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Costa Rica beats US 3-1 in World Cup qualifying

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.

September 07, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports


Sports news briefs

• 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 ...

September 07, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Raiders enter Year 2 of rebuilding

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.

September 06, 2013 | By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


Broncos again class of AFC West

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.

September 06, 2013 | By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer | Pro Sports


Goldschmidt has 2 hits, 2 RBIs in D-backs' 4-2 win

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.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Peacock sharp in Astros' 3-2 win over A's

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.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Manning's 7 TDs lead Broncos past Ravens 49-27

DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Raiders seek leadership, sacks from Lamarr Houston

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


New 49ers kicker Phil Dawson ready to start fresh

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.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Sacramento Kings hire Chris Mullin as adviser

The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.

September 05, 2013 | By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


Curry back in basketball mode after busy summer

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.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


2012 champ Murray loses US Open QF; Djokovic wins

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.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Williams nears 5th US Open, 17th Slam title in all

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.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


49ers determined to return to Super Bowl and win

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh recently went back to reread Colin Kaepernick's goal sheet from 2012.

September 04, 2013 | | Pro Sports


BEST IN THE WEST?

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks spent the entire offseason going at each other.

September 04, 2013 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


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QBs go 1-2 in NFL Draft

CHICAGO (AP) - Even with significant off-field baggage, Jameis Winston was the first pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

May 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Baffert aiming at 1st 1-2 Kentucky Derby finish since 1948

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Bob Baffert was a big-shot quarter horse trainer when he took his cowboy hat and scuffed boots to the high-class world of thoroughbred racing. He gave himself three years to make a splash. After a slow start and some embarrassing losses, he found his footing.

May 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Spieth makes a big adjustment on the greens

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rickie Fowler made three big putts in a row and won his second straight match Thursday to secure his spot in the round of 16 on the weekend at the Match Play Championship.

May 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Roach confident in referee Bayless, 3 judges for big fight

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The third man in the ring on Saturday night has been in more big fights than Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao put together.

May 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


A’s rally falls short

OAKLAND (AP) - All eyes were on Mike Trout as he tracked Ike Davis' long fly ball to the wall. He had to make a late adjustment but was able to haul it in, prompting Los Angeles closer Huston Street to pump his fist into the air.

May 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Oklahoma City Thunder hire Florida’s Billy Donovan as coach

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Thunder hired Florida's Billy Donovan as their coach Thursday, hoping he will help the franchise win an NBA championship in Oklahoma City.

May 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Bonds still not in the clear

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has granted a motion from prosecutors that gives them until at least July 22 to decide whether to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.

May 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Mets’ home streak ends

NEW YORK (AP) - An agitated Stephen Strasburg settled down in a hurry after a rocky start and the Washington Nationals became the first visiting team to win at Citi Field this season, beating the New York Mets 8-2 on Thursday night.

May 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Dunleavy scores 20, Bulls clobber Bucks to advance

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points and Chicago came close to an NBA playoff record, finally putting away Milwaukee with a 120-66 victory in Game 6 to clinch their first-round series Thursday night.

May 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Ward scores with 1.3 seconds left, Capitals beat Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) - Joel Ward scored with 1.3 seconds left to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

May 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Dodgers hit 4 HRs off Vogelsong in win over Giants

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier homered off Ryan Vogelsong in the first inning and Jimmy Rollins hit another one off him in the third, powering the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

April 29, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Angels lose Pujols but beat Athletics

OAKLAND (AP) - Mike Trout homered and drove in three runs, Johnny Giavotella hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Angels held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Wednesday night.

April 29, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Former rugby star Hayne finding way with 49ers

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jarryd Hayne has found himself discussing snakes, kangaroos and koalas - all things Aussie - in the middle of San Francisco's locker room right along with the routes and responsibilities from his daunting new NFL playbook.

April 29, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Money the big thing as Mayweather

LAS VEGAS (AP) - His middle name is Money, or at least it used to be before Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped flashing $100,000 wads of cash every time he saw a camera.

April 29, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Spieth advances on a day of hand-wringing at Match Play

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even with a new format, the objective didn't change in the Match Play Championship.

April 29, 2015 | | Pro Sports


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