LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Williams and Marian Gaborik scored two goals apiece, and the Los Angeles Kings emphatically avoided first-round playoff elimination with a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 on Thursday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 22 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Golden State Warriors 98-96 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has referred the airport arrest of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool.
AVONDALE, La. (AP) - Ben Martin treated a tiny gallery to a course-record round, shooting a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Zurich Classic.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 Thursday night in taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.
HOUSTON (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit a pair of two-run homers to help the Oakland Athletics cruise to a 10-1 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
BOSTON (AP) - Michael Pineda says he was just trying to get a better grip on the ball.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson sat on the scorer's table at Oracle Arena on Wednesday morning. He gazed around the building and tried to envision what it will look and sound like when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series tonight.
NEW YORK (AP) - As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.
OAKLAND (AP) - With the Texas rotation ravaged by injuries early in the season, Martin Perez has more than filled the void.
DENVER (AP) - Hector Sanchez hit two of San Francisco's six homers, including a grand slam in the 11th inning Wednesday that gave the Giants a wild 12-10 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joe Thornton and the Sharks have been in command of many playoff series over the past decade. The San Jose captain has also seen just how easily control slips away during nine straight postseason trips without raising the Stanley Cup.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - Germany coach Joachim Loew isn't sure his team's extra day of rest this week makes up for the months-long scheduling advantage his friend, Jurgen Klinsmann, has had with the U.S. team.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - Tim Howard rarely makes it through a game without accepting multiple celebratory embraces from relieved American teammates.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff said Wednesday the club has reached a 10-year lease agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to stay at the Oakland Coliseum.
LONDON (AP) - Let others wonder when or whether Venus Williams might move on from tennis. She's not ready to contemplate going anywhere just yet.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker aren't NBA players yet and they are already learning their first lesson.
DALLAS (AP) - The Mavericks and New York Knicks agreed Wednesday to a six-player trade that returns center Tyson Chandler to Dallas three years after he helped win a championship only to leave right away in free agency.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Bob Kersee is having a difficult time trying to get Allyson Felix to slow down.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Nobody has fielded more questions about Tiger Woods over his career than Ernie Els, at times to the point that it exasperates him.
The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players.
PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) - There won't be friendly phone calls, there won't be any dirty deals. That's the promise from both sides ahead of Germany's final Group G match against the United States.
NEW YORK (AP) - Slumping outfielder Chris Young homered twice, Travis d'Arnaud hit a three-run shot in his return from a demotion and the towel-waving New York Mets roughed up Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics 10-1 on Tuesday night
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alexi Amarista drove in three runs on three hits and San Diego handed the stumbling San Francisco Giants their 12th loss in the past 15 games, 7-2 Tuesday night.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James delivered his message loud and clear, without actually saying a word.
LONDON (AP) - Chasing a shot to his right, Rafael Nadal slipped and tumbled to the Centre Court turf. He popped up, raced across the baseline to get back into the point, and later capped the 14-stroke exchange with a backhand passing winner.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - About two dozen photographers lined up in a row on the range Tuesday at Congressional, a reminder that golf is different when Tiger Woods is around.