night in the Lakers' first game without Dwight Howard and the Clippers' first with Doc Rivers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pinch hitter Jeff Francoeur's broken-bat single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run in the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez called it "a lie" right from the very start, from the moment a newspaper report linked him to a clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland manager Bob Melvin has seen his team's lead in the AL West Division shrink by 3 1-2 games the past week. Nothing to worry about, he says. The Athletics were in a worse position at this time last year.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - On the eve of the match against her former team, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage addressed Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and the challenge of beating the talent-laden United States in the World Cup.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The gray in his goatee is getting much more noticeable. Yet 49ers kicker Phil Dawson isn't yet thinking about retirement, even at a time when many of his San Francisco teammates have done just that.