TOKYO (AP) - American pitcher Brad Penny was released by the Softbank Hawks after appearing in just one game for the Pacific League team, becoming the latest in a long list of former major league players to struggle to adjust to Japan's unique brand of baseball.
DALLAS (AP) - Michael Phelps knows what's on his schedule this summer. Just don't ask him to share it. "Can I ask a question? Why is it such a big deal what I'm swimming?" Phelps said Sunday. "You guys ask me every time." Yes, four years after winning a record eight gold medals in Beijing, Phelps remains the indisputable star of the U.S. Olympic team. His lone availability at the USOC's media summit drew a ...
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alan Gordon's goal in the 89th minute salvaged a 1-1 tie for the San Jose Earthquakes against Chivas USA on Sunday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Los Angeles Clippers refused to let a third chance to knock the Memphis Grizzlies out of the playoffs slip away.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James was promised some rest. It never came. The MVP didn't care, not after he and the Miami Heat struck the first blow against the Indiana Pacers. James accepted his third MVP trophy from Commissioner David Stern before the game, then scored 26 of his game-high 32 points while playing every second of the second half - adding a season-high 15 rebounds as well - as the Heat survived some rough ...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Dwight King scored his second goal of the game into an empty net and the Los Angeles Kings opened the Western Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night to remain unbeaten on the road in the playoffs.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard is an optimist when it comes to putting 33 cars in this year's Indianapolis 500.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Pastor Maldonado held off Fernando Alonso to win the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, though Williams' first Formula One victory for eight years was marred by a fire that broke out in the team's garage, injuring 31 people.
MADRID (AP) - Roger Federer rallied to beat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 and win the Madrid Open for a third time on Sunday.
CYCLING • POZZOVIVO WINS 8TH STAGE; HESJEDAL IN GIRO LEAD: LAGO LACENO, Italy (AP) - Domenico Pozzovivo of Italy won the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday after a strong ride on a tough uphill finish while Ryder Hesjedal of Canada kept the overall lead. Pozzovivo made his break with less than 4½ miles from the finish of the 142-mile leg from Sulmona to Lago Laceno to win in 6 hours, 6 minutes, ...
MIAMI (AP) - Greg Dobbs' single with two outs in the ninth inning scored Emilio Bonifacio from second base, and the Miami Marlins rallied to end the New York Mets' five-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory on Friday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Josh Hamilton hit two more home runs, Yu Darvish struck out seven and the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-3 in a rain-interrupted game Friday night when C.J. Wilson faced only five batters against his former team.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Inge is putting on a home run derby for all his former teammates to see. The ex-bosses, too.
After I'll Have Another's surprising win in the Kentucky Derby at 15-1 odds, the California colt will be running in the Preakness with a bull's-eye on his back as perhaps racing's next superstar.
MADRID (AP) - Novak Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal in declaring he won't play again on the new blue clay court at the Madrid Open after losing to Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (2), 6-3 Friday in an all-Serb quarterfinal.
Natalie Prins and Kaylie Colyn each netted two goals apiece for Ripon Christian during Wednesday's 8-0 Southern League victory over visiting Delhi.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sleep deprived but back in the Bay Area, the Golden State Warriors returned to work Wednesday calm and confident that their Mile High City masterpiece will be no fluke.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brandon Crawford saved the day twice with late-inning offensive heroics. He never got a third chance, resting in the on-deck circle when the final out was recorded.
BOSTON (AP) - Oakland's Jed Lowrie rounded first base, reached second and immediately raised his arms in the air.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Coming off a dramatic victory in their home finale, the San Jose Sharks had a chance to move closer to earning home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Proposed changes to California environmental protection law unveiled Wednesday could help Sacramento's effort to keep its professional basketball team, according to the leader of the state Senate.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Yadier Molina hit a two-run single off Stephen Strasburg during St. Louis' three-run first inning, and the Cardinals beat the Nationals 4-2 Wednesday to complete a sweep and give Washington's All-Star ace the only four-start losing streak of his young career.
ALAMEDA (AP) - For seven straight years starting in 2004, the Oakland Raiders had a top 10 pick in the NFL draft only to end up disappointed in the outcome.
DENVER (AP) - The Golden State Warriors hardly missed much of anything Tuesday night.
BOSTON (AP) - The rain kept falling and Bartolo Colon kept throwing fastballs for strikes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Didi Gregorius had a pretty good view from third base when Giants reliever Santiago Casilla's wild pitch skipped past catcher Buster Posey and went to the backstop in the 11th inning.
SAN JOSE (AP) - One month after being mired in ninth place in the Western Conference, just hoping to squeeze into the postseason, the San Jose Sharks have clinched a ninth straight playoff berth and can now push for home-ice advantage in the first round.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith added 19, and New York opened a 2-0 lead over Boston with an 87-71 victory Tuesday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Tuesday night.