PARIS (AP) - The positive vibes and big-deal victories began for Stan Wawrinka at last year's U.S. Open, back when he still went by "Stanislas," and picked up steam at this year's Australian Open, where he earned the right to forever be called "major champion."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Berti Vogts is literally working both sides.
SAO PAULO (AP) - The Brazil squad's preparations for a World Cup on home soil got underway Monday amid chants of protests instead of support.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence had a somber look on his face when he showed up to the ballpark Monday, pushing himself on a backup scooter the final few steps through the clubhouse.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle Monday, a day after getting hurt while celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Hunter-Reay peeked around Helio Castroneves, then reversed course and dipped inside for a daredevil pass and the lead in the Indianapolis 500.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Morse looked baffled after missing wildly on a wicked curve from Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco in the fifth inning.
TORONTO (AP) - After a red-hot start to their road trip, the Oakland Athletics are heading home stuck in their longest slump of the season.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Josh Beckett started talking about throwing a no-hitter in the fourth inning, ignoring traditional superstitions and making his catcher nervous in the process.
PARIS (AP) - Roger Federer's 4-year-old twins, Myla and Riva, hung in there for about 20 minutes Sunday in his guest box at Court Philippe Chatrier, long enough to see Daddy take control of his French Open match.
SAN FRRANCISCO (AP) - Before he closes his book, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence stares and stares at a card marking his page.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Adam Scott was a late entry into Colonial because he wanted to play while ranked No. 1 in the world.
STANFORD. (AP) - Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron might hear it from every angle if they were paying any attention or had a moment's spare time. They could be reminded every day that this is the first time since 1990 the U.S. heads to a World Cup with no central defenders having played previous minutes in soccer's showcase event.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Colin Montgomerie learned something about playing major championship golf at the age of 51 in the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores.
MONTECAMPIONE, Italy (AP) - Fabio Aru of Italy claimed a solo victory on the tough uphill finish to Montecampione in the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday for his first Grand Tour victory.
OAKLAND (AP) - Before Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson grew up to be the Splash Brothers, they were just the sons of famous fathers trying to make it big.
SAN JOSE (AP) - An emotional Evgeni Nabokov announced his retirement Wednesday from the NHL, just two days after he was traded by Tampa Bay to the San Jose Sharks, the team that drafted him in 1994.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Little League team that captured the attention of the nation and the hearts of its hometown was stripped of its national title Wednesday after an investigation revealed that team officials had falsified boundaries so they could add ineligible players to the roster.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Kevin Love may be one of LeBron James' 18.7 million followers on Twitter. But that's not how he communicates with his superstar teammate.
OAKLAND (AP) - Steve Kerr is smiling a lot these days.
MILL VALLEY (AP) - As the fungo bats emerge and pitchers and catchers begin their February fielding practice, Tim Flannery plans to be catching a big wave somewhere off Costa Rica.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez met with top New York Yankees officials on Tuesday and apologized to the team as he prepares to report to spring training following his season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.
NEW YORK (AP) - All-Stars James Harden, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are among the players to compete in the NBA's first fashion show.
By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has established an internal committee to review stadium options in Los Angeles and coordinate any possible move to Southern California, according to a league memo obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have hired Hall of Famer Rod Woodson as assistant defensive backs coach.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - New San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula has completed his coaching staff, a nearly even balance of offensive and defensive coaches that includes the promotion of Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The Calgary Flames responded to a potential momentum-shifiting, last-second goal in the second period with a typical strong third to earn another win against the San Jose Sharks.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The weather already presented its first hurdle to the NHL in building an ice rink for California's second outdoor hockey game.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Right-hander James Shields, who helped Kansas City reach the World Series last season, has agreed to a $75 million, four-year contract with the San Diego Padres.