DENVER (AP) - It used to be the domain of soccer players, NBA forwards and the occasional punter.
BOSTON (AP) - Most Valuable Papi.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the Los Angeles Kings knocked the San Jose Sharks out of the playoffs last season in the second round, five of the seven games were decided by one-goal margins. It was more of the same Wednesday night in the first meeting of the season between the Pacific Division rivals.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Say goodbye, A.I.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Mark Watson has been named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes after serving as the interim coach since June.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on top of the Associated Press power poll.
The Bengals are on a tear, the Dolphins are in a slump. When they meet Thursday night in Miami, nothing indicates a Cincinnati loss. Yet Miami is only a 2½ -point underdog.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton has heard all the talk: He can't win a big game, his arm isn't strong enough to complete the long pass, and he'll never be more than a caretaker quarterback.
BOSTON (AP) - Generations of New Englanders are preparing. Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park.
OAKLAND (AP) - Every basketball fan in the country and around the globe saw the potential of the Golden State Warriors last season when Stephen Curry stayed healthy and got hot in the playoffs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Here's a statement that seemed unlikely just a few months ago: the Sacramento Kings are about to begin the 2013-14 season.
AKHSHTYR, Russia (AP) - Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned.
MIAMI (AP) - The man accused of fatally shooting Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary testified Tuesday that he never went into the player's home that night and cast his confession as coming only under police pressure and amid purported threats to his family.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh is undecided whether he will allow himself a day off during San Francisco's bye week. Even with a whirlwind stretch of travel finally over.
The New England Patriots acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the Philadelphia Eagles along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 for a fifth-rounder next year.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks acquired forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Commissioner Bud Selig expects baseball owners to vote next week from a list of three candidates for his successor.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A.J. Preller has set the bar high for the San Diego Padres - World Series high.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals manager Matt Williams lashed out at reporters Wednesday after being asked if he was considering sending slumping Bryce Harper to the minor leagues.
NAPA (AP) - If Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Pat Sims decides to go into broadcasting, it will have to be through satellite radio.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Landon Donovan scored the go-ahead goal in a 2-1 victory over German power Bayern Munich on Wednesday night in the Major League Soccer All-Star game.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jason Hammel walked off the mound in the sixth inning to a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 16,335 at the Coliseum. He saluted the fans with his right hand, looking more relieved than happy.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is a much bigger fan of video replay than his San Francisco counterpart Bruce Bochy - at least for one night.
GLEN COVE, N.Y. (AP) - Bethany Wu shot a 2-under 68 on Tuesday in the U.S. Women's Amateur to top the 64 match-play qualifiers.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Stevie Johnson had produced three straight 1,000-yard seasons with 23 touchdown catches as Buffalo's most dynamic player in the passing game when that streak ended in frustrating fashion last year.
MIAMI (AP) - The former clinic owner accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez has agreed to plead guilty in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute steroids to both major league ballplayers and high school athletes.
NEW YORK (AP) - A person who reviewed the deal tells The Associated Press that free-agent reliever Jim Johnson and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a minor league contract.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders projected starting tight end David Ausberry is scheduled to have knee surgery and will miss Friday's preseason opener against Minnesota.
Paul George's broken right leg has already created questions about the future of NBA players in international competitions.