PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Starts like this used to be common for Tim Lincecum.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Brandt Snedeker plays fast and talks even faster, and he was on a roll Friday in the British Open. He raced up the leaderboard with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, tied the 36-hole record for a major championship and looked like he was bent on running away from the field at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors on Thursday urged a federal appeals court to uphold former major league slugger Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) - Britain's Bradley Wiggins overcame the mountains and challengers to retain the yellow jersey, while Spain's Alejandro Valverde won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Unlike the guys in charge of the weather forecast, Adam Scott got everything just about right Thursday in the British Open.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Giants' first loss since the All-Star break provided a reminder their hitters still have room to improve.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the first inning and A.J. Griffin shut down one of baseball's best lineups for five innings as the Oakland Athletics beat the Yankees 4-3 Thursday night to snap a nine-game skid at home to New York.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) - Cadel Evans' vision of repeating as Tour de France champion vanished under the sun-baked punishment of the Pyrenees mountains on Wednesday, as Bradley Wiggins took another step toward taking the yellow jersey home.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - The British Open began Thursday with a little rain and a long birdie putt from James Driscoll.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox placed designated hitter David Ortiz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right Achilles tendon before Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Marvin Chavez scored against his former team and Alan Gordon added his eighth goal of the season to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas on Wednesday.
ATLANTA (AP) - Brandon Crawford didn't have to be told the Giants had no available position players in the 11th inning when he fouled a ball off his right knee and collapsed to the ground.
OAKLAND (AP) - Dressed in a full-length bright yellow A's bathrobe, Josh Reddick snuck up on Brandon Hicks and planted a whipped cream pie in his teammate's face right there at his locker.
OAKLAND (AP) - Roy Oswalt threw one curveball clocked at 57 mph. His fastball hit 91.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia native Buster Posey finally had a homecoming to remember.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are checking out the possibility of building a new stadium on the same site of their current home.
BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox manager John Farrell calls outfielder Rusney Castillo "an exciting, athletic player."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Jordan Norwood's season-ending knee injury jumbled the Denver Broncos' search for Trindon Holliday's replacement on punt returns and dented the team's depth at wide receiver.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady's offense and the New England Patriots' defense dominated the Carolina Panthers.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Early in his career, Jonathan Martin had a harder time keeping plays straight while shifting from one side of the offensive line to the other.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers were working to re-sod the field at new Levi's Stadium on Thursday, a day after a public workout was cut short and moved to the regular practice fields because players were slipping.
As good as any division a year ago, the AFC West is about to get tested.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - One of the NFL's top quarterbacks learned from one of the best defensive backs in the game.
CHICAGO (AP) - All the San Francisco Giants asked for was a fair shot, and that's exactly what they got in the end.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.
MIAMI (AP) - As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially.
CHICAGO (AP) - Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. national team because of a "commitment" to his family.
LONDON, Ontario (AP) - On the eve of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi and Inbee Park got together for dinner with some fellow South Korean golfers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Serena Williams will face an up-and-coming American player in the first round of the U.S.Open.
BERKELEY (AP) - Michael Williams makes it clear: The word "caretaker" is not the description for how he sees his role as interim athletic director at California.