BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox manager John Farrell calls outfielder Rusney Castillo "an exciting, athletic player."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Jordan Norwood's season-ending knee injury jumbled the Denver Broncos' search for Trindon Holliday's replacement on punt returns and dented the team's depth at wide receiver.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady's offense and the New England Patriots' defense dominated the Carolina Panthers.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Early in his career, Jonathan Martin had a harder time keeping plays straight while shifting from one side of the offensive line to the other.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers were working to re-sod the field at new Levi's Stadium on Thursday, a day after a public workout was cut short and moved to the regular practice fields because players were slipping.
As good as any division a year ago, the AFC West is about to get tested.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - One of the NFL's top quarterbacks learned from one of the best defensive backs in the game.
CHICAGO (AP) - All the San Francisco Giants asked for was a fair shot, and that's exactly what they got in the end.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.
MIAMI (AP) - As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially.
CHICAGO (AP) - Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. national team because of a "commitment" to his family.
LONDON, Ontario (AP) - On the eve of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi and Inbee Park got together for dinner with some fellow South Korean golfers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Serena Williams will face an up-and-coming American player in the first round of the U.S.Open.
BERKELEY (AP) - Michael Williams makes it clear: The word "caretaker" is not the description for how he sees his role as interim athletic director at California.
CHICAGO (AP) - Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with his 14th homer, leading Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers are heading into the postseason healthier than they were a year ago, and they hope it holds up.
WASHINGTON (AP) - About a half-hour before game time on the days Stephen Strasburg starts at home for the Washington Nationals, he emerges from the dugout and walks along the right-field line with pitching coach Steve McCatty, hearing cheers from spectators along the way.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers will start this postseason just like last year's: Max Scherzer in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Game 2.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen on Monday night four games into his third season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has no time for Deion Sanders, Trent Dilfer or others who question whether the fourth-year coach has lost his locker room or the faith of his players.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.
OAKLAND (AP) - David Lee learned to block out trade talk during his days with the New York Knicks when just about everybody on the roster was rumored to be on the move at some point.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have proven themselves to be elimination experts.
NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to baseball's MVP debate, sometimes the names change from year to year more than the arguments do.
• AJ Hinch hired to manage Astros : HOUSTON (AP) - A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers got Frank Gore involved in the offense again, and it returned them to their winning ways.
LONDON (AP) - The Oakland defense still needs plenty more improvement, and both sides of the ball could do with fewer injuries.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At the end of a long and sporadic regular season for the San Francisco Giants, Hunter Pence held the microphone to his mouth and gave fans at AT&T Park a pep talk.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Oakland Athletics waited until the last day of the regular season to finally clinch their third consecutive playoff berth.