SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rookie Hector Sanchez spent the winter back home in Venezuela fine-tuning his swing while turning most of his attention to becoming a better defensive catcher. Day after day, he fueled his improvement with thoughts of making the Giants' opening day roster.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves don't appear to have much left in the tank.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James had 34 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and the Miami Heat avenged a loss at Oklahoma City last week, rallying to beat the Thunder 98-93 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight home victory.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored as part of a four-goal first period, and the New York Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 1994 with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash controlled the game when it mattered most, making big shots and finding open teammates in the fourth quarter with the game in doubt.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - For three quarters, the Memphis Grizzlies did not resemble a team coming off a win at Oklahoma City.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, Mario Chalmers added 19 and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his strained, surgically repaired throwing shoulder and will not do any baseball activity for three weeks.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Get ready for a "birdie-fest" at Augusta National.
CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez scored to power the United States to a 3-0 victory over Brazil in the three-team Kirin Cup on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - David Stern would love a system in which Anthony Davis and the rest of Kentucky's freshmen stars were required to try to repeat.
STANFORD (AP) - Stepfan Taylor's teammates call him the country's quietest 1,000-yard rusher. Overshadowed and underappreciated might fit just as well, too.
DALLAS (AP) - Logan Couture's timing was perfect.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Cleveland Browns' quarterback derby is heading down the homestretch.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore sustained what appeared to be a season-ending injury Sunday in a hard-hitting joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers.
MONTREAL (AP) - Agnieszka Radwanska beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Rogers Cup title.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Minnesota Twins traded veteran right-hander Kevin Correia to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night for a player to be named or cash.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - AJ Allmendinger's journey is almost complete.
BELMONT, Mich. (AP) - Mirim Lee won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory, beating fellow South Korean player Inbee Park with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Rory McIlroy tracked the flight of his drive as long as he could against the rain clouds over Valhalla on Friday, not quite sure where it landed. He turned to his caddie for confirmation and asked, "Was it good?"
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Matt Schaub has impressed his new coaches and teammates with the Oakland Raiders with his sharp performance during training camp practices as he looks to turn the page from a disastrous finish to his career in Houston.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Alonzo Mourning first thanked all of the usual people when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: His coaches, his teachers, and the foster mother who raised him.
CARSON (AP) - Gyasi Zardes scored his sixth goal in his last six games and the Los Angeles Galaxy tied the San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 in the California Clasico on Friday night.
College football and basketball players could be in line for paydays worth thousands of dollars once they leave school after a landmark ruling Friday that may change the way the NCAA does business.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Blake Bortles was solid in his preseason debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10 on Friday night.
IRVINE (AP) - Two events, two losses for Michael Phelps.
TORONTO (AP) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Rogers Cup semifinals with another upset victory, and Roger Federer was extended to three sets for the second straight night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Billy Butler is hot at the plate and Kansas City Royals are even hotter.