OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Friday night to move into first in the AL West.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One more strike. Another couple of feet on a line drive.
Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.
• SERENA BACK IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: NEW YORK (AP) - At the end, and only at the very end, did Serena Williams face anything resembling a challenge in her U.S. Open semifinal. Six times, Williams was a single point from winning. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable. On match point No. 7, Williams delivered a 107 mph service winner, then let out two shouts, a mixture of relief and rejoicing after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na of China that put the defending champion back in the ...
OAKLAND - Reggie McKenzie has spent most of his first two years as Oakland Raiders general manager tearing down a team mired in years of struggles.
Shaun Phillips joined the Denver Broncos after a decade of jawing with them as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He wants to show both his new team and his old one that he still has plenty of sacks left in him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Phil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium's tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area - his first major move in more than a decade.
The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry shot for two days this week before he noticed a new plaque hanging above the court at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility recognizing his NBA-record 272 made 3-pointers last season. Then he looked at the area around the sign placed near the entrance to the locker room.
NEW YORK (AP) - The earliest real signs of trouble for Andy Murray came in the 10th game of his U.S. Open quarterfinal. For 22 points stretched over 15 excruciating minutes Thursday, Murray's body language was as poor as his play.
NEW YORK (AP) - When Serena Williams plays in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, probably will pull out a pen and jot some notes in his ever-present black notebook.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rodney Stuckey brushed off a sprained left ankle in another big game for the Indiana Pacers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Phelps has taken the plunge and gotten engaged.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Soaked in booze but drinking a Coke, Joey Logano fretted over how he and his new bride would celebrate his most significant victory.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Utah receiver Kaelin Clay has moved on from the most embarrassing play of his college career.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Bruce Bochy watched Giants pitchers and catchers while a song by Waylon Jennings wafted over the sound system at Scottsdale Stadium.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - David Ferrer won his second tournament of the season and the 23rd ATP singles title of his career, beating Fabio Fognini on Sunday 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Rio Open.
MIAMI (AP) - Not even a week ago, Chris Bosh was talking about how eager he was to get home in an effort to turn the Miami Heat's season around.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Thunder received an early lift from forward Vinny Scarsella when he finished off a nice centering feed from Keith Seabrook, but the Thunder couldn't stop the Idaho offensive attack as the game ends with a final score of 5-2 in favor of the Idaho Steelheads Sunday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 15 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 28 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Boston Celtics 109-101 Friday night to make new coach George Karl a winner in his return to the NBA.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is "doing great" and is expected to be released from the hospital Friday, a day after a heart procedure to insert two stents.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian fighter Anderson Silva is speaking out for the first time after his failed doping tests, saying in a statement that he is not a cheater and "never used any substances" to improve his performances.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Dean Rojas of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, took the Bassmaster Classic lead Friday in frigid conditions at Lake Hartwell.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Ever since being awarded an outdoor game back in August, the San Jose Sharks have been looking forward to the opportunity to play their biggest rival in front of 70,000 fans in a brand-new football stadium
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Two of the pitchers at spring training with the Oakland Athletics are getting ready for June, not April.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles is the hottest market for new stadiums in the country - and the NFL teams that could come with them - but the possibility that three teams will kick off in the region is a football fantasy, experts say.