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.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Miami Hurricanes were down to their fourth point guard. They had four freshmen on the court during one stretch, and players found themselves in roles they never filled during the regular season.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Being Kentucky's smallest player on the floor hasn't prevented 5-foot-9 point guard Tyler Ulis from repeatedly coming up big for the Wildcats.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Four No. 1 seeds are in the Final Four of the women's NCAA Tournament for only the third time, yet there's still a distinctive feel it's really two-time defending champion Connecticut's title to lose. Notre Dame, South Carolina and Maryland merely are a distant best of the rest.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - As pressure builds for the repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to look for a new venue for next year's women's Final Four.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 27 points, Klay Thompson added 25 and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Clippers 110-106 Tuesday night for their 10th consecutive victory.
ZURICH (AP) - The United States held on for 1-1 draw with Switzerland in an international friendly on Tuesday after veteran forward Jozy Altidore was sent off.
NEW YORK (AP) - Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Barry Zito's spotless spring ended when he gave up three home runs to the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning Tuesday, but the Oakland Athletics also had a big day at the plate in a 13-10 victory.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chasson Randle came into the NIT semifinals 11 points away from setting Stanford's all-time scoring record. The Cardinal needed much more than that from their senior star after blowing a 21-point first-half lead.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Mullin is coming home to St. John's.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger Woods played a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National, a strong indication that the four-time champion could make his return at the Masters.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Before the first set ended Tuesday, Novak Djokovic had busted a racket in anger, drawn jeers from the crowd and received two code violations, which cost him a point penalty.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman's race team Tuesday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies were delighted to snap out of their recent losing spell, no matter what opponent they dispatched.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers were hosting free agent linebacker Lance Briggs at team headquarters Monday.