DETROIT (AP) - Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Detroit over the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Thursday and boosting the Tigers after Max Scherzer was denied his 20th win and Miguel Cabrera limped off with an injury.
NEW YORK (AP) - Only a few spots separate them in the seedings. Still, the considerable gulf between No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 4 Sara Errani was hard to ignore in their back-to-back matches Thursday at the U.S. Open.
NORTON, Mass. (AP) - On and off the golf course, Tiger Woods didn't look anything like the player who only four days ago dropped to knees with back pain.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bob and Mike Bryan came into last year's U.S. Open without a title in their previous four Grand Slam tournaments - an eternity by their standards.
CHICAGO (AP) - With Landon Donovan back in the fold, the U.S. resumes World Cup qualifying next week with its deepest team yet.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have paid nearly $545,000 in back wages and damages to 74 clubhouse and administrative employees for violations of minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws, federal officials said Thursday.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Longtime major league umpire Frank Pulli, who used instant replay to make a call nearly a decade before video reviews were allowed, has died. He was 78.
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera left Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics after hurting his abdomen while making an awkward slide trying to stretch a single into a double.
SEATTLE (AP) - If this story seems all too familiar for Matt Flynn, well, it is.
DETROIT (AP) - Brandon Moss made a slight adjustment in his swing recently and he's feeling better at the plate than he has all season.
DENVER (AP) - Jhoulys Chacin did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the seventh inning and hustled for a crucial RBI to help the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - After her latest early Grand Slam exit, Venus Williams was asked what the future holds for her at the U.S. Open.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips shouted obscenities Wednesday night at a newspaper reporter who commented on the star's sagging on-base percentage.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Helio Castroneves doesn't mind benefiting from the misfortunes of his closest title contenders in the IndyCar championship. Not even from a controversial penalty that led to criticism of his team.
VAIL, Colo. (AP) - For six months, Lindsey Vonn has thought about little else other than her reunion with skiing.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong's strategy in the dugout before the ninth inning was simple: keep quiet.
OAKLAND (AP) - Billy Beane considers Jon Lester a proven ace who can carry a pitching staff through the playoffs, just like he did last fall. The general manager acquired Lester to make sure Oakland gets there first.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Once most players had gone inside from practice on a hot day, there stood Antoine Bethea working to perfect a handshake with new 49ers teammate Demarcus Dobbs.
STANFORD (AP) - Venus Williams advanced to the Bank of the West quarterfinals Thursday night, beating fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-6 (1).
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.
Baseball fans were still trying to sort out the dizzying deals for postseason aces Jon Lester and John Lackey, Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera when they were treated to a most curious sight Thursday.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld.
NAPA (AP) - Chimdi Chekwa has dealt with so much in his first two NFL seasons that a matchup with wide receiver James Jones in practice seemed fairly easy in comparison for the Oakland cornerback.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Marshawn Lynch's holdout is over, ending one distraction so far for the Super Bowl champions.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges," a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas.
HOUSTON (AP) - In the first inning against Houston, Jason Hammel picked up right where he left off since coming to the Oakland Athletics.
OAKLAND (AP) - Ray Guy built a Hall of Fame career of making other people wait.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin laughs - a big, hearty guffaw - and shakes his head.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants ended their six-game losing streak in the most wacky way. They don't care how it happened, any break is welcome these days.