OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics topped even their most trade-happy of days by making nine swaps involving 27 players in a wild offseason for Billy Beane and his front-office mates. As far as Beane is concerned, the A's wouldn't have even had a chance to close the gap on the reigning AL West champion Los Angeles Angels without a major offseason overhaul.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Eric Gordon scored 21 points, Tyreke Evans nearly had a triple-double and the New Orleans Pelicans gained ground in the playoff race by outlasting the short-handed Sacramento Kings 101-95 on Friday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - These days, Hope Solo is projecting calm confidence in net. She's working hard at putting distance on a recent suspension and leading the way for U.S. women's soccer team preparing for the World Cup.