Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.
• SERENA BACK IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: NEW YORK (AP) - At the end, and only at the very end, did Serena Williams face anything resembling a challenge in her U.S. Open semifinal. Six times, Williams was a single point from winning. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable. On match point No. 7, Williams delivered a 107 mph service winner, then let out two shouts, a mixture of relief and rejoicing after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na of China that put the defending champion back in the ...
OAKLAND - Reggie McKenzie has spent most of his first two years as Oakland Raiders general manager tearing down a team mired in years of struggles.
Shaun Phillips joined the Denver Broncos after a decade of jawing with them as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He wants to show both his new team and his old one that he still has plenty of sacks left in him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Phil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium's tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area - his first major move in more than a decade.
The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry shot for two days this week before he noticed a new plaque hanging above the court at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility recognizing his NBA-record 272 made 3-pointers last season. Then he looked at the area around the sign placed near the entrance to the locker room.
NEW YORK (AP) - The earliest real signs of trouble for Andy Murray came in the 10th game of his U.S. Open quarterfinal. For 22 points stretched over 15 excruciating minutes Thursday, Murray's body language was as poor as his play.
NEW YORK (AP) - When Serena Williams plays in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, probably will pull out a pen and jot some notes in his ever-present black notebook.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh recently went back to reread Colin Kaepernick's goal sheet from 2012.
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks spent the entire offseason going at each other.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Hot but happy, Novak Djokovic had just begun celebrating his latest championship when he tossed his towel and sweatbands into the crowd. They were soggy souvenirs for sure.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics topped even their most trade-happy of days by making nine swaps involving 27 players in a wild offseason for Billy Beane and his front-office mates. As far as Beane is concerned, the A's wouldn't have even had a chance to close the gap on the reigning AL West champion Los Angeles Angels without a major offseason overhaul.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants extended the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and baseball operations leader Brian Sabean through the 2019 season Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The pain in Matt Cain's right elbow is no longer an issue. Being more efficient with his pitches is the next step toward putting him back on track.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Eric Gordon scored 21 points, Tyreke Evans nearly had a triple-double and the New Orleans Pelicans gained ground in the playoff race by outlasting the short-handed Sacramento Kings 101-95 on Friday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sim Bhullar is used to people staring at him.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored in the opening 5 minutes and the San Jose Sharks held on for their fourth win in five games, 3-1 over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.
Tiger Woods ended all that speculation about his game by letting everyone see for themselves.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - Lydia Ko missed a chance to make some more history - and lost ground to the leaders Friday in the ANA Inspiration.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - These days, Hope Solo is projecting calm confidence in net. She's working hard at putting distance on a recent suspension and leading the way for U.S. women's soccer team preparing for the World Cup.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed special teams contributor and linebacker Nick Bellore to a two-year contract.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scott Kazmir ended his spring looking just as crisp as when he started. Now the Oakland left-hander is focused on an encore to the best season of his major league career.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chasson Randle hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, and Stanford won the second NIT title of his career, edging Miami 66-64 on Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sim Bhullar has become the NBA's first player of Indian descent, signing a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings.
OAKLAND (AP) - Harrison Barnes hit a running shot in the lane with less than a second remaining, lifting the Golden State Warriors to a wild 107-106 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.