BERKELEY - Robert Thurman always figured he'd be big. His mom is a retired Marine staff sergeant who stands 6 feet tall, while his father is a 7-foot former bodybuilder who weighed 400 pounds in his prime.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Chad Ochocinco was the last Patriot to walk across the field and wade into the pack of reporters and photographers waiting near the sideline. He felt no need to rush the moment he'd longed for nearly his whole life.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Serena Williams said her sister Venus has been training every day and will be ready for the Fed Cup matches against Belarus - her first competitive tennis since she pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an autoimmune disease.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - For all the things that are still up in the air, Peyton Manning is certain about this much: He isn't ready to retire yet.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians have added an MVP to their roster, and a possible replacement at first base.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 22 points, Mike Miller added 14 off the bench and the Miami Heat shook off a slow start to run away from the New Orleans Hornets 109-95 on Monday night.
INDIANAPOLIS - He plays offense. He's won at least two Super Bowls, and he was the MVP the last time the Patriots won the NFL championship.
INDIANAPOLIS - Unlike four years ago when they dressed in black suits as a symbol of unity before facing the undefeated Patriots, the Giants returned to the Super Bowl this time with no sartorial gimmicks.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jim Irsay did his own politicking Monday.
INDIANAPOLIS - Four years after what many consider the best finish in Super Bowl history, the Giants and Patriots are facing off once more for the NFL championship. While there are no perfect records on the line this time, this matchup could be equally enticing.
ALAMEDA - Reggie McKenzie started researching Dennis Allen as a potential coaching candidate this past season when he first heard the Oakland Raiders might hire him as a general manager.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored 35 points, reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose wasted two chances in the final 23 seconds and the Miami Heat escaped with a 97-93 win Sunday over the Chicago Bulls.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Tiger Woods talked all week about his improved ball control - then it let him down when he needed it most.
NEW YORK (AP) - Through a pair of back-and-forth sets, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray put on a display befitting a matchup of past U.S. Open champions.
BILBAO, Spain (AP) - They were expected to be in Barcelona. They hope to finish their trip in Madrid.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - In a week that should be filled with talk about another Super Bowl run and the pomp and circumstance of finally playing the much-hyped season opener, the San Francisco 49ers once again find themselves dealing with potential embarrassment and legal problems away from the field.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jon Lester did just about everything the Oakland Athletics had hoped he would do in big games against big pitchers during the season's stretch run.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Through three coaching staffs, hundreds of players and countless opponents, the Oakland Raiders have been unable to solve their East Coast hex.
DENVER (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong was hurt by the home run ball at Coors Field - again.
Starting his second World Cup cycle as U.S. coach, Jurgen Klinsmann set a bold goal for the Americans: reach the final four of the 2018 tournament in Russia.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh have made it clear they have zero tolerance for domestic violence and consider defensive tackle Ray McDonald's arrest a serious matter.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Derek Carr has been groomed to be a starting quarterback in the NFL ever since he was an 11-year-old breaking down film with big brother David.
The Seattle Seahawks are still on top. Soon, they'll have to start proving it again.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Boone would hold out again if necessary - and has no regrets about missing the offseason program with the San Francisco 49ers - if it means more financial stability for his family.
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop.
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OAKLAND (AP) - James Paxton pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners held off a late rally by Oakland for a 6-5 win Tuesday night, handing the Athletics their fifth loss in six games.