CHICAGO (AP) - Jon Lester says he believes in the Chicago Cubs' plan and is ready to try to help bring them their first championship since 1908.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez appears to be returning to the New York Yankees as a man without a position.
SEATTLE (AP) - Doug Baldwin was caught. Not in the sense of getting tackled, but caught being an observer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - When Tony Sparano took over as interim coach in Oakland, one of his priorities was to make sure that the Raiders stopped beating the Raiders.
NEW YORK (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will likely be taking his game to the NFL next season.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - As Stephen Curry watched his second 3-pointer in overtime go down from 26 feet out, he shrugged his shoulders then pounded his chest.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kobe Bryant has reached rarefied air.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jon Lester set Major League Baseball records for largest signing bonus and biggest upfront payment with his $155 million, six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Navy's unprecedented 12-game winning streak against Army has increased the pressure on both teams Saturday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson sat at a table placed on the San Francisco 49ers logo at the 50-yard-line, chomping down on turkey in a made-for-TV moment.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Three weeks ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were charging toward the top of the AFC West.
NEW YORK (AP) - It was just two guys talking football and posing for pictures with a big bronze trophy.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL's hard line on Adrian Peterson held up.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Already down two starters due to season-ending injuries, the Oakland Raiders could be without cornerback Tarell Brown for Sunday's game in Kansas City.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot an 8-under 64 on Friday in modified alternate-shot play to increase their lead to three strokes in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during last Sunday's NFC championship game, a person with knowledge of the fine told The Associated Press on Thursday.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Phil Mickelson got most of the attention in his return to competition after a four-month break. Blake Adams got a lot more out of his comeback round.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's governing board tabled a policy on Thursday that would have made the public college system the nation's second to tie bonuses awarded to winning athletic coaches to how well their players do in the classroom.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry got involved in a rare altercation before finishing with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 126-113 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 17th straight home win.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored power-play goals to send the San Jose Sharks into the NHL All-Star break on a winning note with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Brook Lopez had 22 points and six blocks and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 103-100 on Wednesday night for only their second win in the last 10.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Second baseman Marco Scutaro was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Andre Ward wrote out his retirement speech a few times in the last two years. With his usual fastidious style, the super middleweight champion laid out every reason he felt he had to end his unblemished boxing career in his prime.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - An agitated Roger Federer spat out the question that Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova easily could have asked the players who pushed them to the limits in the second round of the Australian Open.
PHOENIX (AP) - The NFL is taking its extra-point experiment to the Pro Bowl.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - As a first-time dad with a baby at home, Novak Djokovic could see merits in the tale of Serena Williams' mid-match espresso that has been brewing in the lead-up to the Australian Open.
The Chicago Bears hired Vic Fangio as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday, hoping the veteran coach who spent the last four seasons with San Francisco can breathe some life into the once-storied unit.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Jack Del Rio picked the same offensive coordinator to start his tenure in Oakland as he did more than a decade ago in Jacksonville.