SHANGHAI (AP) - The graceful combination of power and balance. The bounce in his step after every birdie. His name at the top of the leaderboard. For at least one round, Rory McIlroy finally looked like the former No. 1 player in the world instead of a guy who hasn't won a tournament all year.
BOSTON (AP) - There hasn't been a party like this in New England for nearly a century.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson scored a career-high 38 points in a spectacular shooting performance, and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Los Angeles Lakers 125-94 in their much-anticipated season opener Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson put the perfect capper on a celebratory opening to a new era of basketball in Sacramento.
DENVER (AP) - It used to be the domain of soccer players, NBA forwards and the occasional punter.
BOSTON (AP) - Most Valuable Papi.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the Los Angeles Kings knocked the San Jose Sharks out of the playoffs last season in the second round, five of the seven games were decided by one-goal margins. It was more of the same Wednesday night in the first meeting of the season between the Pacific Division rivals.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Say goodbye, A.I.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Mark Watson has been named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes after serving as the interim coach since June.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on top of the Associated Press power poll.
The Bengals are on a tear, the Dolphins are in a slump. When they meet Thursday night in Miami, nothing indicates a Cincinnati loss. Yet Miami is only a 2½ -point underdog.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton has heard all the talk: He can't win a big game, his arm isn't strong enough to complete the long pass, and he'll never be more than a caretaker quarterback.
BOSTON (AP) - Generations of New Englanders are preparing. Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park.
OAKLAND (AP) - Every basketball fan in the country and around the globe saw the potential of the Golden State Warriors last season when Stephen Curry stayed healthy and got hot in the playoffs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Here's a statement that seemed unlikely just a few months ago: the Sacramento Kings are about to begin the 2013-14 season.
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is in the process of agreeing to a $68.5 million, six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - When Sacramento coach Michael Malone was ejected in the second quarter, DeMarcus Cousins helped steady the Kings.
MIAMI (AP) - So much for Stephen Curry's mini-shooting slump.
MIAMI (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - With the help of a cardboard cutout, the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin took digs at the NFL during a news conference on Tuesday after the league issued a $100,000 fine to teammate Marshawn Lynch for not speaking to the media.
BOSTON (AP) - Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they're teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million spending spree the Red Sox are hoping will lift them out of the AL East cellar.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Giants are turning their attention to Jon Lester following Pablo Sandoval's departure.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Flannery is ready to leave the baseball grind and play a little more music.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - Seattle Seahawks, meet Chris Borland and Carlos Hyde. Aaron Lynch and Marcus Martin.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's unanimous: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the top team in the NFL.
BERKELEY (AP) - California coach Sonny Dykes praised the Pac-12 on Tuesday for acknowledging that replay officials erred in overturning two touchdowns for the Golden Bears on one drive in the Big Game against Stanford.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith met Tuesday to discuss the league's personal conduct policy.
STANFORD (AP) - The challenge for Stanford's struggling offense just got a little more difficult this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From his three home-run game in the 2012 World Series to that lasting image of his arms in the air celebrating another San Francisco championship last month, Pablo Sandoval's departure to the Boston Red Sox leaves a city in shock that he is really leaving.