PARIS (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.
SANTA CLARA . (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Saturday that he expects the NFL's decision on a possible suspension for linebacker Aldon Smith to be announced soon, perhaps even before the preseason begins Aug. 7.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Their bond goes far beyond their designation as teammates, and as a whole they are far more than merely a quartet of players thrown together to represent Spain.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Lawrence Okoye speaks as if he is hoping to win a contest for the Oxford University debate team. That very well may be next on his list of things to accomplish.
NAPA (AP) - Not a lot has changed in the year since Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Brad Keselowski and Juan Pablo Montoya came to Indianapolis trying to send Roger Penske back to Victory Lane.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yasiel Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jerome Williams pitched six solid innings while becoming the team-record 31st pitcher used this season by the Texas Rangers, and they beat AL West-leading Oakland 4-1 on Friday night.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.
NAPA (AP) - The start of training camp is a time for optimism all around the NFL - even for a team that has gone 11 straight seasons without a winning season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Patrick Willis hollered at pal NaVorro Bowman a few days back to keep him in the mix, even if the star linebacker was a bystander as his teammates endured their Day 1 conditioning tests.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Joe Torre still needs a pinch or two, just to make sure.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dan Uggla needed a fresh start. The San Francisco Giants needed a healthy second baseman who could step in and produce.
OAKLAND (AP) - More luggage than usual piled up outside the Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday as the playoff-hopeful Athletics prepared for an uncertain road trip with no set return date.
Nothing is worse than being hit by a slew of injuries in a Sunday game. Except, of course, having to then play on Thursday. Just ask the Washington Redskins.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has made a coaching career out of bucking convention.
BAGSHOT, England (AP) - With everyone trying to pretend this is just a normal week of practice, perhaps the best plan of action for the Oakland Raiders is to embrace the abnormality of being in London, and hope something positive happens.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers believes he has done all he could to improve the roster with the moves he made - and didn't make - this summer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Turner homered twice and Matt Kemp had a two-run shot in a testy first inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the second-place San Francisco Giants 4-2 to stretch their NL West lead to 4 1/2 games Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Gordon Beckham homered and the Los Angeles Angels dropped the Oakland Athletics into a tie for the top AL wild card with a 2-0 win Tuesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - After three games the San Francisco 49ers lead the NFL with 36 penalties, a pace that would break the league record set by the Oakland Raiders three years ago.
NEW YORK (AP) - Russell Wilson's clutch plays in overtime helped the Seattle Seahawks fend off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. It also put them on top of the latest AP Pro32 power rankings.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig hopes one day Derek Jeter will own a team after the 40-year-old shortstop retires as a player.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) - Paul McGinley is not trying to reinvent the wheel at the Ryder Cup. He just wants to keep Europe rolling.
Sue Bird is in a class by herself.
STOCKTON (AP) - Joe Thornton scored two goals, and Nikolay Goldobin and Barclay Goodrow each had a goal and an assist to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in a split-squad preseason matchup Tuesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan will have season-ending surgery to repair a bulging disk in his back.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pinch-hitter Andrew Susac singled home the go-ahead run in the 13th inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Monday night to climb within 3 1/2 games of the NL West lead.