BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Dave Zabriskie won the individual time trial in hot and breezy conditions Thursday to take the Tour of California overall lead in with three stages left.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Roy Hibbert had 19 points and 18 rebounds, George Hill scored 20 and Danny Granger 17 as the Indiana Pacers, showing more balance, toughness and togetherness than Miami, throttled the Heat 94-75 on Thursday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dwight King scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Jonathan Quick made 18 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings rolled to the brink of their first Stanley Cup final in 19 years with a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bob Myers slides into a booth at a swanky restaurant on the second floor of the downtown Oakland Marriott, skims over the menu and smiles about his coming order.
FOOTBALL SAINTS' VILMA SUES ROGER GOODELL FOR DEFAMATION: NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming the league's top executive made false statements that tarnished Vilma's reputation and hindered his ability to earn a living playing football. The suit in U.S. District Court in New Orleans claims Goodell, "relied on, at best, hearsay, circumstantial evidence ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - During another seven grueling hours of cross-examination that frustrated all sides, Roger Clemens' accuser explained the evidence he kept in a beer can - and why his story about it has changed.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have placed third baseman Brandon Inge on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin and recalled infielder Adam Rosales from Triple-A Sacramento.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain has had more than his share of stellar performances that ended up without a win because of a lack of support. That's why the San Francisco Giants felt so good about picking up their star pitcher on a day he wasn't at his best.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Brandon McCarthy thought he had a double play. Instead, the Texas Rangers had a successful squeeze bunt and the lead, and the Oakland A's had a mess on their hands.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says it's up to Lew Wolff to decide whether to consider additional sites for a new ballpark for the Athletics, and the Oakland owner maintains he's focused on San Jose rather than a move outside the Bay Area.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong's cycling career is behind him. Now he says the doping questions should go away as well.
CLOVIS (AP) - Slovakia's Peter Sagan of Slovakia raced to his event-opening fourth straight stage victory in the Tour of California on Wednesday to increase his overall lead to 16 seconds.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Hours before turning 30 years old, Tony Parker grinned Wednesday as though his lowest-scoring playoff game since his early twenties was an early birthday gift from the Los Angeles Clippers.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were not carrying "Help Wanted" signs around the Miami Heat practice floor on Wednesday. The mood was not grim, voices were not hushed and scowls were not prominent.
Everything always seemed to come so easily for Larry Bird on a basketball court. The way the ball appeared almost destined to swish through the net every time he finished his lightning-quick release with a flick of his right wrist. The way he could suck a defender in while running the break, only to zip a no-look pass to a cutting Boston Celtics teammate for an easy bucket. The way Bird related to his Indiana ...
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) - Tara VanDerveer became nostalgic after reaching another major coaching milestone.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Unlike the last time he was a free agent, LeBron James won't discuss his future.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Thornton scored his first shootout goal since 2007 in the eighth round and the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Wednesday night to extend the home-team dominance in this California rivalry.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Just as the passing game has started to click for the San Francisco 49ers at last, here comes Michael Crabtree.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden went through a light practice Wednesday and will play against Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco safety Donte Whitner is challenging Drew Brees to come beat the 49ers fair and square - and Whitner hopes that happens in a playoff date in January.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ryan Braun ended his silence Wednesday, speaking to the media for the first time since accepting a season-ending, 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug agreement.
Manteca High's football team made amends for the failures of its predecessors the past two weeks.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Harbaugh pulled his young quarterback aside last week to praise him for his professionalism and leadership during a rough patch for the reigning NFC champion 49ers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After many of his teammates were dressed and walking to the bus outside New Orleans Arena, Jermaine O'Neal sat in the visitors' locker room, still in uniform, with large packs of ice wrapped around his legs and a slight smile on his face.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt McGloin's rapid ascent from undrafted rookie to starting NFL quarterback is headed to the big stage.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks will go into their showdown against New Orleans on Monday night short-handed in the secondary after starting cornerback Walter Thurmond was officially suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the team's next four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says jobs are on the line - and his own is on the list.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The impenetrable wall that was the Kansas City defense was breached by the Denver Broncos two weeks ago, when Peyton Manning and his cohorts ran up and down the field in a 27-17 victory.