ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Brandon Belt got the previous three games off in Philadelphia for a mental break and work on his swing, and the first results were outstanding.
OAKLAND (AP) - Nelson Cruz shook off talk of a pending suspension to hit a tying two-run homer, Jurickson Profar added another two-run shot and the surging Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.
NAPA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year extension Friday, ensuring the franchise's leading scorer will remain with the team through at least 2017.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers signed wide receivers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins to one-year deals Friday after both veteran free agents worked out for the team earlier in the day.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Struggling San Francisco Giants left-hander Barry Zito will not make his next scheduled start Sunday at Tampa Bay.
OAKLAND (AP) - Adam Rosales felt a little weird walking into the visitor's clubhouse at the Oakland Coliseum for the first time Friday. He felt even stranger seeing a new No. 9 Texas Rangers jersey with his name hanging in a locker.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez was back with the Trenton Thunder on Friday and hit what might be his last home run in a while.
BOSTON (AP) - Businessman John Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, has entered into an agreement to buy The Boston Globe.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will miss the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Corliss Williamson is returning to the NBA, this time as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods had a shot at making history with a magical 59.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sergio Romo threw his hands out, looked to the sky and screamed in jubilation after working out of the toughest of jams.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Injuries are suddenly piling up fast for the San Francisco 49ers in training camp.
NAPA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski has every reason to believe he'll be the Raiders' starting center for a second straight season despite talk about a possible move to left guard.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - His left oblique no longer a painful obstacle, Francisco Liriano is starting to look like the dominant pitcher he was for Pittsburgh in 2013.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Brandon Lloyd returned to the San Francisco 49ers to finish what he started.
NAPA (AP) - The anointed starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders is strengthening his hold on the position this training camp instead of losing it.
STANFORD (AP) - Ana Ivanovic has a new coach and a better outlook.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin's crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith to a one-year deal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In one of their craziest scouting experiences, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal with a 24-year-old pitching prospect who has thrown 100 mile per hour fastballs but has never been drafted.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain plans to meet with specialist Dr. James Andrews this week to get a second opinion on his injured elbow.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted to approve a 10-year lease extension to keep the Athletics in Oakland.
The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former UFC champion Anderson Silva will return to the octagon Jan. 31 against Nick Diaz in Las Vegas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After getting swept in a three-game home series to the Los Angeles Dodgers to fall out of first place in the NL West, the San Francisco Giants turned to their hottest pitcher to help wash away their woes.
HOUSTON (AP) - It all fell apart for Oakland starter Jesse Chavez in a very brief span.